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Chamber: Put all 17 charter proposals on ballot



Published: Wed, July 11, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

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By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s board of directors is urging city council to give voters the opportunity to consider all 17 proposed charter amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Councilman Mike Ray, chairman of council’s legislation committee, criticized the chamber’s recommendation, saying it is “premature,” and that the chamber made that decision without talking to city council.

“We’re still working through [them],” said Ray, D-4th, of the proposed charter amendments.

The chamber issued a statement Tuesday that its board made the decision after receiving a recommendation from its government affairs council.

The chamber’s board and council believe city council, which has the final say on what goes on the ballot, should “let the voters decide” the fate of each charter amendment, said Thomas Humphries, the chamber’s president and chief executive officer.

Among the key charter- review committee recommendations are: holding nonpartisan elections, eliminating council president as an elected position, creating an elected job of vice mayor, reducing the salaries of council members, and redistricting the city’s seven wards.

“Let’s not forget this is the same group that supported SB 5,” Ray said of the chamber’s endorsement in the November 2011 statewide election in favor of an issue that, if it had passed, would have altered union rights for public-sector workers.

City council passed a resolution last year in opposition to SB 5, an issue soundly defeated statewide.

“We’re not always going to see eye to eye with the chamber on everything,” Ray said. “I don’t want to battle with them,” but council disagrees with the chamber.

Council’s legislation committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in city hall to further discuss the 17 amendments recommended by an 11-member committee, with eight committee members selected by council members and three by the mayor.

The committee wants to make a final recommendation to the full council shortly, Ray said.

Council members have expressed concern about a number of the proposals — disagreeing with some, saying others should wait until an efficiency study of the city’s operations is done, and that some can be approved by ordinance or a mayoral executive order.

If anything is to get on the Nov. 6 ballot, the city must submit it to the Mahoning County Board of Elections no later than Aug. 8.


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1SteveNovotny(6 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Let the people decide.

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2PhilKidd(186 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Point of information: City Council was offered an invitation to give their side...they declined claiming that they wanted to hear back from the Law Department first before commenting.

The Law Department has concluded that every recommendation is legal.

It should also be emphasized that the Chamber is not endorsing any particular recommendation. They are simply endorsing the the fact that people should have the right/ability to decide.

Finally and as noted in the article, the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee made the recommendation to the board. That committee consists of a number of individuals who opposed SB5. The vote of the committee was unanimous. So, let's save the political rhetoric, please.

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3One_Who_Stayed(237 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Same ol' song and dance from this useless bunch of political hacks feeding at the public trough.

"We know what's best for you - you don't". You average voters are too stupid to understand 17 different ballot issues - that's waaaaaay too many.

As Phil said "save the political rhetoric"

Let the people decide.

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4UticaShale(854 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The young occupiers and community organizers are now beginning to realize and zero in on the true problem of why Youngstown is backwards, the obsolete municipality and power. What they have not learned yet, is attacking from the front door will only result in repulsion and failure, many have tried and failed.
A raid from the rear with a trajectory focused on its funding is the only way to victory and should be at hand today. What must be organized is widespread voluntary escrow by all taxpaying entities and individuals. Strangle the source of revenue mandating reorganization until capitulation.
Scranton, PA is ahead of us and Spain is deep in the alternative.

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