Laundry list of ballot propositions for Pflugerville voters

Pflugerville's Nov. 7, 2016, sample ballot has two full pages listing 28 propositions. (KXAN Photo)
Pflugerville's Nov. 7, 2016, sample ballot has two full pages listing 28 propositions. (KXAN Photo)

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pflugerville voters have a huge job Tuesday, judging by the number of propositions on their ballot: 28.

On top of more than two dozen propositions, Pflugerville voters are also choosing a new mayor from a three-way race and voting on a contested City Council spot.

Pflugerville Mayor Jeff Coleman said he did worry the large number of propositions could tax voters and turn them off.

“We were concerned with that. That is why we put the ones that we felt were most important at the beginning,” Coleman said. “If voters got fatigued and quit, they would have voted on the propositions that were most impactful.”

Coleman said the first five or six propositions are the most important, and the rest are intended to clean up language in the city charter.

You can view the each proposition here.

  • Proposition 1 would change the structure of the City Council from six to seven members, allow the mayor to vote on all matters and remove the mayor’s responsibility of preparing council agendas.
  • Proposition 2 would clarify that the municipal judge does not have to be a resident of the city.
  • Proposition 3 would require the municipal judge to be a resident of the city.
  • Proposition 4 would change the Parks and Recreation Commission into a project specific advisory board that would report to the city manager.
  • Proposition 5 would require an affirmative vote of the majority of the council to terminate the city manager.

City spokesperson Terri Toledo said if both propositions 2 and 3 pass, the city will file a lawsuit called a “Declaratory Judgement” and a district judge will decide the winner. Normally, the measure with the most votes would win, but that is not always the case, she said.

Coleman’s mayoral term ends with this election. There are three candidates vying for his position: Phil Osars-Emia, Victor Gonzales and Brad Marshall. In the event of a clean win, which requires over 50 percent of the vote, the new mayor would likely be sworn in the week after Thanksgiving. If a runoff takes place in December, the winner will be sworn in the last week of December or first week of January, Coleman said.

KXAN will be updating this story with election results, as soon as they become available.

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