MOUNT VERNON — At its meeting July 23, City Council will be making a final decision on whether to ask voters to consider appointing a commission to study and possibly write a charter for the city of Mount Vernon, and at the same time, selecting the 15 people to serve on a commission. If the answer is yes, the panel can begin studying the need and writing a proposed charter, to be placed before the voters at the next regular election.
City Council will not write the charter. Individual members can seek to be elected to the commission, but as a body its duty is completed with placing the question on the ballot. The voters will decide if any charter proposed by the commission is adopted.
But before they get to the July 23 council meeting, they will be attending a two-hour committee meeting this Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of the charter proposal and learn more about what can and can’t be done with a charter.
The News contacted council members to get some of their thoughts on the issue.