Lubbock City Council approves possible changes to City Charter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/09

Lubbock City Council approves possible changes to City Charter

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council approved going forward with possible changes to the City Charter in the Wednesday morning meeting. However, the motion by councilman John Leonard was amended.

The Charter is the basic outline for city government. The Charter sets the limits on what the city can and cannot do, as long as it is consistent with state and federal law.

Council approved the creation of a seven member committee to study possible changes. Each council member will appoint one committee member. The Mayor will appoint the chairperson. The appointments will be announced in January.

The Charter committee must hold at least two public meetings. The Charter committee will not have a time limit for making recommendations on a possible charter election. They may have recommendations in time for a March 2010 election, or it might be later.

City council members tell NewsChannel 11 that the charter can only be amended by a public vote once every two years. If there is a May 2010 election, then the earliest chance to make subsequent changes would then be May of 2012.

NewsChannel 11 is following this story and will bring you the details as they become available.

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