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Haltom City Mayor

Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$50 per Council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Dr. An Truong
Email: antruong530@gmail.com
Bob WatkinsEmail: bob@bobwatkinsforhaltomcity.com
Trae FowlerEmail: tfowler65@outlook.com

Recent News Articles

“Haltom City mayoral candidate has homestead exemption on property that’s not his home” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Feb 15, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/northeast-tarrant/article226361845.html

Haltom City City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$25 per Council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Recent News Articles

“Haltom City mayor, council say they support city manager” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Oct 10, 2018) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/northeast-tarrant/article219805740.html

“Haltom City manager accuses councilmen of breaking law, harassing firefighter” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Aug 1, 2018) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/northeast-tarrant/article215949990.html

PLACE 1

Who’s Running?

Marian Hilliard
Email: hilliard.marian@gmail.com

PLACE 2

Who’s Running?

Walter Grow (incumbent)
Email: walter@walterforhaltom.com
Daren HudsonEmail: daren@hudsonglass.net

PLACE 5

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat; unexpired term

Warner James
Email: outlaws7785@gmail.com
Susan SouleEmail: soulegal55@att.net
Kyle SmithFB: https://www.facebook.com/Kyle-Smith-for-Haltom-City-Council-Place-5-403884610180782/
Email: irishfankyle1900@gmail.com

PLACE 7

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Willis O’Dell
Email: autoworldtow1@aol.com
Gaye Vanzanthttps://www.gayevanzant.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/haltomstrongertogether
Email: gvanzant007@gmail.com
Email: gayevanzant@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Willis O’Dell
Gaye Vanzant
1. Honesty and Integrity in and outside of City Hall
2. Fiscal responsibility with need and long term solution as priority
3. South Haltom in need of repair from decay and lack of business to service these citizens
4. Availability to citizens for personal interaction
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Willis O’Dell
Gaye Vanzant
Long term commitment and life experience:
---married 43 years
---accounting jobs since 19 years old
---27 years living in and property owner in Haltom City
---no conflict of interest in any dealings
---already involved in City events and outreach: food, clothing and personal support
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Willis O’Dell
Gaye Vanzant
The foundational approach would be:
--- to assess the land size
---use of for profit or nonprofit
---burden/cost to city for civil service and maintenance
Creative:
---fees assessed other than taxes
---private or government funding available
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Willis O’Dell
Gaye Vanzant
Review current business ratio of responsibility to private citizens within the city. Pursue new business for additional income. Utilize the ideas, insights and innovations within the citizens and outside sources to create new ways to build a bigger base for income.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Willis O’Dell
Gaye Vanzant
We cannot make wise decisions based on emotion or personal opinion. We must come together listening and learning from those who have needed facts and insight. I want to learn and put my heart, hands and feet to serving the citizens of Haltom City.

Haltom City City Charter Amendment Election

The City Charter is the city’s most important legal document – similar to a constitution for a state or a nation. The City Charter defines the organization, powers, functions, and essential procedures of the city government.

The Special Election will ask voters to accept or reject the recommended changes contained in Propositions A-V.

Resources

Haltom City, Code of Ordinances – includes original language for Haltom City Home Rule Charter https://library.municode.com/tx/haltom_city/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIHORUCH

Recent News Articles

“Haltom City manager accuses councilmen of breaking law, harassing firefighter,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Aug 1, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/northeast-tarrant/article215949990.html

PROPOSITION A

Ballot Proposition
Ethics - Shall Sections 2.03 and 10.02a of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the city council to establish and appoint members to an Ethics Commission; to name the ethics policy; to require that the ethics policy address contractual relationships with the city; and to require the city council to utilize the Ethics Commission when enforcing ethics policy?

Ética - Se debe modificar las secciones 2.03 y 10.02a de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que el Ayuntamiento establezca y designe miembros en la Comisión de Ética; designe la política de ética; exija que la política de establezca relaciones contractuales con la ciudad y que el Ayuntamiento utilice la Comisión de Ética cuando exija el cumplimiento de la política de ética.
If I Vote FORThe Haltom City Charter, Sections 2.03 and 10.02a will be revised to allow the city council to appoint an Ethics Commission to do the following:
- Set ethics policy
- Require that the ethics policy address contractual relationships in city government
- Require that the city council use the Ethics Commission to enforce the ethics policy
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Haltom City Charter, Sections 2.03 and 10.02a will remain the same. Currently, Section 2.03 includes statements that the city council may:
- Inquire into the conduct of any office, department or agency of the city and make investigations for this purpose.
- Provide for and appoint members to a Planning Commission, a Zoning Commission, a Zoning Board of Adjustment, and all commissions and boards of the city unless required otherwise by this charter or state law. The Planning and Zoning Commission may be combined. City boards and commissions shall have all powers and duties now or hereafter conferred and created by this charter, by city ordinance, or by other law.

Section 10.02 states:
- Nepotism. No person related within the second degree by affinity or within the third degree by consanguinity, to the mayor, or to any member of the city council, or to the city manager, shall be appointed to any office, position, clerkship or service of the city.
Tax ConsequencesThe proposition is not expected to have significant tax consequences.

PROPOSITION B

Ballot PropositionCity Council - Shall Section 3.01a of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide the mayor shall be limited to five (5) consecutive terms as mayor, not including any time served as a councilmember; and to provide that councilmembers shall be limited to three (3) consecutive terms but may serve five (5) consecutive terms if two (2) or more terms are served as mayor?

Ayuntamiento - Se debe modificar la Sección 3.01a de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que el alcalde se desempeñe en su cargo durante un máximo de cinco (5) períodos consecutivos, sin incluir el tiempo en que se desempeñó como Miembro del Ayuntamiento y que los miembros del Ayuntamiento puedan desempeñarse en su cargo durante un máximo de tres (3) períodos consecutivos pero puedan permanecer en su cargo durante cinco (5) períodos consecutivos si se desempeñaron durante dos (2) o más períodos como alcalde?
If I Vote FORThe Haltom City Charter, Section 3.01a will be amended, so that:
- Mayors may serve no more than five terms in a row, not including service as a city council member (currently, no mayor or city councilmember may serve for more than three terms in a row)
- City council members may serve no more than three terms in a row, but may serve five terms in a row, if two or more of those terms are as Mayor (currently no mayor or city councilmember may serve more than five terms in a row in any office)
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Haltom City Charter, Section 3.01a will remain the same.

