Charter Election

The Highland Village City Council called a special election to consider ten proposed amendments to the Home Rule City Charter. These propositions include updates to conform the language to current state laws, including the Texas Election Code, as well as language that better states and clarifies the intent of current charter language. The ballot will include the proposed amendments and provide the option to vote "for" or "against”. A "for" vote means the amendment will be incorporated into the City Charter. An "against" vote means the existing wording will remain the same.

The information below is the ballot language for the proposed charter amendments. The proposed amended text of the City Charter for each proposition can be found here.

 Home Rule Charter Amendment Ballot Language
Proposition 1
Amend Section 3.04 of the City of Highland Village City Charter to be consistent with state law by requiring that a City Councilmember must have been a resident of the City for one year prior to the date of election. 
Proposition 2
Amend Section 3.12.1 of the City of Highland Village City Charter to provide that the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem shall be authorized to preside at City Council meetings in the absence of the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem and make a conforming amendment to Section 3.13 of the City of Highland Village City Charter to require the attendance of the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem in the absence of the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem in order to conduct business. 
Proposition 3
Repeal Section 4.05 of the City of Highland Village City Charter relating to the appointment of Clerk of the Municipal Court.
Proposition 4
Amend Section 4.06, Subsection B of the City of Highland Village City Charter to require enactment of an ordinance establishing a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the purpose and duties of said board.
Proposition 5
Amend Section 8.02, Subsection A.2., of the City of Highland Village City Charter to be consistent with state law by requiring that a candidate for an elective City office must have been a resident of the City for one year prior to the date of election.
Proposition 6
Amend Section 8.02, Subsection A.5. of the City of Highland Village City Charter to clarify that the requirement of an incumbent City Councilmember to resign that office if filing as a candidate for another position on the City Council is subject to Section 3.06 of the City of Highland Village City Charter.
Proposition 7
Amend Section 9.02 of the City of Highland Village City Charter to provide that the City Secretary shall have ten business days after the date a petitioners’ committee affidavit is filed to issue the appropriate petition blanks with respect to initiative, referendum, or recall proceedings.
Proposition 8
Amend the first sentence of Section 10.02 of the City of Highland Village City Charter to read “All records of the City shall be open for public inspection to the extent required by state or federal law.”
Proposition 9
Amend the second sentence of Section 10.02 of the City of Highland Village City Charter to clarify that the inspection and copying of City records shall be subject to charges established in accordance with state law.
Proposition 10
Amend Section 10.08 of the City of Highland Village City Charter to read “The Council shall have the power to cause the ordinances of the City to be printed in code form and to thereafter revise and keep same up to date."