All amendment proposals to Urbana’s charter on the ballot this year have passed, according to unofficial results reported Tuesday night by the Champaign County Board of Elections.
There were eight amendment proposals that included vacancies, compensation, legislative procedure, director positions, commissions and legal publication.
The proposals were passed by margins ranging from 3% to 40%, according to the unofficial results.
These results are expected to change as more ballots are counted through Nov. 18. We will continue to update these results as more ballots are counted.
“The committee worked very hard to come up with what they thought the changes could be in the charter and thankfully the people put them through," said Council President Marty Hess.
Three of the main proposals are about vacancies and compensation.
One is to change how a vacancy on the council is filled to say that when a council member’s seat becomes vacant, the vacancy should remain open until filled by an elected person at the next election, and the newly elected person will complete the vacant term.
The other is to change how the mayor’s seat is filled should it become vacant. Under the proposal, the council president should succeed to the seat until filled by an elected person at the next election, and the newly elected person will complete the vacant term.
The third creates a commission to determine salaries for mayor and council members.
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