Update: San Marcos voters approve all city charter amendments

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With the all votes counted from San Marcos’ 19 precincts, San Marcos residents approved the city’s 23 city charter amendments on the ballot.

Vote totals are unofficial until canvassed.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION A
The amendment of Sections 1.01 and 1.02 to replace references to “municipal government” with the term “city government.”

For: 1,795, or 87.43 percent of the vote
Against: 258, or 12.57 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION B
The amendment of Section 1.03 of the City Charter (Statement of Goals) to add the following as goals of the city government: to promote high quality affordable housing; and to conserve and protect the San Marcos River, its springs, aquifer, and tributaries.

For: 1,864, or 87.92 percent of the vote
Against: 256, or 12.08 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION C
The amendment of Section 3.02 of the City Charter (Qualifications of Council Members) to allow the address shown on a current Texas identification card to be used, in addition to a current Texas driver’s license, to prove the person’s principal physical residence is in the city.

For: 1,778, or 84.63 percent of the vote
Against: 323, or 15.37 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION D
The amendment of Section 3.05 of the City Charter to change all references to “mayor pro tempore” to “mayor pro tem” and to require the appointment of a deputy mayor pro tem after each regular election of council members.

For: 1,724, or 85.09 percent of the vote
Against: 302, or 14.91 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION E
The amendment of Section 3.09 of the City Charter (Meetings of the City Council) to require the council to hold twenty-two regular meetings at a minimum each year instead of requiring the council to hold two regular meetings each month.

For: 1,463, or 71.09 percent of the vote
Against:
595, or 28.91 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION F
The amendment of Sections 3.09 and 6.02 of the City Charter to replace all references to the “city secretary” with the term “city clerk.”

For: 1,814, or 87.85 percent of the vote
Against:
 251, or 12.15 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION G
The amendment of Section 3.11 of the City Charter (Passage of Ordinances) to require the city attorney to approve the legality of ordinances or file written objections prior to consideration by the city council instead of after adoption.

For: 1,803, or 89.08 percent of the vote
Against: 221, or 10.92 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION H
The amendment of Section 4.01 of the City Charter (City Manager) to require a vote of at least five members of the city council, instead of four, to remove the city manager.

For: 1,236, or 60.86 percent of the vote
Against:
795, or 39.14 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION I
The amendment of Section 4.02 of the City Charter (City Clerk) to allow the city clerk to authenticate ordinances and resolutions by electronic signature.

For: 1,634, or 79.55 percent of the  vote
Against:
420, or 20.45 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION J
The amendment to add a new section 4.07(Publication of Salaries) to require the salary range of each city position to be published on the city’s website.

For: 1,961, or 93.11 percent of the vote
Against: 145, or 6.89 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION K
The amendment of Section 5.03 of the City Charter (Filing For Office) to require all candidates to sign the code of fair campaign practices in the Texas Election Code and require campaign contribution reports to be legible.

For: 2,001, or 95.33 percent of the vote
Against:
 98, or 4.67 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION L
The amendment of Section 5.04 of the City Charter (The Official Ballot) to reword the first sentence thereof to read as follows: “The names of all candidates for office, except such as may have withdrawn, died, or become ineligible, shall be included on the official ballots without party designation.”

For: 1,554, or 76.33 percent of the vote
Against:
 482, or 23.67 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION M
The amendment of Section 7.01 of the City Charter (Planning and Zoning Commission) to eliminate real property ownership as a requirement for appointment or continued service on the commission; increase the residency requirement for appointment from three years to five years; and delete obsolete references to a commission member residing in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

For: 1,226, or 60.22 percent of the vote
Against: 810, or 39.78 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION N
The amendment of Section 7.02 of the City Charter (Powers and Duties of the Planning and Zoning Commission) to add a provision that requires the planning and zoning staff to consult with the city attorney and follow all city ordinances, rules, and regulations before making any recommendations to the commission; and requires the commission to follow all city ordinances, rules, and regulations before making any recommendations to the city council.

For: 1,867, or 90.23 percent of the vote
Against:
201, or 9.77 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION O
The amendment of Section 7.02 of the City Charter (Powers of the Planning and Zoning Commission) to clarify that a vote of at least six members of the city council (currently stated as”a three-fourths vote of the council”) is required to reverse the denial of a conditional use permit by the commission and require appeals to the council on conditional use permit applications to be based on Texas and federal laws, city ordinances, and regulations.

For: 1,609, or 90.89 percent of the vote
Against:
380, or 9.11 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION P
The amendment of Section 8.02 of the City Charter (Preparation and Submission of Budget) and Section 8.05 (Budget a Public Record) to require the city council to take the following actions each year in the preparation of the city budget: conduct a visioning session by January 31st; conduct a budget policy workshop by February 27th; formulate a budget policy statement by March 31st; make copies of the proposed budget available at the San Marcos Public Library, at City Hall, and on the city’s website; and publish the adopted budget and all supporting schedules on the city’s website.

For: 1,900, or 93.05 percent of the vote
Against: 142, or 6.95 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION Q
The amendment of Section 11.04 of the City Charter (Ordinance Granting Franchise) to make the city’s current practice of making the full text of an ordinance granting a public utility franchise available at the San Marcos Public Library, at City Hall, and on the city’s website a charter requirement.

For: 1,923, or 94.59 percent of the vote
Against:
110, or 5.41 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION R
The amendment of Section 12.02(a)(2) of the City Charter (Personal Interest and Code of Ethics) to add a provision to require updating of annual financial disclosure statements filed by city council members and members of boards and commissions within thirty days of any significant changes that would, if not disclosed, render the statement misleading or incomplete.

For: 1,915, or 93.64 percent of the vote
Against: 130, or 6.36 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION S
The amendment of Section 12.02(a)(3) of the City Charter (Personal Interest and Code of Ethics) to prohibit members of the city council and city employees from purchasing land, materials, supplies or services from the city with the exception of purchases made available to all members of the public.

For: 1,920, or 93.2 percent of the vote
Against: 140, or 8.8 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION T
The amendment adding a new subsection 12.02(4) to the City Charter to prohibit former council members from having any financial interest in the sale to the city of any land or interest in land or in a contract for consulting, development, or construction services for a period of two years after leaving office. Allowing the council or city manager to void contracts entered into in violation of this provision. Providing an exception for the city’s acquisition of land or an interest in land from a former council member under the threat of eminent domain proceedings.

For: 1,879, or 91.48 percent of the vote
Against:
175, or 8.52 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION U
The amendment of Section 12.02, Subsection (c) of the City Charter (Duties of the Ethics Review Commission) to add a new provision that gives the Commission the authority to conduct hearings and make recommendations regarding alleged violations of the city charter.

For: 1,841, or 90.6 percent of the vote
Against: 191, or 9.4 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION V
The amendment to Section 12.03 of the City Charter (Nepotism) to reword the section caption to include both nepotism and conflict of interest; prohibit the employment or appointment of a business partner or person related within the second degree by affinity or within the third degree by consanguinity to the mayor, a council member, the city manager, city clerk, city attorney or presiding judge of the city to any office, position, board, or commission of the city; and provide an exemption for persons who have been continuously serving in their office or position for at least six months prior to the election or appointment of the related public official.

For: 1,830, or 89.44 percent of the vote
Against: 216, or 10.56 percent of the vote

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION W
Amending the City Charter to correct grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors

For: 1,999, or 94.92 percent of the vote
Against: 107, or 5.08 percent of the vote

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Marie Albiges is the new editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France.

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