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.

During its August 15, 2019 council meeting, the Watuaga City Council approved sending 27 amendments to the Charter to the voters for consideration in the November 2019 election.

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Watauga Propositions

PROPOSITION A

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 1.01, Subsection 3.06(a), Subsection 3.07(m), Subsection 7.01A and Subsection 7.01C of the City Charter to clarify that the form of government adopted by the City is the “council-manager” form of government?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 1.01, Subsección 3.06(a), Subsección 3.07(m), Subsección 7.01A y Subsección 7.01C de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para aclarar que la forma de gobierno adoptada por la Ciudad es la forma de gobierno de “consejo administrador”?
If I vote FORThe city charter will be amended to clarify that the city has adopted the “council-manager” form of government.

This means that the City Council is responsible for legislative functions, including setting policy, passing local ordinances, and appropriating funds. The City Council appoints a City Manager, who is responsible for overseeing administrative operations, implementing Council policies, and advising the Council.

Amending Section 1.01 would change the description of city government from “mayor-council-manager government” to “council-manager government

Amending Section 3.06(a) would change the description of the mayor from “the chief executive of the city” to “the ceremonial and governmental head of the city.” It would change language regarding the mayor’s duties regarding contracts and bonds to “The mayor shall sign all ordinances, resolutions, proclamations, bonds and other documents as required by applicable law.” The amendment would remove the current language “The mayor shall be recognized as the chief executive of the city by a court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of serving civil process,” and would add the language “The mayor shall have no regular administrative duties.”

Amending Section 3.07(m) would change the existing language by removing the final portion: “Fix the salaries and compensation of the city officers and employees. Establish qualifications, rules and standards of and for all employees of the city, and allow the council to review or screen all applicants for department head positions before their employment.
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Amending Section 7.01A will add the following words (in bold): “Appointment and qualifications. The mayor shall recommend the appointment of a city manager, subject to approval by the city council by vote in accordance with the procedure set forth in section 3.09(c) of this Charter, 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 …”

Amending Section 7.01C, regarding the powers and duties of the City Manager, adds the following language (which will become items 7 and 8):
-- Execute all contracts and related instruments as provided in the procurement policy.
-- Execute on behalf of the city, standard form documents, including but not limited to deeds, releases of liens, rental agreements, easements, right-of-way agreements, joint use agreements, and other similar documents, under the following conditions:
-o- The execution of the document is necessary to carry out a public works project; to utilize, maintain or improve a city facility, street, right-of-way, easement, park or other city property; or to implement other city policies, provided that such project, program or policy has been approved by the city council;
-o- That all blanks are filled in on any document correctly and that such document is consistent with the objectives approved by the city council; and
-o- That the form of such document shall be approved by the city attorney.”
-- The current item 7 is renumbered as item 9; the current item 8 is renumbered as item 10.

If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION B

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 1.02 of the City Charter in order to clarify the boundaries of the City as being those boundaries established in the original incorporation proceedings of the City of Watauga and those boundaries established and changed thereafter by all annexation and disannexation proceedings of the City of Watauga and to require the city secretary to maintain records of such proceedings?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 1.02 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para aclarar los límites de la Ciudad como aquellos limites establecidos y cambiados a partir de entonces por trámites de anexión y desanexión de la Ciudad de Watauga y para requerir que la secretaria de la ciudad mantenga registros de trámites de ese tipo?
If I vote FORSection 1.02 of the city charter will be slightly amended to clarify the city boundaries; the map called “exhibit A” in the current charter will be removed, and the charter will instead require that the city secretary’s office will maintain a current record of the city boundaries.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language and map in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION C

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 2.01 of the City Charter to clarify the City of Watauga is granted “all powers granted to municipal corporations by applicable law”?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 2.01 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para aclarar que la Ciudad de Watauga tiene “todas las facultades otorgadas a las sociedades municipals por ley aplicable”?
If I vote FORSection 2.01 of the city charter will be amended to clarify that the city has and can exercise all powers of local and municipal government.

The existing language specifies particular statues, which would be replaced by “the City of Watauga shall have and may exercise all powers of local self-government, and all powers granted to municipal corporations by applicable law.”
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION D

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 3.01 of the City Charter to establish place numbers for the seven city councilmembers, to provide that all members of city council are to be elected by majority vote, and to delete transitional language?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 3.01 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para establecer números de lugares para los siete concejales de la ciudad, para disponer que todos los miembros del consejo municipal sean electos por voto mayoritario y para eliminar lenguaje de transición?

If I vote FORSection 3.01 of the city charter will be amended to clarify the city council positions as Places 1 to 7, and that “the term ‘member of city council’ shall mean the mayor or an individual councilmember.” It would also clarify the language regarding the election of councilmembers (that Places 1, 2, 6, and 7 are elected in even-numbered years, while the Mayor and places 3, 4, and 5 are elected in odd-numbered years, which reflects current practice).

The charter would be amended to provide that city councillors be elected by “majority vote” (meaning that the candidate with the highest number of votes takes office); the city currently uses “plurality vote” (meaning that the winning candidate must get at least 50.1% of the total vote; otherwise, there must be a run-off election).
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same, and the Mayor and City Council will continue to be elected by plurality vote.
Tax ConsequencesNo known tax consequences, although the city may incur less expenses if no runoff elections are required. Contact the City Secretary for more information.

