Proposed Charter Amendments - 2017
Bellaire citizens first adopted the City's Home-Rule Charter in an election held on April 2, 1949. Since then, the Charter has been amended by election three times, in 1983, 1987, and 2006.
On November 7, 2016, the City Council of the City of Bellaire, Texas, adopted Ordinance No. 16-067 for the purpose of establishing a Charter Review Commission (the “CRC”) as an Ad Hoc Committee of the City of Bellaire, Texas, to review the Charter of the City of Bellaire, Texas, as last amended on November 7, 2006, and to appoint five (5) members to serve on the CRC for a term of seven (7) months commencing on December 1, 2016, and ending on June 30, 2017.
At the conclusion of the CRC’s meetings, a final report was prepared and presented to City Council at the June 19, 2017 Council meeting. To view a copy of the final report, please click HERE. A brief summary of the amendments are listed below. To view a full description of the amendments, please click HERE.
Following that meeting, the City Attorney prepared a series of propositions that could be placed on the ballot at a special election to be held on November 7, 2017 in conjunction with the City's regular Mayor and Council election. On August 21, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No.17-053 to call a special election for the purpose of amending the Charter.
If you have any questions, or would like more information on the Proposed Charter Amendments please contact the City of Bellaire at 713-662-8222 or visit us in person at 7008 S. Rice Ave, Bellaire TX, 77401.
Unofficial Election results are listed below.
|Proposition 1: Relating to conforming the Charter to the general laws of the State of|
For: 1,705 - Against: 255
|Proposition 7: Relating to the City Manager's authority to sign documents|
For: 1,718 - Against: 233
|Proposition 13: Relating to referendum|
For: 1,630 - Against: 274
|Proposition 2: Relating to Qualifications of Council Members|
For: 1,798 - Against: 179
|Proposition 8: Relating to the authority to borrow money|
For: 1,667 - Against: 278
|Proposition 14: Relating to referendum|
For: 1,671 - Against: 247
|Proposition 3: Relating to Council Compensation|
For: 1,548 - Against: 403
|Proposition 9: Relating to the administration of the City's finances|
For: 1,716 - Against: 219
|Proposition 15: Relating to franchises|
For: 1,393 - Against: 424
|Proposition 4: Relating to the fine for failing to obey a subpoena|
For: 1,472 - Against: 465
|Proposition 10: Relating to unnecessary provisions|
For: 1,680 - Against: 252
|Proposition 16: Relating to transitory provisions|
For: 1,400 - Against: 335
|Proposition 5: Relating to clarifying currently ambiguous language in the Charter|
For: 1,792 - Against: 190
|Proposition 11: Relating to Initiative|
For: 1,641 - Against: 274
|Proposition 17: Relating to Non-Substantive Revisions|
For: 1,647 - Against: 280
|Proposition 6: Relating to Vacancies on Council|
For: 1,730 - Against: 222
|Proposition 12: Relating to recall petitions|
For: 1,653 - Against: 255
|Proposition 18: Relating to gender neutrality|
For: 1,563 - Against: 400