Gresham Citizen Champions for Accountability and Transparency

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We are in hope of inclusion of this document as part of Gresham\'s City Charter Review Committee recomendations to City Council!

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Gresham Citizen Champions for Accountability and Transparency

  1. 1. CitizensRecommendto City Charter January 31Committee forInclusion inTheir 2012RecommendedAmendmentsto City CouncilStrengthening citizen voice, strengthening managerial accountability, Empoweringgovernment regulations compliance, open and transparentdeliberations by City Council through the establishment of an elected Citizen Voiceindependent city auditor. Strengthening mayor’s role by delegating and Increasingexecutive authority to his position as chief executive officer of the city. Accountability
  2. 2. Gresham Citizen Recommendations for Voiceand Accountability Amendments to CityCharterPresentation to Individual Neighborhood Associations and CommunityOrganizations Citizen recommendations to Gresham City Charter Review Committee forchanges and modifications to current and future City Charters in preparation fortheir recommendations to City Council for placement on ballot in city wideelection for citizen approval. The Charter currently requires a supermajority of60% for passage Re-instate the Position of City Auditor as an Elected IndependentAuditor 1) Election of independent city auditor directly accountable to the citizen community to ensure compliance by elected and appointed officials to City Charter, Federal and State Regulations, City Ordinances, Administrative Policy, Procedures and Code of Ethics 2) Independent Auditor to discourage abuse of the State of Oregon’s “Open Meetings Law” by City Council with clear statement in City Charter forbidding rolling quorums, private discussion and deliberations, serial emails and electronic communications where deliberative legislative actions are taken to influence voting prior to City Council public meeting in secret deliberation 3) Authorize in the Office of City Auditor the establishment of a citizen competitiveness task force on fiscal accountability to investigate potential restructuring of operating systems for increased efficiency, effectiveness, lower costs (taxes and fees) and citizen satisfaction. The resulting new cash flow wouldRA Strathern – strathe38@aol.com Page 2
  3. 3. generate funding outside of current budget revenue stream to build up rainy day funds and act as a “pipeline of projects” Re-instate Citizen Voice 1) Re-instate Voting Districts 2) Reinstate Charter 50% plus 1 majority vote requirement and eliminate “supermajority” 60% vote barrier to citizen voice 3) Authorize a Citizen process by which any action by the city that increases directly or indirectly taxes, fees, or charges could be referred to the voters for approval. The process provides that if 3% or more electors petition the city to have the matter submitted to the entire electorate for approval, then the matter would be placed before the voters Delegating Executive Authority to the Office of Mayor 1) Mayor authorized to function full time exercising executive authority in planning, organizing, implementing and controlling the city’s economic development programs by leading and representing the city in recruiting investment capital for job creation on a sub-regional, regional, state, federal and global level 2) Mayor authorized to hire (and remove) an Operations Manager to run day to day administration of city services, accountable to Mayor as City CEO 3) Mayor authorized to hire (and remove) City Department Heads 4) Mayor authorized to submit City Budget to City Council for approval utilizing Council Citizen Finance Committee’s input and participation 5) Mayor authorized to exercise veto power on selected Council legislative actions, with override by supermajority voteRA Strathern – strathe38@aol.com Page 3
  4. 4. RA Strathern – strathe38@aol.com Page 4

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