Approval of City Charter Ballot Measure
|Meeting Date:||February 6, 2007||Primary Staff Contact:||Ann Seltzer|
|Contributing Departments:||Legal||Secondary Staff Contact:||Mike Franell|
|Estimate Time:||15 minutes|
At the council meeting on January 16, 2007 council reviewed the draft ballot measure language for the revised city charter and city manager and requested changes including the real estate transfer tax provision approved by voters in November 2006.
|Staff Recommendation: |
Review the ballot measure language and direct staff to prepare final ballot measure language and send to the City Recorder for noticing by March 8 and to the Jackson County elections office by March 15.
A review of the city charter was a 2004-2005 council goal. A charter review committee was appointed during the summer of 2004 and presented its final report to the Council on July 19, 2005.
At the council meeting on December 1, 2005 the Council agreed to move forward with a revised city charter based on the Oregon Model Charter and to incorporate recommendations of the charter review committee with the exception of the recommendations #1, #2 and #4. Council agreed that recommendation #1, shifting from a city administrator to a city manager working in partnership with the Mayor, would be drafted and presented to voters as a separate ballot measure.
In addition, Council expressed interest in the committee's recommendation to study the issues of the city recorder and municipal judge as well as councilor salaries.
The City Council held a special meeting on February 16, 2006 and a study session July 13, 2006 to discuss the charter. At the October 3, 2006 council meeting, the council adopted a schedule for placing the two charter measures on the May 2007 ballot and to release the draft for public comment.
• Direct staff to prepare final ballot measure language and send to the City Recorder for noticing by March 8 and to the Jackson County elections office by March 15.
• Identify changes and direct staff to make revisions for council review on February 20.
Click on the PDF file below to view the following attachments:
• Draft ballot measures Revised City Charter and City Manager
• Draft Revised City Charter
• Draft City Manager Amendment
• Existing City Charter
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