The Big Spring Charter Review Committee will meet tonight at 5:30 PM at the Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
The scope of the committee is to review the Charter for the City of Big Spring and to recommend changes to the Charter to the City Council for possible submission to the qualified electors of the City of Big Spring.
Last month, the committee had began making their list of suggested changes to the city charter. This included removing items that conflict with state law and those that reference state law. They also wanted to change the wording in Article VIII from “property owner” to “tax payer”.
Committee members also discussed the possibility of requiring that councilmembers live in the district that they represent. Committee member A.J. Weaver suggested that pay increases were needed for the council members in order to encourage people to run for council positions. During discussion on the topic, it was noted that councilmembers had not received a raise since 1995 when there was an amendment to do so. If approved by voters, the pay increase would reflect the rate of inflation.
Committee members also reviewed Article IV, Section 3. Currently, it states that that the Mayor or 3 council men or women may call a special meeting. Committee members voted to recommend an amendment to the section to state that the Mayor or 2 councilmembers could call for a special meeting.
Tonight, Howard County Elections Administrator Jodi Duck will speak to Committee members on elections, qualified voters, and registration. The committee will also be discussing Articles IV, V, VI, and related law.
Be advised that citizens may send in public comments by emailing the Charter Committee at email@example.com.
Watch a live stream of that meeting tonight on our KBest Media Facebook page.