Section 3.01a states:
(a) A person who has served as an elected official in any one elected office for three consecutive terms shall not again be eligible to become a candidate for, or to serve in, the elected office held until the next general election after the third consecutive term has expired. The office of city council member, regardless of place number, is a single elected office for purposes of this chapter (article).
(b) A person who has served in more than one elected office for five consecutive terms shall not be eligible to become a candidate for, or to serve in, an elected office until the next general election after the fifth consecutive two-year term has expired.
(c) As used in Subsections (a) and (b) any length of service within a two-year term that exceeds 360 days, is a term served.
Tax ConsequencesNone.

PROPOSITION C

Ballot PropositionCity Council - Shall Sections 3.02 and 4.03 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the local application and qualification requirements for a place on the ballot for city council shall be governed by the state application and qualification requirements for a place on the ballot?

Ayuntamiento - Se debe modificar las secciones 3.02 y 4.03 de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que los requisitos locales para la calificación y la solicitud para ocupar un lugar en la boleta electoral para el Ayuntamiento sean regidos por los requisitos estatales para la calificación y solicitud para ocupar un lugar en la boleta electoral?
If I Vote FORThe Haltom City Charter, Sections 3.02 and 4.03 will be amended, so that:
- The city’s requirements for individuals running for city council will be exactly the same as the state’s legal requirements for those running for local office
- State requirements are: candidates must be US citizens; be 18 years or older on the date of appointment; have resided in the state for 12 months and in the city for 6 months and be registered to vote; have not been determined by a court to be mentally incapacitated; and not be a convicted felon who has not completed parole or been pardoned
- The requirements that would be removed are: residing in the city for at least 12 months prior to election; not have unpaid taxes or other liabilities due to the city; not have any financial interest in any contract with the city unless permitted by state law; not hold any other public office unless permitted by state law
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Haltom City Charter, Sections 3.02 and 4.03 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
- Any qualified person may have his or her name placed on the official ballot as a candidate for the office of mayor or council member by providing information required by state law and filing an application in substantially the following form: "I, ____________ , do hereby declare that I am a candidate for the office of ____________ and request that my name be printed upon the official ballot for that particular office in the next City election. I meet all the qualifications to serve on the city council listed in Section 3.02 of this charter, which are as follows:

To be qualified to serve on the city council, each of the seven (7) council members and the mayor shall:
(1) Be a citizen of the United States of America;
(2) Be a qualified voter;
(3) Have resided in the city for at least 12 months prior to the date of the election;
(4) Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election;
(5) Not be in arrears in the payment of any taxes or other liability due the city;
(6) Not have been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
(7) Not have any financial interest in any contract with the city or the sale of any equipment, materials, or other articles to the city, except as permitted by state law;
(8) Not hold any other public office except that of notary public, member of the National Guard, any military reserve, or retired member of the armed services, except as otherwise permitted by state law;
(9) Not have been declared mentally incompetent by the final judgment of a court; and
(10) Abide by the nepotism law (Chapter 573, Texas Government Code), and as provided in Section 10.02 of the Charter.

- A member of the council who ceases to possess any of the qualifications specified in this section for a period of sixty (60) days following notice from the city secretary regarding same, or who is convicted of a felony while in office, shall immediately forfeit the office.
Tax ConsequencesNone.

PROPOSITION D

Ballot PropositionElections - Shall Section 4.01 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that special elections shall be ordered to fill vacancies and pursuant to citizen petitions?

Elecciones - Se debe modificar la Sección 4.01 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que se soliciten elecciones especiales para ocupar los puestos vacantes y de acuerdo con la solicitud de los ciudadanos?
If I Vote FORThe Haltom City Charter, Section 4.01 will be amended, so that:

- Special elections will be required to fill vacancies on the city council, including mayor
- Special elections will be required to respond to citizen petitions
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Haltom City Charter, Section 4.01 will remain the same.

Section 4.01 states:
- The regular city election shall be held on a date authorized by state law, at which time officers will be elected to fill those offices which become vacant that year. The city council shall designate the location of the polling place in such election. The city council may, by resolution, or ordinance, order such special elections permitted by law, fix the time and place for holding same and provide all means for holding such special election.
Tax ConsequencesSpecial elections are funded by the city and may result in increased costs. The proposition is not expected to have significant tax consequences.

PROPOSITION E

Ballot PropositionElections - Shall Section 4.03(b) of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that a petition for candidacy to an elected office must have the requisite number of signatures prescribed by the Texas Election Code; and to require an applicant for elective office to submit two (2) forms of identification, one (1) being a photo id?

Elecciones - Se debe modificar la Sección 4.03(b) del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que la solicitud de candidatura para un cargo público deba tener el número requerido de firmas prescrito por el Código Electoral de Texas y que el candidato al cargo público presente dos (2) formas de identificación con foto?
If I Vote FORThe Haltom City Charter, Section 4.03(b) will be amended, so that:

- Petitions gathered by candidates for office must have the required number of signatures under state election code
- Candidates for office will be required to submit two forms of identification, one of them being a photo id
- Note: according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, candidates for municipal office are not required to submit signatures for a place on the ballot, although municipalities may choose to require a certain number of signatures (see https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/local.shtml; also https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/candidacy.shtml)
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Haltom City Charter, Section 4.03(b) will remain the same.

