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City of Livermore
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Pass: 25452 / 77.92% Yes votes ...... 7214 / 22.08% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Feb 1 2:01pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (54/54)|
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Shall the City change its general municipal election date from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years and add an extra year to the term of the existing Council members and Mayor to make that change? Fiscal Impact: Saves approximately $250,000 per election starting with the next election in 2014.
This measure would change election dates for the Councilmembers and Mayor from odd- to even-numbered years beginning in 2014. It also would add one year to the terms of the existing Councilmembers and Mayor to make the change of elections to even-numbered years possible.
The purpose for changing election years is to reduce costs by consolidating Livermore's elections with Statewide and National elections, which are held in even-numbered years. Election costs vary depending on the number of jurisdictions participating in an election. Since more jurisdictions participate in even-numbered year elections, costs for those elections are lower. Voter turnout in even-numbered years is generally higher also because of participation in Statewide and National elections.
Livermore's City Clerk estimated that the City's November 2013 election would cost $330,000, while a 2014 election would cost $50,000. The precise amount of savings is difficult to predict, but the City would likely recognize cost savings of approximately $280,000 per general election by holding elections in even-numbered years.
If Livermore changes its elections to even-numbered years, it must alter the terms of office by one year to "resee those terms to even-numbered years. This measure does that by adding a year to the existing Council's terms. An alternative measure on this ballot also would change elections to even-numbered years, but do so by adding the extra year to the terms of the next-elected Councilmembers and Mayor. If this measureis adopted, it will control over the alternative measure. If this measure is unsuccessful but the attemath/e measure passes, ele,ctions will change to even-numbered years and the incoming Councilmembers and Mayor will have an extra year added to their terms.
If this measure passes, the current Councilmembers and the Mayor, whose terms would have expired after the 2013 election, will serve through November 2014, when their successors are elected and qualified. The current Councilmembers whose terms would have expired after the 2015 election will serve until their successors are elected November 2016 and qualified.
This amendment would become effective according to law if a majority of the electors voting on the measure at the election on November 6, 2012 vote to approve it.
To amend the City's Municipal Code, this measure must receive a majority "yes" vote.
|Arguments For Measure W|
Livermore is one of only three cities in Alameda County which elect their City Council in odd-year elections. Since Livermore has the largest number of registered voters,
Livermore must pay most of the costs charged by the Registrar of Voters to conduct an election. Livermore paid the Registrar over $280,000 for the 2011 election, or over
$6.00 per registered voter. For even-year elections, Livermore pays only $1.00 per registered voter because more cities participate and costs are spread over a larger
population. As a comparison, Pleasanton paid $41,000 for their share of the 2010 election.
Election costs have risen steadily over the last ten years and will continue to climb. Livermore's cost for the 2001 election was $67,800. It's projected that the scheduled 2013 election will cost Livermore over $300,000. Had the Council election been held in the November 2008 General Election, Livermore's cost would have been $32,000, almost ninety percent less.
Measure W moves the Livermore General Election to the even-year cycle by extending the terms of the incumbent city council members and the mayor by one year. The alternative option of moving to the even-year cycle would be to hold two more odd-year elections, in which the incoming elected officials' terms would be extended by one year. With the second option, Measure X, the City would lose the opportunity to save over $500,000 by having to cover the cost of two more odd-year elections.
By moving Livermore's elections to even-numbered years, it's estimated that the City will save over $250,000 per election cycle beginning next year. The City can put those funds to far better use. Voting to move the Council elections to the even-year General Election cycle simply makes good fiscal sense. Vote yes on Measure W.
LIVERMORE CITY COUNCIL
John Marchand, Mayor
(No arguments against Measure W were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure W|
|Shall the City change its general municipal election date from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years and add an extra year to the term of the existing Council members and Mayor to make that change?
Fiscal Impact: Saves approximately $250,000 per election starting with the next election in 2014.
2.14.010. Date of General Municipal Elections.
The general municipal elections of the City shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year, commencing with the year 2014. All other municipal elections that may be called under the authority by the general laws shall be known as special elections.
Notwithstanding the two-year term set forth in Chapter 2.04 for the office of the Mayor, the Mayor's term of office that would have expired in 2013 shall continue in the office until the November 2014 election. Notwithstanding the four-year City Councilmember term, any Councilmember whose term of office would have expired as of 2013 shall continue in their offices until the November 2014 election, and any Councilmember whose term of office would have expired as of 2015 shall continue in their offices until the November 2016 election.