Back and forth on League City charter vote
During its meeting Tuesday night, City Council was to consider having voters decide in a special election on May 8 whether to move the city's general election from May to November starting in 2011.
The item had been put on Tuesday's agenda by City Councilman Jim Nelson, but he pulled it from consideration during the meeting. He said he had hoped City Council would agree to have voters decide whether to change the month of the city's general election because it would have required a charter amendment election.
And because the city charter can only be changed every two years, Nelson thought it might finally prompt City Council to also put other proposed charter amendments, which includes changing the city's form of government, on the ballot for May 8.
The city had planned to have a charter amendment election then, but has yet to call for it. City Council has until March 8 to do so, but Mayor Toni Randall has said she would like for it to be pushed back to Nov. 2 to coincide with the heated state's governor's race in hopes of an increased voter turnout.
I contend that if we crowd that ballot with so many things people are just going to bypass our amendments," Nelson said. The ballot's going to be full of things anyway from the state and the county. By putting on extra things, it's just going to cloud or murky up the waters."
And while his item to have voters decide whether to change the month of the city's general election from May to November was a ploy, Nelson said he does support that change.
Elections cost money," he said. That way we could share the costs with others."
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