2019 » General Municipal Election » City of Seminole Charter Amendments
No. 4 Charter Amendment – Establishing the Charter Review Committee’s Appointment Process
Shall the Charter for the City of Seminole, Article X, Charter Amendment, Section 10.03, Charter Review Committee, be amended to establish that the City Council shall pass a resolution prior to the meeting at which it appoints members to the Charter Review Committee, setting forth the specific procedure by which those appointments will take place?
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Currently, the City Charter does not define any specific process for appointing the Charter Review Committee members. The Charter only states the Review Committee must be appointed by Council every five years, in January. This amendment proposes that additional language be added to the Charter requiring that City Council pass a new resolution every five years to define the specific process under which Charter Review Committee appointments are made. Defining (or redefining) the appointment process via resolution every five years - as opposed to establishing a specific process within the City Charter - affords the Council, presiding at that time, with flexibility to adapt the appointment process to prevailing conditions.
While this amendment requires that each new resolution be passed prior to the appointment of the Charter Review Committee, it doesn’t specify how far in advance. This could result in limited time for community input before passage of resolution.
A "yes" vote would...
- Create specific language in the Charter allowing Council Members in office, at the time designated for Charter Review, to define procedures by which Charter Review Committee appointments take place without a specific process defined in the Charter;
- Potentially lead to confusion on the part of the public and less consistency in procedure, because the appointment process could conceivably change every five years.
A "no" vote would...
- Leave in place the current Charter language, which fails to define the process for Charter Committee appointments;
- Allow the Council to revisit this issue at a later date and potentially create more specific language defining a timeline governing the appointment process currently missing from this amendment.
- Seminole Charter Review Board
- Seminole City Council
To date, the League of Women Voters is unaware of any published statements of opposition