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May 5, 2018 Elections

The May 5, 2018 Election includes ballot propositions related to the City Charter.

Proposition A – City of Anna, Texas

Shall the City of Anna, Texas Home-Rule Charter be amended to allow personnel regulations to be adopted by a resolution of the City Council?

Proposition B – City of Anna, Texas

Shall the City of Anna, Texas Home-Rule Charter be amended to allow the City Council to fill by appointment any vacancy occurring on the City Council for an unexpired term of 12 months or less?

Proposition C – City of Anna, Texas

Shall the City of Anna, Texas Home-Rule Charter be amended to add the prohibition against nepotism to the penalties under Charter Section 14.06, the violation of which would result in forfeiture of elected or appointed City position and a period of ineligibility to hold same?

Proposition D – City of Anna, Texas

Shall the City of Anna, Texas Home-Rule Charter be amended to increase the period of ineligibility to hold an elected or appointed City position from five years to ten years for violation of any penalty listed under Charter Section 14.06?

Proposition E – City of Anna, Texas

Shall the City of Anna, Texas Home-Rule Charter be amended to allow publication of City ordinances, resolutions, notice of budget public hearing, audit summary, and other various notices and materials required to be published under the Charter or other law by means other than newspaper publication (e.g., publication on the City’s Internet website) to the extent state law is amended to allow such alternative method of publication?

                 

For the purposes of Proposition A, it is proposed that Section 4.06(a) of the Charter be amended to read as follows:

(a) Personnel rules must be prepared by the City Manager and presented to the City Council, who may adopt them by resolution, with or without amendment. The adopted rules must establish the City as an Equal Opportunity Employer and must govern the equitable administration of the Personnel System of the City.”

                 

For the purposes of Proposition B, it is proposed that Section 3.05(d) of the Charter be amended to read as follows:

(d) If for any reason a single vacancy or multiple vacancies exist on the City Council, the vacancy must be filled by majority vote of the qualified voters at a special election called for such purpose within 120 days after such vacancy occurs as required by Article XI, Section 11 of the Texas Constitution; provided, however, that the Council may opt to fill by appointment any such vacancy occurring for an unexpired term of 12 months or less. The person elected or appointed to fill the vacancy must meet the qualifications referenced in Section 3.02 of this Charter. The person elected or appointed to fill the vacancy serves until the next regular municipal election for that Place on the City Council. If the position of Mayor becomes vacant, then the City Council must—as soon as is practicable after a Mayor is elected or appointed to fill the vacancy—elect the positions of Mayor Pro-Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem.”

For the purposes of Proposition C, it is proposed that Section 14.06 of the Charter be amended, in relevant part, to read as follows:

“Any person who willfully engages in and is found in violation of any of the activities prohibited in Sections 14.01, 14.02, 14.03, 14.04 or 14.05 of this Article is ineligible for appointment or election to a position in the City … . If the person is an officer or employee of the City at the time of the violation, he or she must immediately forfeit his or her office or position, if found in violation.”

For the purposes of Proposition D, it is proposed that Section 14.06 of the Charter be amended, in relevant part, to read as follows:

“Any person who willfully engages in and is found in violation of any of the activities prohibited in … this Article is ineligible for appointment or election to a position in the City for a period of ten years from that time. If the person is an officer or employee of the City at the time of the violation, he or she must immediately forfeit his or her office or position, if found in violation.”

For the purposes of Proposition E, it is proposed that Section 3.13(b) of the Charter be amended to read as follows:

(b) Every ordinance is effective upon adoption or at any later time(s) specified in the ordinance, except that every ordinance imposing any penalty, fine or forfeiture is effective only after having been published twice in its entirety or summary form after adoption, in a newspaper designated as the official newspaper of the City.  Notwithstanding the foregoing and to the extent state law provides for an applicable alternate method for publication, the City may forgo newspaper publication and publish the ordinance or its caption in accordance with the applicable state law.”

