On July 7, the Tucson mayor and city council voted to refer the Tucson Charter Change Coalition’s (TC3) four recommended charter changes to the November ballot for the voters to make the final decision.
“This is a strong package of reforms that will strengthen city government even as it saves money for the taxpayers,” said Bruce Beach, chair of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, which initiated the charter change process. “ I commend the TC3 partners for their arduous work in developing these recommendations, presenting them to the city council, and then persevering in the sometimes difficult struggle to get the council to refer them to the ballot.”
If passed by the voters on Nov. 2, this “better government – less cost” package of reforms will make the city more effective and efficient. It will better enable Tucson to position itself for an economic recovery when it arrives. And it will move Tucson’s charter into the 21st century, better enabling our city to become a place where our children and grandchildren will be able to find jobs and remain full-time Tucson residents when they reach adulthood.
The four recommended charter changes would:
The charter changes are a tightly integrated package, with the savings from changing the election cycle more than offsetting the additional salaries for the mayor and council.
“I am especially pleased with the bipartisan vote,” said Beach. “I believe it shows strong support for these charter changes across a wide spectrum of the Tucson community.” Two Democrats – Shirley Scott and Paul Cunningham— and two Republicans – Steve Kozachik and Mayor Bob Walkup – voted in favor of the measure.
The mayor and council’s vote is a confirmation that the 200-plus Tucson Charter Change Coalition partners have developed recommendations that will bring about a significant improvement in the quality of Tucson city government – at less cost.
This successful coalition – environmentalists, non-profits, labor unions, businesses and neighborhood leaders – marks an important turning point for Tucson. It provides concrete evidence that diverse groups are able to come together to work for common goals.
TC3 looks forward to continuing to work closely with the mayor and council and community members as we put together a campaign that clearly explains to voters why they should approve these charter changes. We are convinced that an informed vote will be a “yes” vote.
As soon as they become available, we will post details on this website on the charter change campaign, and on how each interested citizen can help. In the meantime, it would be great if you would send a thank you note to the mayor and three council members who supported the charter changes:
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