In November, 2014 - the Residents of Lakeway overwhelmingly voted to amend the City Charter, and extend the terms of office for elected officials to three year terms.
The Charter amendment was poorly drafted. The implementation was a complete debacle by the incumbent (2014) Mayor, City Council, City Manager and City Attorney. The change to three year terms also required the city enact “majority voting, by place” for all elected officials as mandated by our Texas Constitution.
We are proposing the following Charter Amendment to implement the Majority Voting, by Place requirement of our Texas Constitution:
PROPOSITION NO. 1, CITY OF LAKEWAY
Shall Article III (City Council), Section 3.01, “Number, Selection and Term,” be amended to provide that the Mayor and the Councilmembers will be elected by place designation using majority voting?
If this proposition is approved, subsection (a) would read as follows: The Mayor and the Council members will be elected from the City at large by place using majority voting.
If this proposition is approved, subsection (b) would read as follows: Terms of office for all members will be three (3) years. Office terms will commence at the first regular Council meeting after a member of the Council has been declared elected.
If this proposition is approved, subsection (c) would read as follows: No person shall serve as Mayor for more than two (2) successive terms and no person shall serve as Council member for more than two (2) successive terms.
If this proposition is approved, Section 5.03 would read as follows:
The election judges and officials appointed by the Council shall determine, record and report the results of any general or special City election in accordance with the general election laws of the State of Texas. In accordance with said laws, the Council shall, after an election, meet, canvass and officially declare the results of the election as to candidates and questions. The returns of every municipal election shall be recorded in the minutes of the Council. The candidate who receives the majority of votes cast for an office shall be declared elected.
If this proposition is approved, Section 5.04 would read as follows:
In the event no candidate for an office receives a majority of the votes cast for that office in the regular or special election, the Council shall, upon completion of the official canvass, call a run-off election among the two candidates who received the largest number of votes.The election shall be held in accordance with the election laws of the State of Texas, the provisions of this Charter and the ordinance ordering same.