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Charter amendments propose changes for Horizon City government

By: Stacey Welsh

HORIZON CITY, Texas -- Early voting is underway in Horizon City, and charter amendments could change the way the city holds elections in the future.

One proposition on the ballot is paying the mayor and City Council an annual stipend. If the change goes into effect, Horizon city's mayor could receive an $18,000 annual salary.

Members of the City Council could also be paid a $125 dollar stipend for each council meeting they attend, up to $3,000 a year.

Another amendment would change mayor and City Council member terms from two to four years. A member of the charter committee who helped draft the amendments said one reason is because two years isn't enough to set city government policy.

Horizon City also hopes to change election dates from November to May. Despite the fact that El Paso recently did the opposite, Horizon City hopes the change will improve voter turnout.

"The weather's nice. Kids are released from school in May. Teachers will have more time to come out there and do whatever they need to do to get the word out for the elections," charter committee member Ralph Padilla said.

Early voting numbers in Horizon City are not strong as of Wednesday. About 140 people have voted within city limits, but that does not include some who could have voted at the county courthouse.



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