Sugar Land City Council called an election for May 2, now postponed to November 3, will include nine possible changes to the City’s charter. The charter is a document that establishes the form of government for Sugar Land. This includes provisions for a council-manager form of government, legislative authority of City Council, general elections provisions, finance provisions and several other areas outlining the governing of Sugar Land. The charter can only be amended, added to or repealed by a majority of voters. The charter is available online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/charter. Nine charter amendments were recently proposed and approved by a citizen-appointed Charter Review Committee. Every five years, City Council appoints a citizen task force to review and make recommendations for possible amendments or updates to the charter. The propositions as they will read on the May 2 ballot follow:
|Name of Proposition||Amendment Title|
|Sugar Land Proposition A||Term and Term Limits|
|Sugar Land Proposition B||Qualifications|
|Sugar Land Proposition C||Vacancies|
|Sugar Land Proposition D||Council Meetings|
|Sugar Land Proposition E||Forfeiture of Office|
|Sugar Land Proposition F||Resign to Run|
|Sugar Land Proposition G||Petition Signatures|
|Sugar Land Proposition H||Petition Signatures|
|Sugar Land Proposition I||Petition Signatures|
Shall Sections 2.01 and 2.03 of the City Charter be amended to increase the current two-year terms for the council members and mayor to three-year terms; change the term limitations from four consecutive terms in a nine-year period to three consecutive terms in a nine-year period; provide that single-member district and at-large positions are aggregated for the purpose of terms limits; and be effective for the single-member district positions as of the May 2021 election and for the mayor and at-large positions as of the May 2022 election?
Shall Section 2.02 of the City Charter be amended to require the city secretary to verify city council candidate and incumbent residency by viewing a Texas Driver’s License or Texas Identification Card and a Voter Registration Card?
Shall Section 2.06(b) of the City Charter be amended to allow city council 60 days to fill an office vacancy of less than twelve months?
Shall Section 2.08(b) of the City Charter be amended to mandate city council vote aye or nay on all ordinances and resolutions unless prohibited to do so by law?
Shall the City Charter be amended to add a new section titled “Forfeiture of Office” to provide that a member of council automatically resigns from office upon the conviction of a felony or crime of moral turpitude?
Shall the City Charter be amended to add a new section titled “Resign to Run” to provide that a member of council automatically resigns from office upon the filing for the position of an external public office?
Shall Section 3.04(a)(1) of the City Charter be amended to require initiative and referendum petitions be signed by a number equal to or greater than 15% of the registered voters in the city as of the petition date?
Shall Section 3.04(a)(2) of the City Charter be amended to reduce the number of required signature on a mayoral or at-large recall petition to 15% of the city’s registered voters as of the petition date?
Shall Section 3.04(a)(3) of the City Charter be amended to reduce the number of required signatures on a district member recall petition to 15% of the city’s registered voters residing in that district as of the petition date?