West U Residents to Decide Length of Term Limits
West U residents will decide the outcome of six changes to the city’s charter when they go to the polls Nov. 5.
The West U City Council has approved ballot language for a charter election this November.
Residents will be voting for or against the following propositions:
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).
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 Initiative petitions submitted to council from three percent (3%) to five percent (5%) of all qualified voters of the city.
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.
Authorize an amendment to Article IV, Section 4.06 of the charter relating to results of election, to limit the four-fifth (⅘) 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.
Authorize an amendment to Article VI, Section 6.02 of the charter relating to the city manager, to authorize the city manager, with the approval of city council, to appoint the city secretary.
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.
The city is required to appoint a Charter Review Commission to review its charter every six years. The commission presented their proposed changes to council last November, but the council delayed moving forward with the changes at the time. The council recently made finalizing the city charter amendments and preparing for the November 2013 election one of their goals for 2013-2015.
Mayor Pro Tem Susan Sample said Monday night that all of the council members have differing views and opinions about the amendments.
“Putting these out there for a vote doesn’t mean council is supporting this wholesale,” she said.