On Tuesday, November 2nd, City Residents will have the opportunity to vote on proposed amendments to the City’s Home Rule Charter. These proposed changes will make your city government work faster and more efficiently in providing quality public service to you. These changes will streamline governance to make your City a better place. These amendments also open City Council to reexamining the residency requirement for a manager, creating a better applicant pool, and finding an expert candidate to oversee the City.
Explanation of Charter Amendments:
Question 1: “Shall Section 304 of the City of Johnstown Home Rule Charter be amended to allow the City’s annual budget and capital improvement plan to be adopted by Resolution instead of by Ordinance
Approving this change allows City Council to adopt its budget faster and simpler, saving Council’s time, administrative time, and YOUR time. It will also save taxpayer funds by not requiring expensive advertising costs.
Question 2: “Shall Section 902 of the City of Johnstown Home Rule Charter be deleted so that the Personnel ordinance remains part of the City’s Administrative Code but permits modification of personnel rules and procedures via Resolution?”
Voting YES to question two allows the city to more quickly update personnel requirements and remain up-to-date on personnel mandates.
Question 3: “Shall Section 1007(a) of the City of Johnstown Home Rule Charter be amended to allow City Council to adopt, and to amend the City budget prior to final adoption, by Resolution or Motion instead of by Ordinance?”
This change simplifies the budget process and mirrors other municipalities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It will reduce advertising costs and staff hours in providing the public an accurate and timely budget.
Question 4: “Shall Section 1008 of the City of Johnstown Home Rule Charter regarding administration of the annual budget be deleted in order to permit such matters to be addressed via ordinance, as part of the City’s Administrative Code?”
Approving this measure allows the City to revise the budget after adoption by Resolution or Motion instead of an Ordinance. This saves the City, Council, and YOU time and money.
Question 5: “Shall Section 1010 of the City of Johnstown Home Rule Charter regarding administration of the annual budget be deleted in order to permit such matters to be addressed via Ordinance, as part of the City’s Administrative Code?”
A Yes vote incorporates provisions of the Home Rule Charter relating to the budget into the Administrative Code and allows changes to be made by resolution or ordinance, as necessary. This change allows the budget administration and oversight process to be consistent with generally accepted accounting principals (GAAP) and simplifies the updating process as law and circumstance change. This further saves residents time and money, and promotes a more efficient City government.
Question 6: “Shall Section 1012 of the City of Johnstown Home Rule Charter be amended to require that all contracts of the City be in writing, regardless of amount, to authorize the City Manager to sign all contracts, and to abide by all bidding requirements as established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry?”
Voting yes to this question clarifies that all contracts must be in writing, executed by the City Manager, and complies with PA Department of Labor and Industry’s annual requirements for bidding. This increases accountability and transparency in City business.
Question 7: “Shall Section 601(a) of the City of Johnstown Home Rule Charter be amended to allow City Council to determine by Ordinance whether to require the City Manager to become a resident of the City?”
Voting Yes creates the opportunity for City Council to determine a residency requirement for the City Manager position. This flexibility allows Council to attract a wider range of qualified, experienced, professional applicants who wish to serve the City of Johnstown.