Lake Worth 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 City of Lake Worth adopted a home rule charter in 1965; the last revisions were approved in 2008.

Resources

City of Lake Worth, Charter Election Guide (includes proposed language changes for Lake Worth Home Rule Charter) http://www.lakeworthtx.org/upload/common/docs/City%20Secretary/Charter%20Election%20-%20Voters%20Guide%202019.pdf

City of Lake Worth, Home Rule Charter – (use to compare proposed language changes with existing charter) http://www.lakeworthtx.org/upload/common/docs/City%20Secretary/Charter-%20after%20Nov%2008%20Amendments.pdf

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PROPOSITION A

Ballot PropositionShall the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be amended by renumbering Section 2.03 regarding City Council powers to Section 3.12; and clarifying powers of the City Council, including the appointment and removal of city officers, establishing administrative departments, adoption of the budget, inquiries into the conduct of city affairs, establishing the boundaries of the city, creating boards and commissions, fixing rates and charges for all utilities and public services, and the issuance of all bonds?

Se debe modificar el estatuto de Lake Worth para cambiar la numeración de la Sección 2.03 con respecto a los poderes del Ayuntamiento a Sección 3.12 y aclarar que el Ayuntamiento tiene poderes para designar y separar del cargo a funcionarios municipales, establecer departamentos administrativos, adoptar un presupuesto, realizar consultas sobre la gestión de los asuntos municipales, establecer los límites de la ciudad, crear consejos y comisiones, fijar tasas y cargos para todos los servicios públicos y para la emisión de todos los bonos?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth City Charter, Section 2.03, will be renumbered Section 3.12 and revised to clarify that the City Council has the following powers:
- Appoint/remove the City Manager
- Appoint/remove Municipal Court Judges
- Appoint/remove the City Attorney
- Establish administrative departments
- Adopt the City budget
- By majority vote, inquire into conduct of any City office/department/agency and conduct an investigation
- Establish City boundaries
- Provide for a Planning and Zoning Commision, a Board of Adjustment, and any other necessary boards/commissions; also appoint their members
- Fix and regulate rates/charges for all utilities and public services
- By ordinance, authorize issuing bonds
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth City Charter, Section 2.03, will remain the same.

The current charter states that the City Council has the following powers:
- Abolish or consolidate such offices, departments, and agencies of the City government as it may deem to be to the best interest of the City, and - may divide the administration of any such departments as it may deem advisable; may create new departments, and may discontinue any offices or departments at its discretion, except those specifically established by this Charter.
- Adopt the budget of the City
- Authorize the issuance of bonds by a bond ordinance.
- Inquire into the conduct of any office, department or agency of the City and make investigations as to municipal affairs
- Establish operating policy
- Establish the boundaries of the City
Tax Consequences

PROPOSITION B

Ballot PropositionShall Section 3.06 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for a vote of a simple majority of all remaining members to appoint a qualified person to fill a Council vacancy?

Se debe modificar la Sección 3.06 del estatuto de Lake Worth para establecer el voto por mayoría simple de todos los miembros restantes para designar a una persona calificada para ocupar un puesto vacante en el ayuntamiento?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 3.06 will be amended to state that:
- In the event that a position on the Council (including the Mayor) becomes vacant, the remaining Council members can appoint a qualified person to the position, by simple majority vote
- If there is more than one vacancy on the Council, the Council will call a special election (unless appointment is required to achieve a quorum)

The Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 3.06 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
- In the event there is one vacancy on the council or in the office of Mayor, the council may call a special election to be held in accordance with state law or by the vote of three-fourths of all remaining members, appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy. In the event there is more than one vacancy, the council shall call a special election to be held in accordance with state law, unless appointment is required to achieve a quorum.


If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 3.06 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
- In the event there is one vacancy on the council or in the office of Mayor, the council may call a special election to be held in accordance with state law or by the vote of three-fourths of all remaining members, appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy. In the event there is more than one vacancy, the council shall call a special election to be held in accordance with state law, unless appointment is required to achieve a quorum.


Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION C

Ballot PropositionShall Section 3.09 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the Mayor Pro- Tem shall be chosen on a rotational basis based on place number, beginning with Place 1 and continuing through Place 7; and providing that the Mayor Pro- Tem shall act as Mayor during the disability or absence of the Mayor?

Se debe modificar la Sección 3.09 del estatuto de Lake Worth para establecer que el Alcalde pro tempore sea seleccionado en forma rotativa, basándose en el número de puesto, comenzando con el Puesto 1 y continuando hasta el Puesto 7 y que el Alcalde pro tempore se desempeñe como Alcalde durante la ausencia o discapacidad del Alcalde?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 3.09 will be amended to state that:
- The Mayor Pro Tem position will be chosen on a rotating basis, beginning with Place 1 and continuing through Place 7
- The Mayor Pro Tem will act as Mayor during the disability or absence of the Mayor
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 3.09 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
-The Mayor Pro-Tem shall be elected each year after the regular Council election by the Council from among the members of the Council and the Mayor Pro-Tem shall perform all duties of the Mayor in case of the Mayor’s absence or disability.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION D

Ballot PropositionShall Section 3.10 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the Mayor shall be recognized as the head of the city government for ceremonial purposes but shall have no regular administrative duties?

Se debe modificar la Sección 3.10 del estatuto de Lake Worth para establecer que el alcalde se reconocido como jefe del gobierno municipal durante las ceremonias pero que no tenga obligaciones administrativas en forma regular?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 3.10 will be amended to state that:
- The Mayor presides at Council meetings, can participate in discussions of all matters, but cannot vote unless there is a tie, in which case the Mayor casts the deciding vote
- The Mayor may represent the City in intergovernmental relationships, and performs other duties specified by the Council, imposed by the Charter, and/or imposed by resolution or ordinance
- The Mayor is recognized as the head of city government for ceremonial purposes but has no regular administrative duties
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 3.10 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
-The Mayor shall preside at all Council meetings and may participate in the discussion of all matters coming before the Council. The Mayor shall not be entitled to vote as a member thereof, on Legislative or other matters, except in case of a tie, when the Mayor shall have the right to cast the deciding vote.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION E

Ballot PropositionShall Section 3.13 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be added to provide that the Mayor and councilmembers may not hold any other city office or city employment; and that no former Mayor or council members may hold employment with the City until one (1) year after the expiration of the term they were elected or appointed to hold?

Se debe agregar la Sección 3.13 del estatuto de Lake Worth para establecer que el Alcalde y los miembros del Ayuntamiento no puedan ocupar ningún otro cargo o empleo municipal y que ningún exalcade o exmiembro del Ayuntamiento puedan ser empleados de la Ciudad hasta que haya transcurrido un (1) año de la fecha de caducidad del término para el cual fueron elegidos o designados?
If I Vote FORSection 3.13 will be added to the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, stating that:
- No Mayor/Council member may hold any other City office or City employment during his/her term, except where authorized by law or this Charter
- No former Mayor/Council member may hold any City employment until one year after their term of office has ended
- Council members may not order the appointment or removal of any City officers or employees that the City Manager or his/her subordinates are empowered to appoint
If I Vote AGAINSTSection 3.13 will not be added to the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION F

Ballot PropositionShall Section 4.03 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter relating to the official ballot be amended to provide that if two or more candidates have the same surname, their residence addresses must be printed with their names on the official ballot?

Se debe modificar la Sección 4.03 del estatuto de Lake Worth para establecer que se relaciona con la papeleta oficial para establecer que si dos o más candidatos tienen el mismo apellido, se impriman las direcciones en la cual residen junto a los nombres en la papeleta oficial?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 4.03 will be amended to state that:
- Names of candidates for offices (except those who have withdrawn, died, or become ineligible) will be printed on official ballots, without party designation
- The order of candidates will be determined by the City Secretary drawing lots; all candidates will be given notice of the time and place of the drawing
- If two or more candidates have the same surname, their residence addresses must be printed with their names on the ballot
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 4.03 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
-The names of all candidates for office, except such as may have withdrawn, died or become ineligible, shall be printed on the official ballots without party designations in the order determined in a drawing of lots conducted by the City Secretary in accordance with State Law. Each candidate shall be given notice of the time and place of the drawing.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION G

Ballot PropositionShall Section 4.05 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be amended to clarify that every municipal election must be handled in accordance with state law?

