Youngstown Charter Review Committee proposes changes to be voted on

The committee presented seven changes Tuesday evening during a public hearing at the Covelli Centre

The committee proposed several changes to be placed on the ballot in November.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Charter Review Committee settled on seven changes it would like placed on the November ballot.

It presented those changes Tuesday evening during a public hearing at the Covelli Centre.

Among the items the committee is recommending are:

  • Requiring council candidates to live in the ward they’re serving for at least one year
  • Deleting a $12 fine for council members who miss meetings
  • Deleting language requiring city employees to live in Youngstown
  • Requiring a ward redistricting after every census if there is a 7 percent difference in population between two wards
  • Allowing, but not requiring, the mayor to convene a charter review committee every four years
  • Bringing the City Planning Commission board composition up-to-date
  • Eliminating dated payment references governing the Department of Finance, while adding a provision that requires financial transparency

About 15 people attended the public hearing.

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