BATAVIA -- Voters in the city will decide Tuesday whether to adopt revisions in Batavia's 42-year-old City Charter. The referendum tops the ballot in a election where six candidates are seeking three four-year terms as at-large members of the City Council. There are also contests for the city's three seats on the Genesee County Legislature.
The charter revisions include $2,000-a-year pay for Council members, with $2,800 for the Council president; a reduction from four to three years in length of term, and a new clause that will enable any citizen to take legal action against Council members.
John J. Hodgins, who served on the Council for seven years and was chairman of the nine-member Charter Revision Committee, said that much of the language in the charter has been simplified and that excess verbiage has been removed.
The charter went into effect in 1959 and replaced the mayor-Council form of government with a Council-administrator system. A charter study group met in 1996 but made no recommendations.
One proposal that did not make this year's proposed revisions would have reduced the number of Council members from nine to seven by changing ward boundaries.