At its regular work session meeting this evening, Monday, July 23, the Richardson City Council directed the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance to call for a charter amendment election in November. The Council’s action follows a report given this evening from the City Secretary’s Office, which verified the requisite number of qualified voters have signed a petition that calls for an election to 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. To call the election, the petition was required to be signed by at least 2,499 qualified Richardson voters. A total of 4,556 signatures were submitted, and 3,051 were verified.
The City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance during its Monday, July 30, 2012, work session meeting.
The election will take place during the next available uniform election date, which will be Tuesday, November 6, 2012.