Breck ballot issues focus on language |

Breck ballot issues focus on language

Jane Stebbins

Breckenridge town officials have placed a measure on the April 2 ballot that will, if approved, clean up and update some of the language in the town charter.

– Current wording regarding public meetings is proposed to be changed to read that all town council meetings shall be open to the public as provided in the state Open Meetings Law. The council currently conducts meetings under this law, and the proposed wording would reflect that.

– Another section of the town charter proposed for clarification currently indicates any citizen can propose an initiative; the proposed wording would change that to require those citizens be town residents.

– Two other sections of the town charter have been proposed to eliminate redundant wording, and another section will clarify how town managers are hired, adding language saying appointments shall be with or without definite terms as the council so decides. Currently, that position has no definite term limit. Additionally, it is proposed to add to the list of town manager duties that he or she will be responsible for buying supplies, equipment and services any town department might need.

– Another change addresses how long money that is appropriated for expenses shall be available. The changes read that an appropriation shall remain available until either the money has been spent on that project or the project abandoned.

Polls open at 7 a.m. April 2 and close at 7 p.m. The polling place is the Breckenridge Town Hall, at 150 Ski Hill Road. All registered voters living within the town limits of Breckenridge are eligible to vote.

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