At its regular work session meeting this evening, Monday, July 30, 2012, the Richardson City Council approved an ordinance to call for a charter amendment election in November. The proposed amendment would change Richardson’s charter to provide for the direct election of the city’s mayor.
Currently, under the Richardson city charter, a council member is appointed to the position of mayor by the council members. Under state law, the city charter may be amended by initiative of the city council adopting an ordinance calling an election on proposed amendments, or by petition, if a proper petition is submitted and signed by a number of qualified voters of the city equal to at least five percent of the number of qualified voters of the municipality, or 20,000, whichever number is smaller. On July 5, 2012, a petition to call the election was submitted to the City Secretary’s Office. A total of 4,556 signatures were submitted, and 3,051 were verified, meeting the required number of at least 2,499 qualified Richardson voters.
The election will take place during the next available uniform election date, which will be Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
View Copy of Proposed Ordinance