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CHARTER AMENDMENT ELECTIONCHARTER AMENDMENT ELECTION
November 5, 2013
Early Voting October 21-November 1
Proposition No. 1
“Shall Section 3.01 and Section 5.07 of the charter be amended to establish that the council members shall be elected by places, being Places 1,2,3,4,5 and 6, each of which shall be elected at large by plurality?”
The City’s voters currently elect Council Members by awarding positions to those with the most votes for the available openings on Council. For example, if there are three positions open on the City Council the top three vote-getters in that election are awarded those positions. The amendment would create an election process whereby each candidate will run for a designated seat or place on the board. In this type of election process, the voters decide who to elect to each available place or seat in separate contests for each place or seat in separate contests for each place or seat rather than by voting for all positions collectively. “Plurality” means that the top vote-getter in each contest is elected but that the winter does not have to receive more than 50% of all votes cast.
Proposition No. 2
“Shall Section 3.04 of the Charter be amended to specify that the compensation received by the Mayor and Council Members may not be changed by the Council more often than once every two years if approved as part of the budget process required by state law?”
Currently the Mayor and the City Council receive $15 per month and the compensation is established by council and ratified during the election process. The amendment will allow the compensation to be set during the budget process but not changed more than once every two years. The budget process begins in May with public workshops, meetings, and hearings. The amount of compensation was last changed in 1986.
Proposition No. 3
“Shall section 3.09(a) and (b) of the Charter be amended to allow the City Council to forgo holding two regular meetings in a month when the Council determines that one meeting is sufficient to address all issues requiring Council consideration or action in that month?”
Currently, the Council is required to hold at least two regular meetings per month. The proposed amendment would give the council members the option to cancel a meeting if a majority decide that there are not enough issues to require two meetings in a particular month.
Proposition No. 4
“Shall Sec. 4.03 (b) be amended to say that the municipal judge shall possess and maintain all requirements under state law to serve as a Municipal Judge rather than be duly certified to practice as a Municipal Court Judge in the State of Texas?”
The Charter currently reads that one must obtain “certification” in order to serve as municipal judge. The amendment would state that one must meet all requirements necessary under Texas state law to serve as a municipal judge. The amendment simplifies and clarifies a language problem.
Proposition No. 5
“Shall Sec. 5.07 of the Charter be amended to provide that the time for the Council to meet and canvass the returns and declare the results of each election shall be the time established by state law?”
The Current process states that the Council must meet within five days of an election to examine returns and declare results, but state law provides for a different number of days, depending on the date of each election. The amendment will revise the Charter to be aligned with State Law.
Proposition No. 6
“Shall Section 8.08 of the charter be amended to provide that franchises granted by the City may be by contract or by ordinance?”
State laws allow franchises to be issued by either contract or ordinances, but the Charter states they shall be issued by contract only. This amendment will make the Charter consistent with State law.
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