Fall River Charter Commission

Fall River Charter Commission Regular meetings of the Charter Commission are, unless otherwise scheduled, held at 6:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the library of Kuss Middle School, 52 Globe Mills Ave.

Meeting Dates:
1/11/16
1/25/16*
2/22/16*
3/21/16
4/25/16
5/16/16
6/20/16
7/18/16
8/15/16
9/19/16
10/17/16
11/21/16
12/19/16
1/23/17*
2/27/17*
3/20/17
4/17/17
*Meetings are on the 4th Monday due to holidays

Broadcasting
• Live coverage by Fall River Government Television on Channel 18 and www.frgtv.us
• Meetings are re-broadcasted on Channel 18 everyday at 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
• A video archive is also available on the FRGTV

Operating as usual

02/06/2019

The purpose of the long-term financial forecast called for in the charter is to ensure the city has the capacity to meet its financial challenges of today and in the future, while maintaining appropriate levels of service. It is simply a projection and it should provide a 5-year summary of revenue and expenditures and projected tax increases.

At the city council meeting last evening, it was apparent that the financial team had some heartburn by this provision of the charter. Why is preparing this forecast so challenging for them? If they don’t know how to create one, there is tons of resources to assist them. It is not uncommon for cities throughout the U.S. to have a 5-year plan and some cities have plans that go out 30 years. There are no excuses, please just do you job! The people of Fall River deserve insight into our future financial capacity.

The city is already creating a 5-year capital improvement plan. So, it just makes sense to integrate the capital improvement plan into a long-range plan that will help identify funding and gauge its overall impact, including the affect it may have on taxes and water/sewer rates.

The long-term financial plan should include input from city council members and department heads. Getting their buy-in serves to establish a solid foundation of goals, which can help the council efficiently evaluate annual budget needs. When presented properly, an established plan allows for continuity—and prevents a lapse in focus on key goals—as our city council usually changes every 2 years.

Financial management is an important variable used by bonding agencies in determining our city’s bond rating. Having a long-term financial plan in place speaks to the city’s knowledge of reserves, its commitment to future debt management, and its forward-thinking approach—all of which score points during the bond-rating process.

Taking time to prepare a long-term financial plan is key to our city’s future success. Planning is never a bad thing.
The people of Fall River deserve no less!

10/17/2018
www.fallriverma.org

Here is a link to the current city charter.

http://www.fallriverma.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Fall-River-Charter-Commission-FINAL-REPORT-4.21.17.pdf

Charters set a direction for the city; they generally do not provide significant detail.   Once the voters have adopted ...
05/12/2018

Charters set a direction for the city; they generally do not provide significant detail. Once the voters have adopted the charter, it is the responsibility of the city’s officials to “respect” the voters decision and IMPLEMENT the charter by following the standards the charter provides, meet the city’s immediate needs for charter implementation by adhering to the specific directions provided in the charter’s transition article, and amend existing ordinances or write new ordinances so that the charter can be reasonably and consistently followed by the current and future city administrations.

Please vote YES tomorrow on the Proposed Home Rule Charter for a new start to a better future. A YES vote allows for mor...
11/06/2017

Please vote YES tomorrow on the Proposed Home Rule Charter for a new start to a better future. A YES vote allows for more transparency, citizen participation, financial and strategic planning and structure. Most importantly, future reviews that will allow changes as needed. A NO vote means nothing will change and the city will remain stagnant. No changes mean no change. You decide if you want to be apart of this city's future. Vote YES on question 1.

11/06/2017

In December 2011, when I started the home rule charter process with a small group of supporters, I believed it was much needed. People were asking for change. And in 2015, people supported that notion, when 9,318 voted to revise the city charter and elect a charter commission. And in November 2017, I am more convinced than ever that the city needs a new charter.

Most of the elected commissioners believe that the totality of the changes proposed represents an improvement to Fall River's government. So, it is with a strong conviction that I support the proposed Home Rule Charter.

Please join me in voting “YES” for the charter. You are not just voting for a new charter; you are voting for a better Fall River! This is a “unique opportunity”, a historic occasion that obviously does not present itself often, but one that can certainly put Fall River on a solid course for the future.

Home Rule - CELDF
11/06/2017
Home Rule - CELDF

Home Rule - CELDF

Forty-three states in the U.S. either constitutionally or statutorily allow for Municipal Home Rule.

Please take a look at the proposed Home Rule Charter and vote YES on November 7th.
10/27/2017
What you need to know about the proposed charter

Please take a look at the proposed Home Rule Charter and vote YES on November 7th.

FALL RIVER — When voters head to the polls on Nov. 7, they’ll be asked if they will approve a new city charter. Not sure how you’ll vote?

10/17/2017
Fall River Charter Commission's cover photo
10/16/2017

Fall River Charter Commission's cover photo

Cities much smaller than Fall River require more signatures. And some even require a certain number by ward.
10/02/2017

Cities much smaller than Fall River require more signatures. And some even require a certain number by ward.

Fall River Charter Commission's cover photo
09/08/2017

Fall River Charter Commission's cover photo

Fall River Charter Timeline (Historical View)
08/23/2017

Fall River Charter Timeline (Historical View)

07/23/2017

For a brighter future!

06/12/2017

Tonight's Charter Commission Meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, July 10th.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Great guest opinion by Augie Venice the Chairman of the Fall River Home Rule Charter Education Group. He does a very goo...
05/19/2017
Guest Opinion: Charter Commission makes the city charter relevant

Great guest opinion by Augie Venice the Chairman of the Fall River Home Rule Charter Education Group. He does a very good job of capturing the essence of the new proposed charter. To get a copy of the proposed charter go to the city's website at fallriverma.org.

For the last 18 months the Fall River Charter Commission has acted under an unprecedented mandate from the voters of Fall River to revise the current city

Address

1 Government Ctr
Fall River, MA
02721

General information

Leadership: Michael L. Miozza, Chairman Kris Bartley, Vice Chairman Brenda Venice, Clerk Commission Members: David Assad Kris Bartley James Cusick Michael L. Miozza Patrick Norton Michael Quinn Dan Robillard John Silvia Brenda Venice

Telephone

(508) 415-7127

Website

http://www.fallriverma.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Fall-River-Charter-Commission-FINAL-REPORT-4.21.17.pdf

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Citizen input may be given at the following.
508-951-9284 or [email protected]

The current city charter can be found here:
http://www.fallriverma.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Fall-River-Charter-Commission-FINAL-REPORT-4.21.17.pdf

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