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City sets vote on Charter amendments

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The City of Slaton Commissioners approved setting a special election for proposed amendments on the City Charter Monday evening (June 13) during its monthly meeting.

The election will be conducted Nov. 8, but could change if Lubbock also has an election.

City Attorney Bryan Guymon said a committee was gathered to discuss the Charter and what needed to be amended, adding they went into great discussion on changes.

Each commissioner was allowed to select two people from their Wards to help with the change proposals.

There are 23 propositions that will be put up to vote.

They are: City Charter Language Changes, Annexation and Disannexation Guidelines, Powers of the City, Peace and Good Order – Maximum Fine, Municipal Court, Timing of Special Elections, Recall of Quorum or More of the City Commission, Frequency of Petitions, Non-binding Referendum, City Commissioner qualifications, Mayor Nomination and Election, Commissioner Term of Office, Vacancies in the Commission, Conflicts of Interest, Special Meetings, Legislative Procedure, Enactment of Ordinances, City Manager, Contracts for Personal Services (repeal), Board of City Development (repeal), Contracts, Nepotism and Official Bonds.

Guymon said most of these changes would be to make the areas fully in compliance with State Laws and Government Code, which have changed ever since the last known amendments in the 1960s.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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