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Parma Heights Proposed City Charter Amendments, Issue 61-71 (November 2009)

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There were ten Parma Heights Proposed City Charter Amendments on the November 3 ballot in Cuyahoga County for voters in the city of Parma Heights.

Issue 61

Approveda This proposed amendment sought to add the word God to the preamble of the city charter.[1] Charter review commission members sought to add this to the preamble because many other cities have it and the fact that the US was founded with God in the constitution, it was seen as the right thing to do.[2] YES 71.58% NO 28.42%

Issue 62

Approveda This amendment sought to change article I of the charter so that the it is constructed in a broad manner in order to favor the home rule powers of the city. YES 62.35% NO 37.65%

Issue 63

Approveda This amendment sought to change article II section 1 in regards to limiting mayoral terms. After the 2013 election, one the current mayor ends his term, no mayor could be elected again for more than three consecutive terms. YES 75.18% NO 24.83%

Issue 64

Approveda This issue also sought to amend article II section 1 in regards to ensuring that the mayor devotes his time to city business while he is working.[1] YES 87.85% NO 12.15%

Issue 65

  • This amendment was originally going to be on the ballot, but was recently removed because the language was incorrect, citing the wrong years for census and voting data.[3].

Issue 66

Approveda This issue sought to change article III section 1 in regards to council member election term. This amendment would make it so after the 2013 election, no council member could be elected for more than three consecutive terms. YES 71.20% NO 28.80%

Issue 67

Approveda This issue also sought to change article III, but this for section 2 where it would change that a resident seeking to run for council, must be living in the ward they are running in for at least two years. YES 83.78% NO 16.22%

Issue 68

Approveda This issue sought to amend article IV section 1 making it so that directors elected must have suitable qualifications for the position they are seeking.[1] This is seen as a forward looking amendment, not as a negative view on any directors who have held positions. This just seeks to ensure the most qualified for the position are those that run.[2] YES 90.17% NO 9.83%

Issue 69

Approveda This issue sought to change article V section 6 in regards to increasing the maximum amount of money the city council can approve without having a competitive bid held. The new limit would be $25,000. YES 54.25% NO 45.75%

Issue 70

Approveda This issue sought to change article VII section 2 making it so that the recall of any council member must be initiated by a petition with signatures of 20 percent of the qualified electorate in the ward of the council member that is being recalled. YES 80.03% NO 19.97%

Issue 71

Approveda This issue sought to amend article XI section 10 which would allow the city council to rearrange titles and numbers, correct errors and delete obsolete language from the charter without a city vote.[1] YES 80.61% NO 19.39%[4]

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