Residents to vote on 14 proposed amendments to Victoria City charter in May 7 election

Residents will be able to decide on rules for term limits, emergency elections and many other local government functions when the City hosts an election May 7 on 14 proposed amendments to the City charter.

VICTORIA, Texas – Residents will be able to decide on rules for term limits, emergency elections, and many other local government functions when the City hosts an election on May 7 on 14 proposed amendments to the City charter.

The City Council last year appointed a committee of residents to recommend changes to the charter, which was last updated in 2012. The committee developed 14 proposed amendments to bring to the voters.

“Updating our City charter is an important process that allows us to ensure our local government structure continues to operate in a way that facilitates long-term sustainability,” said City Manager Jesús A. Garza.

Residents can learn more about the proposed amendments here and here for a voter guide that can help explain each of the propositions.  This page includes a list of amendments and a brief explanation of what each one would change. Residents can also compare the current charter to the proposed revisions.

The charter amendments will appear on the ballot during the May 7 City Council election.
Early voting is April 25 to 29 and May 2 and 3. During early voting, polls are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 14 propositions are as follows:

Proposition A:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria by deleting and amending those provisions which are redundant of state law, duplicative of other sections of the Charter or otherwise unnecessary for placement in the Charter, and to provide clarity.

Proposition B:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria by deletion and revision to require and ensure compliance with state law.

Proposition C:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to provide that all current and future elected officials are ineligible to serve in the same office for a period of one year after serving four (4) consecutive elected terms in that office.

Proposition D:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to provide that the City Council may, upon a vacancy occurring on Council with less than 180 days remaining on the term, leave a position vacant, appoint a new Council Member to fill such vacancy for the remaining 180 days, or call a special election to fill the vacancy.

Proposition E:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria authorizing leases or concessions of parkland be conducted consistent with the requirements of state law.

Proposition F:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to provide that if the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem are absent, sick, or unable to perform the duties of office, the most senior member of City Council shall perform the duties of Mayor.

Proposition G:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to provide that a Mayor Pro-Tem shall be elected by the City Council at the first regular City Council meeting following each regular City election.

Proposition H:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to provide that all adopted ordinances and the City’s code shall published on the City’s website and electronically respectively.

Proposition I:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to provide that all assistant city attorneys are to be appointed and removed by the City Attorney.

Proposition J:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to clarify the powers and duties of the City Attorney.

Proposition K: Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to require the City Council to adopt an ordinance which provides appropriate signatory authority for checks, vouchers, or warrants for the withdrawal of money from a City Depository.

Proposition L:  Amending Article VIII Initiative, Referendum and Recall of the Charter of the City of Victoria changing the term “qualified voter” to “registered voter”.

Proposition M:  Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to require city officials to comply with state law regarding conflicts of interest.

Proposition N: Amending the Charter of the City of Victoria to provide for a process for reconstituting the City Council when a quorum of City Council has been lost due to multiple deaths or injuries.

Victoria county GOP Party Chair Bill Pozzi is hoping for high voter turnout in this election saying it’s important to exercise the right to vote.

“How can we be a good citizen, our responsibility, we have rights, and we have responsibilities, right? If you don’t take your responsibility seriously, you won’t have those rights. So go out and vote. That’s important,” says Pozzi.