The League of Women Voters Newton (LWVN) agreed last week to work on creating a charter commission, a group that will study the city's charter and review how the city's government operates.
In a press release issued Monday, June 4, the LWVN announced its plans to start a signature drive that would ask residents to support placing the question of a Newton Charter Commission on the 2013 ballot.
The LWVN voted in favor of starting the drive at its annual meeting on May 30, 2012.
"It has been 41 years since the citizens of Newton conducted a formal review of how our city government works, and much has changed in our community and our society since then," the press release read.
According to the press release, the LWVN conducted its own study of the charter in 2009-2010 and later voted at its 2010 annual meeting to amend several of LWVN's positions, which listed ways to improve Newton government operations. These positions and ideas would provide a foundation for a potential charter commission, the press release said.
Throughout the signature campaign, which will start on election day in Nov. 2012, the LWVN plans to provide education for Newton residents on how charter commissions work and what past charter commissions have done in the city.
According to the press release issued, the LWVN is still in the planning stages of the signature drive, but hopes to gather more than 8,000 signatures citywide.
"LWVN is hoping to gather a diverse group of volunteers and to cooperate with other organizations in Newton to make this campaign successful," the press release said.
For more information on the LWVN, visit the group's website or email Co-Presidents Anne Borg and Sue Flicop at email@example.com.