Socorro in violation of state constitution

Socorro in violation of state constitution

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 4:00pm

A decision made by city officials in Socorro is in violation of the state's constitution. That's according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who issued an opinion today on the city's recent decision to extend council terms to four years. the opinion from the AG states cities must hold a charter amendment election to change term lengths to longer than two years. In 2008, Socorro did pass a charter amendment that extended terms to three years, but not four. Socorro city spokesperson Dave Garcia disagrees with the opinion. He says it contradicts state law which allows cities to move to four year terms. He says the city is "flummoxed" by the decision.

State senator Jose Rodríguez released this statement regarding the Texas Attorney General's opinion: "Yet another opinion stating the obvious: Socorro city council violated the law when they gave themselves longer terms without consulting voters."

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So by the reasoning being stated by Socorro spokesman Garcia, if you live in Socorro and you disagree with city officials you can just do as you please and not listen to what city officials say because just like the City of Socorro you don't have the follow the law (if you disagree with it). That is why Socorro is such a messed up city. The 2 city reps in question should resign and the rest of the remaining council should call for elections on the matter ASAP.

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