City of Pueblo Council Charter Amendment, Question 300, 2009

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The Question 300, Change Government to Mayor-Council was on the November 3 ballot in Pueblo County.

The amendment sought to change the mayoral position to one of more power, currently a manager acts as a 'mayor' to the city and this would create a mayor position and give him more powers over the council. The measure laid out how the mayor would be elected, his salary and job duties.[1] In 2009 Denver Mayor Hickenlooper went to the City of Pueblo to talk with citizens about the potential change in their government. He talked about issues he had faced while Mayor in Denver, questions citizens had about a mayor form of government, the costs associated with it and if members of staff would lose their jobs. The Denver Mayor wanted to ensure that he didn't tell the citizens to vote one way or another, just giving them more information to cast a better vote.[2]

Election results

The measure was defeated.[3]

Question 300
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 15,156 68.34%
Yes 7,022 31.66%
Total votes 22,178 100.00%
Voter turnout 26.99%

Ballot summary

The ballot language read as follows:[4]

Shall the charter of the City of Pueblo be amended to change the form of government from a council-manager government to a mayor-council government, and in connection therewith; to eliminate the office of manager and establish the office of mayor in which all executive and administrative powers of the city shall be vested; to provide for election of the mayor by majority vote of the electors for four-year terms; to provide for the mayor to devote his or her full time and attention to the duties of the office and prohibiting other paid employment; to fix a salary of the mayor at $8,333 per month, subject to change by ordinance; to give the mayor the power to appoint, subject to council confirmation, the city clerk, municipal judges, deputy mayor, and the directors of all city departments including police, fire, finance, personnel purchasing and supplies, law, public works, parks and recreation and aviation; to give the mayor the power to suspend and remove directors of all departments and bureaus of the city; to give the mayor the power to appoint, subject to council confirmation, all boards and commissions, and to remove members thereof; except for the purpose of confirmation on appointments, to prohibit council from interfering in appointment or removal of directors of bureaus or departments, city employees, and members of mayor-appointed boards and commissions; to give the mayor the power to veto ordinances passed by council, subject to override at the next meeting of council by affirmative vote of at least 5 members of the council; to provide for the mayor to prepare the city budget and submit same to council; after adoption of the annual appropriation, to give the mayor the power to approve the allotments of appropriations for each department, office and agency, and to transfer unencumbered appropriation balances among classes of expenditures within each department, office and agency; to provide for a special runoff election for the office of the mayor if no candidate for the office received a majority of the votes cast; and providing transition provisions including a special election for the first mayor to be held on November 2, 2010, for an initial term of three years?

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