The people of Lavon will be voting on ratifying a new City Charter.
When is the vote?
During the next local election
What is on the ballot?
Registered voters who live within the city limits will vote onthat will change Lavon’s form of government .
Why is this issue on the ballot?
by adopting a charter through an election. After the Charter Commission finishes the charter, the city’s residents must vote on the proposed charter. The election is on the next uniform election date.
Thirty days before the election, each registered voter must be mailed a copy of the proposed charter. A proposed charter is adopted if approved by a majority of voters, and the city enters an order recognizing the adoption of the charter. As soon as practicable, the Mayor must certify and send an authenticated copy of the charter to the Texas Secretary of State.
Today, Lavon is a general law city. The new charter is for a home rule city. For details about what the differences are between the two, we encourage you to read this Texas Municipal League presentation, but to summarize:
- The fundamental difference between a general law city and a home rule city is that .
- Texas Municipal League presentation [link opens in TML’s website]). . The previous statement is very generalized, but it illustrates the fundamental difference between the two types of cities (source:
Who developed the new city charter?
I still have questions about this process. Who do I ask?
Please feel free to reach out to a member of the commission or your city council member.
- Please see this presentation from the Texas Municipal League for more information about the different types of cities in Texas.