The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County wants a citizen committee to rework potential changes to the city charter rather than the City Council rushing to get measures on the spring municipal election ballot.
An appointed city Charter Review Commission recommended a number of charter-change proposals, one of which would give the mayor the power to vote with the council and hire and fire the city manager, after 16 meetings this year. But last month city councilors submitted three competing proposals that would also change the mayor's powers.
LWV argues that the competing proposals have left public debate out of the picture.
"We support the public voting on potential charter amendments, but we strongly believe that this should occur only after sufficient public education and discussion have taken place," the LWV press release says.
LWV also gives similar criticisms to competing charter amendments that call for runoff elections.
"We are concerned that, in the last few weeks, many different charter amendments about governance have been proposed, and in some cases withdrawn, without sufficient input from the public," the press release says. "We recommend that the proposed amendments on governance, including any runoff elections, be sent back to the Charter Review Commission for discussion of the specific details that might be included in the charter."
Watch the current candidates for mayor discuss adding powers to the office and read LWV's statement below: