West U Voters Reject Relaxation of Term Limits in Unusually High Turnout

November 6, 2013

Almost 2,000 West University Place voters trekked to their polling place to adopt five of the six proposed changes to the West University Place City Charter. A city charter is a local version of the national constitution; it contains a framework of rules and regulations that cannot be modified by lawmakers.  In West University Place, the city charter can only be modified through an election.

Narrowly rejected by the voters was a proposal that would have extended term-limits and allowed for an additional term of contiguous service.

PROPOSITION 1 – FAILED (For: 962 and Against: 981)

AUTHORIZE AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II, SECTION 2.03 OF THE CHARTER RELATING TO THE LIMIT ON SUCCESSIVE TERMS FOR MAYOR AND COUNCIL, TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SUCCESSIVE TERMS FROM TWO (2) TO THREE (3).

PROPOSITION 2 – PASSED (For: 959 and Against: 958)

AUTHORIZE AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4.01 OF THE CHARTER RELATING TO THE POWER OF INITIATIVE, TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON INIATIVE PETITIONS SUBMITTED TO COUNCIL FROM THREE PERCENT (3%) TO FIVE PERCENT (5%) OF ALL QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY.

PROPOSITION 3 – PASSED (For: 942 and Against: 940)

AUTHORIZE AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4.02 OF THE CHARTER RELATING TO THE POWER OF REFERENDUM, TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON REFERENDUM PETITIONS FROM THREE PERCENT (3%) TO FIVE PERCENT (5%) OF ALL QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY.

PROPOSITION 4 – PASSED (For: 1,007 and Against: 780)

AUTHORIZE AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4.06 OF THE CHARTER RELATING TO RESULTS OF ELECTION, TO LIMIT THE FOUR-FIFTH (4/5) VOTE REQUIREMENT OF COUNCIL TO REPEAL OR AMEND AN ORDINANCE TO A SIX (6) YEAR PERIOD AND ALLOW A SIMPLE MAJORITY OF COUNCIL TO REPEAL OR AMEND AN ORDINANCE EIGHT (8) YEARS AFTER ADOPTION.

PROPOSITION 5 – PASSED (For: 1,123 and Against: 719)

AUTHORIZE AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE VI, SECTION 6.02 OF THE CHARTER RELATING TO THE CITY MANAGER, TO REQUIRE THE CITY MANAGER, WITH THE APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL, TO APPOINT THE CITY SECRETARY.

PROPOSITION 6 – PASSED  (For: 1,101 and Against: 699)

AUTHORIZE AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE VI, SECTION 6.03 OF THE CHARTER RELATING TO THE CITY SECRETARY, TO DELETE THE PROVISION REGARDING CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENT OF THE CITY SECRETARY AND INCLUDE A PROVISION SETTING FORTH THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE CITY SECRETARY.

 

George Boehme

George Boehme is the publisher of InstantNewsWestU.com and West University Essentials magazine.

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