Written by Phil Cerroni
By Amanda Casanova
Along with choosing their elected officials, Irving residents will have 25 propositions to vote on in May’s election. The propositions are amendments to the City’s Charter, which hasn’t been updated in more than 10 years.
Among the proposals, voters will decide whether to increase the Council’s salary. If the proposal passes, the mayor will receive $1,200 a month and council members will receive $900 a month.
The City Council salary was last set in 1998.
Another measure proposes changing City Council term limits from four consecutive three year terms to three consecutive three year terms.
After three consecutive terms, a Council member cannot run for office again, except for the seat of Mayor, according to another proposition on May’s ballot.
Other proposals set residency requirements for candidacy and require a City Manager evaluation annually.
A change to the recall provision is also proposed. A petition for recall for a single member district Council member must be returned to city within 45 days — up from 30 and the deadline for a recall petition for the mayor or at-large district changes to 60 days.
Many of the changes are grammatical corrections or language changes to make the document in line with state law.
“The Charter got a very, very good scrubbing,” Charles Anderson, City attorney, said. “The committee went through every section.
“They were very aware that citizens come in and they see something in the Charter and they expect that to be the way it is, and for a number of reason, that’s not the way it is.”
- 1.City has power to recover damages, costs and penalties.
- 2.Gender-neutral, grammar changes.
- 3.Language change to reflect current operations.
- 4.City can review reimbursable expenses on contracts.
- 5.Sets single-member districts.
- 6.Language change to comply with state election code.
- 7.Council term limits.
- 8.Term-limited Council member options.
- 9.Council member convicted of felony shall resign.
- 10.Creation of deputy mayor pro tem.
- 11.Increase Council salaries.
- 12.Council member must resign if move out of city.
- 13.Code of Ethics.
- 14.All ordinances and resolutions must be passed in public meeting.
- 15.Residency requirements.
- 16.Budget reporting.
- 17.City attorney.
- 18.Changes to recall provisions.
- 19.City Manager qualified to vote after appointment and move to city.
- 20.Annual evaluation of City Manager
- 21.Appointees by the City Council cannot be removed by the City Manager.
- 22.Language change.
- 23.City cannot withhold employee pay for PAC.
- 24.Language change.
- 25.Sets limit on City contribution for retirement benefits.
The election is May 11.