Sherman voters approved six amendments to the city charter as part of the municipal election Tuesday.
Those amendments cover items related to city finances, taxes, the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council, hiring practices and street improvements.
Amendment A, which was approved with 3,466 votes for and 425 votes against, updates the charter’s language for filling vacancies on the council. The amendment eliminates the need for a recall election if a member needs to be removed and establishes the need for a supermajority — which is two-thirds — of the council to vote to remove a member.
Amendment B, which received 2,456 votes for it and 1,237 votes against it, updates old language in the charter and removes a cap on the amount of money the city can borrow. City staff recommended putting the amendment up for a vote as the state has borrowing limits in place for the city and the charter mentions various types of debt that are no longer used.
Amendment C, which got 2,961 votes in favor of it and 727 votes against, eliminates the charter wording that allows the city to collect occupation taxes for certain occupations — such as plumbers, electrical contractors — in the city.
Amendment D, which saw 2,845 votes for cast for it and 912 votes cast against, will reduce the number of commissioners on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission from the current nine to seven. City staff said the change will make it easier for the commission to reach a quorum and likely won’t change the number of commission members until current members term out of their appointments.
Amendment E, which received 2,426 votes in favor of it and 1,294 votes against, eliminates the city’s restriction on hiring relatives of the city council, mayor and city manager for seasonal and part-time positions. The charter will now allow council member’s children, nieces, nephews and other relations by blood or marriage to hold part-time and seasonal jobs with the city and its various agencies.
Amendment F, which was approved with 2,780 votes for and 906 votes against, changes how the city is allowed to assess property owners for street improvements adjacent to them. City staff said those funds are usually collected through development agreements and things of that sort, so there was no longer a need for the ability to assess property owners.