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Denver Ballot Issue 2C Give City Council Authority to Procure Professional Services

Referred Measure 2C: Give City Council Authority to Procure Professional ServicesTitle: A bill for an ordinance to amend the Charter of the City and County of Denver to give City Council the authority to procure professional services without executive branch approval.Background: Currently, the Council’s Charter has no provision to allow the Council to hire staff or independent professionals. Increasingly, issues come before the Council that are complex and require quick, informed decisions or actions about contracts or projects. There have been problems in the past with projects at the airport, convention center, and Stock Show complex that required review by professionals.Major Provisions: The Denver City Council may contract for independent professional services, (e.g., engineer, attorney, accountant, auditor, etc.) on an as-needed basis to aid the Council to fulfill its Charter duties.The Denver City Council may procure professional services without the approval of the executive branch or Mayor.

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  • Yes - For the Measure

  • No - Against the Measure

Those in favor say: -To fulfill its Charter responsibilities, the Council may need to engage experts independent of the Mayor

-This measure will not interfere with or create confusion about who represents the City in legal matters

-Funds for professional services will come from the Council’s budget

Proponents: The Denver City Council
There is no organized opposition.