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General Election Information:

The Christian County Clerk oversees elections in Nixa.

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https://www.christiancountymo.gov/offices/county-clerk/election-information/

Vote June 2, 2020

Next Upcoming Election for Nixa Voters: June 2, 2020

The April 7th, 2020 General Municipal has been postponed until June 2nd, 2020 per Governor Parson’s Executive Order 20-03 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19.

  • The closing date to register to vote in this election remains March 11th.
  • The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remains March 27th at 5 p.m.
  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) shall be May 20th.
  • In-person absentee ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on June 1st.
  • The deadline by which absentee ballots must be received by the election authority (Section 115.293.1, RSMo) shall be 7 p.m. on June 2nd.
  • Military and overseas voters must request a ballot from an election authority by 5 p.m. on May 29th, and the deadline for local election authorities to make ballots available to such voters is April 18. Military and overseas ballots must be received by the election authority by June 5th.

On June 2nd, Nixa Voters will decide:

  • Mayoral race
  • District I City Council Representative
  • District III City Council Representative
  • 4 Ballot Issue Propositions

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Ballot Issues to be decided by Nixa Voters on June 2:

On June 2, 2020, Nixa voters will decide whether to accept or reject four recommended updates to Nixa’s Home Rule Charter. Nixa City Council decided to put the 4 issues on the ballot during the December 16thcouncil meeting. The recommended updates were drafted by the city’s Home Rule Charter Review Commission.

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Background:

The City of Nixa passed its Home Rule Charter in 2010. This document essentially serves as the city’s constitution. Every 10 years, the City of Nixa has the opportunity to review and update the charter to ensure the local government works efficiently to serve the community. This is Nixa’s first time reviewing its charter since becoming a “Home Rule” city.

Earlier in 2019, Mayor Steele appointed 9 Nixa residents to serve on the Home Rule Charter Review Commission. These commissioners reviewed the entire charter and decided that each of the four proposed updates would allow the city to operate more efficiently.

About the recommended charter updates:

None of the proposed updates would impact taxation, representation, or city services. Andrea Long, Chair of the Home Rule Charter Review Commission, says, “These updates may seem like minute details regarding the operation of the city, but the commissioners feel like each is an opportunity to streamline local government processes to be more efficient.” The proposed updates are noted below. Underlining indicates added language, strikethrough indicates words to be removed.

Prop. 1:

Explanation: The proposed update to section 4.4 (G) is intended to clarify the city’s organizational structure so that the City Clerk, City Attorney, and Chief of Police will report directly to the City Administrator regarding day-to-day operations, rather than to the Mayor and Council, who appoint the City Clerk, City Attorney, Chief of Police, and City Administrator. 

Section 4.4 (G) Mayor Powers and Duties currently reads:

Appointive Officers.  The Mayor, with the advice and consent of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Council, shall have power to appoint a City Administrator, City Clerk, City Attorney and Chief of Police.  The Mayor and City Council may employ special counsel to represent the City, either in a case of a vacancy in the office of City Attorney or to assist the City Attorney, and pay reasonable compensation therefore.

The members of the commission recommend amending Section 4.4 subsection (G) to read:

Appointive Officers.  The Mayor, with the advice and consent of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Council, shall have power to appoint a City Administrator, City Clerk, City Attorney and Chief of Police.  The Mayor and City Council may employ special counsel to represent the City, either in a case of a vacancy in the office of City Attorney or to assist the City Attorney, and pay reasonable compensation therefore. After appointment, the City Clerk, City Attorney and Chief of Police shall report to the City Administrator related to day-to-day operation of city affairs.

Prop 2:

Explanation: The proposed update to section 7.2 is intended to allow council to update the personnel code using either a resolution or ordinance. Currently, the personnel code may only be updated by ordinance. Resolutions simplify the procedure to update and amend the personnel code. The personnel code is a living document which regularly requires updates, so allowing it to be updated by resolution would be more efficient.

