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To Our Fellow Stakeholders and Residents,

 We are all excited about the work we have started with Newton’s Charter Review.

As we move forward, we will remain focused on our community’s shared interest in greater public participation in government and the effectiveness, responsiveness, and efficiency of our government. 

Many thanks to all of you who have attended our initial meetings, public hearings, and round tables, and to those who have contacted us to share your thoughts and insights.

For those of you who have been following our Article 2: Legislative Review, please CLICK HERE for an Article 2 Discussion Guide.

At the April 13th meeting, the Commission voted unanimously (straw vote) to recommend a 13 member City Council, with 1 member residing in each of the 8 wards to be elected at-large and 5 additional Councilors elected at large without a residency requirement.

On April 27, the Commission took two more straw votes (each passing 7 to 2) for:

1) Six two-year consecutive terms for City Councilors (term limits of twelve consecutive years. Those interested in extending service could campaign for re-election after a break in service.).

2) A scenario for term lengths that would maintain two-year terms for councilors and contests at each city election (no staggered elections).

On July 12, the Commissioners revisited the topic of term limits. Currently the straw vote reflects support for:

maintaining an 8 year term limit for School Committee, and adding a 12 year limit for City Councilors and for the Mayor. Again, those interested in extending service could campaign for re-election after their breaks in service.

Public Hearings

Our next hearing is scheduled for September 14 (Council Chambers, 7p.m.)  and the focus will be Article 9: Neighborhood Area Councils.

More information will be underway to you closer to the date.

Summer Review Meetings

Please note the following about our summer schedule:

June 29, 2016: The agenda will be confirmed and posted shortly.

July 12, 2016 (note: Tuesday):  Update~ The focus of this meeting will include a discussion of term limits for Articles 2 (legislative), 3 (Executive), and 4 (School Committee).   

August, 24, 2016:  Agenda Pending

These meetings will be held in our regular venue (City Hall, Room 211) at 7p.m.  The July and August meetings at this juncture will include some deliberations and also a focus on process and planning.  In the fall, we will resume our bi-monthly meetings and undertake our work on the three remaining articles.   (A comprehensive meeting schedule is regularly updated on our website.)

Fall Review Meetings

September 28, 2016: Neighborhood Area Councils

October 12, 2016: NO MEETING- YOM KIPPUR

October 26, 2016: Article 12: Transitional

November 16, 2016: Article 10: Free Petition, Initiative, Referendums

November 30, 2016: Revisiting outstanding issues~Agenda TBA

December 14, 2016: Revisiting outstanding issues~Agenda TBA

The comprehensive meeting schedule can be found here.


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The Newton Charter Commission
Josh Krintzman, Chair
Rhanna Kidwell,Vice Chair

Bryan Barash

Jane Frantz

Howard Haywood

Anne Larner

Brooke Lipsitt

Karen Manning

Chris Steele






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