Charter Election

The City of Mesquite will hold a May 5, 2018 Annual City Election and Special Charter Amendment Election.

This page provides details on the Special Charter Amendment Election. For a review of the process the City Council took to gather public input on the City Charter, please click here.

View a video explaining the 2018 Charter Election.

Ver el video Elección de 2018 sobre las Enmiendas a la Carta Orgánica.         

Public Meetings

Two public meetings will also be held to answer questions prior to Election Day. The public meetings will be held as follows:

charter logo

Aviso de Eleccion General de Miembros del Concejo para los puestos 3, 4 Y 5 Y aviso de Eleccion Especial Sobre Las Enmiendas a la Carta Organica de la Ciudad de Mesquite, Texas.

Early Voting Information

Early voting by personal appearance shall be conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department. Toni Pippins-Poole, Dallas County Elections Administrator, is hereby appointed clerk of early voting in compliance with Section 271.006 of the Texas Election Code. Early voting will be conducted Lakeside Activity Center, 101 Holley Park Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149 and Florence Recreation Center, 2501 Whitson Way, Mesquite, TX 75150.

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted as follows:

Monday, April 23, 2018 through Friday, April 27, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, April 30, 2018 through Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Any qualified voter may vote early by personal appearance at the main early voting location or at any of the branch locations. The main early voting polling place is George L. Allen, Sr., Court Building, 600 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75202.

An application for a ballot to be voted by mail shall be submitted by mail, common or contract carrier, telephonic facsimile machine (“fax”) or by election transmission (“email”) of a scanned application containing an original signature to:Toni Pippins-Poole, Early Voting Clerk, Dallas County Elections Department, 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 820, Dallas, TX 75207.Email: [email protected]  Fax: 214.819.6303

If an application for ballot by mail (“ABBM”) is faxed or emailed or if a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”) is faxed, the early voting clerk must receive the original ABBM or FPCA no later than the 4th business day after receiving the emailed or faxed ABBM or faxed FPCA. If such original ABBM or FPCA is not received by the early voting clerk by the deadline, the faxed or emailed ABBM or faxed FPCA will be considered incomplete and the early voting clerk may NOT send the applicant a ballot. The requirement to mail the original application does not apply to an emailed FPCA. An ABBM must be received by Noon or close of business, whichever is later, on Tuesday, April 24, 2108. The FPCA must be received in accordance with V.T.C.A., Election Code, Section 101.052.

Election Day Polling Locations 

On Election Day, May 5, 2018, qualified voters who live in Mesquite must vote in their precinct where registered to vote. Polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION OF ELECTION DAY POLLING PLACES: 

DALLAS COUNTY PRECINCTS LOCATED WITHIN MESQUITE CITY LIMITS

POLLING PLACE

ADDRESS

PRECINCT NO.

Florence Recreation Center

2501 Whitson Way

1139, 1300, 1301, 1302, 1305, 1315

Tosch Elementary School

2424 Larchmont Drive

1304, 1307, 1308, 1309, 1310, 1316

Galloway Elementary School

200 Clary Drive

1311, 1312, 1313, 1314

Dunford Recreation Center

1015 Green Canyon Drive

3300, 3301, 3302, 3303, 3304

W L Wilkinson Middle School

2100 Crest Park Drive

3305, 3306, 3307, 3315

Mesquite High School

300 East Davis Street

3308, 3309, 3310, 3311

Pirrung Elementary School

1500 Creek Valley Road

3312, 3316, 3318

Horn High School

3300 East Cartwright Road

3313, 3314, 3317




SPLIT PRECINCTS VOTING OUTSIDE MESQUITE CITY LIMITS

POLLING PLACE

ADDRESS

PRECINCT NO.

Edwin J. Kiest Elementary School

2611 Healey Drive, Dallas

1062

Living Waters Church of God

11110 Shiloh Road, Dallas

1125

George Truett Elementary School

1811 Gross Road, Dallas

1303

Classical Center at Vial Elementary

126 Creekview, Garland

1721

Sunnyvale Town Hall

127 North Collins Road, Sunnyvale

3500




KAUFMAN COUNTY PRECINCTS PARTIALLY LOCATED IN MESQUITE’S CITY LIMITS

POLLING PLACE

ADDRESS

PRECINCT NO.

Horn High School

3300 East Cartwright Road

29

(Precincts and Polling Places provided by the Dallas County Elections Department.  Subject to change.)


City of Mesquite Proposition A

Currently:  Members of the City Council, including the Mayor, can serve an unlimited number of two-year terms. 

Proposed Change:  A City Councilmember would be limited to four (4) consecutive two-year terms without taking a two-year break in service.  The Mayor would be limited to four (4) consecutive two-year terms without taking a two-year break in service. No person could serve as a City Councilmember and as Mayor for more than eight (8) consecutive two-year terms without taking a two-year break in service. These new term limit rules would apply to existing members of the City Council, including the Mayor.

