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Benton Harbor City Charter Amendments, 7 (November 2011)

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Seven Benton Harbor City Charter Amendment measures were on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Benton Harbor which is in Berrien County.

All seven measures were defeated[1]

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.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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?

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