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City Council votes on proposed city charter amendments for May ballot

City Council votes on proposed city charter amendments for May ballot
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POSTED: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:52pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:52pm

City representatives decided to put nine proposed amendments to the city charter on the May ballot.

Some of the proposed amendments voters will decide on include, moving the city elections from May to November in even number years, increasing the mayor and council's pay to match the county's median income and adding gays to its nondiscrimination policy.

One they rejected was for voters to decide on a strong mayor-run form of government or a city manager-run government.

It failed because it was tie vote.

El Pasoans approved moving to the city manager form of government in 2004.

Some reps thought it was a personal issue.

"We have been wildly successful over the last ten years since we implemented the city manager form of government. It's the most popular form of government in the United States. You put that type of government forward to reduce corruption and unethical activity," said Representative Cortney Niland.

"I feel that council did not want to send it to the voters because they fear, they really truly fear, the citizens would return to a strong mayor form of government," said Representative Eddie Holguin.

City reps had to approve what will go on the ballot before Friday.
 

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