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Mesa council seeks city charter changes

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Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 9:45 am | Updated: 1:45 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Mesa officials want voters to change the city charter, including upping the amount the city can spend without bids.

The City Council will discuss the changes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the City Council chambers, 57 E. First St. The meeting will be televised live on Mesa cable Channel 11.

Residents would have to approve the changes in the March 9 city election. Voters have amended the 1967 charter nine times, the last time in 2000.

Proposed changes include:

• Increasing the amount city officials can spend without obtaining bids from $10,000 to $25,000. Under the current charter, purchases over $10,000 require three bids and City Council approval. Proponents say the change is to offset the effect of inflation.

• Allowing the city to make purchases on the Internet.

• Requiring one City Council meeting a month instead of two. City officials said they will probably continue to hold two meetings a month, but the change would allow them to cancel a meeting if appropriate during slower summer months.

• Allowing the City Council to appoint residents of other municipalities to Mesa advisory boards. The current charter prohibits it.

• Allowing the City Council to make minor changes to proposed ordinances without re introducing them at another meeting.

• Reducing the residency requirement for Mesa mayoral candidates from two years to one.

• Dropping the two-year residency requirement for City Council district candidates.

• Changing the wording "magistrates shall serve at the pleasure of the council" to "the City Council shall establish fixed terms for city magistrates." The current wording conflicts with state law on the separation of powers.

• Allowing council members to complete full terms if they are excluded from their City Council districts when boundaries are redrawn.

• Allowing the city to publish legal notices on two days instead of one.

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