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San Mateo County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure Q
Appointive City Treasurer
Town of Colma

Majority Approval Required

Pass: 163 / 51.3% Yes votes ...... 155 / 48.7% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Jan 6 3:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1/1)
65.3% Voter Turnout (226,259/346,516)
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Shall the office of City Treasurer be appointive?

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Arguments For Measure Q
Vote YES to make the City Treasurer an appointive position.

Vote YES to protect public funds. As the economy is changing, the demand for a skilled city treasurer will increase. The city treasurer is charged with the important task of investing public funds, which requires knowledge of the statutory investment laws and the requirements for banking, the stock market, and the many investment vehicles. The city treasurer needs to be educated in all options in protecting the Town of Colma investments.

Vote YES to insure that the selection of a city treasurer is based on the candidate's training, education, skills, financial knowledge, and investment experience, not on politics or popularity. Making the city treasurer appointive will insure that the selection is based on competency, not politics.

Vote YES to save costs. The city treasurer's duties overlap with some of the city manager's and finance department's duties. By making the city treasurer's position appointive, the city council can appoint a qualified employee to perform the City Treasurer's duties. For example, it could be the current City Manager, who has been certified by the California Municipal Treasurers Association as a Certified Municipal Treasurer. Or, it could be a Finance Director or Accountant working for the Town. The city treasurer's position has been vacant for the past two years, and the Town of Colma has saved approximately $40,000 in salary and benefits per year. By making the position appointive, the Town can continue to save money each year.

Vote YES to streamline city government. Of the 20 cities in San Mateo County, only six have an elected City Treasurer.

/s/ Diana Colvin, Mayor

/s/ Helen Fisicaro, Vice Mayor

/s/ Joanne de Rosario, Councilmember

/s/ Dianne Chiappari, Former Treasurer

/s/ Pat Hatfield

(No arguments against Measure Q were submitted)

Full Text of Measure Q
The People of the Town of Colma do ordain as follows:

Article 1. Colma Municipal Code Section 1.03.100 Amended.

Section 1.03.100 of the Town of Colma Municipal Code shall be and hereby is amended to read as follows:

1.03.100 City Treasurer: The City Treasurer shall be appointed by the City Council of the Town of Colma. The duties of the City Treasurer shall be those now or hereafter fixed by the laws of the State of California and by the City Council.

Article 2. Effective Date.

(a) This ordinance is subject to a vote of the citizens of Colma and, if approved by a majority of the voters voting at such election, shall be deemed adopted by the City Council on the date the vote is canvassed and declared official by the City Council, and shall be effective 30 days thereafter.

(b) The first appointment of City Treasurer made pursuant to this Ordinance shall not occur until the term of the City Treasurer in office on the effective date of this Ordinance expires, or is vacated.

Article 3. Summary. Following the City Clerk's certification that the citizens of Colma have approved this Ordinance, the Mayor shall sign this Ordinance and the City Clerk shall cause the same, or a summary thereof, to be published as required by law.

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