Recount News

Recount Petitions

April 11, 2017 — Under the direction of the Not THIS Charter Committee, volunteers gathered 482 signatures on petitions requesting that the ballot question about the proposed Home Rule Charter be recounted. This is far in excess of the required 10 signatures in each of Framingham's 18 precincts.

We  have submitted these petitions—more than 50 pages—to the Assistant Town Clerk well ahead of the deadline on Friday, April 14. The likely date for the recount is April 24, but we await confirmation.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped our petition drive leader, Norma Shulman. We couldn't have done it without you!

Response to Framingham Teachers Association

Recently, the Framingham Teachers Association asked for our views on the proposed "home rule" ("City") charter:
  1. Why is the current town government best for Framingham?
  2. Does a mechanism exist to be able to review and/or improve the current town government?
  3. Detail the benefits of having the current town government citizen volunteers.
  4. Detail the benefits of the current town government as it pertains to the function & representation of school committee.
  5. How does/will the current town government involve/affect citizen representation and interest in their community?
Before you vote on the proposed City charter question, please read our response to these critical issues.

Proposed Home Rule Charter for Framingham

A Charter Commission elected by voters of Framingham in April 2016 was charged by law with preparing a document, called a Charter, which establishes and defines the structure of city and town government for a particular community.

Read the Final Charter and Reports (1/17/2017)

The Charter Commissioner who wrote the Minority Report believes that this Charter puts too much control and power into the hands of just a few, drastically cuts public participation, and does not guarantee positive change.

Read the Charter Commission Minority Report

On April 4, 2017, Framingham voters will be asked to vote Yes or No on whether to accept this Charter as our new form of government.

Join the members of Not THIS Charter and VOTE NO on April 4.

Not THIS Mayor

The proposed home rule charter establishes an all-powerful mayor for Framingham. The person elected will control Framingham’s budget process and will essentially control development in our town. Yet, the charter does not require the mayor to have any skills or qualifications to ensure that they’re capable of the task. The character of our local electoral… Read More

Not THIS City Council

The Charter consolidates our current 18 precincts into 9 new districts. The proposed City Council will be made up of one person from each district plus two councilors elected ‘at large’ who can be from any district. There are no checks to ensure that the two ‘at large’ councilors are not elected from the same… Read More

Citizen Participation

Framingham’s current form of government gives citizens the opportunity to voice their concerns and have an impact. Going forward we want to ensure that any form of government we choose ensures ample citizen representation. In the proposed Charter, there are almost impossible hurdles for citizen action and little incentive for the government to respond. Citizens… Read More

Funding

Using data from the census bureau and the department of revenue it’s clear to see that Framingham has done better than comparable “cities” getting State and Federal funding. For comparison, here’s a look at communities within 35 miles of Framingham which also fell within close range of Framingham’s population, household income, and home values. Framingham’s… Read More