PROPOSITION E

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Subsection 3.03(b) of the City Charter, to provide that the canvass of the election be performed in accordance with the Texas Election Code?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 2.03(c) de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para disponer que el escrutinio de las elección se realice en conformidad con el Código Electoral de Texas?
If I vote FORSection 3.03(b) of the city charter will be amended as follows (additions in bold):

“The council shall be the judge of the election of its members, subject to review by statutorily authorized election contests held in accordance with applicable law the Texas Election Code, as now or hereafter amended. The canvass of the election shall be held in accordance with the provisions of applicable law the Texas Election Code, as now or hereafter amended. No member of the city council who was a candidate in the election shall participate in a vote on the canvass. Two members of the city council may constitute a quorum for the purpose of canvassing an election.”
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION F

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 3.05 of the City Charter, to provide that attendance at jury service constitutes an excused absence for a member of city council from a city council meeting, to provide that vacancies in council can be filled by appointment and to remove proof beyond reasonable doubt as a standard for establishing the forfeiture of office by a member of city council?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 3.05 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para disponer que la asistencia a servicio de jurado constituye una inasistencia justificada para un miembro del consejo municipal de una asamblea del consejo municipal, para disponer que las vacantes en el consejo puedan ser ocupadas por designación y para remover pruebas más allá de la duda razonable como un estándar para establecer la pérdida del cargo por un miembro del consejo municipal?

If I vote FORSection 3.05 will be amended to clarify the language around vacancies in office, as follows (additions in bold):
“The office of the mayor or a councilmember shall become vacant upon his death, written resignation submitted to the city secretary, removal from office in any manner authorized by this Charter, applicable law by recall, expulsion or forfeiture of his office.”

Section 3.05 will also be amended to add jury service to the list of excused absences from council meetings (currently personal emergency, incapacitation, and personal vacation, with written prior notice).

Section 3.05 will also be amended as follows:

“Excusal, recall, expulsion, or forfeiture proceedings shall be initiated at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the city council following the absences, a recall election, or the act or omission constituting the basis for expulsion or forfeiture of office, as applicable, if established and proven beyond a reasonable doubt For purposes of this section, determination of what shall constitute a sufficient "personal emergency" shall be in the discretion of the remaining members of the city council by majority vote in open session. If the city council and shall be approved by a majority vote of the remaining members of the city council in open session, who shall then immediately begin proceedings, if necessary, for election of a successor. finds that the act constituting the basis for forfeiture of office provided for in this section has been established, the city council shall order initiation of proceedings to replace the mayor or councilmember. Neither the mayor nor a councilmember charged with an act subjecting him or her to forfeit his or her office may participate in such vote.”

“Subject to and consistent with applicable law, state statutory provisions and the Texas Constitution, all members of the city council must be elected by majority vote of the qualified voters and any vacancy or vacancies occurring on such governing body may be shall not be filled by appointment but must be filled by majority vote of the qualified voters of the city within 120 days after such vacancy or vacancies occur at a general election or a special election called for such purpose remaining members of the city council.”

“Notwithstanding the requirements in section 3.09 of this Charter specifying that a quorum of the council consists of five four members, if at any time the membership of the council is reduced to less than there are four or more vacancies on the city council members, the remaining members shall call for a special election within 120 days after the vacancy or vacancies occur in order that such vacancy or vacancies can be filled by majority vote of the qualified voters.”
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION G

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend the City Charter by renumbering existing Subsection 3.06(d) and Subsection 3.06(e) as Subsection 3.06(f) and Subsection 3.06(g), respectively, adding a new Subsection 3.06(d) and Subsection 3.06(e), and amending Subsection 3.07(a), to grant the mayor the power to recommend appointments to boards and commissions and to appoint special subcommittees of the city council, subject to the acceptance or rejection of the remaining members of city council?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad a través de la nueva numeración de las existentes Subsección 3.06(d) y Subsección 3.06(e) como Subsección 3.06(f) y Subsección 3.06(g), respectivamente, a través del agregado de las nuevas Subsecciones 3.06(d) y 3.06(e) y la enmienda de la Subsección 3.07(a), para otorgar al alcalde la facultad para recomendar designaciones para juntas y comisiones y para designer subcomités especiales del consejo municipal, sujeto a la aceptación o el rechazo del resto de los miembros del consejo municipal?

If I vote FORSection 3.06 of the charter, which deals with the powers of the mayor and mayor pro tem, would be amended to add the following:
-- Grant the mayor the power to recommend people be appointed to city boards and commissions, but only with the consent and approval of the rest of the city councillors.
-- Grant the mayor the power to create council subcommittees of three members or less, and to appoint councilmembers to those subcommittees.

Section 3.07(a), which deals with the powers of the city council, would be amended as follows (additions in bold):
(a) With the exception of the mayor, be responsible for confirming or rejecting Confirm recommended appointments made by mayor or city manager.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION H

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 3.08 of the City Charter, to provide that, except as allowed by the Charter, city council may not direct the removal of a city employee nor interfere with administration and to remove proof beyond reasonable doubt as a standard for establishing violation of such provision?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 3.08 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para disponer que, salvo lo permitido por la Carta Orgánica, el consejo municipal no puede dirigir la remoción de un empleado de la ciudad ni interferir con la administración y eliminar la prueba más allá de la duda razonable como un estándar para establecer una infracción a dicha disposición?

