[HISTORY: Approved by a majority of the qualified voters of the City of Saratoga Springs at referendum 11-6-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Established as a City in 1915, Saratoga Springs has a rich and unique heritage. Residents and visitors cherish the beauty and history of the City and its diverse surroundings.
The citizens of Saratoga Springs freely offer their energies, ideas, and time to the City. As stewards of Saratoga Springs' wellbeing, they express their commitment by proactively ensuring that this is a special place to live, work, play, and raise families.
Describes a government its citizens can understand, and welcomes participation and cooperation to continue its tradition of being accountable to the people Respects the shared commitment to protect the area's natural beauty and open spaces while promoting thoughtful and progressive development Honors the community's past and present successes while judiciously permitting needed change.
Statement of Purpose
This Charter provides the legal framework for operating the government in the City of Saratoga Springs. It is the legal document that governs the operation of the City. The purpose of this Charter is to help the public servants and citizens of Saratoga Springs identify and meet City needs as they evolve. The Charter clarifies goals and requirements for City officials, and provides sufficient flexibility to adapt to future needs and opportunities. This Charter has been crafted to:
Provide elected and appointed officials with tools and resources to perform their duties effectively
Define clearly the duties and responsibilities of City officials Provide citizens with access to timely, accurate, and complete information about City business and City finances
Develop a comprehensive process for preparing and administering City budgets, and for the inventory, management, financing, and replacement of the City infrastructure
Deliver City programs and services efficiently, affordably, and cost-effectively
Encourage opportunities for cooperation, and reduce potential for conflict, among City offices and between the City and other governmental entities
Enhance and improve the quality of long-range planning and implementation of City plans
Create frameworks for performing important functions that previous Charters could not foresee
Unify City grant and loan applications and management
Promote government efficiency in programs and services Require regular reviews of important City plans, including this Charter.