For the purposes of Proposition E, it is proposed that Section 6.17 of the Charter be amended to read as follows:

“The person performing the duties of City Secretary of the City must publish at least twice in the official newspaper of the City the proposed or referred ordinance or resolution within 15 days before the date of the election, and must give such other notices and do such other things relative to such election as are required by law in municipal elections and by the ordinance or resolution calling said election. Notwithstanding the foregoing and to the extent state law provides for an applicable alternate method for publication, the City may forgo newspaper publication and publish the ordinance or resolution in accordance with the applicable state law.”

                 

For the purposes of Proposition E, it is proposed that Section 7.05 of the Charter be amended to read as follows:

“At the City Council meeting when the budget is submitted, the City Council must name the date and place of a public hearing and have published in the official newspaper of the City, at least twice, the time and place, which will be not less than ten days nor more than 30 days after the date of notice. At this hearing, interested citizens may express their opinions concerning items of expenditures, giving their reasons for wishing to increase or decrease any items of expense. Notwithstanding the foregoing and to the extent state law provides for an applicable alternate method for publication, the City may forgo newspaper publication and publish the time and place of the hearing in accordance with the applicable state law.”

For the purposes of Proposition E, it is proposed that Section 7.18 of the Charter be amended to read as follows:

“When deemed necessary by the City Council, it may call—and at the close of each fiscal year—must call for an independent audit of all accounts of the City by a certified public accountant. No more than five consecutive annual audits may be completed by the same firm. The certified public accountant selected may have no personal interest, directly or indirectly, in the financial affairs of the City or any of its officers. The report of audit, with the auditor's recommendations, will be made to the City Council. Upon completion of the audit, the summary must be published immediately in the official newspaper of the City and copies of the audit placed on file in the office of the person performing the duties of City Secretary, as a public record. Notwithstanding the foregoing and to the extent state law provides for an applicable alternate method for publication, the City may forgo newspaper publication and publish the summary in accordance with the applicable state law”

For the purposes of Proposition E, it is proposed that Section 11.02 of the Charter be amended to read as follows:

“The City Council must declare an official newspaper of general circulation in the City. All ordinances, captions, notices, and other matters required by this Charter, City ordinance, or state or federal law to be published must be published in the official newspaper. Notwithstanding the foregoing and to the extent that state law provides for an applicable alternate method for publication, the City may forgo newspaper publication and publish the ordinance, caption, notice, or other matter in accordance with the applicable state law.”

For the purposes of Proposition E, it is proposed that Section 11.07(b) of the Charter be amended to read as follows:

(b) The City Council must receive and have published in the official newspaper of the City a comprehensive summary of the report presented by the Commission, must consider any recommendations made, and may order any amendments suggested to be submitted to the voters of the City in the manner provided by state law as now written or amended. Notwithstanding the foregoing and to the extent state law provides for an applicable alternate method for publication, the City may forgo newspaper publication and publish the comprehensive summary in accordance with the applicable state law.”

For the purposes of Proposition E, it is proposed that Article 11 of the Charter be amended to add a new Section 11.08 read as follows:

“SECTION 11.08 – Potential Alternative Method of Publication

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Charter and to the extent state law provides for an applicable alternate method for publication that applies to anything required under this Charter to be published in a newspaper, the City may forgo newspaper publication and publish in accordance with the applicable state law.”

                                                                EARLY VOTING

Early voting by personal appearance by any qualified Collin County resident shall be conducted at the Anna City Hall, 111 N. Powell Pkwy, Anna, Texas 75409, or at any of the other Collin County Vote Centers established by the Joint Election Contract.  Early voting by personal appearance for the May 5, 2018, election will be conducted by the Collin County Elections Administration.  The dates and times for early voting by personal appearance are as follows:

Polling Place

Address

 City

Collin County Election Office

(Main Early Voting Location)

2010 Redbud Blvd., #102

McKinney

Anna City Hall

111 N. Powell Parkway

Anna

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

April 22

April 23

8am – 5pm

April 24

8am – 5pm

April 25

8am – 5pm

April 26

8am - 7pm

April 27

8am - 5pm

April 28

8am - 5pm

April 29

April 30

7am – 7pm

May 1

7am – 7pm

May 2

May 3

May 4

May 5

7am – 7pm

Election Day




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