Part timers

Another proposed city charter amendment that we will get to vote on in November will be put on the ballot this way:

Should section 3.5 A of the City Charter, relating to city council meetings,  be amended to require Council to hold regular meetings no less than once every other week instead of once every week?

They are putting pay raises for themselves on the ballot.  Now they want to take every other week off.

We have a hard enough time having our voices heard as it is.  First they stopped working on Fridays.  Next they moved the elected officials into a building separate from the buildings where city departments are located.

We deserve better

Brutus

5 Responses to Part timers

  1. taxpayer 13 says:

    The staff and City Manager spend way too much time preparing for meetings.Cutting back on council meetings frees up staff to do their jobs. Very few City Councils in Texas meet weekly. many meet twice a month and some only when the need arises. There are other opportunities to make your voice heard including each council members’ monthly meetings. Not much good comes out of having council meet more often. In my opinion, once a month would suffice.

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    • Reality Checker says:

      Judging from some of the decisions that have been made, I question how much time is going into preparation for the the weekly meetings. It’s not about just having our voices heard at meetings. Council meetings are one of the few public forums that give citizens a sense of what is going on and what decisions are being made and the rationale for those decisions. You can be assured that if they have fewer meetings, they are not going to make them longer meetings. If they take votes in public as they should, that reducing the frequency of meetings also means that decision-making will be slowed down.

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  2. gramps says:

    Actually, they took off pay raises for city council. It will not be on the charter election.

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    • Reality Checker says:

      Only because of the ruckus over the city manager raise. Not because they wanted to.

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    • Brutus says:

      The charter as it is written now gives them the ability to give themselves raises.

      Section 3.2 of the city charter:

      Subsequent to the adoption of this Charter, the Council shall have the power to increase these salaries by not more than five percent, but such act must be taken at least three months prior to the next general city election and may not take effect until after the inauguration of the next Council. Any proposed salary increase in excess of five percent shall be subject to voter approval, by referendum, conducted at a general City election.

      Brutus

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