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Missouri City Election to Determine Future of the City

FBCStaff-For the first time in the city’s history the Missouri City election will be held in November.  Early voting runs 10/23 thru 11/03.

The Charter Review Committee recommended against moving the election from May to November but the Council voted 4-3 to move the election to November by resolution, R-16-32.  Two of the Councilmembers Smith and Maroulis said citizens didn’t need to be surveyed or vote on the issue.  Many of us are concerned city issues will be lost down ballot, especially in a presidential election year. If you want longer lines especially on a Tuesday night, you will get them.  Also the costs will not go down as school board elections are still held in May, this simply shifts costs from May to November.  The only other Texas city voting in November is Houston.  This is simply a bad decision and shows poor judgement by the 4 that voted for the resolution.

Missouri City has the 4 District seats up for election, so you will vote for council and 7 props to changes to the charter. There are no serious challengers for the 4 districts this election so the important issues are the propositions to change the charter.  These are important because it would change how the city is managed.  Missouri City is currently a strong mayor and council with oversight over the city manager.

1st.  Props 3 & 4 changes that and gives the authority to the city manager to hire/fire and create/disband/merge department without council approval. Missouri City has a reputation of being one of the most financially sound cities in the area. This would change that.  The mayor and council have to live in the city the city manager doesn’t.  The city manager’s average stint is about 3 years, and then they move on to another position.  This a major shift in the way the city is ran and could undercut everything the voters have supported that has made Missouri City a great place to live.

2nd.
Prop 5 changes the city charter to read the same as the Resolution R-16-32 moving the elections to November. Two of the 4 council members. Councilman Smith and Maroulis said the voters shouldn’t be surveyed or get a vote on moving the election to November. However, the charter requires a vote by the citizens on a permanent change. Vote No on this and send a loud message to those who do not think voters should have input.

3rd.
Props 2
removes the bond for the city manager.  no

Vote No on props 2, 3, 4, and 5.

4th.
Props 1, 6, and 7 vote yes. Prop 7 makes the city more competitive for employees with surrounding cities

Props 3, 4 and 5 are the most important and would change the direction of the city. In my opinion this would be harmful to the future of Missouri City. Vote No on  props 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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