New Braunfels Elections

New Braunfels City Council

Beginning on April 19, there will be an election for two City Council Members, District 3 and District 4.  Click here to find out what district you are in.

New Braunfels City Council District 3

New Braunfels City Council District 4

New Braunfels City Charter Propositions

Beginning on April 19, there will be an election for 12 New Braunfels City Charter Propositions.  

Proposition A

SHALL SECTION 3.01 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CHANGE TERM LIMITS FOR ALL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS SO A THIRD TERM MAY RUN CONSECUTIVELY VERSUS THE CURRENT TWO (2) CONSECUTIVE TERM LIMIT BUT KEEPING THE LIFETIME LIMIT OF THREE (3) TERMS OR NINE (9) YEARS, AS CURRENTLY ALLOWED?

This item removes the 1-year gap currently required between a Councilperson’s second and third term. This item does not change the length of time a resident can serve on City Council (which is a lifetime total of 3 terms or 9 years).

Proposition B

SHALL SECTION 3.06 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CHANGE THE QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITIONS FOR FILLING VACANCIES ON THE CITY COUNCIL SO THAT VACANCIES OF TWELVE (12) MONTHS OR LESS CAN BE FILLED, AT THE DISCRETION OF CITY COUNCIL, BY APPOINTMENT OF COUNCIL, LEFT VACANT FOR THE BALANCE OF THE TERM, OR HAVE A SPECIAL ELECTION CALLED TO FILL THE VACANCY WHILE VACANCIES OVER TWELVE (12) MONTHS DURATION WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE A SPECIAL ELECTION?

This item gives City Council additional authority when a Council seat becomes vacant for 12 months or less.  Their options would be limited to:

  • leaving the seat vacant until the next regular election,
  • appointing a temporary replacement until the next regular election,
  • or calling for a special election (which is the current requirement).

This item does not change the requirement for a special election if the vacancy will be for longer than 12 months.

Proposition C

SHALL SECTION 12.03(a)(6) OF THE CITY CHARTER BE ADOPTED AND SECTION 12.03(b) BE AMENDED TO PROHIBIT AND PENALIZE COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM INTENTIONALLY RESIGNING FROM HIS/HER POSITION AND RUNNING IN A SUBSEQUENT ELECTION TO CIRCUMVENT TERM LIMITS?

This item prohibits any Councilperson from intentionally resigning their position in order to circumvent term limit rules and would prohibit them from running in future city elections.

Proposition D

SHALL SECTION 3.05(c) OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CLARIFY THE POWER OF THE MAYOR DURING A TIME OF EMERGENCY TO APPOINT ADDITIONAL HELP, PROVIDE AUTHORIZATION FOR SUCH HELP AND UTILIZE ALL ABILITIES AUTHORIZED BY STATE LAW?

This item clarifies the role of the Mayor during an emergency or disaster.  Specifically, it allows the Mayor to have access to all of the abilities granted by state law in order to keep the peace and respond to the situation.  This item also gives the Mayor the ability to appoint additional help, if necessary, during those times of emergency or disaster. 

Proposition E

SHALL SECTION 3.05(b) OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO PLACE ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON THE MAYOR PRO TEM TO BE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ANNUAL EVALUATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER, CITY ATTORNEY AND MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE, WHO REPORT TO CITY COUNCIL, AS IS CURRENT PRACTICE?

This item adds to the Charter the current practice of making the Mayor Pro Tem primarily responsible for coordinating City Council’s annual evaluations of the City Manager, the City Attorney, and the Municipal Court Judge.

 

Proposition F

SHALL SECTIONS 7.01(a) AND 8.04 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CLARIFY RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CITY MANAGER AND CITY ATTORNEY TO ALLOW UP TO ONE HUNDRED TWENTY (120) DAYS AFTER APPOINTMENT TO ESTABLISH RESIDENCY IN THE CITY?

This item clarifies the residency requirement for the City Manager and the City Attorney, giving them up to 120 days after their appointment to establish themselves as a resident of the city.

Proposition G

SHALL SECTION 7.01(d) OF THE CITY CHARTER BE ADDED TO IMPOSE AN OBLIGATION UPON THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT ANNUALLY TO CITY COUNCIL A FIVE (5) YEAR FINANCIAL FORECAST AND A FIVE (5) YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN, AS IS CURRENT PRACTICE?

This item adds to the Charter the current practice of requiring the City Manager to annually provide City Council with a 5-year Financial Forecast and a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan.

Proposition H

SHALL SECTION 9.17 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ADJUST CITY MANAGER AUTHORITY FOR COMPETITIVE BIDDING AND PURCHASING FOR BUDGETED ITEMS CURRENTLY SET AT $25,000.00 TO ALIGN WITH STATE LAW LIMITS, WHICH ARE CURRENTLY SET AT $50,000.00 AND TO ADJUST AUTOMATICALLY UPON A CHANGE IN STATE LAW?

This item updates the Charter so that it matches state law by adjusting the City Manager’s authority to contract for budgeted items with a limit of up to $50,000 (instead of the current $25,000).  Anything over that limit would still require City Council approval.

