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Ordinance 2012-07

ORDINANCE NO. 2012-07
AN ORDINANCE CALLING FOR AN ELECTION IN THE
CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS ON THE QUESTION OF
ELECTING THE TWO ALDERMAN FOR EACH WARD
TO FOUR YEAR TERMS AND PRESCRIBING OTHER
MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO.
WHEREAS, the City Council has discovered that growth in the City and various other
changes in the City have increased the complexity of governing well significantly;
WHEREAS, in order for an elected official to grasp and understand the needs of the
citizens and to fully evaluate the capacity of city government to address those needs, requires great study and seeking experienced counsel in diverse disciplines;
Whereas, The Johnson City Council has determined that it would be in the best interests
of the residents of the City to have the citizens determine if alderman should serve for four (4) years upon election to enable their elected officials adequate time to learn their responsibilities and be more productive in their roles as members of the Council.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS:
Section 1: That there be, and there is hereby called an election to be held on
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at which election there shall be submitted to the electors of the City
of Johnson, Arkansas, the question of electing the two alderman from each ward to four year
terms, which four year terms will be effective in 2015 for half the alderman elected in 2014 and
thereafter as provided in ACA § 14-44-103 (a) (5) (A and B).
Section 2: The Council hereby adopts four (4) year terms for alderman elected in
2014 and thereafter as provided in ACA § 14-44-103 (a) (5) (A and B), however, this Ordinance
shall not be effective until after the election called in Section 1 above has been held and the four
(4) year alderman terms has been approved by the voters.
Section 3: That the question of electing alderman to four (4) year terms shall be
placed on the ballot for the election in substantially the following form:
The question presented is whether aldermen for the City of Johnson elected in 2014 and
thereafter shall serve four (4) year terms rather than two year terms beginning in 2015 as
provided by ACA § 14-44-103.
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FOUR (4) YEAR ALDERMAN TERMS
Vote for or against electing alderman for each ward in the City of Johnson for four (4)
year terms to begin with half of those alderman elected at the general election held in November
2014 and to begin with the other half of the alderman elected at the general election in 2016.
FOR FOUR (4) YEAR TERMS FOR ALDERMAN ( )
AGAINST FOUR (4) YEAR TERMS FOR ALDERMAN ( )
Section 4: That the election shall be held and conducted and the vote canvassed and
the results declared under the law and in the manner now provided for municipal elections unless
otherwise provided in the Authorizing Legislation and only qualified voters of the City shall
have the right to vote at the election.
Section 5: That the result of the election shall be proclaimed by the Mayor, and his
Proclamation shall be published one time in a newspaper published in the City and having a
bonafide circulation therein, which Proclamation shall advise that the results as proclaimed shall
be conclusive unless attacked in the courts within thirty (30) days after the date of publication.
Section 6: That a copy of this ordinance shall be given to the Washington County
Board of Election Commissioners so that the necessary election officials and supplies may be
provided.
Section 7: The Mayor and Recorder/Treasurer, for and on behalf of the City, be and
they are hereby authorized and directed to do any and all things necessary to call and hold the
election as herein provided.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 10th day of July 2012.
APPROVED:
Mayor BuddyCurry
ATTEST:
Recorder/Treasurer: Jennifer Allen
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