November 5th, City of Amarillo Special Election
The issuance of $31,500,000 general obligation bonds for park and recreation facilities.
To amend the Amarillo City charter by making nonsubstantive vocabulary changes throughout all Articles of the charter in order to use modern and consistent terminology, titles, and labels, which shall include but not be limited to, changing the name of the governing body from "City Commission" to "City Council," as well as applying such consistent and modern terminology, titles, and labels to other propositions on this ballot that are approved.
To repeal Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the General Provisions of the Amarillo City Charter, which are provisions that applied only in the years 1913 to 1915, during the transition to and implementation of the Charter upon its initial adoption.
To repeal references to a specific state law in the Amarillo City Charter and in each instance replace it with the phrase, "applicable state law, as amended," except for any specific statute that may be added by another proposition on this ballot.
To amend Article I, Section 4 of the Amarillo City Charter to remove the timelines and procedures for annexation and instead require that annexations be conducted in accordance with applicable state law as amended or by ordinance.
To amend Article V, Section 12 of the Amarillo City Charter to explicitly acknowledge that meetings must be conducted in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, as amended, or successor statute.
To amend Article II, Section 22 of the Amarillo City Charter to provide that the governing body may appoint any number of municipal court judges as the governing body deems necessary for the efficient operation of the court, each of whom shall equally possess and exercise all judicial powers, duties, and privileges of that office.
To amend Article II, Section 22 of the Amarillo City Charter to specify that the maximum fine in municipal court shall be in accordance with state law as amended or by city ordinance.
To amend Article V, Section 16 of the Amarillo City Charter to remove the $250 limit on emergency expenditures by the City Manager and require that such shall be in accordance with applicable law as amended.
To amend Article V, Section 32 of the Amarillo City Charter to delete the specific dollar amount and to state that the City Manager and any other employee required to post an official bond shall do so as required by ordinance.
To amend Article V, Section 14 of the Amarillo City Charter to define a quorum as a majority of all members of the Commission.
To repeal specific dates and time periods for the several kinds of elections described in the Amarillo City Charter, and amending Section 9 of Article V of the Charter to state: "Except as provided in Article V, Section 8, the timing and ordering of, notices, conducting, canvassing, and all other procedures for each election shall be in accordance with state law and occur upon the next available date allowed by state law for such election, and in the absence of a state law, then in accordance with ordinance."
To amend Article V, Section 8 of the Amarillo City Charter to specify that the regular municipal election shall occur on the date allowed by state law that occurs on or nearest to May 1 in each odd numbered year and, if state law provides for two election dates which are equally near to May 1, then the governing body shall select one.
To amend Section 3 of the General Provisions of the Amarillo City Charter to add: "At any election for the adoption of charter amendments, if the provisions of two or more proposed amendments on the ballot are irreconcilably inconsistent, and each receives a majority favorable vote, then the amendment that receives the highest number of favorable votes shall prevail in that election."
To amend Article II, Section 23 of the Amarillo City Charter to add: "At any election for an initiative or referendum, if the provisions of two or more initiative or referendum measures on the ballot are irreconcilably inconsistent, and each receives a majority favorable vote, then the measure that receives the highest number of favorable votes shall prevail in that election."
To amend Article II, Section 23 of the Amarillo City Charter by adding: "In the event the committee does not file the completed and signed petition with the City Secretary by close of business on the 120th day (or the next business day if the City Secretary's office is closed on such day), after the day that the committee initially filed the proposed petition with the City Secretary, then such petition and the committee registration shall be deemed to be withdrawn and void."
To amend Article II, Sections 23 and 24 of the Amarillo City Charter by adding to each section: "For each completed petition submitted by the committee, the City Secretary shall be allowed a period of twenty-one (21) calendar days in which to verify that the required number of valid signatures is contained on each petition."
To amend Article II, Section 23 of the Amarillo City Charter by adding: "The city secretary shall not accept the registration of citizens as either an initiating or referring committee or their petition if the subject matter of the proposed petition has been the subject of a public election within the preceding three (3) years.
To amend Article V, Section 12 of the Amarillo City Charter to allow cancellation of a meeting of the city commission for exigent circumstances, provided that in no event shall a cancellation under this provision result in less than two meetings occurring during a month, in the absence of a disaster declaration.
To amend Article V, Section 5 of the Amarillo City Charter to provide that at the time of filing as a candidate for mayor or city commissioner, the person shall, in addition to meeting all other requirements and qualifications, either pay an application fee of $100 to the city secretary, or in lieu of such fee, submit a petition signed by 100 registered voters of the City, verified by the city secretary, in support of the person's candidacy.
To amend Article VI, Section 4 of the Amarillo City Charter to exempt from civil service all assistant department heads and those employees who are employed as an Attorney or other professional whose professional services are regulated by the state law on procurement of professional services by state agencies.
To amend Article II, Section 23 of the Amarillo City Charter to require that petitions be signed by not less than five (5) percent of the registered voters residing within the city.