Proposed changes to Northampton government rules and committees

Northampton City Hall on Main Street. WWLP file image.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Northampton is considering changing the structure of its government.

The city council is considering changing the rules and committees of the legislative branch of city government. Specifically, they want to create a special task force made up of citizens and city councilors.

They need an independent auditor to take a look at the city’s finances. They are also looking to give the city Council President the authority to request legislative proposals from committees.

City Council President Bill Dwight told 22News, it’s won’t drastically change the way they operate, but rather fine tune the process to make government run more smoothly and be more transparent and accessible.

Dwight said, “We had a variety of committees that eventually had acronyms longer than the meetings that we attended and that’s as we were adding certain things. Now, we’ve reduced it down to four major subgroups of committees. The whole thing just make more sense. It’s more intuitive.”

These proposed changes come after the city recently brought their charter up to date and reorganized the executive branch of government.

Changes would take effect in January.

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