2024 Charter Propositions

Background

The election for the 2024 charter propositions will occur May 4, 2024. It will be conducted during the General Election. More about the 2024 General Election can be found here.

These propositions were created after the Charter Review Commission studied and reviewed the current Charter. The City Council then conducted several meetings to review the commission's recommendations before members approved them for the ballot. A copy of the resolution they adopted for the ballot can be read below. 

More about the Charter Review Commission can be found here.


Propositions in layman language:

1. If approved, when the mayoral seat becomes vacant before the end of his/her two year term (such arelocation, death or resignation), the City Council will conduct a vote to choose the councilmember who will serve as mayor until the term expires. 

2. If approved, more than one medical professional will be able to serve on the Board of Health. More information about the Board of Health can be found here. 

3 & 4. If both propositions are approved, they would standardize current procedures to allow the Parks & Recreation Director to appoint someone on staff to work with Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful and be the board’s City Council liaison. More about Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful can be found here.

5 & 6.  If both propositions are approved, signatures on citizen-led petitions (such as referendums) could be collected for 45 days instead of 30. 

7. If approved, voter-approved ordinances would go into effect when the City Council canvasses the election results. Approval of Prop 7 would clarify current language that does not provide a specific date for the laws to go into effect.

RESOLUTION NO. 24-941

 

A RESOLUTION ORDERING AN ELECTION TO BE HELD IN THE CITY OF LAKE JACKSON, ON SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2024, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING THE MAYOR AND TWO COUNCILMEMBERS FOR THE CITY OF LAKE JACKSON AND TO SUBMIT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY OF LAKE JACKSON HOME RULE CHARTER.

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAKE JACKSON, TEXAS:

 

Section 1. That an election is hereby ordered and shall be held in and throughout the City of Lake Jackson, Texas, on the 4th day of May 2024, the first Saturday in May. All voting locations will be determined by Brazoria County.

 

Section 2. That early voting by personal appearance will begin on April 22, 2024, and end on April 30, 2024. Early voting locations will be determined by Brazoria County.

 

Section 3. That the election is ordered for the purpose of 

 

(a)        electing the Mayor and Councilmember Positions Two and Four; and

(b)        submitting proposed amendments to the City of Lake Jackson Home Rule Charter.

 

Section 4. That the proposed charter text amendments are attached as Exhibit A.

 

Section 5. That the following propositions shall be submitted to the voters:

 

Proposition No. 1

Shall section 3.06 (Vacancies) be amended to state that if the mayor’s position becomes vacant, the city council will appoint a current city council member to serve out the mayor’s unexpired term?

 

Proposition No. 2

Shall section 4.06 (Department of Health and Sanitation) be amended to allow more than one medical professional to serve on the Board of Health?

 

Proposition No. 3

Shall section 4.09 (Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful Commission) be amended to allow the director of parks and recreation to appoint a person to be his or her designee on the Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful Commission?

 

Proposition No. 4

Shall section 4.09 (Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful Commission) be amended to allow the director of parks and recreation to appoint a person as his or her designee to act as liaison between the Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful Commission and city council?

 

Proposition No. 5

Shall section 7.03 (Referendum) be amended to change the time limit for a person to submit a petition for a referendum to 45 days instead of 30 days?

 

Proposition No. 6

Shall section 7.03 (Referendum) be amended to require the city secretary and city attorney to follow the same procedures as those required for initiatives and recall of council members? 

 

Proposition No. 7

Shall section 7.07 (Adoption of ordinances) be amended to state that proposed ordinances, resolutions and other measures that are approved by the voters become effective on the date that city council canvasses the votes? 

 

Section 6. That said election shall be held in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas and the Charter of the City of Lake Jackson, and all duly qualified resident electors of the City of Lake Jackson, Texas, shall be qualified to vote. 

 

 

PASSED AND APPROVED on this 5th day of February 2024.

 

 

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                                                            Gerald Roznovsky, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Sally Villarreal, City Secretary

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

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Sherri Russell, City Attorney