Section 4.03(b) states:
- The application shall be filed in the office of the City Secretary not later than 5:00 p.m. of a day authorized by state law as a filing deadline for general or special elections. The application shall be witnessed by an officer of the city who is qualified to administer oaths. A fifty dollar ($50.00) filing fee shall be paid by each candidate whose name appears on the official ballot. This fee shall be paid to the City Secretary at the time of filing of the application, and credited to the general fund of the city. As an alternate procedure to payment of this fee, a person may submit a petition in favor of his/her candidacy, signed by at least fifty (50) registered voters. The application must be accompanied by two forms of identification required by state law to identify a voter, reflecting an address that matches the address on the application. The official ballots shall be printed not less than twenty (20) days before the date of the election. The name of a person who does not file all required, completed documents by the deadline, will not be placed on the ballot.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION F

Ballot PropositionElections - Shall Section 4.06 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that city elections are governed by state law; to provide that where state law provides, the language of the Charter will take precedence in elections, to grant the city council authority to cure any deficiencies in election requirements found in state law and the Charter; and to provide that an election that substantially complies with state law and the Charter will not be invalidated due to any informalities in the election?

Elecciones - Se debe modificar la Sección 4.06 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que las elecciones municipales estén regidas por las leyes estatales, que cuando las leyes estatales así lo establezcan, el texto de los estatutos tenga precedencia en las elecciones; que se le ortorgue al Ayuntamiento la autoridad para resolver toda deficiencia en los requistos de la elección que se encuentren en las leyes estatales y en el estatuto y que una elección que cumpla sustancialmente con las leyes estatales y con el estatuto no sea invalidada debido a ninguna informalidad en la elección?
If I Vote FORSection 4.06 of the City Charter will be amended to state that:
- City elections are governed by state law
- Where state election law allows, the City Charter language takes precedence over state requirements
- The city council has the authority to address any deficiencies in state and Charter election requirements
- Any election that substantially complies with state law and the City Charter will not be invalidated due to election informalities
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 4.06 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 4.06 states that:
- All city elections shall be governed, except as otherwise provided by this charter, by the laws of the State of Texas governing general and municipal elections.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION G

Ballot PropositionElections - Shall the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended by adding Section 4.09 to establish that the election of a mayor and city council members must be by majority vote; and to establish that a runoff election must be held if no candidate for mayor or a particular place receives a majority vote?

Elecciones - Se debe modificar el estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para incorporar la Sección 4.09 y establecer que la elección de alcalde y de los miembros del Ayuntamiento debe hacerse por mayoría de votos y que se haga una segunda vuelta si ninguno de los candidatos a alcalde o a otro cargo en particular recibe la mayoría de los votos?
If I Vote FORSection 4.09 will be added to the City Charter to state that:
- Election of a mayor or city council member must be by majority vote (meaning over half of all of the votes cast)
- If no mayor or city council member receives a majority vote, a runoff election must be held
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 4.09 will not be added to the City Charter.
Tax ConsequencesRunoff elections are funded by the city and may result in increased costs. The proposition is not expected to have significant tax consequences.

PROPOSITION H

Ballot PropositionFinance - Shall Section 5.06 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that an auditor may be selected for more than five (5) consecutive years if selected through formal selection process?

Finanzas - Se debe modificar la Sección 5.06 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que pueda seleccionarse a un auditor durante más de cinco (5) años consecutivos cuando la elección se realice mediante el proceso de selección formal?
If I Vote FORSection 5.06 of the City Charter will be amended to state that:
- An auditor may be selected for more than five years in a row if the auditor is chosen through a formal selection process
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 5.06 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 5.06 states:
- The auditor or auditors to make the said audit shall be selected by the council and shall be responsible to the council; provided, however, that no auditor may be selected for more than five (5) consecutive years.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION I

Ballot PropositionRecall of Officers - Shall Sections 6.01, 6.02, 6.07, and 6.08 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the mayor and councilmembers shall be subject to recall and removal from office; to provide that state petition requirements control the filing of a recall petition; to provide that a recall election must be held on a uniform election date that allows sufficient time to meet the requirements of the Charter and state law; and to provide clarity to recall election ballots whereby votes are made for or against the official?

Destitución de funcionarios - Se deben modificar las secciones 6.01, 6.02, 6.07, and 6.08 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que el alcalde y los miembros del Ayuntamiento puedan ser destituidos y separados del cargo; para establecer que los requisitos de la solicitud estatal controlen la presentación de una solicitud de destitución; para establecer que la elecciones de proceso de destitución se realicen en esa fecha uniforme de elección que deje suficiente tiempo para cumplir los requisitos del estatuto y las leyes estatales; y para proporcionar claridad en las votaciones de las elecciones para destituir a funcionarios, en las cuales los votos se hacen a favor or en contra del funcionario?
If I Vote FORSections 6.01, 6.02, 6.07, and 6.08 of the City Charter will be amended to state that:
- The mayor and city councilmembers are subject to recall and removal from office
- State petition requirements will control the recall petition process (see https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/petitions.shtml)
- Recall elections must take place on an established election date that allows enough time to meet state law and City Charter requirements
- Election ballots should clearly establish that votes are made for or against the officia
If I Vote AGAINSTSections 6.01, 6.02, 6.07, and 6.08 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 6.01 states:
- Any Council member shall be subject to recall and removal from office by the qualified voters of the City on grounds of incompetency, misconduct, or malfeasance in office.

Section 6.02 states:
- Before the question of recall of such officer shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the city, a petition demanding such question to be so submitted shall first be filed with the person performing the duties of City Secretary; which said petition shall be signed by qualified voters of the city equal in number to at least thirty-three (33) per centum of the number of votes cast at the last regular municipal election of the city. Each signer of such recall petition shall personally sign his/her name thereto in ink or indelible pencil, and shall write after his/her name his/her place of residence, giving name of street and number, or place of residence, and shall also write thereon the day, the month and year his/her signature was affixed. In addition to this information the signer must provide information required by Section 277.002, Texas Election Code.

Section 6.07 states:
- If the officer whose removal is sought does not resign then it shall become the duty of the city council to order an election and fix a date for holding such recall election, the date of which election shall be the next state uniform election date that is not less than forty-five (45) days from the date such petition was certified to the city council.

Section 6.08 states:-
Ballots used at recall elections shall conform to the following requirements:
(1) With respect to each person whose removal is sought, the question shall be submitted: "Shall (Name of person) be removed from the office of (Name of office) by recall?"
(2) Immediately to the left of each such question there shall be printed the following words, one above the other, in the order indicated: "YES" "NO"
(b) In voting said ballot, the voter shall indicate his or her vote in favor of recall or against recall by marking the ballot in the way ordinarily prescribed for ballot propositions.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION J

Ballot PropositionInitiative - Shall Section 7.02 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that ordinances pertaining to the levying taxes, authorizing indebtedness, setting rates for services, adopting a budget, any subject where state law requires a public hearing, or relating to any matter a court has determined inappropriate for initiative or referendum shall not be subject to initiative or referendum; and to provide that after the filing of a petition a special election for the proposed legislation must be called as soon as possible in compliance with state law?

Iniciativa - Se debe modificar la Sección 7.02 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que las ordenanzas relativas a la recaudación de impuestos, la autorización del endeudamiento, el establecimiento de tarifas para los servicios, la adopción de un presupuesto, cualquier tema para el cual la legislación estatal requiera una audiencia pública o que se relacione con cualquier asunto que la corte haya determinado inapropriado para efectuar una iniciativa o referendo no sea sometido a iniciativa o referendo y para establecer que una vez que se presenten las solicitudes, se convoque una elección especial para la legislación propuesta tan pronto como sea posible en cumplimiento de las leyes estatales?
If I Vote FORSection 7.02 of the City Charter will be amended to state that:
- City ordinances pertaining to taxes, authorizing indebtedness (such as city bonds), setting rates for services (such as utilities), adopting a budget, any subject where state law requires a public hearing, or any matter a court has decided is inappropriate for an initiative or referendum are not eligible for the citizen initiative/referendum process
- After a petition is filed, a special election on the proposed legislation must be called as soon as possible under state law
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 7.02 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 7.02 states:
Qualified voters of the city may initiate legislation by submitting a petition addressed to the city council which requests the submission of a proposed ordinance or resolution to a vote of the qualified voters of the city. Said petition must be signed by qualified voters of the city equal in number to twenty-five (25) per centum of the number of votes cast at the last regular municipal election of the city, or two hundred fifty (250), whichever is greater, and each copy of the petition shall have attached to it a copy of the proposed legislation. The petition shall be signed in the same manner as recall petitions are signed, as provided in section 6.02 of this charter, and shall be verified by oath in the manner and form provided for recall petitions in section 6.03 of this charter. The petition may consist of one or more copies as permitted for recall petitions in section 6.04 of this charter. Such petition shall be filed with the person performing the duties of city secretary. Within five (5) days after the filing of such petition, the person performing the duties of city secretary shall present said petition and proposed ordinance or resolution to the city council. Upon presentation to it of the petition and draft of the proposed ordinance or resolution, it shall become the duty of the city council, within ten (10) days after the receipt thereof, to pass and adopt such ordinance or resolution without alteration as to meaning or effect in the opinion of the persons filing the petition, or to call a special election, to be held at the next state uniform election date that is not less than forty-five (45) days after the date the petition is presented to the city council. At the election, the qualified voters of the city shall vote on the question of adopting or rejecting the proposed legislation. However, if any other municipal election is to be held within sixty (60) days after the filing of the petition, the question may be voted on at such election.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION K

Ballot PropositionReferendum - Shall Section 7.03 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the city council has ten (10) days to reconsider an ordinance that is the subject of a referendum petition?

Referendo - Se debe modificar la Sección 7.03 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que el Ayuntamiento tenga diez (10) dias para reconsiderar una ordenanza que ha sido sometida a una solicitud de referendo?
If I Vote FORSection 7.03 of the City Charter will be amended to state that, if a city ordinance is the subject of a referendum petition, the city council has ten days to reconsider the ordinance.
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 7.03 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 7.03 states:
Qualified voters of the City of Haltom City may require that any ordinance or resolution passed by the city council be submitted to the voters of the city for approval or disapproval, by submitting a petition for this purpose within thirty (30) days after final passage of said ordinance or resolution, or within thirty (30) days after its publication. Said petition shall be addressed, prepared, signed and verified as required for petitions initiating legislation as provided in section 7.02 of this charter and shall be submitted to the person performing the duties of city secretary. Immediately upon the filing of such petition, the person performing the duties of city secretary shall present said petition to the city council. Thereupon the city council shall immediately reconsider such ordinance or resolution and, if it does not entirely repeal the same, shall submit it to popular vote as provided in section 7.02 of this charter. Pending the holding of such election, such ordinance or resolution shall be suspended from taking effect and shall not later take effect unless a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon at such election shall vote in favor thereon.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION L

Ballot PropositionUtilities - Shall Sections 8.01 and 8.02 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be revised to clarify and expand the city’s authority to operate the city owned utilities and regulate utility franchises; to limit a franchise term to twenty (20) years; to provide procedures to grant franchises; to provide that a franchise shall not be exclusive; and providing limitations on transferability?

Servicios públicos - Se debes revisar las secciones 8.01 y 8.02 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para aclarar y ampliar la autoridad de la ciudad para operar los servicios públicos propiedad de la ciudad y regular las franquicias de los servicios públicos; para limitar el período de franquicia a veinte (20) años; para establecer procedimientos para el otorgamiento de franquicias; para establecer limitaciones sobre la capacidad de transferencia?
If I Vote FORSections 8.01 and 8.02 of the City Charter will be amended to make clear and expand the city’s authority to operate city-owned utilities and regulate utility franchise, so that:
- The term of a utility franchise is no more than 20 years
- Procedures are in place regarding how the city grants a franchise
- A utility franchise cannot be exclusive
- Limitations are provided regarding transferring franchise ownership
If I Vote AGAINSTSections 8.01 and 8.02 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 8.01 states:
- The city has the power to buy, sell, own, construct, maintain, and operate utilities, within or without the city limits, and to manufacture and distribute electricity, gas, or anything else that may be needed or used by the public. Further, the city shall have all powers as set forth in this Article VIII to regulate utilities to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Section 8.02 states:
- Unless provided otherwise by state or federal law, the city council shall have power to grant, amend, renew or extend by ordinance all franchises of all public utilities of every character operating within the City of Haltom City, and for such purposes is granted full power. All ordinances granting, amending, renewing, or extending franchises for public utilities shall be read at two separate regular meetings of the city council and shall not be finally passed until fifteen (15) days after the first reading; and no such ordinance shall take effect until thirty (30) days after its final passage. No public utility franchise shall be transferable except to persons, firms or corporations taking all or substantially all of the holder's business in the City of Haltom City and except with the approval of the council expressed by ordinance.

Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION M

Ballot PropositionCity Manager - Shall Section 9.01 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the city council may designate an individual to perform the duties of the city manager in the event of the city manager’s absence or disability; to provide that the city council will fix the compensation of the city manager; to provide the city manager’s duties include, but are not limited to, directing and supervising the administration of city departments, attending all council meetings, and enforcing state laws and city ordinances?

Administrador de la ciudad - Se debe modificar la Sección 9.01 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que el Ayuntamiento pueda designar a una persona para llevar a cabo las tareas del administrador de la ciudad en caso de ausencia o discapacidad del administrador designado; establecer que el Ayuntamiento pueda fijar la compensación del administrador de la ciudad; establecer que las obligaciones del administrador de la ciudad incluyan, a título meramente enunciativo, la dirección y supervisión de la administración de los departamentos municipales, la asistencia a todas las reuniones del Ayuntamiento y hacer cumplir las legislaciones estatales y las ordenanzas municipales?
If I Vote FORSection 9.01 of the City Charter will be amended to state that:
- The city council can appoint a person to perform the duties of the city manager if the city manager is absent or disabled
- The city council sets the salary/wage of the city manager
- The city manager’s duties include directing and supervising city departments, attending city council meetings, and enforcing state laws and city ordinances
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 9.01 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 9.01 states:
(a) Appointment and qualifications: The city council shall appoint a city manager who shall be the chief administrative and executive officer of the city and shall be responsible to the city council for the administration of all the affairs of the city. The City Manager shall be chosen by the city council solely on the basis of the City Manager's executive and administrative training, experience and ability, and need not, when appointed, be a resident of the City of Haltom City. No member of the city council shall, during the time for which he is elected and one year thereafter, be appointed city manager.
(b) Term and salary: The city manager shall not be appointed for a definite term but may be removed at the will and pleasure of the city council by an affirmative vote of at least five members of the city council voting in an open meeting. The action of the city council in suspending or removing the city manager shall be final, it being the intention of this charter to vest all authority and fix all responsibility for such suspension or removal in the city council.
(c) Power and duties of the city manager:
(1) Appoint, and when necessary for the welfare of the city, remove any employee of the city, except as otherwise provided by this charter.
(2) Prepare the budget annually and submit it to the city council, and be responsible for its administration after adoption.
(3) Prepare and submit to the city council as of the end of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city for the preceding year.
(4) Keep the city council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations as may seem desirable.
(5) Perform such duties as may be prescribed by this charter or may be required of him by the city council, not inconsistent with this charter.
(6) Establish administrative departments and distribute the work of divisions.

Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION N

Ballot PropositionMunicipal Court - Shall Section 9.06 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the procedures of the Haltom City Municipal Court shall be governed by Chapter 45 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, as amended?

Tribunal municipal - Se debe modificar la Sección 9.06 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que los procedimientos del tribunal municipal de la ciudad de Haltom estén regidos por el Capítulo 45 del Códigos de Procedimientos Delictivos de Texas y sus enmiendas?

If I Vote FORSection 9.06 of the City Charter will be amended to state that the Haltom City Municipal Court shall be governed by Chapter 45 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

For Chapter 45 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, see: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CR/htm/CR.45.htm
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 9.06 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 9.06 states:
(a) There is hereby created and established a court to be the municipal court of the city, which court shall have jurisdiction within the territorial limits of said city of all criminal cases arising under the ordinances of such city, and shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the justice of the peace of the precinct in which the city is or may be situated of all criminal cases arising under the criminal laws of the state, where the offense is committed within the territorial limits of said city and the punishment is by fine only with the maximum of said fine, being that which is established under the laws of this state. The court shall have civil jurisdiction as conferred by state law. It shall also have jurisdiction over criminal offenses committed outside the corporate limits of the city under ordinances authorized by state law, including, but not limited to those enacted for the preservation of the city's water system, watersheds of the city's water supply and the purity of the water supply, the city's sewer disposal plant and the city's garbage dumping grounds; violations committed on municipal property; and any nuisance within five thousand feet outside of the corporate limits of the city.

(b) The judge of said court shall be designated as judge of the municipal court, and shall be selected as provided by law. If the judge is selected by election, the term limitations imposed upon elected officials in Section 3.01a of this charter also apply to the judge's position.

(c) The judge of the municipal court shall have power to punish for contempt to the same extent and under the same circumstances as the justice of the peace may punish for contempt in all criminal cases.

(d) The term of office of the judge of the municipal court shall be established by ordinance in accordance with state law. The city council shall have the authority to remove the municipal court judge for good cause as determined by the council. A hearing shall be held if requested by the judge, and removal shall require an affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the members of the council.

(e) The judge of the municipal court shall serve as a part-time judge and must reside in, and be engaged in the private practice of law in Tarrant County, Texas.

(f) All complaints, prosecution, the service of process, commitment of those convicted of offenses, the collection and payment of fines, the attendance and service of witnesses and juries, punishment for contempt, bail and the taking of bonds shall be governed by the provisions of Vernon's Ann. C.C.P. ch. 45 applicable to municipal courts.

Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION O

Ballot PropositionCivil Service Commission - Shall Sections 11.03 and 11.05 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to expand the civil service commission to five (5) members with two (2) alternates; to limit commission members to two (2) two-year terms; to provide that sixty (60) percent of the commission members must be present to establish a quorum; and to establish recusal requirements for commission members?

Comisión de Servicio Civil - Se deben modificar las secciones 11.03 y 11.05 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para ampliar la comisión de servicio civil a cinco (5) miembros con dos (2) suplentes; limitar los miembros de la comisión a dos (2) períodos de dos años; establecer que deba estar presente el sesenta (60) por ciento de los miembros de la Comisión para establecer el quórum y establecer requisitos para recusar a los miembros de la Comisión?
If I Vote FORSections 11.03 and 11.05 of the City Charter will be amended to state that:
The civil service commission will be expanded to five members, with two alternates (the commission is currently limited to three members)
Civil service commissioners are term limited, and may serve no more than two 2-year terms (commissioners currently serve 3-year terms)
In order to reach a quorum (the minimum number of people present for the meeting’s decisions to be valid), at least 60% of members (3 of 5) must be present
The city must set requirements for when commissioners have to recuse themselves (meaning that they excuse themselves from the decision due to a conflict of interest)

The Haltom City website states: “Three members are appointed to the Civil Service Commission by the Mayor for three-year terms and are directed to administer the civil service ordinance and sit as a board of appeals for suspended or aggrieved employees. This committee meets on an as needed basis. (https://www.haltomcitytx.com/civil-service-commission)
If I Vote AGAINSTSections 11.03 and 11.05 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 11.03 states:
There is hereby established in the City of Haltom City, an Employees Civil Service Commission, which shall consist of three (3) members, to be selected as follows: Members of the commission shall be appointed by the mayor of the City of Haltom City and such appointments shall be confirmed by the city council of said city before any such appointments shall be effective. The term of office of each commissioner shall be for a term of three (3) years, and/or until a successor is appointed, confirmed, and qualified. Any such vacancies in said Commission caused by death, resignation, or otherwise, or by failure of any appointee to qualify within ten (10) days after appointment, shall be filled in the manner hereinabove specified. All such commissioners shall be of good moral character, resident citizens of the City of Haltom City, and shall have resided in said city for a period of more than three (3) years and shall not have held any city elective office within the preceding three (3) years.

Section 11.05 states:
Two (2) members of said commission shall constitute a quorum to transact business. The Commission shall operate under the authority of this article of the Charter and the policies and procedures created by the City Manager or his designee and approved by the city council to discharge the duties of the Commission. The Commission shall hear matters outlined in this article.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION P

Ballot PropositionCivil Service - Shall Section 11.13 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the probationary period for a new fire or police department employee is one (1) year if certified and eighteen (18) months for an uncertified fire fighter, police officer, or academy trainee?

Servicio civil - Se deben modificar la Sección 11.13 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que el period de prueba para un empleado nuevo del departamento de policía o bomberos sea de un (1) año si está certificado y de dieciocho (18) meses cuando se trate de un bombero, oficial de policía o estudiante de la escuela policía sin certificación?
If I Vote FORSection 11.13 of the City Charter will be amended to state that:
- The probationary period for a new certified employee in the police or fire departments will be one year
- The probationary period for a new uncertified employee in the police or fire departments, including academy trainees, will be 1.5 years (the existing charter sets the probationary period for all new fire and police department employees at one year)
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 11.13 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 11.13 states:
(a) A person appointed to a beginning position in the fire or police department must serve a probationary period of one year beginning on that person's date of employment as a fire fighter, police officer, or academy trainee.
(b) A Sworn Employee who was appointed in substantial compliance with this article and who serves the entire probationary period automatically becomes a civil service employee.
(c) A person already employed by the City in a non-civil service position shall serve the appropriate probationary period when moving to a sworn position.

Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION Q

Ballot PropositionCivil Service - Shall Sections 11.17 and 11.25 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that examinations for fire or police department positions may occur over a twenty-one (21) day period; to permit electronic examinations; to provide that one (1) eligibility list will be derived from all examinations taken within a twenty-one (21) day period; to grant applicants who pass the examination additional points if they are a certified peace officer, or a certified peace officer with 36 months continuous service as a full-time peace officer in Texas; and to require eligibility lists be created within 100 days of vacancy?

Servicio civil - Se deben modificar las secciones 11.17 y 11.25 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que los exámenes para ocupar cargos en el departamento de bomberos o policía puedan hacerse durante un periodo de veintiún (21) días; para permitir que los exámenes se hagan en formato electrónico; para permitir que se obtenga una (1) lista de elegibilidad a partir de todos los exámenes tomados dentro de un periodo de veintiún (21) días; para otorgarle a los solicitantes que aprobaron el examen punto adicionales si son oficiales de policía certificados y oficiales de policía certificados con 36 meses de servicio continuo como oficiales de policía a tiempo completo en Texas; y exigir que las listas de elegibilidad se creen dentro de los 100 días de producirse las vacantes?

If I Vote FORSections 11.17 and 11.25 of the City Charter will be amended to state that:
- Fire and police department examinations may occur over the course of 21 days
- One eligibility list will be created from all the examinations taken during a 21-day period
- The city can grant additional examination points to certified peace officers or certified peace officers with 36 months of continuous service as a full-time peace officer in Texas
- Eligibility lists must be created within 100 days of a job vacancy
If I Vote AGAINSTSections 11.17 and 11.25 of the City Charter will remain the same.

The relevant portions of Section 11.17 state:
(a) Open and competitive entrance examinations shall be administered to provide eligibility lists for beginning positions in the fire and police departments. The examinations are open to each person who makes a proper application and meets the prescribed requirements.

(b) An eligibility list for a beginning position in the fire or police department may be created only as a result of a competitive examination held in the presence of each applicant for the position, except as provided by Subsections (c) and (d). The examination must be based on the person's general knowledge and aptitude and must inquire into the applicant's general education and mental ability. A person may not be appointed to the fire or police department other than through the examination except as otherwise provided in this article.