Fiscal Impact:  No fiscal impact is anticipated if this proposed amendment is approved at the election.    

Establishing a Maximum Number of Terms for City Councilmembers and the Mayor

            Shall Section 9 of Article IV of the Mesquite City Charter be amended to provide that: no person may serve more than four (4) consecutive two-year terms as a city councilmember without a two-year break in service; no person may serve more than four (4) consecutive two-year terms as mayor without a two-year break in service; no person may serve more than four (4) consecutive two-year terms as a city councilmember and four (4) consecutive two-year terms as mayor, for a total of eight (8) consecutive two-year terms combined, without a two-year break in service; a term includes any period of service during a term; and term limits are to be applied retroactively?
 

City of Mesquite Proposition B

Currently:  The City Council has seven (7) members, with four (4) who represent specific geographic districts and three (3) others, including the Mayor, who represent the entire City. All members of the City Council, including the Mayor, are voted on at – large (by all voters in the City regardless of where those voters reside within the City). City district boundaries are reviewed and adjusted, if needed, every three (3) years.

Proposed Change:  Six (6) geographical areas or districts would be created, with one City Councilmember representing each district. Only voters residing within a specific district would vote for the City Councilmember representing that district. Councilmembers representing a district would be required to reside in that district. The Mayor would represent the entire City and would be elected by all voters in the City. District boundaries would be reviewed every 10 years, and based on the results of the U.S. census, revised if needed.

Fiscal Impact:  If this proposed amendment is approved at the election, there would be an estimated cost of $50,000 to $75,000 in fiscal year 2019 to redraw council district boundaries.  In addition, there may be an additional cost of $25,000 to $50,000 if the districts need to be redrawn with any successive decennial census.

 City Council Structure

            Shall Sections 2, 4, 4a, 4b, 5  and 10 of Article IV of the Mesquite City Charter be amended and a new Section 9b of that article be added to provide for the composition of the city council to consist of seven (7) members, with six (6) members elected by qualified voters of particular districts and one member as mayor elected by all qualified voters of the city; to create six (6) single member districts, of substantially equal total population; to provide for the review of the council district boundaries each ten years as census data is available; to provide residency requirements for city council candidates; and to provide implementation and transitional provisions?

 

City of Mesquite Proposition C

Currently:  City elections are held in May of each year, and City Councilmembers and the Mayor serve staggered terms: Place Nos. 1, 2, 6, and 7 are elected in odd-numbered years and Place Nos. 3, 4, and 5 are elected in even-numbered years.

Proposed Change:  City elections would be held in November of odd-numbered years, and all members of the City Council, including the Mayor, would be elected in the same year.

Fiscal Impact:  No fiscal impact is anticipated if this proposed amendment is approved at the election. 

Date of City Council Election

            Shall Sections 7 and 9a of Article IV of the Mesquite City Charter be amended and a new Section 9b be added to that article to: require the regular municipal election to be held on the uniform election date, as provided by the general election laws of the State of Texas, in the month of November of odd-numbered years; to eliminate the staggering of city council terms; and to provide implementation and transitional provisions?

 

City of Mesquite Proposition D

Currently:  The City of Mesquite is required to staff a minimum of 1.5 police officers for every 1,000 residents of the City.

Proposed Change:   The City of Mesquite would be required to staff a minimum of 1.6 police officers for every 1,000 residents of the City.

Fiscal Impact:  There is no immediate fiscal impact if this proposed amendment is approved at the election; however, based on current staffing levels and population projections, the proposed staffing requirement would begin to impact the City’s operating budget in 2023 (six years earlier than the current Charter requirement of 1.5) and could cost an estimated $3 million by the year 2040. 

Minimum Staffing Level in Police Department

Shall Section 24a of Article III of the Mesquite City Charter be amended to increase the minimum staffing level in the police department from a minimum of one and five tenths (1.5) full-time, sworn police officers per every 1,000 population to a minimum of one and six tenths (1.6)?

  

City of Mesquite Proposition E

Currently:   While the City Code establishes a City Attorney’s Office, there is no such provision in the City Charter. Other officers appointed by the City Council are established by the City Charter. In addition, there is no provision recognizing that the City Attorney supervises and controls Assistant City Attorneys.

Proposed Change:   The Office of the City Attorney would be established by the City Charter. The amendment would provide that the City Attorney supervises and controls Assistant City Attorneys.

Fiscal Impact:   No fiscal impact is anticipated if this proposed amendment is approved at the election.   

Establishing a City Attorney’s Office

            Shall Article IV of the Mesquite City Charter be amended to add a Section 35 to provide for the establishment of the office of the city attorney and assistants to the city attorney, as needed and budgeted by the city council, and amending Section 3 of Article VIII of the Mesquite City Charter to clarify that the city attorney shall exercise control over the City Attorney’s Office?

