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February 27, 2013

City Council, Charter amendment election on May 11 ballots in Greenville

GREENVILLE — Local voters will get a chance to elect two City Council members to office, and decide the fate of more than two dozen proposed changes to the City Charter, during the May 11 elections.

The Council voted Tuesday to formally call for the municipal election, which will decide who gets to sit in Places 1 and 2 on the Council.

Three people had filed for the election as of Tuesday. Dan Perkins currently serves in Place 1 and Dr. Joseph Perks serves in Place 2. Perkins and Tyson Cox have filed for the Place 1 seat, while James Evans has filed for the Place 2 post.

Filing continues through Friday. Candidate packets are available at the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street.

The Council also called for a Charter amendment election, which would include 30 propositions to change the document which regulates how the City of Greenville operates.

Among the proposed changes is the addition of a new section, “General Definitions” to the Charter, which would specify that in terms of voting, a majority of the Council would be four out of the seven members, a “simple majority” would mean one more than half of the Council members present during a meeting and a “super majority” would be five of seven Council members.

Under the proposed Charter, it would take a majority vote of the Council to remove the City Manager, City Secretary, City Attorney or Municipal Judge.

The Citizens Charter Review Committee also recommended specifying that the City Attorney does not serve as the attorney of record for the Board of Development or GEUS, that each year’s budget can be passed by a simple majority vote, extending the period under which citizens can file for a referendum vote from 30 days to six months after the passage of an ordinance and allowing members of the GEUS board to live outside of the city limits of Greenville.

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