On Aug. 21, the Parker Town Council formally adopted resolutions of support regarding four local ballot issues for the 2023 Election to be held on Nov. 7. Each of the four items, Questions 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D, are related to proposed changes to the Town of Parker’s Home Rule Charter.
Ballot Question 2A
This question proposes changes that would allow Town Council to set fines and terms of imprisonment for violation of Town ordinances and regulations, in accordance with the limits set by state law. Currently, the Town may only sentence offenders to pay fines of up to $1,000, be imprisoned for up to one year, or both, whereas state law permits fines of up to $2,650, adjusted for inflation, and imprisonment up to 364 days.
According to the resolution of support, “…the Town Council has determined that it is in the best interest of the Town to allow sentencing in accordance with state law, as higher fines may serve as a deterrent to crime.”
Ballot Question 2B
This question proposes changes that would delete language concerning Town Council’s authority to provide for the manner by which department heads may supervise, control and discipline their employees in order to make the Charter consistent with the amendment approved by voters in 2019 to allow the Town Manager to prepare the Personnel Manual for the Town instead of Town Council.
The resolution of support for this ballot item stated “…the Town Council has determined that it is in the best interest of the Town to have consistent language in the Charter regarding the Town Manager’s supervision, control and discipline of employees.”
Ballot Question 2C
This question proposes changes that would enable the Chief of Police to administer the oath of office to new police officers in addition to the current options of the Town Clerk or a judge.
Town Council’s resolution of support for this item states that “it is normal practice within law enforcement for a chief of police to administer an oath or affirmation of office to new police officers.”
Ballot Question 2D
This question proposes changes that would enable Town Council to delegate its authority to receive and make gifts, bequests and donations of personal property by ordinance on a case-by-case basis.
Town Council’s resolution of support for 2D states that “delegating this function on a case-by-case basis for certain categories of property will enable the Town to efficiently manage property in a way that benefits the community, for example by donating furniture that is slated to be replaced, rather than having it take up valuable storage space while the ordinance process proceeds or selling it to the organization.”
For more information about the 2023 Election, visit ParkerOnline.org/2023Election.