Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Reader Contributed Map: Government Styles


This fascinating map of different styles of government in Connecticut cities and towns was created and contributed by reader Max Sklar. It reinforces the point that the smaller towns are run by town meeting/board of selectmen forms of government, larger towns by council/manager forms, and the largest towns and cities by a strong mayor/council form.

Also check out the cluster of council/manager governments in Greater Hartford. Hartford, until just a few years ago, had a council/manager form of government itself. Is this something peculiar to the region?

Enfield is one of the larger council/manager towns. I wonder if eventually we'll migrate to a strong mayor form of government? I wonder if that would be a terrible idea...

Thanks to Max Sklar for his contribution!

13 comments:

cgg said...

Very cool map Max. I had no idea that so few towns used the RTM form of government.

Anonymous said...

Vernon is Mayor/Council. It is misrepresented on the map. Just FYI

wtfdnucsubsailor said...

Waterford has an RTM along with Board of Selectman-Board of Finance Form of Government, not a Town Meeting form of Government. It is listed as a Town Meeting form of Government on the map.
By the way, an RTM form of government does cut down on the number of budget referenda even though it is possible to have a referendum on any action of the RTM.

wtfdnucsubsailor said...

Picked up another error. The Town of Groton has a Manager/Mayor/Council and the City of Groton has a Mayor/Council. The City of Groton is part of the Town of Groton. The joys of small city/town CT.

wtfdnucsubsailor said...

I will stop re looking at the map after this. Montville has a Mayor/Council not a Manager/Council form of government. Norwich has a Council/Manager/Mayor (for economic development) form of government. We are confusing in SE CT.

Aldon Hynes said...

A few other comments about the map:

New Canaan has a board of selectmen and not a Mayor.

Also, the map is dated 1996. I wonder if other things have changed since then.

Max Sklar said...

The 1996 date is for the outline map of the towns, so I think that hasn't changed.

For the coloring, I got most of my data from http://www.town-usa.com/connecticut/

Some towns are hard to classify, so I just picked one. New Caanan, for example, has a first selectman and a council, so I thought that was kind of similar to a mayor-council.

Groton is given as a single unit on the outline map - not much I can do about that.

Anonymous said...

Middletown is a mayor/council jurisdiction, not a town meeting jurisdiction.

Anonymous said...

I thought Enfield already has a strong Mayor. Oh wait - my bad - it's actually an aristocracy.

Anonymous said...

Interesting....

I would have no idea how to do a map, but I'd be curious to see one and the ensuing dialogue on four year terms for Mayor/First Selectman. Are there many? Does it work? Pros vs. Cons?

Gabe said...

Max - Thanks for the map!

Scott Kaupin said...

GC:
I hope we here in Enfield do not migrate to a stong Mayor form of government. Our Council/Manager form of government keeps, for the most part, the day to day functions at a professional level. The Manager has been fair to both parties whether they are in the majority or in the minority. This has been the downfall of the Town Manager when the Democrats take control and keep it for a few terms. But, a Council/Manager form of government is the best way to go for the medium to large communities here in Connecticut.

Anonymous said...

anonymous 612 - I think there may be a half dozen statewide that have four year terms for Mayor or First Selectman. A couple of others have staggered four year terms for the Selectmen.