(f) An additional five points shall be added to the examination grade of an applicant who served in the United States armed forces, received an honorable discharge, and made a passing grade on the examination as long as appropriate documentation showing honorable discharge (or current enlistment) is presented at the time of the test.

(h) The Director shall keep each eligibility list for a beginning position in effect for a period of 12 months, unless the names of all applicants on the list have been referred to the appropriate department or the list has been exhausted. The effective date of the eligibility list begins on the day of the test with the test expiring as outlined above.

Section 11.25 states:
(a) If an eligibility list for the promotional position to be filled exists on the date the vacancy occurs, or a new position is created, the Director, upon request of the Department Head, shall provide the eligibility list to the Department Head.

(b) If an eligibility list does not exist on the date a vacancy occurs or a new position is created, an examination will be held to create a new eligibility list within 90 days after the date the vacancy occurs or a new position is created. Once the eligibility list is created, the Director shall provide the eligibility list to the Department Head. The Department Head shall fill the position by appointment from the eligibility list furnished by the Director within 30 days after the date the list is created unless promotional examination test question appeals have not been resolved in which case the Department Head shall wait until all promotional examination test question appeals have been resolved by the Commission.

(c) If an eligibility list exists on the date a vacancy occurs or a new position is created, the Department Head shall fill the position by appointment from the eligibility list furnished by the Director within 30 days after the date the vacancy occurs. The eligibility list will remain valid until such appointment.

(f) The Commission shall keep each eligibility list for a promotional examination in effect for a period of 12-months after the date on which the promotion process is completed, unless the list has been exhausted as provided in this article. An examination will not be administered until a vacancy occurs or is reasonably anticipated.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION R

Ballot PropositionCivil Service - Shall Section 11.19 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide the correct rank titles in the police and fire departments; and modify the years of services requirements to allow the consideration of individuals with less than two (2) years of service in rank if there are fewer than three (3) candidates to fill all available positions?

Servicio civil - Se debe modificar la Sección 11.19 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para tener los títulos de rango correctos en los departamentos de bomberos y policía y modificar los requisitos de años de servicio para permitir la consideración de personas con menos de dos (2) años de servicio en el rango, si hay menos de tres (3) candidatos para ocupar todos los puestos disponibles?

If I Vote FORSection 11.19 of the City Charter will be amended to:
- Provide the correct rank titles in the police and fire departments
- Modify the years of service requirements to allow consideration of people for promotions with less than two years of service, if there are fewer than three candidates to fill all the available positions
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 11.19 of the City Charter will remain the same.

The relevant portions of Section 11.19 state:
(a) A firefighter is not eligible for promotion unless the person has served in the fire department in the next lower rank for at least two years immediately preceding the date the promotional examination is held. A firefighter is not eligible for promotion to the rank of captain or its equivalent unless the person has at least four years' actual service in the fire department.

(b) A police officer is not eligible for promotion unless the person has served in the police department in the next lower rank for at least two years immediately preceding the date the promotional examination is held. A police officer is not eligible for promotion to the rank of lieutenant or its equivalent unless the person has at least four years' actual service in the police department.

(d) If there are not a minimum of three (3) candidates in the next lower rank with two years' service in that position to allow the Department Head to consider three potential candidates for each current vacancy, the examination will open to Sworn Employees in that rank with less than two years' service. If there are still fewer than three (3) candidates, the examination will open to Sworn Employees with at least two years' experience in the second lower rank, to the position for which the examination is to be held.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION S

Ballot PropositionCivil Service - Shall Sections 11.21 and 11.22 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for electronic examination testing; to clarify the order of importance of examination topics; and to provide that if no candidate scores a minimum of 70 points, the minimum examination score for eligibility shall be reduced to 60 points?

Servicio civil - Se deben modificar la secciones 11.20 y 11.21 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para permitir que se efectúen exámenes en formato electrónico; para aclarar el orden de importancia de los temas del examen y establecer que si ningún candidato obtiene el mínimo de 70 puntos, la puntuación mínima del examen que permite alcanzar la elegibilidad se reduzca a 60 puntos?
If I Vote FORSections 11.20 and 11.21 of the City Charter will be amended to:
- Allow electronic examinations
- Clarify the order of importance of the exam topics
- If no candidate scores a minimum of 70 points on the exam, the minimum score to be eligible will be reduced to 60 points
If I Vote AGAINSTSections 11.20 and 11.21 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 11.20 states:
- At least twenty-one (21) days in advance of any promotional examination for a Sworn Employee position, the Director shall post continuously in plain view on a bulletin board in the main lobby of City Hall and in the Human Resources office, a notice of such examination, and said notice shall show the position(s) to be filled or for which examination is to be held, with date, time and place thereof and shall include the name of each source used for the examination. The notice of the examination may establish a deadline to register prior to the test. Copies of such notice of examination shall be posted in the department in which the position is to be filled.

The relevant portions of Section 11.21 state:
(b) The examination must be entirely in writing and may not in any part consist of an oral interview.
(c) The examination questions must test the knowledge of the eligible promotional candidates about information and facts and must be based on: (1) the duties of the position for which the examination is held; and (2) the source material referenced in the Examination Notice.

Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION T

Ballot PropositionCivil Service - Shall Section 11.24 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that promotional elections shall be conducted in a manner available to shift personnel and to allow for electronic voting, if available?

Servicio civil - Se deben modificar la Sección 11.24 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer que se efectúen elecciones de ascenso de la manera disponible que para trasladar al personal y para permitir la votación electrónica, si tuviera disponible?

If I Vote FORSection 11.24 of the City Charter will be amended to:
- Require that elections related to promotions will be conducted so that shift personnel can participate
- Allow for electronic voting if available
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 11.24 of the City Charter will remain the same.

The relevant portions of Section 11.24 state:
(a) On the recommendation of the Department Head of the police or fire department and a majority vote of the Sworn Employees in the affected department, the Commission may adopt an alternate promotional system to select persons to occupy non-entry level positions other than positions that are filled by appointment by the Department Head.

