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Fort Bend County
City of Missouri City
News Release
Monday, November 06, 2017

City General Election Is Tomorrow—Tuesday, Nov. 7

In accordance with the Texas Election Code, the City will hold a General Election tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017). The following Council positions are on the Ballot:

Ø  Councilmember District A

Ø  Councilmember District B

Ø  Councilmember District C

Ø  Councilmember District D

The term of office for these positions is two years—November 2017 to November 2019.

The general elections moved from May to November when Councilmembers voted 4-3 during their Oct. 17, 2016, Regular Meeting to approve a resolution, accordingly. The adopted resolution in full may be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2gdUoTe.

Information regarding the candidates and polling locations may be found on the City’s website via this link: http://bit.ly/2enjFXQ.

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Citizens will also vote tomorrow on these proposed changes to the City’s Charter: Propositions A (mayor pro tem election), C (city manager authority), F (Finance Department name), and G (October fiscal year).

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) outline the propositions:

What is Proposition A?

Proposition A clarifies that the mayor pro tem of the City Council may be elected at the first regular city council meeting following a general election to elect councilmembers, or, if there is a runoff decided by a special election, after the special election.

What is Proposition B?

Proposition B removes the requirement that the city manager must be bonded at city expense in an amount not less than $25,000.

What is Proposition C?

Proposition C allows the city manager to administratively appoint, suspend and remove City department directors. 

What is Proposition D?

Proposition D allows the city manager to administratively establish, combine, discontinue, or combine City departments.

What is Proposition E?

Proposition E changes the words in the Charter to make them consistent with City Council Resolution No. R-16-32, which changed the election date from May to November.

Will the City go back to a May election date if voters decide not to change the election date in the Charter?

No. State law allows a home-rule municipality to change its election date from May to November by resolution no later than December 31, 2016. The City Council of the City of Missouri City did so in 2016. State law also provides that the election date change in a resolution such as the one passed by the City Council in 2016 supersedes a city charter provision that requires a different election date. Therefore, if Proposition E fails, the City will continue to have November elections.  

What is Proposition F?

Proposition F changes the name of the city’s finance department from the “Finance Department” to the “Financial Services Department.”

What is Proposition G?

Proposition G changes the City’s fiscal year from July 1 through June 30 to October 1 through September 30.

On what fiscal year cycle are most cities?

It varies. Most of the City’s benchmark cities, including Pearland, Rosenberg, Sugar Land, and League City, are on October 1 through September 30 fiscal year cycles.

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City Council voted to hold a special election on proposed changes to the City Charter after receiving a report from the City’s 2016 Charter Review Commission. The purpose of the City Charter Review Commission is to review the Charter in accordance with Section 11.13 of the Charter to determine if any changes are merited.

On July 18, 2016, Councilmembers appointed the following five residents to serve as the 2016 Charter Review Commission: Robin Elackatt, Scott Moseley, Eunice Reiter, Cheryl Sterling, and Joe Workman. The Commission held public meetings on Aug. 8, 2016, Aug. 22, 2016, Sept. 12, 2016, Oct. 10, 2016, Nov. 14, 2016, and Dec. 12, 2016 to review various issues related to the Charter.

City Council discussed proposed Charter amendments at open meetings on Jan. 3, 2017, July 3, 2017, July 17, 2017, and Aug. 7, 2017. Notice of the special charter election was published in the Fort Bend Independent on October 18, 2017, and October 25, 2017. Notice of the special election is also posted on the City’s website: www.missouricitytx.gov.

For additional information or questions regarding the City’s Municipal General Election, please contact the City Secretary’s office at 281.403.8500.

For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).




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