Proposition I

SHALL SECTION 3.08(c) OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER, IN HIS/HER DISCRETION, TO ALLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS TO INTERACT WITH INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENT HEADS, WITHOUT VIOLATING THE CITY CHARTER?

This item allows the City Manager, at his/her discretion, to consent and allow council members to interact with individual department heads without violating the charter.

Proposition J

SHALL SECTIONS 8.02 AND 8.03 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGES, PROVIDE FOR REMOVAL OF ANY MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE AND PROVIDE FOR APPOINTMENT OF THE MUNICIPAL COURT CLERK TO COMPLY WITH STATE LAW AND CURRENT PRACTICE?

This item updates the Charter so that it matches state law and the current city practice regarding the appointment and removal of the Municipal Court Judge by City Council.  It also allows the Municipal Court Judge up to 120 days after his/her appointment to establish residency in the City.  This item also requires that the Municipal Court Clerk be appointed by the City Manager.

Proposition K

SHALL SECTION 5.05 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CHANGE THE NUMBER OF DAYS AFTER SUBMISSION OF A RECALL PETITION THE CITY SECRETARY MUST PRESENT TO THE CITY COUNCIL FROM FIVE (5) DAYS TO TWENTY (20) DAYS TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME TO PROVIDE ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THE RECALL?

This item gives the City Secretary a total of 20 days to present a recall petition to City Council, instead of the current requirement of 5 days, to allow sufficient time to provide all required documentation for the recall.

Proposition L

SHALL SECTION 9.18 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE REPEALED AND REMOVE THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION, WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS DUE TO STATE REGULATIONS?

This item repeals and removes the section of the Charter that establishes and regulates the city’s Department of Taxation, which no longer exists due to state regulations.

Proposition M

SHALL SECTIONS 1.01, 3.02, 3.05(b)-(c), 3.08(a)-(b), 3.10, 4.05, 5.03, 7.01(a), 7.01(c)(4), 7.03(a), 8.04 AND 12.13 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO MAKE CORRECTIONS TO TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, SYNTAX, GRAMMAR AND GENDER REFERENCES, AND ALLOW FOR FUTURE CORRECTIONS AND RENUMBERING OF CHARTER WITHOUT A CHARTER ELECTION?

This item allows for corrections of grammar, spelling, gender references, and syntax, as well as allowing for future corrections and the renumbering of the Charter, without the need for additional Charter amendment elections, as long as such changes do not change the substance of the provision.

Proposition N

SHALL SECTIONS 4.01, 9.06 AND 9.11 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO REQUIRE PUBLICATION OF CERTAIN CITY RECORDS ON THE CITY WEBSITE IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER NOTIFICATION REQUIRED BY LAW?

This item addresses where certain city records are published or posted.  In addition to the current requirements it mandates that certain records be published on the city’s website.

Proposition O

SHALL SECTION 3.10 OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ADJUST THE NUMBER OF ORDINANCE READING REQUIREMENTS FOR ONLY CERTAIN ORDINANCES, CLARIFY EFFECTIVE DATES FOR ALL ORDINANCES AND ADDRESS PUBLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ORDINANCES TO BETTER ALLOW COMPLIANCE WITH STATE LAW DEADLINES?

This item changes how many times certain types of ordinances must be read by City Council for approval.  This item also clarifies the effective dates for all ordinances, and addresses publication requirements for all ordinances.

Proposition P

SHALL SECTION 12.03(a)(1) OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO UPDATE PROHIBITIONS ON DISCRIMINATION TO INCLUDE CATEGORIES ENCOMPASSED BY FEDERAL AND STATE LAW BUT NOT CURRENTLY LISTED IN THE CITY CHARTER?

This item updates the discrimination provision in the Charter to include categories encompassed by federal and state law such as a prohibition on discrimination based on color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected classification which state or federal law prohibits as a basis for such appointment or removal.

Proposition Q

SHALL SECTION 3.09(d) OF THE CITY CHARTER BE ADOPTED TO ALLOW FOR A SUCCESSION PLAN IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES OR DISASTERS TO PROVIDE A MECHANISM TO ESTABLISH AN INTERIM QUORUM OF CITY COUNCIL WHEN A QUORUM CANNOT BE CONVENED DUE TO THE INJURY OR DEATH OF A QUORUM OF ITS MEMBERS?

This item adds a succession plan to the Charter in the case of emergency or disaster where a quorum of City Council can no longer serve due to injury or death.  This section establishes an interim quorum of City Council through automatic but temporary appointments in order to handle city issues during the crisis. 

Proposition R

SHALL SECTION 12.03(a)(4) OF THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CHANGE AND CLARIFY THE RESTRICTIONS AND REGULATIONS ON CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES BY CITY EMPLOYEES AND OFFICIALS WHEN ON DUTY OR OTHERWISE REPRESENTING THE CITY AND REGULATE OFF DUTY POLITICAL PARTICIPATION WHEN SUCH PARTICIPATION CAUSES UNREASONABLE DISRUPTION TO CITY OPERATIONS?

This item clarifies the restrictions and guidelines on campaign activities by city employees and city officials. Specifically, it restricts participation in political campaigning or related activities during work hours or while representing the city or their position with the city.  Additionally, this change regulates off-duty political participation when the City Manager believes it is causing an unreasonable disruption to city operations.

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