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2010 Special Election Notice

CITY OF SCOTTSDALE

NOVEMBER 2, 2010 SPECIAL ELECTION


The City of Scottsdale will hold a Special Election on November 2, 2010, to run concurrently with the City’s General Election, for the purpose of submitting two bond questions and seven charter amendment propositions to the voters.

 

Bond Question 1 seeks voter authorization to sell $36,600,000 general obligation bonds for streets, transportation improvements and drainage facilities. The issuance of these bonds will result in a property tax increase sufficient to pay annual debt service on the bonds.

 

Bond Question 2 seeks voter authorization to sell $27,000,000 general obligation bonds to refinance existing obligations incurred by the City to finance public safety facilities and equipment. The issuance of these bonds will result in a property tax increase sufficient to pay annual debt service on the bonds.

 

Proposition 411 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter relating to condemnation. The amendment, if approved by the voters, would specify that the City may exercise condemnation only if it is authorized by the state, if it is for a public use, if all reasonable options have been exhausted to avoid the use of condemnation, and if its use is narrowly tailored to advance the public use.

 

Proposition 412 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter relating to subsidies. The amendment, if approved by the voters, would specify that the City cannot give its credit or make any payments of any public funds to any individuals or entities unless there is a clearly identified public purpose and the City either receives direct consideration substantially equal to its expenditure or provides direct assistance to the needy.

 

Proposition 413 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter relating to citizen petitions. The amendment, if approved by the voters, would provide for a public comment period at regular council meetings, remove the thirty-day requirement to act on petitions, and allow the council to request staff to review any matter brought to its attention, ask that the matter be placed on a future agenda, or take no action.

 

Proposition 414 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter relating to charter officer duties. The amendment, if approved by the voters, would place all sections related to the charter offices in one article; identify their duties and responsibilities; require City residency for all officers of the City; identify the treasurer as the chief financial officer; and remove the council’s express authority to combine the duties of separate charter offices.

 

Proposition 415 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter relating to employees who directly serve the mayor and council. The amendment, if approved by the voters, would clarify that council members and appointed public officials shall not control or demand the appointment or removal of city employees subject to the direction and supervision of any city officer, with the exception of city employees whose primary duties are to directly serve the mayor or council.

 

Proposition 416 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter relating to methods by which the council may act. The amendment, if approved by the voters, would clarify that the council may act by motion, in addition to resolution and ordinance; designate which actions require an ordinance; specify when a majority vote is required; remove obsolete language; and make various administrative changes that add clarity to existing language regarding ordinances and resolutions.

 

Proposition 417 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter relating to city court. The amendment, if approved by the voters, would set the initial term of the presiding judge at two years, with subsequent terms set by ordinance, but not less than two years; permit additional judges to be appointed as provided by ordinance; and designate that the council determines all judges’ compensation and may remove them for cause.

 

Information about Bond Questions 1 and 2, and Propositions 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, and 417 will be presented to the qualified voters of the City of Scottsdale in a publicity pamphlet. The pamphlet will be mailed to the households of all registered voters prior to the start of early voting.

 

Ballot language is available in the City Clerk’s Office

and on the Internet: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/elections

 

Arguments supporting or opposing one or more of the bond questions and propositions may be submitted for publication in the publicity pamphlet. Each argument cannot exceed 300 words in length and must contain the original, notarized signature of each person sponsoring it. The residence or post office address and phone number of each signer must be on the argument, but will not be printed in the publicity pamphlet. If an argument is sponsored by an organization, the original, notarized signatures of two executive officers of the organization are required. If an argument is sponsored by a political committee, the original, notarized signature of the committee’s chair or treasurer is required. A payment of $100.00, to offset a portion of the cost of paper and printing the pamphlet, must accompany the filing of each argument.

 

Arguments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at the following location:

 

Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office,

3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

For more information, please call the Scottsdale City Clerk at 480-312-2411.