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Tonight’s Proposed Charter Amendment – Summary of Voting Requirements

The City has recently published the summary of voting requirements if the proposed Charter amendments pass tonight.  Under the proposed Charter amendments, the following votes are required to take various actions.

  1. The general rule is that, unless specifically provided otherwise by law, the Mayor votes only in the case of a tie
  2. The general rule is that, unless specifically provided otherwise by law, all actions of the City Council require a majority vote of the Mayor and Council members attending the
    meeting.
  3. The vote of five Councilmembers is required to alter an assessment under Section C11-4 of the Charter. Because the vote of five Councilmembers is required, the Mayor would not vote in this case, as a tie vote would at most involve four Councilmembers.
  4. A two-thirds vote of all the individuals elected to the legislative body (6) is required to spend money for a purpose different from the purpose for which the money was appropriated, spend money not appropriated at the time of the annual levy or transfer funds between major budget items. This wording reflects a State law requirement. Because a vote of six members of the legislative body must approve, the Mayor would not vote in this case.
  5. A majority vote of all of the individuals elected to the legislative body (5) must vote to adopt an amendment to the Charter. This wording reflects a State law requirement. In this case, if the full Council was in attendance, and there was a tie vote with all Councilmembers voting, the Mayor could vote to break the tie.
  6. Section C6-3 requires a supermajority vote of all Councilpersons present, defined as one (1) more than a simple majority of Councilpersons present, to be able to go into closed session. The Mayor would not vote in this case.
  7. Section C8-2 requires that an emergency ordinance may be adopted only with the affirmative vote of at least six members of the Council. Because a vote of six members of the Council must approve, the Mayor would not vote in this case.
  8. A majority vote of the Mayor and the Council is required to appoint a City Manager, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council. The City Manager may be removed by a resolution approved by a vote of six members of the Mayor and Council. The Mayor is authorized to vote in both instances.
  9. A favorable vote of a majority of the total elected membership of the Council shall be necessary for adoption of the City budget. As a result, the Mayor would not vote in this instance because there is no possibility of a tie.
  10. Section C10-5 requires a vote of six members of the Council for the authorization of supplemental and emergency appropriations, reduction of appropriations, or transfer of appropriations from one department, fund or major organizational unit to another in the budgetary process. The Mayor would not vote in this case.

[Source: City of College Park]

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