February 18, 2017 | notthischarter 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 process will be forever changed as mayoral races mean mountains of campaign cash. The Mayor Has Too Much Power The Mayor handpicks more than 160 people – including high-level managers, boards, committees, and commissions, and also has final authority for hiring and firing municipal employees. The Mayor will essentially control development in town with appointments to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and full authority over the Division of Planning and Community Development. In addition to appointing all those people, the Mayor may attend and participate as a non-voting member in all multi-member bodies, including the School Committee, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals. The Mayor has final say on decisions and budgets, with minimal opportunity for community influence. The Mayor is political and relies heavily on campaign contributions. A strong Mayor may not be as accessible to residents as to businesses and special interests.