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Killeen City Council OKs propositions for May ballot

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:30 am

The Killeen City Council approved 33 amendments to the city charter Tuesday to be placed on the ballot for voter approval in the May 11 election.

Although the majority of the propositions are unsubstantial revisions of outdated language, seven of the proposed amendments will alter the process for recalling council members.

Proposition 24 will require recall petitions for district council members to be signed only by registered voters in the council member’s district.

The city allowed signatures from residents citywide to sign the recall petitions for district council members in 2011, when residents recalled five of the city’s seven council members.

The debate over who should be allowed to sign recall petitions was a major impetus for the sweeping revisions to the charter that the council proposed.

“There were some things in there that did not promote good government,” Mayor Dan Corbin said. “We have nothing in there but updates to language that should have been updated periodically since the 1950s.”

Corbin said the most substantial amendment would require the council — not city staff — to designate an external auditor for the city, so that the auditor “is not appointed by those who it is auditing.”

The ballot was approved by a 6 to 1 vote of the council, with the dissenting vote cast by District 3 Councilman Terry Clark.

Clark said he opposed the ballot because of the challenge it would place on residents to make educated votes on the proposed 33 ballot items, which will run in the same election as candidates for the district council race.

“Three of the propositions represent more than 50 percent of the proposed edits to the document,” Clark said, after the meeting.

The last time Killeen held a charter election, in 2005, the charter ballot contained eight propositions.

Throughout its three-month review of the charter, the council read all 151 sections of the 45-page document — which outlines the city’s legal framework.

“The citizens are going to have to do the same work that I did to understand what they are voting on,” Clark said.

Copies of both the current city charter and the charter with the proposed amendments are available on the city of Killeen website, www.killeentexas.gov.

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2 comments:

  • Viktor posted at 12:32 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 316

    Charter should've been updated periodically since the 1950s says Mayor? Yes as old families that settled here began to realize potential goldmine of Camp/Ft. Hood. Assets of those having to do with city business should've been protected since 1950s. Who could've foreseen recent recall of previous city council? Alas with city's growth came new headaches. Ruling class realized they had weakened in power. 7 ballots have to do with changing recall language? Clearly shows where priorities lie. Those relying on city to provide their cash flow can't afford city business coming to a halt in event of another recall. Desperation to change the recall language is pathetic.

     
  • Eliza posted at 10:36 am on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 726

    I agree w' Terry Clark in that there will need to be some homework done by voters before the election about exactly what it is they'll be voting on.

    I still believe all voters through out the city should be able to vote for re-call,no matter where they live in the city. Jonathan Okray stated in the KDH the council works as a whole. The voters should be allowed to vote for or against anyone who is incharge of pending tax money.

    Though the most important ,I consider mis justice, done to voters was that hands will be tied as far as where they can vote, in districts or as a citywide voter.
    This was kept off the May ballot

    This choice was decided by council .

    I would take it then,This means that those (councilpersons) who consider themselves as someone who should be answerable only to members of the district they represent, will only have the legal right to vote on items pertaining to their district alone.
    They themselves have stated,no one else would show as much interest their district, as someone who lived in their district would.
    It is like a special interest representative will be had for the district areas.

    So how would other tax payers in the city at large, be able to believe these district special reps, would have an interest in other areas of the citizens domicile if it came down to only enough funds for one area.

    What if it came down to their dictrict,my area or your area?
    Who gets the special interest then?