Roanoke residents voted to approve three resolutions regarding charter amendments and two propositions to establish a Crime Control Prevention District.
Proposition A, referred to as “Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem” on the ballot, will allow the mayor to vote on all matters that come before City Council, according to the city. This proposition passed with 63.75% of the votes cast in favor of it.
Proposition B, referred to as “Vacancies, Forfeiture and Filling of Vacancies” on the ballot, will allow council to vote one of its members into the role of mayor, should the role be left vacant with less than a year left of the term. This proposition passed with 66.12% of the votes cast in favor of it.
Proposition C, which had the same name on the ballot as Proposition B, stated that should a City Council position be vacant with less than a year left on its term, the remaining members are allowed to appoint an individual outside of the council to assume that role. This proposition passed with 59.59% of the votes cast in favor of it.
Residents also voted to establish a Crime Control Prevention District, which will subsequently terminate part of the economic development department to do so, according to the city’s website.
Proposition D asked to terminate that portion of the department to allow for the 0.5% sales tax to fund the Crime Control Prevention District, with responsibilities being absorbed by the rest of the economic development department. Proposition E allowed for the establishment of the district.
Residents had to vote yes to both propositions in order to approve the Crime Control Prevention District. Proposition D passed with 76.18% of votes in favor of it, and Proposition E passed with 75.15% of the votes cast in favor. Approving the Crime Control and Prevention District will allow tax dollars to potentially go toward a proposed police and court facility; hiring more police officers; or police equipment, technology and vehicle replacement, among other things, according to city documents.
For more on the district, click here. The city of Roanoke could not be reached for comment.
For full election results, click here.