7_What happens if no one files to run for a particular council seat?
That has not happened in other Texas cities that converted to residential districts, but is a possibility (just as it is with the current council). If that were to happen, state law requires an elected official to serve until replaced, so the council member holding that position would continue to serve until the vacancy is filled under the normal process set out in the charter.
6_What if two incumbent council members are placed in the same residential district?
They could run against each other, or one or both could choose not to run. The only way both could continue serving on City Council would be if one of them moved to another district at least six months prior to the end of the filing period.
5_Which council seats would be on the ballot the year residential districts are adopted?
The two positions that normally come up in that year would be the two on the ballot in the first election under the new system. If, as seems likely, the first election is in 2022, council places 4 and 5 would be on the ballot. Places 1 and 3 would be on the ballot for the 2023 election, and the Mayor and place 2 would be on the ballot in 2024.
4_How will the city decide on boundaries for the five City Council districts?
The five districts will be drawn with approximately the same population in each, based on results of the 2020 Federal Census. Those numbers usually are available in April of the following year (2021). If residential districts are adopted, the city would hire an outside consultant with experience in election law and districting, who would develop options based on population and geography.
3_Why are voters not being shown boundaries for the five City Council districts?
As stated in the language for Proposition A, district boundaries would be established based on results of the 2020 Federal Census. That census has not yet been conducted. Any district boundaries drawn today would be guesswork, and might not accurately reflect actual district boundaries drawn after 2020.
2_Why are none of the Charter Review Commission recommended items included on this ballot.
Most of the recommendations were to change charter language to reflect changes in state law; state law supersedes the charter language, so language changes are not technically required. City Council opted not to move forward at this time with the other two commission recommendations, which involved an increase in council member pay and giving council members access to the employee health clinic.
1_Why were neither of the ballot propositions recommended by the Charter Review Commission in 2015?
Regarding Proposition A, the commission opted not to recommend changing the council structure but did recommend revisiting the topic prior to annexation of Castle Hills. That annexation could happen as early as 2021, so council structure was revisited as recommended by the commission. Regarding Proposition B, this item is a result of a state law change that took effect in 2013 and was not included with the committee's charge in 2015.