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GOVERNANCE OF MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITIES
By: Kevin McCarthy, Principal Analyst
You asked what would be required to have an elected rather than appointed board of commissioner for the Norwich municipal electric utility.
The change would require an amendment to the city's charter (Sp. Act. 573 of 1951), that would not have to be approved by the legislature. The amendment would have to be adopted by two-thirds of the city council and approved by a majority of the voters voting at the next regular or special election, with at least 15% of the voters voting.
The change would require amending Chapter XII of the current charter, which requires that the five commissioners be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. This chapter specifies the commissioners' qualifications and requires that they serve overlapping five-year terms. The change would also require an amendment to Chapter IV of the charter, which specifies which city officers are elected, their term of office, and the nomination procedure.