Proposed Ballot Propositions

On the General Election Ballot, Nassau Bay residents will also be asked to vote on twenty-two (22) propositions amending the City Charter. 

Every five years, the City Council convenes a Charter Review Commission to review and recommend amendments to the City of Nassau Bay's Charter.  The Charter is the foundation of the Nassau Bay's local government and functions as the municipal equivalent of a state or federal constitution, setting forth guiding principles for governance. In 2018, the City of Nassau Bay appointed five resident volunteers to the Charter Review Commission, which reviewed the Charter and recommended to Council 22 amendments to the Charter. These amendments must be approved by the Nassau Bay voter and are presented as propositions on the November 3rd ballot.

The full list of propositions is found below. Click here for the Charter Review Commission's final report, which more clearly outlines why each proposition (amendment) was proposed, and how the proposition changes the current Charter language. The below displays how the proposed Charter amendment will be presented on the ballot.

Proposition A (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Complete inclusion of gender-neutral wording throughout the Charter.



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Proposition B (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article III. – City Council, Section 3.10 entitled “Rules of Procedure” be amended to read as follows: The council shall, by ordinance, determine its own rules and order of business and the rules shall provide that citizens of the city shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard at any meeting with regard to any matter under consideration. The council shall provide for minutes being taken and recorded for all meetings, and such minutes shall be a public record. Voting, except on procedural motions, shall be by raised hands, or as required by law, and shall be recorded in the minutes.

Proposition C (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article III. – City Council, Section 3.15 entitled “Audits and examination of city books and accounts” be amended to read as follows:  The city council shall cause an independent annual audit to be made of the books and accounts of each and every department of the city. At the close of each fiscal year a complete audit shall be made by a certified public accounting firm, who shall be selected by the city council, and such audit shall include a recapitulation of all audits made during the course of each fiscal year. A report of fiscal issues and/or other significant problems found during the course of the audit shall be reported immediately to the city manager and a duplicate of the report sent to the mayor and members of city council within seventy-two (72) hours. A final report shall be filed with the city council for review and acceptance, and subsequently shall be available for public inspection and shall be made a part of the archives of the city.

Proposition D (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article IV. – Administrative Services, Section 4.01 (A) entitled “City manager” be amended to read as follows: (A) Appointment and qualifications: The council shall, by an affirmative vote of four (4) or more of the members of the council present, appoint a city manager who shall be the chief administrative officer of the city and who shall be responsible to the council for administration of all affairs of the city. The city manager shall be appointed solely upon the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications and need not, when appointed, be a resident of the city; however, he shall become a resident of the city within six (6) months after appointment and shall remain a resident during his tenure as city manager unless otherwise specifically excused by the council.

Proposition E (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article IV. – Administrative Services, Section 4.01 (C) entitled “City manager” be amended to read as follows:  (C) Term and removal: The city manager shall not be appointed for a definite term but shall serve at the pleasure of the council. The council may remove the city manager from office by an affirmative vote of four (4) or more of the members of the council present.

Proposition F (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article IV. – Administrative Services, Section 4.02 entitled “Municipal court” be amended to read as follows:  (E) Clerk of the court: The city manager shall appoint a clerk of the municipal court, and such deputy clerks as the council may deem necessary. The clerks shall be bonded at city expense.

Proposition G (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article V. – Elections, Section 5.02 entitled “Filing for office” be amended to read as follows:  (C) Councilman mayoral candidate: Any councilman who becomes a candidate for Mayor in a regular election shall vacate his position as councilman, if elected, upon the canvassing of the results of the election.

Proposition H (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article V. – Elections, Section 5.04 entitled “Determination of election results” be amended to read as follows:  (A) Canvassing: The returns of every municipal election shall be delivered by the election judges to the city secretary not later than twenty-four (24) hours after the closing of the polls. The canvassing authority shall certify the returns of the elections, general and special and certify the results in a schedule in accordance with State Law. The certified results shall then be presented to the council at its next meeting following the election, and shall be recorded in the minutes of this meeting.

Proposition I (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VI. – Initiative, Referendum and Recall, Section 6.01 entitled “General authority” be amended to read as follows:  (C) Recall: The qualified voters shall have the power to recall any member of city council of the city on grounds of incompetency, noncompliance with this charter, misconduct or malfeasance in office. Such power shall be exercised by filing with the city secretary a petition, signed by currently qualified voters of the city equal in number to at least fifteen (15) per cent of the total number of qualified voters registered to vote at the last regular city election, demanding the removal of such member of city council. The recall petition must specifically state each ground or grounds upon which such petition for removal is predicated as to give the member of city council sought to be removed notice of the matters and things with which he is charged.

Proposition J (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VI. – Initiative, Referendum and Recall, Section 6.08 entitled “Results of recall election” be amended to read as follows:  If a majority of the votes cast at a recall election shall be against removal of the member of city council named on the ballot, he shall continue in office. If the majority of the votes cast at the election be for the removal of the elected official named on the ballot, the city council shall immediately declare his office vacant and such vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of this charter for the filling of vacancies.