Section 7.2 Personnel System currently reads:

The Council shall adopt by ordinance a personnel code providing a comprehensive personnel system for City officers and employees.  The personnel code shall provide that all appointments and promotion of City officers and employees shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or otherwise evidence of competence.  The personnel code may authorize the City Administrator to promulgate regulations dealing with personnel matters.  The personnel code and any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto shall be consistent with this Charter.

The members of the commission recommend amending Section 7.2 to read:

The Council shall adopt by ordinance or resolution a personnel code providing a comprehensive personnel system for City officers and employees.  The personnel code shall provide that all appointments and promotion of City officers and employees shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or otherwise evidence of competence.  The personnel code may authorize the City Administrator to promulgate regulations dealing with personnel matters.  The personnel code and any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto shall be consistent with this Charter.

Prop. 3:

Explanation: The proposed update to section 8.5 (A) is intended to ensure the city publishes its annual budget summary report for public inspection and provide a minimum 2-week notice to the public about the time and place of any hearings to discuss the budget, even if “newspapers” in the area were to go out of business. Currently, Missouri law requires such notices to be published in a “newspaper of general circulation” but if, due to the advent of online publishing and news websites, Missouri were to eliminate the requirement for publishing in a print newspaper, the City of Nixa would still be required to do so by its current charter language. This updated language would allow our city to publish public notices in accordance with Missouri law however it may be updated in the future.

Section 8.5 Council Action on Budget currently provides:

a)      Notice and Hearing.  The Council shall publish in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the City a general summary of the budget and a notice stating:

1)     The times and places where copies of the message and budget are available for inspection by the public; and

2)     The time and place, not less than two weeks after such publication, for a public hearing on the budget.

The members of the commission recommend amending Section 8.5 to read:

a)      Notice and Hearing.  The Council shall publish in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the City a general summary of the budget and a notice in accordance with Missouri law stating:

1)     The times and places where copies of the message and budget are available for inspection by the public; and

2)     The time and place, not less than two weeks after such publication, for a public hearing on the budget.

Prop. 4:

Explanation: The proposed update to section 11.1 is intended to ensure the city publishes a minimum 15-day notice to the public regarding upcoming hearings to discuss ordinances which would grant public franchise or privileges, even if “newspapers” in the area were to go out of business. Currently, Missouri law requires such notices to be published in a “newspaper of general circulation” but if, due to the advent of online publishing and news websites, Missouri were to eliminate the requirement for publishing in a print newspaper, the City of Nixa would still be required to do so by its current charter language. This updated language would allow our city to publish public notices in accordance with Missouri law however it may be updated in the future.

Section 11.1 Granting of Franchises currently reads:

All public franchises or privileges which the City is authorized to grant, and all renewals, extensions and amendments thereof, shall be granted only by ordinance.  No such ordinance shall be adopted within less than thirty (30) days after application therefore has been filed with the City Council, nor until a full public hearing has been held thereon.  Notice of all public hearings conducted hereunder shall be given at least fifteen (15) days prior to such hearing by publishing such notice at least once in a newspaper of general circulation within the City.  No exclusive franchises shall ever be granted, and no franchise shall be granted for a term longer than twenty (20) years.  No such franchise shall be transferable directly or indirectly, except with the approval of the Council expressed by ordinance after a full public hearing.

The members of the commission recommend amending Section 11.1 to read:

All public franchises or privileges which the City is authorized to grant, and all renewals, extensions and amendments thereof, shall be granted only by ordinance.  No such ordinance shall be adopted within less than thirty (30) days after application therefore has been filed with the City Council, nor until a full public hearing has been held thereon.  Notice of all public hearings conducted hereunder shall be given at least fifteen (15) days prior to such hearing by publishing such notice at least once in a newspaper of general circulation within the City to the extent required by Missouri law. No exclusive franchises shall ever be granted, and no franchise shall be granted for a term longer than twenty (20) years.  No such franchise shall be transferable directly or indirectly, except with the approval of the Council expressed by ordinance after a full public hearing.