Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2007

Vote on city question clarified

October 25, 2007

A number of advance voters in the Eudora USD 491 bond referendum and the city of Eudora charter question have expressed confusion about the second question.

In September, the Eudora City Council voted to put the charter question before city voters after Councilman Bill Whitten successfully led a petition drive protesting the council's previous adoption of the ordinance. If approved by voters, the charter change would allow a Eudora mayor -- with the consent of the council -- to appoint city department heads to two-year terms. Those appointments are currently for one year.

The question on the ballot asks if a charter ordinance "relating to the appointment of city officers, terms of office, duties and compensation, and removal from office" should take effect without explaining the change to the two-year term.

Douglas County Clerk Jameson Shew said a vote of "yes" means the voter grants the mayor, with the approval of the city council, the ability to appoint department heads for two-year terms. A vote of "no" means the voter does not grant the mayor, with the approval of the city council, the ability to appoint department heads for two-year terms and would keep department head terms at one year.

In order to receive an advance ballot for the Nov. 6 school bond referendum and city question, voters must apply to the county by Friday, Oct. 26. Shew suggests that voters return the ballots as soon as possible, but the deadline is Friday, Nov. 2.

Voters can cast their ballots early up until noon, Monday Nov. 5 at the Douglas County courthouse.

Furthermore, Shew also said that anyone who spends money to organize citizens to vote for or against a measure by Kansas law must file a form with the county to track their expenditures.

For more information on voting in Douglas County, visit www.douglascountyelections.com.

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