If I vote FORSection 3.08, which deals with actions that are prohibited by city councilmembers, will be amended as follows (additions in bold)

(a) Holding other office. Except where authorized by law no member of the council, including the mayor, shall hold any other city office or employment by the city during the term for which he or she was elected to the city council, and no former mayor or councilmember shall hold any compensated appointive city office or employment until two years after the expiration of the term for which he or she was elected.

(b) Appointments and/or removals. The members of the city council shall in no way dictate the appointment or removal of any city administrative officer or employee whom the city manager or any other subordinates are empowered to appoint, unless otherwise provided in this Charter. In regard to the appointment or removal of any city administrative officer or employee, the city council and its members shall deal solely through the city manager. The council, by voting in accordance with the procedure set forth in section 3.09(c) of this Charter, may require the city manager to remove any employee for cause. A willful violation of the foregoing provision by a member of the city council shall constitute misconduct. The remaining members of the city council by majority vote may and shall authorize the council [to expel such offending member upon a finding, of the council if it is determined] by a majority vote of the remaining members beyond a reasonable doubt in a public hearing that such a willful violation has been committed. Such expulsion shall create a vacancy in the place held by such member. The member of council that is the subject of the expulsion shall not be permitted to vote on the issue. Such expulsion shall create a vacancy in the place held by such member. Members of city council Councilmembers removed from office under this provision shall not continue to perform the duties of their office until a successor is duly qualified pursuant to article XVI, section 17 of the Texas Constitution, as now or hereafter amended applicable law.

(c) Interference with administration. Except for investigations conducted pursuant to section 3.10 of this charter the purpose of inquiries and investigations by the direction of the council, unless provided otherwise in this Charter, the city council or its members shall deal with city officers and employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager solely through the city manager. The city council and its members acting individually shall not give orders or instructions to any officer or employee except in the state of a declared emergency. Members of the council, acting individually, shall not give orders or instructions to the city manager, either publicly or privately, except in a state of a declared emergency. Such prohibition shall not apply to a request that an item be placed on a city council meeting agenda for consideration by the city council. A willful violation of the foregoing provision by a member of the council shall constitute misconduct. The remaining members of the city and shall authorize the council by a unanimous vote may of the city council to expel such offending member upon a finding, of the council if it is determined by the remaining members beyond a reasonable doubt in a public hearing that such a willful violation has been committed. The member of the city council that is The councilmember the subject of the expulsion shall not be permitted to vote on the issue. Such expulsion shall create a vacancy in the place held by such member. Members of city council removed from office under this provision shall not continue to perform the duties of their office until a successor is duly qualified pursuant to applicable law.

(d) Admission of liability. Neither the city council nor its members shall accept or admit liability or pay any claim for damages asserted against the city without first obtaining a written opinion from the city attorney regarding the liability of the city.

(e) [Repealed.]

(f) [Repealed.]

(g) [Repealed.] Definitions. (1) For purpose of this Home Rule Charter, "reasonable doubt" is a doubt based on reason and common sense after a careful and impartial consideration of all the evidence. It is the kind of doubt that would make a reasonable person hesitate to act in the most important of his own affairs. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt must be proof of such a convincing character that a reasonable person would be willing to rely and act upon it without hesitation in the most important of their own affairs.

(h) [Willful action subject to conduct.] For purposes of this Home Rule Charter, a person acts willfully with respect to the nature of his or her conduct when it is his or her conscious objective or desire to engage in the conduct knowing that such conduct is expressly prohibited.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION I

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 3.09 of the City Charter to remove the requirement that city council meeting minutes be posted on the bulletin board, to remove voting by a show of hands, to establish five member of city council constitute a quorum, to provide that, when vacancies exist on council, a majority of the nonvacant positions on city council constitute a quorum, and to provide that members of the city council must vote on every action requiring a vote except as prohibited by a conflict of interest?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 3.09 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para eliminar el requisito de que las actas de las asambleas del consejo municipal sean colocadas en el tablero de anuncios, eliminar la votación a mano alzada, establecer que cinco miembros del consejo municipal constituyen un quórum, disponer que, cuando existen vacantes en el consejo, una mayoría de las posiciones no vacantes en el consejo municipal deben votar sobre cada medida que requiera voto salvo como está prohibido por un conflict de interés?

If I vote FORSection 3.09 of the city charter, which deals with city council meetings and procedure, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):

(a) Meetings. Regular city council meetings shall be held at a location in the city and the council shall meet regularly not less than one time each month and at such other times as the city council may prescribe. Special meetings may be held on the call of the mayor or a majority of the members of the council. Workshops and other such meetings where no action will be taken by the city council may be held in a location outside the city, subject to applicable law but will be subject to the same Texas Open Meeting Act [V.T.C.A., Government Code ch. 551] criteria as regular meetings and a visual or audible recording shall be made and preserved for each meeting.

All meetings shall be held and public notice thereof given as required by applicable law statutory provisions, as now or hereafter amended. Closed meetings shall be conducted as authorized by applicable law the state statute.