(b) Upon the receipt of a recommendation by the Department Head for a revised promotional system, the Commission may order the Director to conduct an election and to submit the revised promotional system either to all Sworn Employees within the rank immediately below the classification for which the promotional examination is to be administered or to all Sworn Employees in the affected department.

(c) The Director shall hold the election on or after the 30th day after the date [of] notice of the election is posted at the affected department. The election shall be conducted throughout each regular work shift at an accessible location within the department during a 24-hour period. (In the Fire Department, such election shall be conducted throughout each regular work shift at an accessible location within the department during three consecutive 24-hour periods.)


Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION U

Ballot PropositionCivil Service - Shall Sections 11.26, 11.27, and 11.28 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to clarify the procedure for filing statements of action with the civil service commission?

Servicio civil - Se deben modificar las secciones 11.26, 11.27, and 11.28 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para aclarar el procedimiento para presentar declaraciones de acción ante la Comisión de servicio civil?
If I Vote FORSections 11.26, 11.27, and 11.28 of the City Charter will be amended to:
Clarify the procedure for filing statements of action with the civil service commission

According to the Haltom City website, the Civil Service Commission is “directed to administer the civil service ordinance and sit as a board of appeals for suspended or aggrieved employees.” (https://www.haltomcitytx.com/civil-service-commission)
If I Vote AGAINSTSections 11.26, 11.27, and 11.28 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 11.26 states:
Disciplinary suspensions. The Department Head may suspend any Sworn Employee under his jurisdiction or supervision for disciplinary purposes, not to exceed two-hundred forty working hours (240). The Department Head shall provide to the employee and file with the Commission by delivery to the Director a written statement of action within five business days. Said order of suspension shall inform the employee that he has ten (10) business days after receipt of a copy thereof, within which to file a written appeal with the Commission. If the Sworn Employee appeals, the Commission shall have the power to review and determine whether just cause exists to support the discipline. In the event the Department Head fails to file said statement with the Director within five business days, the suspension shall be void and the Sworn Employee shall be entitled to the Sworn Employee's full salary. The Commission shall have the power to, uphold, modify, or reverse the decision of the Department Head.

Section 11.27 states:
Demotions. The Department Head may demote any Sworn Employee under his jurisdiction or supervision for disciplinary purposes or inadequate performance. The Department Head shall provide to the Sworn Employee and file with the Commission by delivery to the Director a written statement of action within five (5) business days. The order of demotion shall inform the Sworn Employee that the Sworn Employee has ten (10) business days after receipt of a copy thereof, within which to file a written appeal with the Commission. The Commission shall have the power to review and determine whether just cause exists to support the demotion. In the event the Department Head fails to file said statement with the Director within five business days, the demotion shall be void and the Sworn Employee shall be entitled to the Sworn Employee's full salary and position. The Commission shall have the power to uphold or reverse the decision of the Department Head. This paragraph does not apply to a voluntary demotion initiated by the Sworn Employee.

Section 11.28 states:
Indefinite suspensions. The Department Head may indefinitely suspend any Sworn Employee under his supervision or jurisdiction for the violation of established City policies and/or civil service rules. The Department Head shall provide to the Sworn Employee and file with the Commission by delivery to the Director a written statement of action within five (5) business days. The order of indefinite suspension shall inform the Sworn Employee that the Sworn Employee has ten (10) business days after receipt of the order, within which to file a written appeal with the Commission. The Commission shall have the power to review and determine whether just cause exists to support the indefinite suspension. In the event the Department Head fails to file said statement with the Director within five business days, the indefinite suspension shall be void and the Sworn Employee shall be entitled to the Sworn Employee's full salary and position. The Commission shall have the power to uphold, modify or reverse the decision of the Department Head.



Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION V

Ballot PropositionCivil Service - Shall Section 11.29 of the Haltom City Home Rule Charter be amended to provide a timeframe by which the civil service commission must hear appeals and issue its decision; to provide a hearing extension procedure; to establish consequences for failure to meet the established timeframe; to permit the civil service commission to consider an appealing employee’s performance for the preceding five (5) years; and to provide a procedure to request recusal of a civil service commission member?

Servicio civil - Se debe modificar la Sección 11.29 del estatuto de la ciudad de Haltom para establecer un plazo de tiempo durante el cual la comisión de servicio civil debe escuchar apelaciones y tomar una decisión; para establecer un procedimiento de extensión para la audiencia; para establecer consecuencias cuando no se establezca el plazo de tiempo determinado; para permitir que la Comisión de servicio civil considere y apele el desempeño del empleado durante los cinco (5) años anteriores y establecer un procedimiento para recusar a un miembro de la Comisión de servicio civil?
If I Vote FORSection 11.29 of the City Charter will be amended to:
- Require a timeframe for the civil service commission to hear appeals and issue their decision
- Provide for an extension procedure for commission hearings
- Establish consequences if the established timeframe is not met
- Permit the commission to consider an employee’s performance for the preceding five years in appeals hearings
- Provide a procedure for an employee to request that a commission member recuse themselves

According to the Haltom City website, the civil service commission is “directed to administer the civil service ordinance and sit as a board of appeals for suspended or aggrieved employees.” (https://www.haltomcitytx.com/civil-service-commission)
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 11.29 of the City Charter will remain the same.

Section 11.29 states:
- Appeal hearings. The Commission shall hold a hearing within thirty (30) business days after it receives a notice of appeal for suspension, involuntary demotion, indefinite suspension, or challenges to promotional exam questions and promotional bypass. The Commission shall render a decision in writing within forty-five (45) business days after it receives said notice of appeal. Said decision shall state whether the decision or question is upheld, modified, or reversed. This period may be extended by written request of the City or the Sworn Employee subject to the approval of the civil service Commission chairperson.
- In any civil service hearing hereunder the Department Head is hereby restricted to the Department Head's original written statement and charges, which shall not be amended.



Tax ConsequencesNone