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November 7, 2017 Election

City of Stayton Charter

At the November 7, 2017 election, there will be a measure to adopt a revised Charter for the City of Stayton. Approval of this measure would adopt the 2018 Charter for the City of Stayton effective January 1, 2018.

 

The 2018 Charter would replace the existing Charter approved by Stayton voters in 2010. A Charter Review Committee comprised of the Mayor, one Council member and several citizen members reviewed the current Charter and made recommendations to the City Council. At their June 19, 2017 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 961 to accept the Committee's proposed changes and to send them to the voters for approval.

 

The Oregon Constitution gives voters the right to adopt a home rule municipal charter which establishes the form of government, grants authority to the Mayor and Council, and sets forth the basic duties and legal obligations for City officials. The Council periodically reviews the Charter and recommends it be updated. The proposed 2018 Charter would keep many of the same basic elements at the current Charter, such as the number of Council members.

 

The proposed 2018 Charter restatement includes the following changes:

 

  • Require voter approval of annexations over three acres, unless the annexation was required to comply with state law.
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  • Council members are solely elected from the city at large, removing the option to set wards with boundaries by ordinance.
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  • Mayor and councilor terms have been increased. The position of Mayor will hold a four-year term, rather than a two-year term. All council positions will be elected to four-year terms. Currently, the two top ranking votes receive four-year terms, and the third receives a two-year term.
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  • The Mayor may not serve more than two consecutive four-year terms.
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  • Removal of requirement that petitioners collect at least 10 signatures in order to run for office.
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  • The City Administrator’s job title will be changed to City Manager.
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A complete copy of the 2018 City of Stayton Charter may be obtained via download below; by contacting the Elections Official at aangelo@ci.stayton.or.us; at City Hall, 362 N. Third Avenue, Stayton, OR 97383; or by calling (503) 769-3425.

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