Clearly a direction was given to not donate more than $100 per person. There are a number of donations of $100 from multiple members of the same family, and many of those people also donated $100 prior to January 1st so they would not show up on the same report.This was a controlled fundraising effort so that you could claim you are the grassroots campaign. I hope Amherst voters see through the curtain.
I am voting NO because the proposed Charter is flawed with no checks and balances.
And that's your prerogative. Checks and balances only work if there is accountability. TM has very little.
I agree Carol. My experience as a town meeting member was much the same as yours. It does not work!
Terry, I don't think the "checks and balances" argument holds water. There are no checks now on Town Meeting. The Town Manager can't veto Town Meeting. The Select Board can't veto Town Meeting. And the voters can't even tell who their 24 reps are or what they stand for, nor can they "throw the bums out" if they don't like how they've voted.The council-manager system in the new charter isn't some weird experiment. If it didn't have checks and balances appropriate to local government, it wouldn't be the most popular form of government in the country, among towns of over 10,000 people.It's actually pretty simple: the Council is a check on the Manager, and the voters are a check on the Council, because the Councilors are visible, have to campaign to get elected, and can be voted out if they don't represent the people. Far better than the "black box" of TM we have now.
In the latest installment of "A Better Amherst," Mandi Jo Hanneke explains why a smaller group of legislators will more effectively tackle tricky town issues: "If both sides agree that a bylaw isn’t working, a Town Council will be able to fix it by working together, in open meetings, to craft legislation that meets the needs of all sides."
The proposed councilors will be part-time "amateurs" required to meet only once a month with an honorarium for their service. I voting NO because this SUPER Council of 13 has no checks and balances and will appoint the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Finance Committee. Too much power in the hands of a few.
AMHERST — Forty years ago, Franklin changed its form of government from an open Town Meeting and Select Board to one with a town council and town manager, a decision that has proven beneficial for t...
I am voting NO on the proposed charter on March 27th because it does not have adequate checks and balances and combines the Select Board and Town Meeting into one Super Council of 13. Only 9 can vote for zoning changes! This is what Amherst 4 All had in mind when they started a special interest group three years ago to begin a Charter Commission. A 5-3-1 vote on the Charter Commission is hardly a board base of support.
Luiz Amaral is also voting Yes! on March 27. We can't wait for the vote Tuesday! ... See MoreSee Less