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Posted on: November 30, 2023

City Charter Amendments to be Proposed to Voters

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During its November 27, 2023, regular meeting City Council adopted legislation to pursue two additional amendments to the City Charter. The first amendment is to Section 3-3 Majority Required. The proposed amendments are as follows:

Section 3-3 Majority Required: The affirmative vote of four members of the Council shall be necessary for the passage of any ordinance, but a majority vote of the quorum present and voting may transact other business. 

The proposed revision better details the procedure to be taken in the absence of a member. It would also eliminate the need to include an abstaining member when determining what constitutes a majority when taking action on business not involving the adoption of an ordinance. 

The second proposed amendment is to Section 3-11 Publication. The proposed amendments are as follows:

Section 3-11 Publication: All ordinances, or a succinct summary of the ordinance, and any other notice or notices required to published, shall may be published in a newspaper published and of general circulation in Sidney or in any manner permissible by Ohio Revised Code not later than one week following passage. If a summary of an ordinance is published, the publication shall contain the notice that the complete text of each such ordinance may be obtained or viewed online or at the office of the City Clerk or Amos Public Library. Resolutions need not be published.

This update would allow the city to take advantage of an average annual cost savings of $5000 made possible by Ohio HB 33. Rather than require publication via newspaper, the act allows a municipality to select one (or more) of three methods: (1) newspaper, (2) the state’s public notice website, or (3) the municipal corporation’s website and social media account for publication.

Upon certification by the Shelby County Board of Elections, both issues will be presented to voters at the March 19, 2024, primary election.

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