Written by Staff
By Amanda Casanova
Irving residents will have 25 propositions to vote on that propose changes to the City’s Charter, which hasn’t been updated in more than 10 years. Many of the changes are meant to comply with state and federal law and reflect the City’s current operations. The election will be held on May 11.
Proposition 1 City has the power to recover damages, cost and penalties.
Proposition 2 Grammar, punctuation and gender-neutral changes.
Proposition 3 Language change to reflect current operations.
Proposition 4 City can review reimbursable expenses on all contracts.
Proposition 5 Sets single member district places per law.
Proposition 6 Language change to comply with state election code.
Proposition 7 Reduces council term limits from four consecutive three-year terms to three consecutive three-year terms.
Proposition 8 Council member who has served three full consecutive terms may not run for one year, except to run for mayor. A mayor who has served three full consecutive terms may not run again for one year.
Proposition 9 Council member convicted of felony must resign.
Proposition 10 Creation of deputy mayor pro tem.
Proposition 11 Mayor salary will increase to $1,200/month and council member salary increase to $900/month.
Proposition 12 Council member must resign if moved out of city.
Proposition 13 City Council may create code of ethics for council.
Proposition 14 All ordinances, resolutions and orders must be passed in public meeting.
Proposition 15 City secretary must live in the city, per state law.
Proposition 16 City Council may manage operations of Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, the board of the bureau, the Irving Arts Center and Irving Arts Board.
Proposition 17 City Council may appoint a city attorney.
Proposition 18 Petition for recall for a single member district council member must be returned to city within 45 days and the deadline for a recall petition for the mayor or at-large district changes to 60 days.
Proposition 19 City manager is qualified voter of the City after appointment and move to city.
Proposition 20 City manager will be evaluated at least annually.
Proposition 21 City manager cannot remove employees appointed by the city council.
Proposition 22 Definitions of imitative (power to propose lawful ordinance) and referendum (power to require reconsideration of ordinance.)
Proposition 23 City cannot withhold pay from employees to use those funds for political contributions.
Proposition 24 State and federal law trumps charter law.
Proposition 25 Sets limit on City contribution to retirement benefits.