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Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh Urges Detroiters Vote NO onProposed City Charter
DETROIT, Mich., October 19, 2011
Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will urgeDetroiters to vote no on the proposed City Charter because it does not provide enoughauthority to the Detroit City Council. While the proposed charter provides confirmationauthority for a handful of executive level city officials, the Council President believes theCity Council should have confirmation authority for all department heads, and moreimportantly
re-confirmation power at the end of each fiscal year.
Without the power to confirm a department head, and then re-confirm that person at theend of each year, there is no way council members can be accountable to their districts
,”said Council President Pugh. “
Council members will be sitting ducks with no real power toaffect change
Detroit voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 to consider revisions tothe charter.The Detroit City Council proposed changes to the City Charter early in the revision processbut many of the recommendations were not accepted by the Charter Revision Commission,namely this proposal. If the proposed charter passes, another ballot approval and revisionprocess may be required to make changes to the charter. If the charter does not pass next month, the current commission will have until spring to make revisions.
“This is not an indictment against the charter commission; however, I believe this single
issue is enough of an oversight for citizens to vote the proposed charter down and force
this commission back to the table to make revisions,” said Council P