Se debe modificar la Sección 4.05 del estatuto de Lake Worth para aclarar que todas las elecciones municipales deberán realizarse de acuerdo con las leyes estatales?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 4.05 will be amended to state that:
- Every municipal election must be conducted in accordance with State law
- City Council will hold an open meeting to canvass and officially declare the results of the elections, including candidates and questions, and issue certificates of election to newly elected candidates, as provided by State law
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 4.05 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
- The election judges and other necessary election officials for conducting all such elections shall be appointed by the City Council. The election judges shall conduct the elections, determine, record and report the results as provided by the general election laws of Texas. The City Council shall meet in an open meeting to canvass and officially declare the results of the election as to candidates and questions, and issue certificates of election to candidates elected as provided by State law.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION H

Ballot PropositionShall Section 6.06 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that within twenty-one (21) days after the date of certifying the petition of recall as sufficient, the City Secretary shall present such petition to the City Council of the City of Lake Worth at a regular meeting or special meeting called for that purpose?

Se debe modificar la Sección 6.06 del estatuto de Lake Worth para establecer que dentro de los veintiún (21) días posteriores a la fecha de certificación como suficiente de la solicitud de destitución, el Secretario Municipal deba presentar dicha solicitud al Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de Lake Worth durante una reunión regular o especial convocada para dicha finalidad?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 6.06 will be amended to state that:
- Within 21 days of certifying a petition of recall, the City Secretary will present the petition to the City Council at a regular or special meeting
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 6.06 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
- Within five (5) business days after the date of certifying the petition as sufficient, the person performing the duties of the City Secretary shall present such petition to the City Council of the City of Lake Worth at a regular meeting or special meeting called for that purpose.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION I

Ballot PropositionShall Section 7.03 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be amended to require that the caption of each franchise ordinance be published in the official city newspaper at the franchisee’s expense?

Se debe modificar la Sección 6.06 del estatuto de Lake Worth para exigir que se publique en el periódico oficial de la ciudad el título de cada ordenanza de franquicias y que el franquiciado se haga cargo del costo de dicha publicación?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 7.03 will be amended to state that:
- The caption of each franchise ordinance should be published in the official city newspaper, at the franchisee’s expense
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 7.03 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
- 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 Lake Worth, and for such purposes is granted full power. All ordinances granting, amending, renewing, or extending franchises for public utilities shall be voted on at two separate regular meetings of the City council and shall not be finally passed until at least fifteen (15) days after the first reading; and no such ordinance shall take effect until thirty (30) days after its final passage; and pending such time, the full text of such ordinance shall be posted on the bulletin board at the City Hall of the City of Lake Worth, and the expense of such publication shall be borne by the proponent of the franchise. 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 Lake Worth and except upon approval of an ordinance by the Council in accordance with this Section.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION J

Ballot PropositionShall Section 8.06 of the Lake Worth Home Rule Charter be amended to allow the City Council to remove the municipal judge at its discretion by a majority vote without a public hearing?

Se debe modificar la Sección 8.06 del estatuto de Lake Worth para permitir que el ayuntamiento destituya a un juez municipal cuando lo considere necesario por medio del voto mayoritario y sin realizar una audiencia pública?
If I Vote FORThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 8.06 will be amended to add that:
- The City Council may remove a municipal court judge at its discretion, by a majority vote
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Lake Worth Home Rule Charter, Section 8.06 will remain the same.

The current charter states:
- The judge of the municipal court shall be appointed by the City Council for a term of two years. The judge shall be a resident of this state, a citizen of the United States, and an attorney in good standing licensed to practice in the State of Texas, with two or more years experience in the practice of law in this State. The Council shall fix the compensation for the judge in accordance with State law and such compensation shall never be based on the fines assessed or collected. Removal of the judge shall be at the discretion of the Council by a majority vote of the City Council taken after an opportunity for a public hearing.
Tax ConsequencesNone