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Proposal to Adopt Auburn Charter 2012
City of Auburn
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 1457 / 35.82% Yes votes ...... 2610 / 64.18% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Jul 12 3:13pm, 0.0% of Precincts Reporting|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
Shall the Home Rule for Auburn Charter of 2012 be adopted?
Background. Auburn is now a general law City and draws its power from laws of the State Legislature. The California Constitution allows charter cities to control municipal affairs according to local charters and ordinances and exempts them from contrary State laws. All cities must comply with constitutional requirements and state laws on matters of statewide concern. Municipal affairs include election procedures, bidding for contracts, and rules for use of City property. Matters of statewide concern include open meeting and public records, environmental protection, and bargaining with employee associations.
The Proposed Charter. Key provisions of the proposed charter are:
Sections 100, 101 and 500 provide the City all powers over municipal affairs a charter city can legally have. Section 200 preserves the existing Council-Manager form of government and Section 202 preserves the current elected offices: 5 Councilmembers (including a Mayor and Vice Mayor), Clerk and Treasurer. Section 202 limits Councilmembers' pay to what state law allows for general law cities and says no Councilmember may receive a pension or unemployment insurance. Whether or not voters adopt the charter, the City Council sets pay for the Clerk, Treasurer and City employees. Section 203 says elections will continue to be governed by state law and protects voter powers of initiative, referendum and recall.
Section 300 requires an annual Performance-Based Budget stating objectives and measurable levels of service to residents and businesses and requires the City to post it on the internet. Section 301 requires the City to promote economic and community development and to preserve Auburn's small-town and historic character. Section 302 requires the City to comply with state laws requiring competitive bidding, but Section 303 exempts it from prevailing wages for construction projects unless state or federal law or the City Council requires otherwise. Section 304 allows a limited bid advantage for local businesses. Section 305 supports the use of volunteers to build community projects. Section 306 says adoption of the charter will give the City no new power to impose taxes and fees; state law will require voter approval for all new taxes and many new fees.
Sections 400 and 401 are intended to protect Auburn's money from the State.
Section 501 preserves the rule that the City's zoning ordinance must be consistent with its general plan.
If approved by Auburn's voters, the Charter will take effect when filed with the Secretary of State and only voters can amend or repeal it. The charter and more information are available at http://www.auburn.ca.gov/services/Clerk/cCharter.html.
s/ Michael G. Colantuono
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure A. If you desire a copy of the charter, please call the City Clerk's office at (530) 823-4211 x112 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
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|Arguments For Measure A||Arguments Against Measure A|
|Vote Yes on Measure A
The Home Rule for Auburn Charter of 2012 will give Auburn residents more local control over how their city is run, save money for Auburn residents and businesses, and permanently guarantee support for volunteers working on projects to improve the quality of life in our small, historic town.
More Local Control
For decades, Sacramento politicians have imposed expensive mandates on our local government and dictated how we spend our tax dollars. This must stop. The Auburn Charter will allow our locally elected officials to craft policies to enhance police protection, prevent a catastrophic fire from destroying our town, support the creation of private sector jobs, and fix our roads and sewers.
Mandates from Sacramento politicians increase your sewer bills. This must stop. The Auburn Charter will save ratepayers at least $2 million over the next six years by allowing the city to contract with local contractors that pay local wage rates to repair our sewers and ensure the environmental protection of the Auburn Ravine. The Auburn Charter will help keep sewer rates as low as possible for seniors on fixed incomes, small businesses and others struggling to pay their bills.
According to state law, on January 1, 2017, the city will be prohibited from supporting volunteer projects unless the volunteers are paid the prevailing wage. The Auburn Charter will permanently exempt the city from this crazy state law so that Auburn volunteers can continue to organize community events that spruce up our town, support events like the Tour of California Bike Race, or help protect our residents and firefighters from a catastrophic fire with a Project Canyon Safe.
Yes on taking control of Auburn's future. Yes on the Auburn Charter
s/Robert Snyder, Former Mayor & McCann Award Winner
While the potential benefits of Measure A remain unclear, the risks are well documented.
VOTE NO on Measure A.
s/ Hank Gonzales
|Measure A is a hastily written City Charter that would
dramatically reshape local government and grant broad
new powers to the City Council. It's being rushed to the
ballot by local politicians without meaningful public
review. An independent analysis of the measure would
- According to the City Attorney, a Charter could lead to more costly lawsuits, more costly elections, and more special interests meddling in our local affairs.
- Measure A allows City Council members to pay themselves thousands of dollars in extra compensation.
- Measure A enables the city to prohibit implementation of certain state laws that protect firefighters, police officers, children, seniors, and victims of domestic violence.
- Measure A lets the City Council give taxpayer funds to individuals and organizations with no strings attached - just like Placer County's controversial "Revenue Sharing" program.
- Measure A allows the City Council to impose higher fines and penalties on taxpayers than under current law.
- According to the City Attorney, Charters have led other cities to hire less qualified contractors for city projects.
For nearly 125 years, like almost every other small town in California, Auburn has been a "General Law" city. By transforming Auburn into a Charter City, Measure A would make our local government more like San Francisco, Bell, Vernon and Vallejo - where similar proposals opened the door to higher taxes, deep financial deficits, political corruption and even bankruptcy.
Our city leaders should focus on creating jobs, strengthening schools, fixing roads and keeping neighborhoods safe - not radical changes to local government.
Civic leaders and taxpayer advocates oppose Measure A because of the costs and consequences this rash and unnecessary proposal could invite to our city.
Preserve Auburn. Vote No on Measure A.
Learn more: http://www.PreserveAuburn.com
s/Wally Reemelin, Former President, League of Placer
Sacramento lobbyists want pliable state legislators from around the state to keep their control over Auburn's laws and finances.
Local Control for Auburn Residents
Measure A would shift the responsibility to solve local problems back into the hands of Auburn residents, who can hold members the Auburn City Council accountable for their actions (Section 100).
Enhances Public Safety
Measure A gives the city the ability to remove flammable wood fuels quickly to help prevent a catastrophic fire in Auburn (Section 100).
Saves Money & Local Jobs
Measure A will save sewer ratepayers money by allowing the city to contract for sewer repairs using Placer County wage rates rather than wages set by Sacramento politicians and lobbyist groups (Section 303).
Measure A allows for a "Think Local First" ordinance to support local jobs (Section 304).
Measure A requires an annual "Performance-Based Budget" to ensure more transparency and accountability for how your tax dollars are spent (Section 300).
Measure A prevents the city from imposing new taxes and fees (Section 306).
Measure A restricts councilmember pay and prohibits them from giving themselves a pension or collecting unemployment insurance (Section 202). Supports Auburn Volunteers
Measure A permanently guarantees that Auburn will benefit from the great work of volunteers without mandates from the state (Section 305).
s/ Kathy Sands, Retired Mayor of Aub