Results of Proposition 1
Proposition 1 increases City Council terms from 3 to 4 years and elections will only be held in conjunction with the major national elections every two years. Council members currently serve staggered 3 year terms, which results in elections every year. Holding elections with the national cycle may allow candidates to ride the coat tails of big money, local problems might be lost in the national noise, and the voting public can never be mobilized to make tough decisions that are critical to our quality of life.
The results of Proposition 1 are:
Local issues will no longer be center-stage. Tough problems will not be solved unless the voting public understands them and has an opportunity to select candidates who run on those local issues. Neither happens in a state and national election year. For example, did you know College Station has amassed $300M in unfunded future liabilities ($2500 for every man, woman and child).
There are six members of City Council, plus the Mayor. When fully implemented, the Mayor and Places #1 and #2 will be up for election in 2022: and four Council positions (#3, #4, #5, and #6) will be up for election at one time in 2024, concurrent with the Presidential election. All positions are at large. This could lead to major swings in Council direction, especially if there is a hot button "one-issue" campaign.
Increased terms from 3 years to 4 years will discourage many citizens from wanting to run and to serve. These are unpaid volunteers. In contrast, increased length of service and influence will provide even more motivation for those with special interests to run.
It may encourage candidates to affiliate with a national political party. Our city government has always been non-partisan and we do not suffer the grid lock you see in Washington where one side votes against anything the other proposes, whether it is good for the public or not. We all have a right to be affiliated with the party of our choice, but CSAN will not support any candidate who seeks to use this affiliation to attract funding or votes. Conducting local elections only on national election years will guarantee that local government could become partisan in a matter of time.
The ordinance containing detailed language is on the City's website www.cstx.gov/elections