(b) Minutes and rules. The council shall determine its own rules and order of business and shall provide for keeping minutes of its proceedings and post a copy on the city bulletin board until the next meeting. The minutes shall be a public record.

(c) Voting. Except as prohibited by conflict of interest laws or this charter, all members of the city council authorized to vote shall vote “aye” or “nay” on every action requiring a vote. The nature of a conflict of interest shall be concisely stated in the minutes. Voting, except on procedural motions, shall be accomplished by show of hands of members of the council or by lighting an electronic device which shall reflect reflecting the ayes and nays. Tabulation of the voting by the city council vote shall be announced in open meetings by the mayor or his or her duly appointed representative. All members of the city council may have one vote and only one vote on each item and issue. Five Four members of the city council, excluding the mayor, shall constitute a quorum. In the event that there are vacancies on the city council, a majority of the number of the nonvacant positions on city council shall constitute a quorum the quorum shall be reduced by the number of vacancies existing. Unless provided by applicable law, no No action by the city council shall be valid unless adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of the at least three of those members of city council attending the any meeting at which the action is considered and in which there is a quorum present.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION J

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Subsection 3.07(f), Subsection 3.07(h), Subsection 3.07(w), Section 3.11 and Subsection 7.02 of the City Charter to relocate provisions regarding powers and duties of boards and commissions to the section of the City Charter concerning boards and commissions, to relocate the provisions regarding the city secretary’s duty to maintain the official map to the section of the City Charter concerning the city secretary, and to relocate provisions regarding the codification of ordinances to the section of the City Charter concerning ordinances?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Subsección 3.07(f), Subsección 3.07(h), Subsección 3.07(w), Sección 3.11 y Subsección 7.02 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para reubicar disposiciones respecto de las facultades y obligaciones de juntas y comisiones a la sección de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad referente a juntas y comisiones, reubicar las disposiciones referentes a la obligación de la secretaria de la ciudad de mantener el mapa oficial la sección de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad referente a ordenanzas?

If I vote FORSome subsections of the city charter will be renumbered and some provisions related to boards, commissions, the city secretary, and ordinances will be moved to the sections of the charter that relate to those areas.

Section 3.07, which deals with the specific powers of the city council, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):
(f) Provide for such additional boards and commissions, not otherwise provided for in this Charter, as may be deemed necessary, and appoint the members of all such boards and commissions. Such boards and commissions shall have all powers and duties now or hereafter conferred and created by this Charter, by city ordinance, or by law.

(h) Adopt and modify the official map of the city. The official map is, and shall be, maintained by the city secretary in the city hall of Watauga, Texas.

(w) The city council shall have power to To cause the general ordinances of the city to be codified and printed in code form and such printed code, when adopted by the council, shall be in full force and effect by publishing the same or any part thereof in a newspaper. Such printed code shall be admitted in evidence in all courts without further proof.

Section 3.11, which deals with ordinances in general, will be amended as follows:

… All ordinances shall be submitted at an open meeting of the city council and may be finally passed and adopted approved on the first submission subject to affirmative vote of the city council in accordance with the voting procedure set forth in section 3.09(c) of this Charter with a reading of the caption or preamble of the ordinance including ordinances that amend zoning, electrical, plumbing, or building codes unless otherwise specified or required by applicable law or this Charter to be submitted in a different manner.

An ordinance of the city of Watauga may be proved prima facie by a code of ordinances printed by authority of the city or by a copy of the ordinance certified by the city secretary to be a true copy of same.

Except as otherwise provided by applicable law or this Charter, the city secretary shall give notice of the enactment of any ordinance imposing any penalty, fine or forfeiture for any violation of any of its provisions, and of every other ordinance required by applicable law or this Charter to be published, by causing the said ordinance, or a caption of the ordinance its preamble and penalty, to be published at least one time within ten days, after final passage thereof in the official city newspaper. ...

Section 7.02, which deals with the city secretary, will be amended to add that the city secretary is required to maintain the official map of the city in city hall.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION K

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend 3.11 of the City Charter to provide prima facie proof of ordinance and to provide for publication by caption when an ordinance contains a penalty?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 3.11 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para disponer prueba prima facie de ordenanza y para disponer la publicación del encabezamiento cuando la ordenanza y para disponer la publicación del encabezamiento cuando la ordenanza incluye una canción?
If I vote FORSection 3.11 of the city charter, which deals with city ordinances, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):

...All ordinances shall be submitted at an open meeting of the city council and may be finally passed and approved on the first submission subject to affirmative vote of the city council in accordance with the voting procedure set forth in section 3.09(c) of this Charter with a reading of the caption or preamble of the ordinance including ordinances that amend zoning, electrical, plumbing, or building codes unless specified or required by applicable law or this Charter to be submitted in a different manner.

An ordinance of the City of Watauga may be proved prima facie by a code of ordinances printed by authority of the city or by a copy of the ordinance certified by the city secretary to be a true copy of the same.

