CHARTER AMENDMENTS SPECIAL ELECTION

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Welcome to the City of Baytown 2017-18 Charter Amendment Information page. The City Council of the City of Baytown appointed a 2018 Charter Review Committee made up of seven dedicated citizens who were tasked with reviewing the current Baytown Charter and presenting the Council with recommended amendments.

The 2018 Charter Review Committee Final Report was submitted to the City Council on May 24, 2018.  Below are the proposed charter amendments the Council approved on July 12, 2018, for placement on the November 6, 2018, ballot via Ordinance No. 13,809: 

PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENTS

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION B

The amendment of Article I "Incorporation; Form of Government; Corporate and General Powers," Section 5 "Eminent domain" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to remove the reference to  the power of eminent domain of railroad companies.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION C

The amendment of Article I "Incorporation; Form of Government; Corporate and General Powers," Section 6 "Street powers" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to remove obsolete language and conform the section to state law.

 

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION D

The amendment of Article I "Incorporation; Form of Government; Corporate and General Powers," Section 7 "Street improvements" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to remove the outdated reference to a 1927law.

 

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION E

The amendment of Article I "Incorporation; Form of Government; Corporate and General Powers," Section 9 "Extending limits by action of the city council" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to allow the first and second readings of an annexation ordinance at consecutive council meetings and to conform to state law.

 

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION F          

The amendment of Article II "The Council," Section 12 ''Number, selection, term" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to remove the outdated language used to transition from two-year to three-year terms.

 

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION G  

The amendment of Article II "The Council," Section 13 "Qualifications" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to require  council members to maintain qualifications for office throughout their term and provide for the forfeiture of office for failing to do so.

 

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION H

The  amendment  of  Article  II  "The Council,"  Section 21 "Right of the city manager and other officers in council" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to remove the requirement that department heads have "seats in the council."

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION I            

The amendment of Article II "The Council," Section 22 "Administrative departments" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to list the current titles of City departments listed and to give council the ability to consolidate departments as it deems advisable.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION J

The amendment of Article II "The Council," Section 23 "City clerk" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the appointment process of the City Clerk to that of other department directors.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION K

The amendment of Article II "The Council," Section 27 "Rules of procedure; journal" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the availability of records to state law.            

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION L

The amendment of Article IV "Department of Law," Section 39 "City attorney; powers and duties" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to reflect the city's use of outside council when appropriate.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION M

The amendment of Article V "The Budget" Section 41 "Preparation and submission of budget" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to reflect that the city manager develops the budget with input from department director and that public hearings are performed in accordance with state law.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION N

The amendment of Article VII "Finance Administration," Section 67 "Director of finance; powers and duties" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to reflect that services may be outsourced, to conform to practice regarding the director's report of disbursements and receipts; to reflect that the director is responsible for the finances of the City has a whole; to conform the manner in which depository contracts are approved; and to conform to the financial practices of the City.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION O

The amendment of Article IX "Nominations and Elections," Section 96 "Canvassing elections" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the timing of the election canvass to state law.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION P

The amendment of Article XI "Franchises and Public Utilities," Section 117 "Franchises; power of council" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to require council at three council meetings, to consider, rather than read aloud, an ordinance granting a franchise.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION Q

The amendment of Article XI "Franchises and Public Utilities," Section 123 "Franchise records" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to remove the obsolete provision that required public utilities to file with the city their franchise agreements that were in effect in 1948.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION R

The amendment of Article XI "Franchises and Public Utilities," Section 124 "Accounts of municipally owned utilities" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform to current practice the number of times a certified public accountant will review the accounts of the city's utilities.

            

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION S

The amendment of Article XI "Franchises and Public Utilities," Section 125 "Regulation of rates and service" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the city's rate regulation authority to state law.

 

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION T

The amendment of Article XII "General-Provisions," Section 128 "Oath of office" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the oath of office to state law.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION U

The amendment of Article XII "General Provisions," Section 130 "Hospital; operation" and Section 131 "Hospital; finances" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal such sections in their entireties since this subject is governed by state law.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION V

The amendment of Article XII "General Provisions," Section 133 ''Housing authority'' of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal such section in its entirety since this subject is governed by state law.

         

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION W

The amendment of Article XII "General Provisions," Section 134 "Provisions relating to assignment, execution and garnishment" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to update existing language and to conform to state law.

 

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION X

The amendment of Article XII "General Provisions," Section 136 "Effect of this charter on existing law'' of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal such section in its entirety since this section is obsolete.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION Y

The amendment of Article XII "General provisions," Section 137 "Interim municipal government" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal such section in its entirety since such section is obsolete.

         

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION Z

The amendment of Article XII "General Provisions," Section 138 "Amending the charter," Subsection (e) "Charter review committee" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to allow, but not require, the appointment of a charter review committee every three years.

           

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CITY OF BAYTOWN PROPOSITION AA

The amendment of Article XII "General Provisions," Section 140 "Construction of charter" of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to add code construction provisions dealing with singular/plural, delegation of authority, and references to law.

 

For more information regarding the Charter Committee and/or election, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 281-420-6504.