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New Charter Amendment May Give Mayor Additional Voting Power

According to the latest Council packet, Council may consider introducing one of the two draft amendments at this week’s meeting. One version will allow the mayor to vote in specific circumstances (assessments, moving money, and charter amendments), regardless if there is a tie vote. The other option does not extend the mayor’s right to vote in those specific circumstances but retains existing language whereby the Mayor can only vote to break a tie.

The two options that the Council may consider are as follows:
1) Introduce the attached draft Charter resolution that incorporates the draft amendments and schedule a Public Hearing. In addition to making clarifying amendments, this resolution would allow the Mayor to vote with respect to alterations of assessments, spending money for a purpose different from the purpose for which the money was appropriated, spending money not appropriated at the time of the annual levy or transferring funds between major budget items and adoption of Charter amendments, regardless if there is a tie vote.

2) Introduce a different Charter resolution that incorporates the draft Charter amendments but allows the Mayor to vote with respect to alterations of assessments, spending money for a purpose different from the purpose for which the money was appropriated, spending money not appropriated at the time of the annual levy or transferring funds between major budget items and adoption of Charter amendments only in the case of a tie vote; and schedule a Public Hearing.

It is important to note that none of the proposed Charter amendments before the Council will change the outcome of Charter Amendment 17-CR-02 (the non-U.S. citizen resident voting measure). That Charter Amendment was NOT adopted since it failed to receive a majority vote of 5 for the amendment to pass.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed change on February 13.

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