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Holly Hill

Charter Ammendment

In July, Holly Hill City commissioners agreed to have several charter ammendements decided by voters in a special election on November 3.

The questions for voters are as follows:

BALLOT SUMMARY Item 1

The City Charter currently does not require a periodic Charter Review. Most city charters require charter review periodically. This proposed Charter Amendment would require a charter review at least every 10 years.

MANDATORY CHARTER REVIEW - Should the City Charter be amended to require a Charter review at least every 10 years?

Yes. In favor of amending the Charter to require a Charter Review at least every 10 years.

No. Against amending the Charter to require a Charter review at least every 10 years.

BALLOT SUMMARY Item 2

The Charter contains a Civil Service Act, which includes certain employment protections for City employees. However the vast majority of employees are protected by union contracts and do not seek Civil Service protection. Certain employment benefits are not available to City employees because Civil Service exists in the Charter, even if not utilized. The City has extensive employment policies, and when combined with Union contracts, City employees have significant employment protection.

ELIMINATION OF CIVIL SERVICE ACT - Should the City Charter be amended to eliminate the Civil Service Act?

Yes. In favor of amending the Charter to eliminate the Civil Service Act.

No. Against amending the Charter to eliminate the Civil Service Act thereby retaining the Civil Service Act.

BALLOT SUMMARY - Item 3

 Typically, a city manager serves at the pleasure of the governing body and the terms and conditions of the employment relationship are outlined in an employment contract, which would include termination provisions. The City's Charter contains a process for termination of the City Manager which is time consuming, costly for the City, not consistent with industry standards and is often in conflict with employment contracts.

ELIMINATING CHARTER PROCEDURE FOR TERMINATING CITY MANAGER - Should the City Charter be amended to eliminate the City Manager termination procedure and instead provide an employment contract outlining the terms and conditions of employment?

Yes. In favor of eliminating the procedure for terminating the City Manager and requiring an employment agreement for the City Manager.

No. Against eliminating the procedure for terminating the City Manager and Ordinance (ID # 1113) Meeting of July 14, 2015 against requiring an employment agreement for the City Manager.

BALLOT SUMMARY - Item 4

Although the Charter currently requires candidates for Mayor or Commissioner to be a resident of the City, the Charter does not require any proof of residency. A candidate need only state that he or she is a resident. This amendment would require evidence of residency as part of the qualifying process, such as a driver's license, property deed, lease or utility bill.

REQUIRE PROOF OF RESIDENCY - Should the City Charter be amended to require proof of residency as part of the qualifying process?

 Yes. In favor of requiring proof of residency as part of the qualifying process.

No. Against requiring proof of residency as part of the qualifying process.

BALLOT SUMMARY - Item 5

The Charter limits the term of office of the Mayor and Commissioners to two (2) year and currently all elected offices are on the same election cycle. This amendment proposes four (4) year staggered terms for elected offices. If approved, the Mayor and two (2) Commissioners will be elected during one election cycle and the other two (2) Commissioners will be elected in next election cycle two (2) years later.

FOUR YEAR STAGGERED TERMS - Should the City Charter be amended to provide for four (4) year staggered terms for the Mayor and Commissioners?

Yes. In favor of amending the Charter to provide four (4) year staggered terms of office for the Mayor and Commissioners.

No. Against amending the Charter to provide four (4) year staggered terms of office for the Mayor and Commissioners thereby retaining two year terms.

BALLOT SUMMARY  -  Item 6

The Charter currently limits the Mayor to serve two consecutive terms, but no such limit exists for the City Commission. The proposed amendment would eliminate the two consecutive term limit, thereby allowing the voters of Holly Hill to decide how long a particular person can serve as Mayor instead of arbitrarily limiting term.

ELIMINATION OF MAYOR TERM LIMIT - Should the Charter be amended to eliminate the two consecutive term limit on the office of Mayor?

Yes. In favor of amending the Charter to eliminate the two consecutive term limit on the office of Mayor.

No. Against amending the Charter to eliminate the two consecutive term limit on the office of Mayor thereby retaining the two consecutive term limit.

BALLOT SUMMARY - Item 7

The Charter currently provides that the Commission Districts shall be established based on even representation of registered electors. It is more appropriate for Commission Districts to be based on evenly allocating constituents, instead of registered electors as Commissioners represent their constituents.

COMMISSION DISTRICTS BASED ON CONSTITUENT REPRESENTATION Should the Chatter be amended to provide for Commission Districts on constituent representation?

Yes. In favor of amending the Charter to base Commission Districts on representation of constituents.

No. Against amending the Charter to base Commission Districts on representation of constituents. Section 8. The eighth proposed amendment to the City Charter is the following:

BALLOT SUMMARY - Item 8

 The Charter contains old procedures for conducting an election which are no longer used as the State Election Code has superseded these provisions. The City follows the State Election Code. The proposed Charter amendment would eliminate the Charter provisions that have been superseded by State law and are no longer followed. Ordinance (ID ## 1113) Meeting of July 14, 2015 REMOVAL OF OBSOLETE PROVISION FROM CHARTER Should the City Charter be amended to eliminate the election procedures that have been superseded by the State Election Code?

Yes. In favor of amending the Charter to eliminate the election procedures that have been superseded by the State Election Code.

No. Against amending the City Charter thereby keeping Charter.

 

Full text of the ordnance is available here

 

 

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