Friday , 18 August 2017

McKinney Calls Special Charter Election

City Council approved an ordinance to call a city charter amendment election for Nov. 8. Proposed changes to the city charter include extending City Council member terms from the current three years to four years.

The amendment election is in response to Senate Bill 100, which was approved by the Texas legislature this year and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry in June. This new state law had the effect of changing the options for local elections. Changing City Council terms would mean city elections are held only in odd-numbered years, when Collin County would continue administering the elections and sharing in the expense. If voters do not pass the term length change, elections in even-numbered years will likely mean a higher election cost for the city.

Voters will also choose to approve term limits to define rules for candidates seeking to be elected into a position on City Council they have not occupied after they have fulfilled eligibility in a different seat. For instance, a Council member who has served two full terms representing a numbered district would have to sit out a full year before running for an At Large seat. However, candidates seeking the Mayoral seat do not have to sit out a year.

The proposed amendment does not allow current Council members to be grandfathered to where they could run for additional consecutive four-year terms. If passed, the proposed charter amendments also update and make minor corrections to the city charter.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voters may vote at any Collin County locations listed on the website at www.mckinneytexas.org/vote.

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