Bob Turner And Charter Commission Offer Watertown As Model For Staffing If The Proposed Charter Is Adopted. A Jaw Dropper

I was surprised to learn that the Charter Review Commission was having a public event that will be live streamed on Facebook showcasing the city manager of Watertown.

Full disclosure: My dog, Kate, and I hunt up there.

In the Saratogian article Bob Turner offers the following, “Watertown and Saratoga Springs are similar size cities and comparable budgets.  Voters can ask her for themselves how she is able to run their city with one city manager instead of five deputies.”

 Mr. Turner fails to mention that Watertown has been beset by major tax increases.  In fact, we have no idea what the condition of their services are but it is reasonable to assume that they did not resort to such high tax increases without draconian cuts to services first.

Consider the graph below comparing Saratoga Spring’s tax increases and Watertown’s.  In 2015 Watertown raised their taxes 10.4% tax.

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A simple Google search of Watertown government produces a variety of stories about conflicts among its elected officials and the fact that there is a candidate running on a platform to end the city manager form of government.

Now I am not saying that Ms. Addison is not doing a good job under some very trying circumstances.   I expect she is.  I am in no position to really judge her city and judging by his remarks, Mr. Turner appears to share my ignorance. 

If Ms. Addison is as good a manager as Mr. Turner asserts, she will tell her audience and Mr. Turner that it would be an error to use Watertown’s experience to decide on the merits of continuing the employment of our city’s deputy commissioners.

4 thoughts on “Bob Turner And Charter Commission Offer Watertown As Model For Staffing If The Proposed Charter Is Adopted. A Jaw Dropper”

  1. Watertown only has 9 sq miles of streets compared to our 29 sq miles. That’s a lot more to keep safe, clean, and functioning too. There really is no comparison. But the Charter folks think we can care for these streets more efficiently, with less people and less money.

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  2. By the way folks…

    Commissioner emeritus Tom McTygue had a letter published to the editor in today’s (10/18) Gazette in support of charter reform. He sited the water connect fee issue (which deeply embarrassed his brother’s challenge against the present sitting commissioner) .
    Interesting.

    -JC

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