Benton Harbor City Charter Amendments, 7 (November 2011)
All seven measures were defeated
The first measure sought to reduce the number of Commissioners to four, the second sought to reduce terms to two years for city commissioners, the third sought to make it that the commission would only deal with the administrative branches of government through the city Manager. The fourth measure sought to make it that the Manager wold be the one to appoint the Clerk, the fifth measure sought to make it that the Manager would also be the one to appoint and remove the city attorney and treasurer, the sixth measure sought to make it that only a vote of four commissioners is needed to create a department and the seventh measure sought to make it that Assessor would be appointed by the Manager.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Proposal 1: Currently the City Commission is composed of 9 Commissioners: 5, including the Mayor, elected from the City at large, and 4 elected from wards. This amendment would reduce the size of the Commission from 9 to 5 in 2013, and would eliminate the election of 4 Commissioners from the City’s 4 wards. Shall Sections 1.3, 3.1 and 3.3 be amended, and Sections 1.4 to 1.8 be deleted, to reduce the size of the Commission from 9 Commissioners (including the Mayor) to 5 Commissioners (including the Mayor) to be elected from the City at large?|