What is lost?
The right to vote is lost: If we vote for this change, we lose the right to elect a mayor to be the city’s executive. The city council now gets to select the city’s executive.
Accountability is lost: Currently, if Madison citizens don’t like the mayor, they can elect a different one. If we vote for the council-manager form of government, the city manager doesn’t have to care what the voters think. The manager pleases a few people on the council, not the thousands of Madison voters.