The Kaufman City Council took action on February 4, 2019 to call a General Election for the following elected positions for May 4, 2019:
1. Mayor (Jeff Jordan – Incumbent)
2. Councilman (Patty Patterson – Mayor Pro Tem – Incumbent)
3. Councilman (Carole Aga – Incumbent)
4. Councilman (Matt Phillips – Incumbent)
The filing period to run for any of these positions ends at 5 p.m. on February 15, 2019. Those interested in running for office have until then to formally submit their applications for consideration to the City Secretary at City Hall, 209 S. Washington St., Kaufman, Texas.
Currently, 3 candidates have submitted their applications: Jeff Jordan (Mayor – Incumbent); Patty Patterson (Councilman - Incumbent); and Courtny Sutton (Councilman).
The Kaufman City Council also called a Special Election for May 4, 2019 for the purposes of updating the City Charter; and to consider reallocating the Local Sales Tax revenue by decreasing the Kaufman Economic Development Corporation by ¼% and creating a new category for Street Maintenance by increasing sales tax revenue by the corresponding ¼% increase. The total Sales Tax rate in Kaufman would remain at 8.25%.
The Propositions that will appear on the May 4th ballot follow:
Proposition No. 1:
Passage of Ordinances; An amendment to Section 3.11 of Article III removing the requirement for two (2) readings of ordinances except for franchise ordinances and for ordinances which state law requires two (2) readings, requiring one (1) reading on all other ordinances and providing for Council adoption of an ordinance after consideration at an open public meeting, removing the requirement to use brackets and quotation marks for items removed and added to an ordinance, providing that the placement of an item on the Council agenda providing a brief summary of the subject matter of an ordinance to be considered at an open public meeting suffices as a reading of the ordinance.
Proposition No. 2:
Police Chief Appointment: An amendment to Section 4.07 of Article IV changing the process for appointing the Police Chief from a Council appointment based upon the recommendation of the City Manager to an appointment of the Police Chief by the City Manager subject to approval of the appointment by the City Council.
Proposition No. 3:
City Election Procedures and Official Election Results: An amendment to the following Sections of Article V for the purpose of: amending Section 5.01(1) to provide that if City Charter provisions regulating elections conflict with state law regulating elections, the conflict will be resolved in accordance with state law; amending Section 5.01(3) to provide that the City Council may call both general and special elections by either ordinance or resolution and fix the time and place for all elections; amending Section 5.04(1) to remove the sixty (60) day requirement for the holding of a runoff election and providing that a runoff election will be conducted in accordance with state law; and amending Section 5.04 (2) to remove the three to six day time period for canvassing of an election and providing that canvassing shall be conducted as required by state law.
Proposition No. 4:
Board and Commission Service by Qualified Individuals: An amendment to Section 8.01(2) of Article VIII to remove the requirement that individuals serving on City boards and commissions be registered voters and to adopt a requirement that such persons be qualified to serve and authorizing the City Council to establish qualifications for service on City boards and commissions.
Proposition No. 5:
Development of Property As Allowed by State Law: An amendment to Section 9.02 of Article IX amending Section 9.02 to add a provision to allow public funds to be used for development of private property for only those purposes allowed by state law.
Proposition No. 6:
The reduction of the current one half of one percent (0.5%) sales and use tax allocated to the Kaufman Economic Development Corporation 4A by one-fourth of one percent (0.25%) to one-fourth of one percent (0.25%), and the adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of Kaufman at the rate of one-fourth of one percent (0.25%) to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.
Questions concerning the General or Special Election can be referred to Jessie Hanks, City Secretary, Kaufman at 972-932-2216 or firstname.lastname@example.org