Except as otherwise provided by applicable law or this Charter, the city secretary shall give notice of the enactment of any ordinance imposing any penalty, fine or forfeiture for any violation of any of its provisions, and of every other ordinance required by applicable law or this Charter to be published, by causing the said ordinance, or a caption of the ordinance and its preamble and penalty, to be published at least one time within ten days, after final passage thereof in the official city newspaper. The affidavit of such publication by the publisher of the newspaper taken before any officer authorized to administer oaths and filed with the city secretary, shall be conclusive proof of the legal publication and promulgation of such ordinance. All ordinances shall be effective after approval by the city council, approval by the mayor and attestation of the city secretary. Every ordinance shall be authenticated by the signature of the mayor and city secretary.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION L

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Sections 6.02, 6.03, 6.04, 6.05, 6.06, 6.07, 6.08, 6.09, and 6.10 of the City Charter to clarify that the qualified voters of Watauga may enact or rescind resolutions as well as ordinances through initiative and referendum?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar las Secciones 6.02, 6.03, 6.04, 6.05, 6.06, 6.07, 6.08, 6.09, y 6.10 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para aclarar que los votantes habilitados de Watauga pueden promulgar o rescindir resolucion es ademas de ordenanzas a través de inciativa y referendum?
If I vote FORSection 6.02 of the city charter, which deals with ballot initiatives, will be amended to make minor language changes, such as changing ‘state law’ to ‘applicable law’

Section 6.03 of the city charter, which deals with the referendum process, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):

-- Qualified voters of the city may require that any ordinance or resolution, with the exception of ordinances or resolutions authorizing the issuance of either tax bonds or revenue bonds, whether original or refunding, passed and adopted by the council be submitted to the voters of the city for consideration of its repeal approval or disapproval, by submitting a petition for this purpose within 90 days after final passage of said ordinance or resolution, or within 90 days after its publication. Said petition shall be addressed, prepared, signed, and verified as in the same form and manner required for petitions initiating legislation as provided in section 6.02 of this Charter, and shall be submitted to the person performing the duties of the city secretary. Immediately upon the filing of such petition, the person performing the duties of the city secretary shall present said petition to the city council. Thereupon, the city council shall immediately consider the repeal of such ordinance or resolution, and if it does not entirely repeal the same, shall submit the consideration of repeal it to popular vote in the same manner as provided in section 6.02 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 against the repeal of same in favor thereon.

Should the popular vote be to uphold the ordinance or resolution, no other referendum election may be held on the same and/or similar ordinance or resolution within six months. But should the same and/or similar ordinance or resolution be passed, adopted and approved by the city council after invalidation by popular vote, a referendum petition may be filed again as outlined in article VI of this Charter.

Section 6.04 of the city charter, which deals with the city council’s power to submit a proposition to voters, will be amended to make minor language changes.

Section 6.05 of the city charter, which deals with the ballots used in elections, will be amended to make minor language changes.

Section 6.06 of the city charter, which deals with publishing proposed ordinances and resolutions, will be amended to make minor language changes.

Section 6.07 of the city charter, which deals with adopting ordinances and resolutions, will be amended to make minor language changes.

Section 6.08 of the city charter, which deals with inconsistent ordinances and resolutions, will be amended to make minor language changes.

Section 6.09 of the city charter, which deals with ordinances and resolutions passed by voters, will be amended as follows:

-- No ordinance or resolution which may have been passed, adopted and approved by the city council as a result of popular vote under the provisions of this article shall be repealed or amended, except by the city council, in response to a referendum vote or by submission as provided in this article section 6.01 of this Charter.

Section 6.10 of the city charter, which deals with further regulations by the city council, will be amended as follows:

-- The council may pass, approve and adopt ordinances or resolutions providing other and further regulations for carrying out the provisions of this article not inconsistent herewith.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION M

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Subsection 3.07(f), Subsection 3.07(h), Subsection 3.07(w), Section 3.11 and Subsection 7.02 of the City Charter to relocate provisions regarding powers and duties of boards and commissions to the section of the City Charter concerning boards and commissions, to relocate the provisions regarding the city secretary’s duty to maintain the official map to the section of the City Charter concerning the city secretary, and to relocate provisions regarding the codification of ordinances to the section of the City Charter concerning ordinances?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Subsección 3.07(f), Subsección 3.07(h), Subsección 3.07(w), Sección 3.11 y Subsección 7.02 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para reubicar disposiciones respecto de las facultades y obligaciones de juntas y comisiones a la sección de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad referente a juntas y comisiones, reubicar las disposiciones referentes a la obligación de la secretaria de la ciudad de mantener el mapa oficial la sección de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad referente a ordenanzas?

If I vote FORSome subsections of the city charter will be renumbered and some provisions related to boards, commissions, the city secretary, and ordinances will be moved to the sections of the charter that relate to those areas.

Section 3.07, which deals with the specific powers of the city council, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):
(f) Provide for such additional boards and commissions, not otherwise provided for in this Charter, as may be deemed necessary, and appoint the members of all such boards and commissions. Such boards and commissions shall have all powers and duties now or hereafter conferred and created by this Charter, by city ordinance, or by law.

(h) Adopt and modify the official map of the city. The official map is, and shall be, maintained by the city secretary in the city hall of Watauga, Texas.

