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April 30, 2013

Charter Change and EDC referendum for May 11 Port Arthur election

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PORT ARTHUR — PROPOSITION NO 3

Shall Article II, Section 2 of the Charter of the City of Port Arthur be amended to state the following?

At the time of election to office, each Councilmember and the Mayor shall be at least eighteen years of age, shall be a citizen of the United States and qualified voter of the State of Texas and the City of Port Arthur, shall have resided 12 months in the State and 12 months in the City and six months in the District from which elected immediately preceding election day and shall not be in arrears in the payment of any taxes or other liability due the City. No member of the Council shall hold any other office or employment under the City government while a member of said Council, nor shall any member of the Council hold any paid employment under the City government within two years thereafter. A member of the Council ceasing to reside in the City or the District from which elected or convicted of a felony while in office, shall immediately forfeit the office.

PROPOSITION NO 4

Shall Article II, Section 3 of the Charter of the City of Port Arthur be amended to state the following?

The Mayor and Councilmembers have received a salary and car allowance as delineated in an Ordinance set by the City Council at the time they approved the fiscal year budget for the City, with due opportunity for public comment. They are also entitled to be reimbursed for all other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties. The requests for reimbursement for expenses incurred shall be presented and approved by the City Council in an official public meeting in accordance with the City policies and procedures as adopted or to be adopted by Ordinance. The City Council may propose changes in compensation and benefits, which shall be submitted for approval by a majority of the citizens in a May election.

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