YOUR CITY, YOUR VOICE. VOTE!
The 2021 Municipal Election is upon us! Vote on two proposed charter amendments and your City Council District Four (4) Representative on Tuesday - March 9, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at various polling locations, that you can view by clicking here. OR request to vote-by-mail. no later than 5pm on February 27, 2021.
CHARTER AMENDMENT BREAKDOWN
Charter Amendment #1 is being offered to the community for a vote as it is an outdated legal provision that may burden property owners financially and pose an impediment towards the City’s plan to improve local roads and drainage.
Charter Amendment #2 is being offered to the community for a vote as concerns have persisted in the community as to the fear of losing the City’s public safety services, which are the Police and Fire Department. The opportunity is being placed in the hands of the community to decide who they would like to give authority to as it relates to the establishment or abolishment of the public safety departments.
Proposed Charter Amendment #1 – Ordinance No. 4155 (Local Improvements – Adoption of State Law):
What a “Yes” Vote means: There will no longer be a requirement that 50% of the cost of certain street and secondary improvements be paid by the benefitted property owner. This is applicable to all areas of the City.
What a “No” Vote means: The City would continually require the benefitted property owner to be assessed 50% of the costs associated with certain street and secondary improvements. This applies to all areas of the City. If the benefitted property owner does not pay their portion for such service, the City can issue a lien against the property.
Proposed Charter Amendment #2 – Ordinance No. 4159 (Establishment or Abolition of City Departments; Creation of Charter Departments):
What a “Yes” Vote means: The Police and Fire Departments will become Charter Departments. Therefore, only the electors or voters of the City shall have the authority to establish or abolish the Police and Fire departments.
What a “No” Vote means: The City Council shall maintain the authority to establish or abolish any City department or office with a majority vote. The Police and Fire Department will not be charter departments.
Here are a few other things you should know:
The City Charter is a basic document that defines the organization, powers, functions, and essential procedures of the City government. It is comparable to the Constitution of the United States or a state's constitution. The charter is, therefore, the most important legal document of the City.
There are two charter amendments ( regarding Ordinance No. 4155 and 4159) being proposed on the March 9th ballot. Read a full description of what they are and what they mean by viewing it in English, Spanish or Haitian Creole.
View recommended changes to Ordinance No. 4155 and Ordinance No. 4159 ( includes strikethroughs).
View City Council Meetings agendas and videos for Ordinance No. 4155 and 4159 where they were discussed on November 18, 2020 and December 2, 2020.
Know those who are running for District Four (4). View candidates here.