(w) The city council shall have power to To cause the general ordinances of the city to be codified and printed in code form and such printed code, when adopted by the council, shall be in full force and effect by publishing the same or any part thereof in a newspaper. Such printed code shall be admitted in evidence in all courts without further proof.

Section 3.11, which deals with ordinances in general, will be amended as follows:

… All ordinances shall be submitted at an open meeting of the city council and may be finally passed and adopted approved on the first submission subject to affirmative vote of the city council in accordance with the voting procedure set forth in section 3.09(c) of this Charter with a reading of the caption or preamble of the ordinance including ordinances that amend zoning, electrical, plumbing, or building codes unless otherwise specified or required by applicable law or this Charter to be submitted in a different manner.

An ordinance of the city of Watauga may be proved prima facie by a code of ordinances printed by authority of the city or by a copy of the ordinance certified by the city secretary to be a true copy of same.

Except as otherwise provided by applicable law or this Charter, the city secretary shall give notice of the enactment of any ordinance imposing any penalty, fine or forfeiture for any violation of any of its provisions, and of every other ordinance required by applicable law or this Charter to be published, by causing the said ordinance, or a caption of the ordinance its preamble and penalty, to be published at least one time within ten days, after final passage thereof in the official city newspaper. ...

Section 7.02, which deals with the city secretary, will be amended to add that the city secretary is required to maintain the official map of the city in city hall.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION N

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 7.03 of the City Charter to allow City Council discretion in establishing city departments?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 7.03 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para permitir que el Consejo Municipal a su criterio estableza departamentos de la ciudad?
If I vote FORSection 7.02, which deals with city departments and services, will be amended as follows, to indicate that the city council has discretion over which departments are established (additions in bold):

-- The city council shall establish and maintain departments in sufficient numbers and specialty to effectively provide services of the city and may to include administration, finance, tax, public works, parks, police, reserve police, fire, volunteer fire, emergency medical and any other necessary municipal services.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION O

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 7.07 of the City Charter to establish that boards and commissions established by city council shall have all powers and duties conferred and created by the Charter, city ordinance, or applicable law and to require that, except as prohibited by conflict of interest laws of the City Charter that all members of a board or commission must vote on every action requiring a vote?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 7.07 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para establecer que juntas y comisiones establecidas por el consejo municipal tendrán todas las facultades y obligaciones conferidas y creadas por la Carta Orgánica, ordenanza de la ciudad o ley apblicable y para requerir que, salvo lo prohibido por leyes sobre conflict de interés de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad que todos los miembros de una junta o comisión deben votar sobre cada medida que requiera de una votación?
If I vote FORSection 7.07, which deals with other departments, boards, and commissions, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):

… The council shall create, establish, or appoint, as may be required by law or circumstances, those boards, and commissions, and committees which are deemed necessary to carry out the function and obligations of the city. Such boards and commissions shall have all powers and duties now or hereafter conferred and created by this Charter, by city ordinance, or by applicable law. The city council shall prescribe accountability and tenure of each board, and commission and committee where such are not prescribed by law. The city council shall prescribe the purpose, composition, function and duty of each board, or committee where such are not prescribed by law. The members of such boards and commissions shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to the approval and consent of the remaining members of city council. Except as prohibited by conflict of interest laws or this charter, all members of a board or commission authorized to vote shall vote “aye” or “nay” on every actio requiring a vote. The nature of a conflict of interest shall be concisely stated in the minutes.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION P

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 8.04 of the City Charter to require the city attorney to approve as to form and legality ordinances and resolutions, and, as determined necessary by the city, contracts, documents and legal instruments?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 8.04 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para requerir que el abogado de la ciudad apruebe en cuanto a forma y legalidad las ordenanzas y resoluciones y, según la ciudad determine necesario, cualquier contrato, document e instrument legal?
If I vote FORSection 8.04, which deals with the city attorney, will be amended to make minor language changes, and as follows (additions in bold):

… The city attorney shall review and approve as to form and legality all ordinances and resolutions and, as determined necessary by the city, any concur or dissent upon all documents, contracts, documents and legal instruments in which the city may have an interest. ...
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION Q

Ballot PropositionShall Sections 3.06 of Article III and 4.05 of Article IV of the Everman City Charter be amended to add City Code compliance to City Council election qualifications and for sitting City Council members? City Code violations will be discussed/debated by the City Council and time for full compliance (no more than 90 days, unless the Council Member elects to take his/her case to court proceedings, in which case, the court(s) would determine compliance and/or non-compliance issues and judge accordingly) to be determined for sitting Council Members; those seeking election or re-election must be in full compliance.

Se debe enmendar la Sección 3.06 del Artículo III y el 4.05 del Artículo IV del Estatuto de la ciudad de Everman para añadir el cumplimiento del Código de la Ciudad a los requistos de la elección del Consejo Municipal y para la session de los miembros del Consejo Municipal? Las violaciones del Código de la Ciudad se discutirán o debatirán por el Consejo Municipal y el tiempo para el pleno cumplimiento (no más de 90 días, a menos que los miembros electos del Consejo lleven su caso a procesos judiciales; en ese caso, el Tribunal determinará el cumplimiento o no cumplimiento y juzgará en consecuencia)y se determinará en la session de los miembros del Consejo; aquellos que quieran ser elegidos o están buscando la reelección deben estar en plena conformidad?

