BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek citizens will decide Tuesday, Nov. 6 if they would like to change two items on the city charter with one vote.
City Manager Pete Landrum broke the charter amendment decision down into two parts. The first part refers to whether or not an individual appointed to an elected position will need to run for re-election depending on the amount of time left on the term. The second part refers to the amount of signatures individuals running for an elected position must collect on the nominating petition.
“It’s two changes with one vote,” Landrum said. “It’s an all or nothing decision, so to speak — two [changes to] the charter amendment with one vote.”
As it stands now, if an individual is appointed to serve an elected position in the City of Beavercreek, they must run for re-election regardless of the amount of time left on the term. If the charter amendment decision passes, that local legislature would change to only require an appointed individual to run for re-election if there are more than two years left on the term. If less than two years remain on the term, the appointed individual would serve out the remainder of the term without being required to run for re-election.
Beavercreek council members became aware of how the current legislature impacts the appointed individuals after council member Charles Curran made a run this election to serve one more year of the remaining term he is currently serving. He was appointed to serve council in January 2018 and the term expires in December 2019.
If individuals choose to run for an elected position, they must first collect signatures from local citizens. The amount of required signatures depends on the municipality. As it stands now, Beavercreek currently requires individuals to collect 75 signatures. The charter amendment decision would lessen the amount of required signatures to 50.
Landrum pointed out that a number of neighboring communities require 50.
“It’s a more fair number,” he said. “It would encourage more people to run.”
Landrum also highlighted that Beavercreek’s charter review committee meets every five years and will begin meeting again next year.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.