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City Council Election Dates - Alternative
City of Livermore
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 14476 / 46.84% Yes votes ...... 16431 / 53.16% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Feb 1 2:01pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (54/54)|
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If the City's voters do not approve of an immediate change in Livermore's general municipal election date, shall the City change to even-numbered election years by adding a year to the terms of the incoming Council members and Mayor at the general municipal elections in 2013 and 2015? Fiscal Impact: Costs approximately $750,000 for transition elections, then saves approximately $250,000 per election, starting in 2018.
This measure also would add one year to the terms of the Councilmembers and Mayor at the next election for those offices. This will allow for a multi-year transition of elections to even-numbered years, starting after the next municipal election in 2013. Thus, for example, Councilmembers elected in 2013 would hold five-year terms and serve until the 2018 ejection. The Mayor also would be elected in 2013, but, because of the usual two-year term for that position, would serve until an election in 2016.
The City Council placed this measure on the ballot as an alternative to the measure that adds the extra year instead to the incumbent Councilmembers and Mayor. If that measure passes by a majority of the votes cast, it will control over this ballot measure, and the sitting Councilmembers and Mayor will have their terms extended by one year. If that measure does not pass and this one does, this measure will be effective and the Councilmembers and Mayor elected at the next elections will receive the extra year for their terms.
This measure would gradually change election dates for the Mayor and Councilmembers from odd- to even-numbered years. It also would add one year to the terms of the incoming elected Council members 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 generally is higher, also, because of participation in Statewide and National elections.
If Livermore changes its elections to even-numbered years, it must alter the terms of office by one year to "reset" those terms to even-numbered years. This measure does that by adding a year to the incoming Councilmember and Mayor's terms. Incoming Councilmembers from the 2013 election will serve until the November 2018 election. The Mayor's term is two years, which otherwise would expire in 2015. This measure will direct that he or she serve through the November 2016 election. Councilmernbers elected in 2015 will serve until November 2020. As of 2016, the Councilmembers and Mayor elected will serve four- and two-year terms, respectively, consistent with the existing Municipal Code provisions.
Livermore's City Clerk estimated that odd-year elections cost $330,000, while even-year elections cost $50,000. Because of staggered Councilmember terms, a phase-in period is necessary to arrive at terms that coincide with even-numbered years. Elections would take place in 2013,2015, and 2016 before elections will be held every other, evennumbered year. The City Clerk estimates that the City will incur about $660,000 in election expenses for odd years until it realizes savings by combining City elections with regular Statewide and National elections. After that, the City would realize cost savings of approximately $280,000 per general election.
A different measure on this ballot also changes the election date, but adds the extra year to the incumbent Councilmembers and Mayor. If that passes by a majority of the votes cast in this election, it will control over this ballot measure, and the sitting Councilmembers and Mayor will have their terms extended by one year. If that measure does not pass and this one does, this measure will be effective and the Councilmernbers and Mayor elected at the next election will receive the extra year for their terms.
To amend the City's Municipal Code, this measure must receive a majority "yes" vote, and the first measure must fail.
|Arguments For Measure X|
As stated in the argument in favor of Measure W, it makes good fiscal sense for the City of Livermore to move to an even-year election cycle. This measure is on the ballot to
provide an alternative means of moving to an even-year election cycle in the event that Measure W fails to pass. Instead of extending the terms of the incumbent mayor and
city council members by one year, two more odd-year elections would be held. In the first of the additional odd-year elections, the term of the mayor would be extended once to a three-year term and the terms of two of the council members would be extended once to five year terms. In the second odd-year election, the terms for the remaining two council members would be extended once to five year terms. In the next even-year election, the mayor's term would return to two years. This would delay the benefits of even-year elections by five years and have an additional net cost of an estimated $500,000 to pay for the two additional odd-year elections. However, it would still enable the City to significantly reduce the election costs eventually. As a precaution, those in favor of reducing election costs by moving to even-year elections without any additional delay as proposed in Measure W, should also vote yes on Measure X in the event that
Measure W does not pass.
LIVERMORE CITY COUNCIL
John Marchand, Mayor
(No arguments against Measure X were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure X|
|City Council Election Dates - Alternative
If the City's voters do not approve of an immediate change in Livermore's general municipal election date, shall the City change to even-numbered election years by adding a year to the terms of the incoming Council members and Mayor at the general municipal elections in 2013 and 2015?
Fiscal Impact: Costs approximately $750,000 for transition elections, then saves approximately $250,000 per election, starting in 2018.
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 election for Mayor in the year 2016. 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 commences with the 2013 election shall continue until the November 2016 election. Thereafter, the Mayor's term of office shall continue as a two -year term. notwithstanding the four-year City Councilmember term, any Council member whose term of office commences with the 2013 election shall continue in their offices until the November 2018 election, and any Councilmember whose term of office commences with the 2015 election shall continue in their offices until the November 2019 election