If I vote FORThe city will add a requirement that those seeking election as Mayor or City Councillor must be in full compliance with the City Code and not have any outstanding violations; the current Mayor and City Councillors will have up to 90 days to be in full compliance, unless they decide to take their case to court, where a judge will determine whether or not they are in compliance.
If I vote AGAINSTThe city requirements for those seeking election will remain the same: they must be qualified voters, have been residents of the city for at least one year prior to election and while serving in office, and should have no felony convictions.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION R

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga delete Section 9.03 of the City Charter to remove language duplicative of state law regarding public records?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 9.02, Subsección 9.04A y Subsección 9.07B de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para reemplazar todas las apariciones de la palabra “ganancia” con la palabra “ingresos”, disponer que la ciudad entregará aviso respecto del presupuesto en conformidad con la ley aplicable, prohibir desembolsos que causarían un déficit de efectivo, disponer que la ciudad adoptará un presupuesto para la fecha establecida por ley applicable, y disponer la capacidad del Consejo Municipal para asignar reservas de fondos para desembolsos del año fiscal actual?
If I vote FORSection 9.03, which deals with public records, will be deleted; the city argues that this provision duplicates state law regarding public records and is not needed:

Copies of the approved budget, capital improvement program, and supporting papers shall be filed with the city secretary and shall be public records available to the public upon request.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION S

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 9.08 of the City Charter, to provide that all municipal purchases comply with applicable municipal procurement laws?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 9.08 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para disponer que todas las compras municipales cumplan con las leyes aplicables sobre adquisiciones municipales?
If I vote FORSection 9.08, which deals with city purchases, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):

The city council shall pass, adopt and approve by resolution a written purchasing policy applicable to all contracts, purchases and expenditures for goods and services in the city. ...

… However, all contracts, purchases and expenditures exceeding the maximum amount permitted by applicable state law in effect at the time of the expenditure, without requiring competitive bidding or proposals, must be expressly passed, adopted and approved in advance by the city council and be subject to applicable law regulating municipal procurement competitive bidding or competitive sealed proposals and shall be let to the bidder who is most responsive to the needs of the city after consideration of all facts and circumstances surrounding the bid, including, but not limited to, the lowest price. The city council shall retain the right to reject any and all bids.

The exceptions to bidding requirements as stated in Local Government Code, section 252.022 [V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 252.022], as now or hereafter amended, shall constitute exceptions to this provision. Emergency contracts Contracts for purchases that are necessary because of a public calamity, as authorized by applicable law and as set forth in the Local Government Code, as now or hereafter amended, may be negotiated by the city council or the city manager, if granted authority by the city council, without the necessity of competitive bidding. Such emergency shall be declared by the mayor city manager and approved by the city council or may simply be declared by the city council. All expenditures must be supported by documentation justifying such expenditures.
If I vote AGAINST
The language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION T

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend the Section 10.09 of the City Charter, to remove the prohibition on council waiving penalties and interest and extending time for payment of taxes?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 10.09 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para eliminar la prohibición sobre el consejo de eximir sanciones e interés y prorrogar el plazo para el pago de impuestos?
If I vote FORSection 10.09, which deals with when city taxes are due and payable, will be amended as follows, to remove the prohibition on the city council waiving penalty fees and interest payments or extending the time for payment (additions in bold):

All taxes due the City of Watauga shall be payable at the office of the city tax assessor-collector and may be paid at any time after the tax rolls for the year have been completed and approved, which shall not be later than October 1. Taxes shall be paid on or before January 31 and such taxes not paid on or prior to such date shall be deemed delinquent and shall be subject to such penalty and interest as provided by applicable law the council may provide by ordinance. The council may provide further by ordinance that all taxes either current or delinquent, due the City of Watauga may be paid by installments. Failure to levy and assess taxes through omission in preparation of the approved tax roll shall not relieve the person, firm or corporation so omitted from obligation to pay such current or past due taxes as shown to be payable by recheck of the rolls and receipt for the years in question. The council shall be prohibited from waiving penalties and interest and extending time for payment of taxes.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION U

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 11.01 of the City Charter to remove the requirement that members of the planning and zoning commission must own real property within the city?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 11.01 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para eliminar el requisito de que los miembros de la comisión de planificación y zonificación deban ser dueños de bienes inmuebles dentro de la ciudad?
If I vote FORSection 11.01, which deals with the planning and zoning commission, will be amended as follows to remove the requirement that they own property in the city (additions in bold):

There shall be established by the city council a planning and zoning commission which shall consist of seven persons who are residents in the City of Watauga and who own real property within the city.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION V

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga delete Section 14.06 of the City Charter providing for separability as duplicative of Section 14.17 of the City Charter?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 14.06 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad que dispone la salvedad como duplicado de la Sección 14.17 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad?
If I vote FORSection 14.06, which deals with separability, will be deleted; the city argues that this provision duplicates Section 14.17 and is not needed:

-- If any section or part of section of this Charter shall be held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such holding shall not affect the remainder of this Charter nor the context in which such section or part of section so held invalid may appear, except to the extent that an entire section or part of section may be inseparably connected in meaning and effect with the section or part of section to which such holding shall directly apply.

