Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Charter amendment election set for May 9
Registered voters in Bryan will decide five proposed changes to the City charter on May 9. The propositions include:
Proposition 1 – This proposal would change a section title to use the word “salary” instead of “compensation” in reference to pay for City Council members. Council members currently receive $10 per month for their service, and the wording change is necessary to clarify that the funds are subject to income tax reporting and withholding. The actual amount of pay received by Council members will not increase.
Proposition 2 – The current Charter outlines in detail the duties and responsibilities of the Chief Finance Officer, who works directly for the City Manager. The City Charter is not the typical place to assign duties to a direct report to the City Manager and should be appropriately outlined in the job description for that position. Also, this Charter amendment modernizes the sections of the Charter on finance, budgeting, accounting, taxation and fees to reflect current acceptable budgeting and accounting standards and practices, and also adds that the City shall comply with federal laws as well as state laws relative to financial issues.
Proposition 3 – This proposal would correct punctuation and grammar in the Charter, by adding and deleting commas, and changing the word “drain” to “drainage” in one section of the Charter. None of these proposed changes are substantive.
Proposition 4 – Some Bryan residents petitioned to place this item on the ballot. If approved, it would change from three to two the number of council members required to place an item on a council agenda. However, the proposition would remove the ability of future Councils to set their own rules of procedure for placing items on the agenda; future councils could not lower or raise the number of Council members required to place an item on the agenda.
Proposition 5 - Also included on the ballot is a proposition that would allow the City of Bryan to dispose of 0.7819 acre of unused, undeveloped, landlocked parkland located on West Villa Maria Road, between Finfeather Road and Forestwood Drive, that is now inaccessible to the public due to the construction of the grade separation at Finfeather, Wellborn and Villa Maria roads. If the voters approve this proposition, the City will dispose of the parkland in accordance with State law and City Charter to obtain the best value for the City. Any funds received from the sale of this small tract of land will be deposited in the City’s parkland dedication fund to be used solely for park improvements in the same area of the city.
Bryan’s last charter amendment election was in 2006. Early voting begins Monday, April 27 and continues through May 5. The election is set for May 9.
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