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Nine out of 10 Nacogdoches City Charter Amendments pass

NACOGDOCHES (KTRE) - Nacogdoches residents voted whether to change ten items in the city's charter.  Nine of the ten passed.  Falling short of approval was Proposition 10 which would allow the citizens to initiate an ordinance, or repeal an ordinance already adopted through a petition process, which would allow for all registered city voters to decide on the outcome.

Recommendation from the Charter Review Committee

Proposed Charter Amendments

Presented to the Nacogdoches City Commission August 4, 2009

1. Global language changes from "City Commission" to "City Council", from "Commissioners" to "Councilmembers" and from "At Large" to "Mayor" for all references in the charter.

This change would bring language more current to that common in local government today.

2. Article II. "Corporate Powers", Sec. 15 "Street Powers"

Amended language for this section would provide a more fair distribution of possible costs associated with infrastructure upgrades and repair where assessment of nearby property owners is considered by the City.

Article II. "Corporate Powers", Sections 16 "Construction of sidewalks and curbs", Section 19 "Public works improvements" would be deleted, as they have been combined in Section 15.

Proposed language attached.

3. Article III. "Taxation", Section 1 [3]

This paragraph would be deleted, as a license is not a "tax" as indicated under this heading.

4. Article IV. "The City Commission", Sec 8 "Vacancies"

The amendment would provide a method to fill vacancies on the City Commission, via City Commission appointment, within a reasonable timeframe in order to provide continuous representation prior to the next available election date.

Proposed language attached.

5. Article IV. "The City Commission", Sec 11 "Meeting of the Commission".

The amendment would provide a timeframe for qualifying and assuming duties of the office of Commissioner that is more in line with current election laws.

6. Article IV "The City Commission", Sec 15 "Emergency Measures".

Current language requires that an emergency ordinance takes a unanimous vote of the commission. In the event of a city-wide emergency situation, this may not be possible. The amendment would require a majority vote as with any other ordinance passage.

7. Article IV "The City Commission" Sec 19 "Appointments

Would allow the city commission to appoint the city attorney for an indefinite period subject to discharge at the will of the city commission, similar to provisions for appointing and removing the city manager.

8. Article VI "Municipal Court", Sec 2 "Judge and Clerks of the Municipal Court"

Would allow the city manager appoint the municipal court judge(s) for a two-year term.

9. Article VI. "Municipal Court" Sec 4 "Substitute Judges"

Would eliminate reference to judge appointments in this section, as it would be included in Sec 2.

10. Addition of Initiative and Referendum

Initiative and referendum procedures would allow the citizens to initiate an ordinance, or repeal an ordinance already adopted through a petition process, which would allow for all registered city voters to decide on the outcome.

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