Support City Council Manager Charter Amendment on May Ballot

Ashland Citizens for Economic Sustainability (ACES) strongly supports a Council-Manager form of government for Ashland which is recommended by both The League of Oregon Cities (in its model charter) and IMCA, the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers.

A majority of Oregon cities have moved to this form of modern and democratic government including most of our neighboring cities in Southern Oregon.  Of 17 cities in Oregon with populations between 15,000 and 25,000, Ashland is the only city that has not yet changed to a Council-Manager form.  It is, by far, the most common form of municipal government not just in Oregon, but in the United States.

The proposed change would result in a more professional form of government that allows for increased checks and balances and transparency within the system. Studies by the University of North Carolina show the Council-Manager form of government to be the most ethical form.

In addition, it is more democratic in that increased power is given to City Councilors who directly represent the citizens of Ashland.  Finally, it assigns accountability and delegates responsibility to those who are actually managing city staff and the organization.

Over the last 20 years, on average, Ashland has had a new City Administrator every three years resulting in a lack of continuity costly to the city.  This does not include the four interim administrators during this same period

We are confident a Council-Manager form of government will result in a more sustainable path for Ashland’s future.

Ashland Citizens for Economic

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Support City Council Manager Charter Amendment on May Ballot Hall

Support City Council Manager Charter Amendment on May Ballot