Proposition K (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VI. – Initiative, Referendum and Recall, Section 6.09 entitled “Limitations on recall” be amended to read as follows:  No recall petition shall be filed against an elected official within six (6) months after he takes office, and no member of city council shall be subjected to more than one recall election during a term of office.

Proposition L (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VI. – Initiative, Referendum and Recall, Section 6.10 entitled “Public hearing” be amended to read as follows:  The member of city council whose removal is sought may, within five (5) days after such recall petition has been presented to the city council, request that a public hearing be held to permit him to present facts pertinent to the charges specified in the recall petition. In this event, the city council shall order such public hearing to be held, not less than five (5) days nor more than fifteen (15) days after receiving such request for a public hearing.

Proposition M (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VII. – Municipal Finance, Section 7.02 entitled “Submission of budget” be amended to read as follows:  On or before the first day of September of each year, the city manager shall submit to the council a proposed budget for the ensuing fiscal year and the budget message. The council shall review the proposed budget and make any appropriate changes prior to publishing the final budget.

Proposition N (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VII. – Municipal Finance, Section 7.03 entitled “Budget” be amended to read as follows:  (C) Content, (12) The City is required to maintain 90 days of reserves, except in emergency situations and as approved by council.

Proposition O (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VII. – Municipal Finance, Section 7.03 entitled “Budget” be amended to read as follows:  (C) Budget book.

Proposition P (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VII. – Municipal Finance, Section 7.04 entitled “Amendments after adoption” be amended to read as follows:  (A) Supplemental appropriations: If during the fiscal year the manager certifies that there are available for appropriation revenues in excess of those estimated in the budget, the council may carry the excess into the next fiscal year or by ordinance may make supplemental appropriations, retire indebtedness, or fund emergency appropriations as described in section 7.04(B).

Proposition Q (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article VIII. – Tax Administration, Section 8.02 entitled “Tax collector” be amended to read as follows:  At least one (1) registered Texas collector shall be employed or contracted by the city to collect taxes and maintain the tax records according to the state property tax laws and codes.

Proposition R (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article X. – Planning, Section 10.01 entitled “Planning commission” be amended to read as follows:  There shall be a planning commission whose responsibilities are to accomplish the city planning and zoning functions to effect the orderly and desired growth, development and beautification of the city. The commission shall formulate and recommend to the city manager a comprehensive master plan and shall consult with other city departments regarding planning. The commission shall recommend any proposed zoning changes to council and shall act in an advisory capacity to the council on matters affecting the development of the city. Such advisory activities include, but are not limited to, the assessment of specific use requests and architectural review of development plans for Planned Unit Developments (PUD’s) and Specific Use Permits (SUP’s), where architecture is a critical element.

Proposition S (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article X. – Planning, Section 10.03 entitled “Comprehensive master plan” be amended to read as follows:  The planning commission shall formulate a comprehensive master plan for the development of the city, containing the commission’s recommendations for growth, development and beautification of the city. This plan shall be reviewed in detail at least every five (5) years; shall contain the planning considerations for the period of ten (10) years; and updated when the Planning Commission and City Staff determine there are sufficient changes to warrant an update. This plan shall be forwarded to the city manager who shall submit it to the council with his recommendations thereon. The council shall hold a public hearing on the proposed comprehensive plan, or modification thereof, and shall thereafter adopt it by resolution with or without amendment.

Proposition T (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article X. – Planning, Section 10.04 entitled “Plats and building codes” be amended to read as follows:  The planning commission shall approve or disapprove plats of proposed subdivisions submitted in accordance with city ordinances as adopted or hereafter amended. The commission shall review amendments, extensions or revisions of the building code, which are proposed by the City Building Official and City Fire Marshall and which shall include the minimum standards of construction for building, plumbing, wiring, and safety.

Proposition U (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article XI. – General Provisions, Section 11.07 entitled “Assignment, execution and garnishment” be amended to read as follows:  The property, real and personal, belonging to the city shall not be liable to be sold or appropriated under any writ or execution or cost bill. The funds belonging to the city, in the hands of any person, firm or corporation shall not be liable to garnishment, attachment, or sequestration; nor shall the city be liable in garnishment on account of any debt it may owe or funds or property it may have on hand or owing to any person. Neither the city nor any of its elected officers, appointed officers, employees, or agents shall be required to answer any such writ of garnishment on any account whatever. The city shall not be obligated to recognize any assignment of wages or funds by its employees, agents or contractors.

Proposition V (Proposed Amendment to the City Charter)

Shall Article XI. – General Provisions, Section 11.11 entitled “Gender of wording” be removed and reserved for future use. Proposition 1 replaces the need for Section 11.11 Gender of wording.

Click here for the English & Spanish PDF version of the proposed ballot propositions.