Note: Section 14.17, which will not be amended, reads as follows:

-- If any section or part of a section of this Charter proves to be invalid or unconstitutional, the same shall not be held to invalidate or impair the validity, force or effect of any other section or part of a section of this Charter, unless it clearly appears that such other section or part of a section of this Charter is wholly or necessarily dependent for its operation upon the section or part of a section so held to be unconstitutional or invalid; it being here declared that the citizens voting for this Charter would have voted for the same with such objectionable or invalid section or part of a section omitted therefrom.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION W

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend the City Charter to add a new Section 14.18 to authorize City Council to rearrange and renumber charter provisions by ordinance?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para agregar una nueva Sección 14.18 para autorizar al Consejo Municipal a reorganizer y renumerar las dispociones de la carta orgánica por ordenanza?
If I vote FORA new Section 14.18 will be added to the city charter to give the city council the authority to renumber and reorganize the provisions of the charter without holding an election (additions in bold):

-- The council shall have the power, by ordinance, to renumber and rearrange all articles, sections, subsections, paragraphs, and subparagraphs of this Charter or any amendments thereto, as it shall deem appropriate.
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION X

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend Section 14.14 of the City Charter to clarify that the failure of any person serving on the city council or a city board or serving as an employee of the city to make known a conflict of interest or to disqualify oneself if required shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action and such failure need not be subject to proof beyond a reasonable doubt?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Sección 14.14 de la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para aclarar que el incumplimiento de cualquier persona que trabaja en el consejo municipal o en una junta de la ciudad o trabaja como empleado de la ciudad de informar un conflicto de interés o excluirse a sí mismo si es requerido constituirá motivo de medida disciplinaria y dicho incumplimiento no tiene obligación de ser sometido a prueba más allá de la duda razonable?
If I vote FORThe last paragraph of Section 14.14, which deals with conflicts of interest, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):

-- The failure by any person to make known a conflict of interest and failure to disqualify oneself as required Any person having a conflict of interest as outlined above and who shall willfully fail to make known such conflict of interest and shall fail to disqualify himself as required, shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action by the city council if proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Such disciplinary action may include reprimand or removal from office to the extent allowed by applicable law. An action constituting a reprimand requires a majority vote of the voting members of the city council. Any action for removal from office requires a unanimous vote of the voting members of the city council. The councilmember the subject of the removal issue shall not be permitted to vote.
If I vote AGAINST
The language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION Y

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend the City Charter to provide for gender neutrality in charter provisions, to conform all references to the city secretary, to conform all references to the passage of legislation, to conform all references to qualified voters and to provide rules for wording interpretation?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para disponer la neutralidad de género en las dispociones de la carta orgánica, ajustar todas las referencias al secretario de la ciudad, ajustar todas las referencias a la aprobación de lagislación, ajustar todas las referencias a los votantes habilitados y disponer reglas para la interpretación de frases?
If I vote FORThe entire city charter will be amended to make its language gender-inclusive (for example, changing “he” to “he or she,” “chairman” to “chairperson,” etc); in addition, Section 14.12, which deals with wording interpretation, will be amended as follows (additions in bold):

Sec. 14.12. - Wording interpretation Gender of wording.

The use of any gender herein shall be applicable to all genders. The use of the word “City” in this Charter shall mean the City of Watauga, Texas, and the use of the word “Charter” shall mean this Home Rule Charter. The term “qualified voter” shall mean a person who meets all legal requirements of applicable law and this Charter for becoming a registered voter and is also registered to vote.The masculine gender of the wording used throughout this Charter shall always be interpreted to mean either sex.
If I vote AGAINST
The language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone

PROPOSITION Z

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend the City Charter to conform references to city council, to conform references to state and federal law and to delete language providing that expressions of law include enactments and amendments, such language having been rendered surplusage by Section 14.08 of this Charter?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para ajustar las referencias al consejo municipal, ajustar referencias a la ley estatal y federal y eliminar lenguaje que dispone que expresiones de ley incluyan promulgaciones y enmiendas, como lenguaje que ha sido considerado uso exesivo por la Sección 14.08 de esta Carta Orgánica?
If I vote FORThe entire city charter (with the exceptions of the Preamble and Sections 1.01, 3.07, 8.02, 14.05, and 14.08) will be amended to make its language consistent by changing references to “council” to “city council,” changing references to state and local law to “applicable law,” and removing surplus wording that statutes include “enactments and subsequent amendments”
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNonr

PROPOSITION AA

Ballot PropositionShall the City of Watauga amend the City Charter to correct grammar, typographical errors and scriveners’ errors?

Deberá la Ciudad de Watauga enmendar la Carta Orgánica de la Ciudad para corregir gramática, errores tipográficos y errores de escribas?
If I vote FORThe city charter will be amended to correct grammar and typographical errors. Specific areas are: Subsections 3.02a & e; 3.06c & f; 3.07g, j, o, & r; 3.09c; and Sections 4.01, 4.05, 5.06, 5.09, 5.10, 7.06, 9.02A, 9.02A11c, 9.04A, 9.04F, 11.05, 12.10a, 13.05, and 14.06
If I vote AGAINSTThe language in the existing city charter will remain the same.
Tax ConsequencesNone