Fall River Charter Commission

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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

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• 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.

03/20/2019

Take a listen to today’s WSAR Jamie Tyrrell Show guest speaker on the Charter and how it relates to the recall.

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
10/17/2018

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

07/14/2018

We are in July of 2018 and the special committee that was supposed to bring the city ordinances into compliance with and fully implement the charter has

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.

02/25/2018

Fall River's boards, committees and commissions play an increasingly vital role in how our city government operates. These multiple member bodies research

11/08/2017

FALL RIVER — Both questions posed to voters on the election ballot Tuesday were overwhelmingly approved putting an updated city charter into effect

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.

11/06/2017

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

Charter Commission Educational Forum 10/30/2017 http://vod.frgtv.us/video/240687642
11/01/2017

Charter Commission Educational Forum 10/30/2017

http://vod.frgtv.us/video/240687642

This is "10.30.2017 Charter Commission Educational Forum Night 2" by FRED TV on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Please take a look at the proposed Home Rule Charter and vote YES on November 7th.
10/27/2017

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
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.

Charter Commission Educational Forum 9/25/17http://vod.frgtv.us/video/235458099
09/26/2017

Charter Commission Educational Forum 9/25/17
http://vod.frgtv.us/video/235458099

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Charter Commission Meeting 9/25/17http://vod.frgtv.us/video/235452734
09/26/2017

Charter Commission Meeting 9/25/17
http://vod.frgtv.us/video/235452734

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Emergency Charter Commission Meeting 9/19/17http://vod.frgtv.us/video/234691822
09/21/2017

Emergency Charter Commission Meeting 9/19/17
http://vod.frgtv.us/video/234691822

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Charter Commission Meeting 9/6/17http://vod.frgtv.us/video/233300186
09/11/2017

Charter Commission Meeting 9/6/17
http://vod.frgtv.us/video/233300186

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

Fall River Charter Timeline (Historical View)

07/23/2017

For a brighter future!

Charter Commission Meeting 7/10/17http://vod.frgtv.us/video/225116933
07/14/2017

Charter Commission Meeting 7/10/17
http://vod.frgtv.us/video/225116933

This is "7.10.2017 Charter Commission" by FRED TV on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

06/12/2017

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

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Charter Commission Meeting 5/15/17http://vod.frgtv.us/video/217853209
05/17/2017

Charter Commission Meeting 5/15/17
http://vod.frgtv.us/video/217853209

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4/24/17 Charter Commission Meetinghttp://vod.frgtv.us/video/214681455
05/01/2017

4/24/17 Charter Commission Meeting

http://vod.frgtv.us/video/214681455

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4/10/17 Charter Commission Meetinghttp://vod.frgtv.us/video/212778005
04/13/2017

4/10/17 Charter Commission Meeting
http://vod.frgtv.us/video/212778005

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Fall River, MA
02721

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