 

City of Mesquite Proposition F

Currently:   The Charter limits contracts for goods, materials, services or supplies to one year. 

Proposed Change:   The Charter would not limit contracts for goods, materials, services or supplies to one year, allowing multi-year contracts for goods, materials, services and supplies. 

Fiscal Impact:   No fiscal impact is anticipated if this proposed amendment is approved at the election. 

Deletion of the One-Year Contract Period Limitation

            Shall Section 26(b) of Article III of the Mesquite City Charter be amended to delete the one-year limitation on any contract for goods, materials, services, or supplies for the current use of any department of the city?

 

City of Mesquite Proposition G 

Currently:  Language in one provision of the Charter creates a potential internal conflict, while other language was created under state law that has changed. Current practices have been established to reconcile the conflict and to update practices in accordance with amended state law. The provisions in the Charter addressed by this proposition include the following:  City Council voting and meeting requirements, Municipal Court name, jurisdiction, fines and authorized officiants, and the appointment requirements related to service on the City’s Personnel Board. 

Proposed Change:  The Charter would be amended to conform to current practices for the following: City Council voting and meeting requirements, Municipal Court name, jurisdiction, fines and authorized officiants, and the appointment requirements related to service on the City’s Personnel Board. 

Fiscal Impact:  No fiscal impact is anticipated if this proposed amendment is approved at the election.   

Amendments to Conform to Actual/Current Practices

            Shall the following sections of the Mesquite City Charter be amended to match actual practices: Section 28, “Additional Enumerated Powers; Penalties for Violations of Ordinances,” of Article III, “Corporate Powers”; Section 17, “Legislative Procedure,” and Section 27, “Creation and Jurisdiction of Corporation Court; Fines,” of Article IV, “Officers and Elections”; and Section 2, “Personnel Board,” of Article IX-A, “Civil Service?”

 

City of Mesquite Proposition H

Currently:  The City Charter contains language that refers to outdated state law and contains incorrect terms, misspellings, outdated or obsolete references, gender-specific terminology and technical errors.

Proposed Change:  References to outdated state law, language containing incorrect terms, misspellings, outdated or obsolete references, gender-specific terminology and technical errors would be updated or corrected.  

Fiscal Impact:  No fiscal impact is anticipated if this proposed amendment is approved at the election. 

Technical Amendments to Conform to State Law and City Code; to Correct Terms; to Correct Spelling; to Clarify Language; to Provide Gender-Neutral References; and to make other Technical Amendments

            Shall the following sections of the Mesquite City Charter be amended to conform to state law and the city code, correct terms, correct spelling, clarify language, provide gender-neutral references, and make other technical amendments: Section 3, “Platting of Property,” of Article II, “Municipal Boundaries”; Section 8, “Liability for Negligence,” Section 12, “Street Improvements and Assessments therefor,” Section 15, “Regulation of Privately Owned Public Utilities,” Section 16, “City Owned Public Utilities,” Section 24, “Police Department,” Section 26, “Contracts Generally,” and Section 27, “Zoning,” of Article III, “Corporate Powers”; Section 1, “Governing Body,” Section 2, “Elective Officers,” Section 3, “Qualifications and Nomination of Mayor and Councilmen; Official Ballot,” Section 3a, “Holding other Office,” Section 4c, “Nominations,” Section 5, “How Candidates Elected,” Section 6, “Judge of Election; Canvass of Returns,” Section 7, “Date of Election,” Section 9, “Term of Office of Incumbent Mayor and Councilmen,” Section 9a, “Terms of Mayor and Councilmen to be Staggered,” Section 10, “Vacancies in Office,” Section 11, “Mayor Pro Tem,” Section 12, “Compensation of Mayor and Councilmen,” Section 13, “Duties of Mayor,” Section 22, “Depository for City Funds,” Section 25, “City Secretary,” Section 26, “City Treasurer,” Section 27, “Creation and Jurisdiction of Corporation Court; Fines,” Section 28, “Title of Code of Criminal Procedure Controlling,” and Section 34, “Personal Financial Interest,” of Article IV, “Officers and Elections”; Section 2, “Tax Levies,” Section 7, “Payment of Taxes,” and Section 8, “Delinquent Taxes,” of Article V, “Taxes and Taxation”; Section 1, “Generally,” of Article VI, “Recall”; Section 3, “Powers and Duties,” and Section 6, “Absence,” of Article VIII, “City Manager”; Section 2, “Jurors, etc. Not Incompetent,” and Section 6, “Amendments to Charter,” of Article IX, “General Provisions”; Section 3, “Personnel Director,” Section 6, “Civil Service Rules,” and Section 8, “Trial Board,” of Article IX-A, “Civil Service?"

Questions or Comments?

For questions or comments regarding the Charter Election, please complete and submit the City Charter Election Question or Comments Form.  Questions received will be answered in a Frequently Asked Question document that will be updated weekly.