This is the final entry in the overall Ballinger city council propositions series. These 23 propositions will be voted on in the November election. Several of the propositions that have received the most feedback will be reviewed more in-depth with council member interviews and public opinion in the upcoming weeks. The propositions here have been printed just as the newspaper received them.

 

Explanation of Proposition No. 20:

 

The current Charter requires that the full text of a franchise ordinance be published in the newspaper. This is very costly. This proposition deletes that requirement and allows the caption of such ordinance to be published in the newspaper.

 

Proposition No. 20:

 

Shall the City of Ballinger amend Section 15.03 and 15.04 of the City Charter of the City of Ballinger by providing that captions of any franchise ordinances shall be published in the newspaper instead of the full text of the franchise ordinances?

The proposed revisions to the Charter are as follows:

Section 15.03. Franchises: Public utilities.

 

The city council shall have power by ordinance to grant, amend, renew and extend, all franchises of all public utilities of every character operating within the City of Ballinger. All ordinances granting, amending, renewing or extending franchises for public utilities shall be read at two separate regular meetings of the city council, and shall not be finally passed until thirty days after the first reading; and no such ordinance shall take effect until thirty days after its final passage; and pending such time, the caption of such ordinance shall be published once each week for four consecutive weeks in the official newspaper of the City of Ballinger, and the expense of such publication shall be borne by the proponent of the franchise. No public utility franchise shall be granted for a term of more than twenty-five years. Any franchise which may be transferred shall not relieve the obligations placed upon the original grantee of the franchise. The city council shall have the right to include in any franchise such other provisions that it may deem advisable not in conflict with state law or any other provisions of this charter.

 

Section 15.04. Franchises: Use of streets.

 

The city may by ordinance grant franchises or permits for the use and occupancy of streets, avenues, alleys or other public grounds belonging to or under the control of the city. Before such ordinance can become effective, it shall be passed by a majority vote of the entire city council at two regular meetings of the city council; no such ordinance shall take effect until twenty-one days after its passage; pending such time, the caption of the ordinance shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the official newspaper of the City of Ballinger, and the expense of such publication shall be borne by the grantee of the franchise and such ordinance shall be subject to referendum as provided in article 6 of this charter.

 

Explanation of Proposition No. 21:

 

This proposition simply clarifies that all records of the City are subject to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act.

 

 

Proposition No. 21:

 

Shall the City of Ballinger amend Section 17.01 of the City Charter by providing that all records of the City shall be available for inspection by any citizen, subject to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act?

The proposed revisions to the Charter are as follows:

Section 17.01. Publicity of records.

 

All records and accounts of every office, department or agency of the City of Ballinger shall be open to inspection by any citizen at all reasonable times and under reasonable regulations established by the city administrator, subject to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act.

 

 

 

Explanation of Proposition No. 22:

 

This proposition gives the City Council the authority to renumber and rearrange the provisions of the City Charter after amendments are passed by the voters.

 

Proposition No. 22:

 

Shall the City of Ballinger amend the City Charter of the City of Ballinger by adding Section 17.11 to permit the City Council, by ordinance, to renumber and rearrange all articles, sections, and paragraphs of the Charter or any amendments thereto, as it shall deem appropriate?

 

The proposed revisions to the Charter are as follows:

 

Section 17.11. Renumbering and rearranging.

 

The City Council shall have the power, by ordinance, to renumber and rearrange all Articles, Sections, and paragraphs of the Charter or any amendments thereto, as it shall deem appropriate.

 

 

Explanation of Proposition No. 23:

The current Charter does not use any feminine pronouns, referring to all positions as masculine pronouns. This proposition will modernize this approach.

 

Proposition No. 23:

Shall the City of Ballinger amend its City Charter throughout to replace references to “he” or “him” with references to “he or she” or “him or her” and/or replace gender specific pronouns with gender-neutral pronouns?