Buda voters approve 18 of 19 charter amendments; fluoride back into water fails

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After the polls closed at 7 p.m., unofficial vote totals show that Buda voters approved 18 of the 19 charter amendments.

Vote totals are unofficial until canvassed.

Proposition A or fluoride initiative

Shall the Code of Ordinances of the City of Buda, Texas be amended to adopt an ordinance resuming the use of fluoride additives within the allowable level as recommended and regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the City of Buda municipal potable water supply?

Yes: 315, or 33.4, percent of the votes
No: 628, or 66.6, percent of the votes

Proposition B
Shall the City of Buda amend Section 3.02, Section 4.03, Section 4.04 and Section 12.05 of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to establish and to provide for the transition to six (6) city council member singlemember districts in two phases, the first being the transition of three (3) at-large city council member positions to three (3) singlemember district positions to be filled at the November 2018 election and the second being the transition of the remaining three (3) city council member positions to singlemember district positions when the city reaches 25,000 in population?

Yes: 548, or 61.23 percent, of the votes
No: 347, or 38.77 percent, of the votes

Proposition C
Shall the City of Buda amend Section 3.03 of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to amend the qualifications for Mayor and each councilmember: to add to the residency requirement that the person live in the City of Buda for a consecutive 12-month period immediately preceding the election and to disqualify a former paid City employee if such employee’s City employment occurred within the 12-month period immediately preceding the date of the election?

Yes: 797, or 88.46 percent, of the votes
No: 104, or 11.54 percent, of the votes

Proposition D
Shall the City of Buda amend Section 3.05 of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to increase the per-meeting council member compensation from $50 to $100 and the per-meeting Mayor compensation from $75 to $150 for regular, special, and workshop City Council meetings attended?

Yes: 482, or 52.68 percent, of the votes
No: 433, or 47.32% percent, of the votes

Proposition E
Shall the City of Buda amend Subsection 3.08B of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to include the failure to attend three consecutive City Council meetings without excuse and to include a violation of the City’s Code of Ethics Ordinance as grounds for forfeiture of office by a council member or mayor?

Yes: 844, or 92.85 percent, of the votes
No: 65, or 7.15 percent, of the votes

Proposition F
Shall the City of Buda amend Subsection 3.08D of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to conform to the process governed by Texas Constitution to fill a single councilmember vacancy?

Yes: 745, or 86.83 percent, of the votes
No: 113, or 13.17 percent, of the votes

Proposition G
Shall the City of Buda delete Section 5.04 and amend Subsection 3.09C of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to add the language contained in Section 5.04 to Subsection 3.09C to consolidate the City Charter prohibitions against the Interference with Administration?

Yes: 577, or 73.04 percent, of the votes
No: 213, or 26.96 percent, of the votes

Proposition H
Shall the City of Buda amend the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to add a new Section 3.10 to require a Code of Ethics Ordinance and penalty provision?

Yes: 778, or 89.63 percent, of the votes
No: 90, or 10.37 percent, of the votes

Proposition I
Shall the City of Buda amend Subsection 3.10B of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to require the City Manager to prepare the City Council meetings agenda in compliance with state law and administer the placement of items on the agenda in a fair manner?

Yes: 830, or 93.68 percent, of the votes
No: 56, or 6.32 percent, of the votes

Proposition J
Shall the City of Buda amend Subsection 3.11C of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to require an ordinance to regulate franchises, land use or the development of real property?

Yes: 659, or 76.1 percent, of the votes
No: 207, or 23.9 percent, of the votes

Proposition K
Shall the City of Buda amend Section 3.12 of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to establish a procedure for conducting City Council investigations by ordinance?

Yes: 712, or 85.89 percent, of the votes
No: 117, or 14.11 percent, of the votes

Proposition L
Shall the City of Buda amend the Section 4.02 of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to require at least one designated weekend date early voting location at City Hall, which shall remain open a minimum of eight hours?

Yes: 834, or 92.26 percent, of the votes
No: 70 or 7.74 percent of the votes

Proposition M
Shall the City of Buda amend Subsection 4.06(1) of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to require a newly elected city council member be inducted into office at the next city council meeting following the canvass of the votes?

Yes: 778, or 91.31 percent, of the votes
No: 74, or 8.69 percent, of the votes

Proposition N
Shall the City of Buda amend Section 5.02 the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to remove as a Charter requirement the obligation to maintain a Department of Taxation and related provisions?

Yes: 479, or 61.65 percent, of the votes
No: 298, or 38.35 percent, of the votes

Proposition O
Shall the City of Buda amend Section 6.02 of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to reduce the time between the date the City Manager submits the annual budget to the City Council and the date of the beginning of each fiscal year to not less than 30 days?

Yes: 703, or 84.19 percent, of the votes
No: 132, or 15.81 percent, of the votes

Proposition P
Shall the City of Buda amend Subsection 6.03C of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to require a majority of all seven (7) voting members of City Council to adopt the budget?

Yes: 750, or 85.81 percent, of the votes
No: 124, or 14.19 percent, of the votes

Proposition Q
Shall the City of Buda amend the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas, to add a new Subsection 9.01D and to amend Subsection 9.12(1) to provide a procedure requiring the City Attorney to review any action for initiative, referendum or recall for enforceability and legality within seven (7) business days from date received?

Yes: 715, or 86.46 percent, of the votes
No: 112, or 13.54 percent, of the votes

Proposition R
Shall the City of Buda amend the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to add a new Section 10.08 to authorize City Council to rearrange and renumber charter provisions by ordinance?

Yes: 598, or 75.31 percent, of the votes
No: 196, or 24.69 percent, of the votes

Proposition S
Shall the City of Buda amend Subsection 11.12 of the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to provide for gender neutrality in charter provisions; to include references to federal law in providing that expressions of law include enactments, amendments and superseded language and to conform all references in all forms to state and/or federal law?

Yes: 594, or 71.31 percent, of the votes
No: 239, or 28.69 percent, of the votes

Proposition T
Shall the City of Buda amend the City Charter of the City of Buda, Texas to make corrections to grammar, typographical errors, capitalization and punctuation and update the title of “City Secretary” to “City Clerk”?

Yes: 779, or 88.62 percent, of the votes
No: 100, or 11.38 percent,

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Starlight Williams

Starlight Williams joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. After graduating Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism and legal studies and working for several magazines, Starlight now spends her time covering city government, education and business news in the Buda and Kyle area. When not on the clock, Starlight can be found singing off-key to Broadway show tunes, mourning the decline of manners and watching the latest flick from the wonderful world of Disney.

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