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Most charter amendments pass

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Michael Kanin

Voters passed all but two of the remaining City of Austin charter amendments, one of which would have given City Council members more power and the other of which would have made it easier to fund campaigns.


Prop. 6 would allow the City Council to hire the city attorney. It narrowly lost with 50.5 percent of city voters against and 49.5 percent in favor. Prop. 8, which would have allowed Council members to raise money for 30 days after an election, was soundly defeated: 69.5 percent against vs. 30.5 percent for.


The remaining City of Austin charter amendments won approval.


Prop. 5, to let the City Council to hire its own staff, won 56.3 percent to 43.7 percent.


Prop. 7, which will reduce the number of signatures required for a referendum, won 54.7 percent to 45.3 percent.


Prop. 9 to allow the city to lease parkland to schools passed 64.96 percent vs. 35.04 percent.


Prop. 10, which will provide a civil service system for the city’s rank-and-file employees, won with 57.9 percent to 42.1 percent.


Prop. 11 to adopt a civil service law for emergency medical services personnel passed 69.8 percent to 30.2 percent. This is a change that is not part of the city charter.

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