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Voters face several decisions in the voting booth

Voters face several decisions in the voting booth

Information and links concerning the Tuesday, April 4 municipal election

A loaded April ballot faces the Lee's Summit voters tomorrow. The ballot contains a slew of proposed amendments to the City's charter, the proposed continuation of a capital improvements sales tax, 10 people vying for three open seats on the Lee's Summit R-7 School District School Board and, for voters from Council District 4, a proposed recall of Council member Chris Moreno.

Proposed Amendments to the Charter

Below is ballot language on the 12 questions concerning proposed amendments to the City's charter. The amendments were recommended to the City Council to place before voters by a Charter Review Commission of 12 residents appointed, with recommendations from the Council, by Mayor Randy Rhoads. Per Charter rules, each of the eight council members nominated one person to serve on the Commission and the remaining four members were nominated by the two council members from each of the four districts.

All meeting documents from the Commission are available here, as well as video after the City Council voted to have all Commission meetings televised. The final report, which was presented to the Council, can be found here. Click here, to view the current City charger.

Click here for the Lee's Summit Town Hall discussion on the proposed amendments.

QUESTION 1 Shall the preamble of the City Charter for the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, be amended to read as follows: “We, the People of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, in order to secure the benefits and advantages of constitutional home rule under the Missouri Constitution do affirm our commitment to self-governance and aspire to create an economically vital community committed to equal opportunity, citizen participation, diversity and to promote a high quality of life where families and businesses thrive and hereby establish this Charter for the better government of our city”?
QUESTION 2 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Article III., City Council., be amended in various sections to: clarify the term “qualified voter”, to require that a member of the City Council remain a qualified voter of his or her district during his or her term of office, to provide that the Mayor of the City shall appoint the Mayor Pro Tempore instead of the City Council, prohibit a Councilmember from holding any other elected public office or incompatible public office, clarify the qualifications for appointment to the City Council in the event of a vacancy, require seven days to lapse between introduction and final passage of any ordinance, require copies of proposed ordinances to be made available in the City Clerk’s office and the City web site, clarify the procedure for approval of an emergency ordinance and limiting the use of the emergency ordinance procedure to certain types of ordinances?
QUESTION 3 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit be amended to include a new Section 3.15., Charter Violation and Ethics Code., requiring the adoption of an ethics code by the City Council, and allowing sanctions to be imposed upon a City Councilmember only upon a 2/3rds vote of the entire Council including the Mayor?
QUESTION 4 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Article IV., Mayor., be amended in multiple sections to: require the Mayor to vote on all ordinances, remove the Mayor’s power to veto ordinances and resolutions, set a time when the Mayor shall appoint members to certain boards and commissions, prohibit the Mayor from holding any other elected public office or incompatible public office, provide for discipline by the City Council in the event he or she is found to have violated certain provisions of the Charter; and, to further amend Article III., City Council., Sections 3.4 and 3.13 to remove references to veto and Mayoral tie-breaking to be consistent with Article IV., Mayor? 
QUESTION 5 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Section 6.2., Personnel System., be amended to require all appointments and promotions of City Employees and Officers be made solely on the basis of merit and further clarifying that any personnel code shall authorize the City Manager to promulgate certain personnel rules?
QUESTION 6 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Section 7.3., Court Administration., be amended to enact a new provision requiring the Court Administrator to discharge his or her duties under the direction and control of the City Manager, and remove a provision that authorizes the Municipal Judges to suspend, remove and evaluate the performance of the Court Administrator?
QUESTION 7 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Section 9.3., Determination of Election Results., be amended to require canvassing of election returns at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council following receipt of the certification of election returns?
QUESTION 8 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Article X., Initiative, Referendum and Recall., be amended in multiple sections to clarify the initiative, referendum and recall processes and specifically the authority of voters to adopt or reject a proposed ordinance through an initiative procedure, clarify the authority of voters to adopt or reject certain ordinances approved by the City Council through the referendum process, provide additional operational guidance for a petitioners committee, specify the content of a petition, specify the qualifications to be a petition circulator, provide certain time limits, and specify when the City Council must act following receipt and certification of a sufficient petition? 
QUESTION 9 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Article XI., Financial Procedures., be amended in multiple sections to require that the budget of the City provide a complete financial plan for all City funds and activities and to allow that the City may utilize newspapers of general circulation in the City or other means provided by law to provide certain public notices related to the budget and summary of receipts and expenditures?
QUESTION 10 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Article XII., Franchises., be amended in multiple sections to allow for use of the right-of-way consistent with applicable state and federal law?
QUESTION 11 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit, Section 14.7, Charter Amendment., be amended to clarify when an election related to charter amendments proposed by the City Council, Charter Review Commission, or a citizen petition be submitted to the voters? 
QUESTION 12 Shall the Charter of the City of Lee’s Summit be amended by deleting Articles XV., Transitional Provisions., XVI., Schedule., and XVII., Transitional Provisions for Charter Amendments Approved by the Voters on November 6, 2007, in their entirety and by amending Sections 3.2(c), 4.2(b) and 7.2(a) to clarify certain language and to remove references to Article XVI ?

Question 13: Recall

Question 13 will be asked only of voters in Council District No. 4. The question of whether to recall Council member Chris Moreno was placed on the ballot after a recall initiative was started in the fall of 2016. Per Charter rules, the group initiating the recall effort was required to obtain 621 (30 percent of the total number of votes cast in last April's election) verified signatures on a petition for recall. After the signatures were verified by the Jackson County Election Board, the City was required to put the question on the ballot.

There are no set standards for a recall. The question before District 4 voters is simply whether or not they prefer to keep Moreno as their representative on the Council.

Click here for the Lee's Summit Town Hall discussion on the recall.

QUESTION 13 Shall District 4 Councilmember Christopher Moreno be recalled?

Question A: CIP Sales Tax

Question A asks voters to continue a capital improvements sales tax of one-half of one percent until March 31, 2033. All proposed projects for the expiring sales tax have been completed. A presentation to the City Council including a list of proposed projects to be taken on by the City if the tax is approved, was given in January.

Click here for the Lee's Summit Town Hall discussion on Question A.

QUESTION A Shall the municipality of Lee’s Summit, Missouri continue to impose a capital improvement sales tax of one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) until March 31, 2033, for the purpose of funding capital improvements which may include the design, construction, repair and maintenance of streets, roads, bridges, and additional projects related to stormwater, transportation and transportation-related improvements and the acquisition of necessary rights-of-way and other property interests and which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness, beginning April 1, 2018? 

Lee's Summit R-7 School Board

10 Candidates are vying for three open seats on the Lee's Summit R-7 School Board. The 10 candidates are: 

  • Jacqueline Clark
  • Susan Coffman
  • Mark Dziedzic
  • Kim Fritchie
  • Diego Gutierrez
  • Michael McMenus
  • Ryan Murdock
  • Carl Quijas
  • Dennis Smith
  • Jill Worstell

The Lee's Summit Chamber hosted a public forum for each of the candidates on April 4.  Video of the forum was produced by event sponsor, Summit Video Services. The Chamber also provided profiles of each of the candidates. Since the forum, candidate Mark Dziedic suspended his campaign, although his name will still appear on the ballot.

Click here for the Lee's Summit Town Hall discussion on the role of the LSR7 School Board.

A result of good process, Charter amendments should be approved

A result of good process, Charter amendments should be approved

Lee's Summit Town Hall Ep. 4: Talking residential development with Rick McDowell

Lee's Summit Town Hall Ep. 4: Talking residential development with Rick McDowell