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Pueblo City Ballot Question 2A

Dominion Voting Systems BallotThis measure would amend the Charter of the City of Pueblo allowing the form of government to be changed from “Council- City Manager” to “Mayor - City Council”. The Office of City Manager would be eliminated, and all executive and administrative functions would be the responsibility of the Mayor. City Council would be responsible for adopting and establishing goals and objectives for the City. The Mayor would prepare a State of the City report and appoint the City Clerk, Municipal Judges, a Deputy Mayor and the Directors of all City Departments. These appointments would be subject to approval of City Council. The Mayor would prepare the City Budget and submit it to Council. The Mayor would have the power to manage the budget. This measure would change the notice requirements relating to personal injury claims against the City. It would provide for a special run-off election for Mayor if no candidate receives a majority of the vote. It would provide for the transition to Mayor/City Council, with a Special Election for the first Mayor to be held November 6, 2018, for an initial term of 5 years.Dominion Voting Systems BallotBallot Language:Charter Amendment (Change Form of Government to Mayor-Council) Shall the Charter of the City of Pueblo be amended to change the form of government from a Council-Manager Government to a Mayor-Council Government, and in connection therewith: to eliminate the Office of City Manager and establish the Office of Mayor in which all executive and administrative powers of the City shall be vested; to provide for election of the Mayor by majority vote of the electors for four-year terms; to provide for the Mayor to devote his or her full time and attention to the duties of the office and prohibiting other paid employment; to create the Office of Deputy Mayor; to fix a salary of the Mayor at $12,500.00 per month, subject to change by Ordinance; to require the City Council to establish and adopt five-year goals and one-year objectives for the City to be reviewed and revised annually by the City Council; to give the City Council the authority to hire the personnel necessary to enable the Council to adequately perform its duties; to require City Council to generally act by Ordinance and to limit use of Resolutions;to require the Mayor prepare a written State of the City Report annually; to give the Mayor the power to appoint, subject to Council confirmation, the City Clerk, Municipal Judges, Deputy Mayor, and the Directors of all City Departments including Police, Fire, Finance, Personnel, Purchasing, Law, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Aviation, Planning and Community Development, Housing and Citizen Services, Wastewater, Stormwater, Transit and Information Technology; to give the Mayor the power to suspend and remove Directors of all Departments and Bureaus of the City; to give the Mayor the power to appoint, subject to Council confirmation, all Boards and Commissions, and to remove members thereof; except for the purpose of confirmation on appointments, to prohibit Council from interfering in appointment or removal of Directors of Bureaus or Departments, City Employees, and members of Mayor-appointed Boards and Commissions; to give the Mayor the power to veto Ordinances passed by Council, subject to override at the next meeting of Council by affirmative vote of at least five (5) members of the Council; to provide for the Mayor to prepare the City Budget and submit same to Council; after adoption of the annual appropriation, to give the Mayor the power to approve the allotments of appropriations for each Department, Office and Agency, and to transfer unencumbered appropriation balances among classes of expenditures within each Department, Office and Agency; to change notice requirements relating to personal injury claims against the City; to provide for a special run-off election for the office of Mayor if no candidate for the office receives a majority of the votes cast; and providing transition provisions including a Special Election for the first Mayor to be held on November 6, 2018, for an initial term of five (5) years?
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• The position of Mayor would be non-partisan. Candidates could not run as part of a political party, nor could they accept funds from any political party. • The Mayor would be recognized as Pueblo’s full-time leader state-wide, nationally and internationally. This would bring more respect to Pueblo as a City as s/he would work with the Chamber of Commerce, PEDCO, citizens and other community leaders. The Mayor would not be permitted to have outside employment so his/her entire focus would be on the office of Mayor. • City Council would remain as it is. Council members would be elected from their respective districts as they are now. They would remain part-time, with the same compensation as they now have. The Mayor would be held accountable for implementing the vision the Council and Mayor set forth for Pueblo. • The Mayor’s salary would be less than City Manager’s Salary is currently. • Cities with mayors have higher voter participation rates than those with city manager systems.
• Mayor-City Council style governments should be reserved for larger cities like Denver. If the person elected does not have the proper governmental experience, it would be a disservice to the community. • City Managers are trained administrators with the experience and expertise to advise, guide and collaborate with City Council. • By giving the Mayor the right to appoint the City Clerk, Municipal Judges, a Deputy Mayor and the Directors of all City Departments opens our City government to cronyism. • Instead of having a Mayor, be sure that City Council members are paid a substantial amount of money so that more qualified people would be willing and able to serve on Council.

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