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Form of Government Challenged RESOLUTION

Form of Government Challenged RESOLUTION

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RESOLUTION NO. ________ A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, WAYNE COUNTY,MICHIGAN, PROPOSING ABANDONMENT OF THE PRESENT MAYOR - COUNCIL FORMOF GOVERNMENT ON NOVEMBER 6, 2013 AND THAT THE CITY BE GOVERNED UNDERTHE COUNCIL - MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT MOVING FORWARDWHEREAS,
numerous citizens have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Mayor -Council form of government and seek professional management that reports to the CityCouncil; and
WHEREAS,
the Council - Manager form of government is used by more cities, villages,townships, and counties than any other form. It is a system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a governing body;and
WHEREAS,
local governments have found that overall costs actually have been reducedwith competent management. Savings come in the form of reduced operating costs,increased efficiency and productivity, improved revenue collections, or effective use of technology; and
WHEREAS,
in Council - Manager form of government, the mayor and the governing bodyand council members are the leaders and policy makers elected to represent thecommunity. They focus on policy issues that are responsive to citizens' needs and wishes.The manager is appointed by the governing body to carry out policy and ensure that theentire community is being served. If the manager is not responsive to the governing body'swishes, the governing body has the authority to terminate the manager at a time; and
WHEREAS,
the Council - Manager form of government encourages neighborhood input intothe political process, diffuses the power of special interests, and eliminates partisan politicsfrom municipal decisions; and
WHEREAS,
the Council - Manager form of government, involvement of the entire electedbody ensures a more balanced approach to community decision making, so that allinterests can be expressed and heard not just those that are well funded; and
WHEREAS,
under the Council - Manager form of government, qualifications andperformance and not skillful navigation of the political election process are the criteria theelected body uses to select a professional manager. The professional manager, in turn,uses his or her education, experience, and training to select department heads and other
 
key managers to oversee the efficient delivery of services. In this way, Council - Managergovernment maintains critical checks and balances to ensure accountability at city hall; and
WHEREAS,
Section 2.11 of the Taylor Code of Ordinances provides for Amendments to theCharter and State Law Act 270 of 1909 Section 117.21 Charter amendment; procedureprovides that a change of government form can be proposed and placed on the ballot byresolution for the voters to decide upon a 3/5 vote of the legislature for the government of a city and such amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the city at the next regularmunicipal or general state election held not less than 60 days after the proposal to theamendment;
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, MICHIGAN DOESRESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:Section 1:
It is proposed that the present Mayor - Council form of government used bythe City of Taylor be abandoned on November 6, 2013. It is further proposed that the Cityreorganize and adopt the Council - Manager form of government moving forward.
Section 2:
The proposal for abandonment of the Mayor - Council form of government onNovember 6, 2013 and adoption of the Council - Manager form of government shall bevoted upon at the November 6, 2012 general election.____________
BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, MICHIGAN, AT A REGULARMEETING THEREOF, THIS 21ST DAY OF JULY, 2012.
Ayes:________________________________________Nays:________________________________________CITY OF TAYLOR, MICHIGAN________________________________________Attest: Jeff Lamarand, Mayor______________________________________________Cindy Bower, City Clerk 

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