The proposal of the Charter Revision Commission now pending before the Board of Aldermen represents an enormous missed opportunity. I have no doubt that it will be passed, largely unchanged, by the Board of Aldermen, and will be on the ballot as a referendum for the public to approve in November. I urge all Shelton voters to start looking at the proposal on the city website (located under “resources”), familiarize yourselves with it, and prepare to vote “no.”
I’m going to limit most of my comments here to the central issue of removing the Board of A&T from the charter. The Charter Revision Commission (CRC) says that they want to promote “checks and balances”, but they did the exact opposite. The phrase “checks and balances” speaks to the powers of different branches of government to hold one another in check. The CRC has conflated this with voter accountability, which is the power of the voters to vote out a public official who does not represent the public well. The CRC takes the position that because the Board of A&T is “appointed” by nominations of individuals coming from the DTC and the RTC, and the people nominated are usually voted into office by virtue of their nomination, that makes the Board of A&T invalid as a “check and balance.” Nonsense.