6 amendments on the ballot to change the charter of the city of Gonzales
The city manager of Gonzales, the city attorney and the municipal court judge would not have to be residents of the city under the proposed changes to the city’s Home Rule charter.
Six amendments to the charter of the city of Gonzales will appear on the May 1 ballot in a special election.
Election day will also decide who will serve District 2 on Gonzales City Council, with Johnnie R. Hunt, James H. Lawrence and Sherri Tumlinson Koepp vying for the seat currently held by Tommy Schurig, who did not seek re-election. .
In District 1, Joseph “Poochie” Kridler is running unopposed for the seat currently held by Gary A. Schroeder, who has not sought re-election.
Eligible voters from all four constituencies can vote on amendments to the charter.
Here are the amendments that were sent to voters by the town hall of Gonzales:
• Measure A: “An amendment to the charter of the city’s internal regulations prohibiting the mayor and members of the council from sitting on a committee, a commission, a council or other Municipal entity unless no other qualified citizen is available for an appointment. “
This measure is a new addition to the charter, creating section 3.16, Service on municipal councils and committees.
• Measure B: “An amendment to the charter of the city’s internal regulations requiring an appointment to the city council to a vacant post in a city council office if there remains between 90 and 365 days during the term of the vacant city council office. “
This would amend section 3.06 B Vacancies, removing a clause that allows the board to call a special election to fill a vacant seat. The only remaining option to fill a vacant position would be appointment by the board if there is between 90 and 365 days left for the term of that position.
• Measure C: “An amendment to the charter of the City’s internal by-laws removing the requirement that the city manager reside within the city limits during his mandate.”
The third proposed measure would remove any residency requirement for the City Manager position from section 4.01 Appointment and Qualifications.
• Measure D: “An amendment to the charter of the City’s internal regulations removing the requirement that the municipal judge must be a qualified voter of the City.”
Like Measure C, this measure removes the residency requirement from Section 4.04 Municipal Court. This does not change any professional requirements of the position.
• Measure E: “An amendment to the charter of the city’s internal regulations obliging the city council to select the most qualified person to be the city’s prosecutor.”
Like the two measures that precede it, Measure E removes the residency requirements from section 4.05 of the city attorney, but does not change any employment requirements as such.
• Measure F: “An amendment to the charter of the city’s internal regulations authorizing the expenditure of economic development funds as authorized by state law.
This measure amends section 8.02 to allow public funds to be spent in private subdivisions within city limits, as permitted by the Texas Constitution and other state laws.