In addition to two City Council races, College Station voters also will have five propositions to vote on at the bottom of the Nov. 6 ballot.
The College Station City Council, after a review of the city charter by the city attorney and city secretary this spring, ordered the special charter amendment election in August. The five propositions would make changes to the document that provides the framework for the city government, which can only be amended through voter approval.
The propositions will appear at the bottom of the ballot in the following order:
The first proposed charter amendment asks voters if the term lengths for council members should be extended from three to four years, which would also expand the total term limit from six to eight years. It also asks if regular elections of the mayor and council members should be held in even-numbered years.
Council members have been elected to three-year terms, with a two-term limit, since November 2003. In 2011, voters rejected going to four-year terms with elections to be held in May of odd-numbered years. Voting for the proposition would keep city elections in November, but they'd only be conducted in even-numbered years. To keep terms staggered, the next election would still take place in November 2019, though.
This amendment would allow the city attorney to reside either within the city limits or within College Station's extraterritorial jurisdiction. The charter currently requires them to live in the city limits.
The charter currently allows the council to contract out internal auditor services. The third proposition asks if the charter should be amended to make the appointment of an internal auditor mandatory, bringing it in line with other council-appointed positions.
Like the second proposition, this charter amendment would allow the city manager to live either within the city limits or in the ETJ. They can currently only live in the city limits.
The final proposition relates to competitive purchasing notices, asking if the charter should be amended to allow the city to determine the method of notice requirements for competitive bids and proposals. This would allow the City Council to adopt an ordinance providing for alternative methods of publicizing notice of bids and proposals. Currently, the law requires the time and place at which bids are opened to be published at least once weekly for two consecutive weeks in the local newspaper.
To view a sample ballot, visit www.brazosvotes.com. Early voting starts Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 2, and Election Day is Nov. 6.