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Election Information -- Información de elección

Notice of Election English and Spanish Version http://www.ci.la-porte.tx.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=10472

For the first time in over 20 years, the City’s Charter was officially reviewed by a Charter Review Committee.  Each Council member appointed a representative to this ad-hoc committee, and this dedicated group of volunteers met monthly (and sometimes semi-monthly) from July 2012 through November 2012.  The City’s Charter was originally ratified in April 1949 and forms the basis for city government in the City of La Porte, from incorporation, to powers and duties of elected officials and City Manager, to procedures for the development of the budget, elections, purchasing, and franchises.  The most recent changes to the City Charter occurred in 1980.  Each of the eight Charter articles addresses a different subject, and the Charter review Committee reviewed every article and section.  The proposed changes were recommended by the Committee with the following goals in mind: 1) make only necessary changes; 2) keep total number of amendments as low as possible; and 3) determine the original thought processes so as to maintain the intent of the original drafters.  All of the proposed amendments were voted on by the Committee to assure there was consensus for each change.

The changes recommended by the Committee fall into several categories:  changes in state or federal law, minor changes to modernize language or match changes in city operation, and significant changes. 

The Council has asked that the City Secretary and the City Attorney develop ballot language for these amendments. http://www.ci.la-porte.tx.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=10474

The General Election for At Large A, District 4, and District 5 Council seats has been cancelled due to non-opposition.  The Special Election for the Charter Amendments was ordered and will be held on May 11, 2013.  http://www.ci.la-porte.tx.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=10471

Residents may view the full strikeout version of the Charter that was discussed at the December 10, 2012, Council meeting by the Committee by clicking here: http://www.ci.la-porte.tx.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=10470

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