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December 11, 2013
Santa Fe City Council Consolidates Proposed Charter Amendments Relating to Full-time Mayor

There Will be Nine (9) Questions on Ballot for Voters to Decide at the

March 4, 2014 Election

Two (2) Questions Will be Dedicated to Full-time Mayor

Members of the Santa Fe City Council approved an amendment and passed Resolution No. 2013-110, which consolidates the questions for a full-time mayor that will be on the ballot for the voters to decide at the March 4, 2014 election. There will be two (2) questions on full-time mayor and seven (7) other questions on a variety topics for a total of nine (9) questions on the ballot.

 The questions on full-time mayor are:

 FIRST QUESTION ON FULL-TIME MAYOR

 Governance: Full-time Mayor Regulating the Relationships Between the Mayor, the City Councilors and the City Manager and Defining the Authority of Each

 Proposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Articles V, VI and

VIII to:

  • Establish mayor as a full-time position whose salary shall be set by an independent salary commission to be established by city ordinance. Until such commission is created and sets the salary for mayor, the mayor’s salary shall be $74,000;

 

  • Give the mayor supervisory authority over the city manager, city attorney and city Clerk and the authority to suspend and fire the city manager, city attorney and city clerk, without council approval;

 

  • Allow the city manager to be removed by a vote of six councilors at a regularly scheduled meeting;

 

  • Remove language that requires the mayor to perform other duties compatible with the nature of the office, as the governing body may from time to time require;

 

  • Require the mayor to work with city staff to prepare an annual budget for review and approval by the finance committee and the governing body;

 

  • Require the mayor to identify his/her legislative agenda for each upcoming year and require the governing body to consider and take action on the mayor's legislative agenda;

 

  • Require that the city manager have the necessary administrative and managerial skills to manage the municipality and have the authority to hire and fire all city employees, except for the city attorney and city clerk;

 

Effective Date: March 12, 2018.

SECOND QUESTION ON FULL-TIME MAYOR

Allow the mayor to have a vote on all matters that come before the governing body.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014.

OTHER QUESTIONS ON THE BALLOT ARE ON POLICY ITEMS

The Council previously approved the following seven policy items that will also be included in the special election resolution, to be effective May, 2014:

 

  • Water Protection and Conservation;
  • Neighborhood Preservation;
  • Support For Local Business and The Right To Earn A Living Wage;
  • Campaign Contribution Limits;
  • Timely Disclosure Of The Purpose Of Tax Increases Or Bond Measures;
  • Independent Citizens' Redistricting Commission;
  • Establishment of Audit Committee by Ordinance.

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