It is no exaggeration to say that voting YES to adopt Home Rule Charter is likely the single most important thing you could ever do to preserve the unique character of our city.
About three years ago, a handful of your concerned neighbors founded Save Fair Oaks Ranch (SFOR) and led the charge to prevent ill-advised annexation of The Reserve, a proposed development that was poorly planned and totally out-of- character with the rural, northern area of the City. Thanks to the more than 2,400 of you who signed our petition, we stopped The Reserve from moving forward, at least so far.
As part of a 3-Step process, SFOR has worked to keep you informed of growth around the Ranch and, most importantly, to encourage citizens to become involved in shaping the future of our City.
Step 1 was to prevent the ill-advised annexation of The Reserve, which we accomplished in March 2014.
Step 2 was to secure strong leadership on the council which we did in the May 2015 and May 2016 elections with our candidates receiving 80% of the vote.
Today we need your support for Step 3: Voting to make Fair Oaks Ranch a Home Rule City on May 6.
With your YES vote, you will transfer the majority of the control and direction of the city from the Council to the citizens. Your YES vote will allow our City leaders to utilize a broader range of tools so that we can effectively manage growth within our City and proactively plan the nature/use of our undeveloped ETJ (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction).
Here is a quick look at the big advantages of Home Rule compared to our current status as a General Law City:
Recall - the qualified voters of the City shall have the power to remove the Mayor and/or any Council Member. (Section 6)
Initiative - the qualified voters of the City shall have power to enact ordinances. (Section 6)
Referendum - the qualified voters of the City shall have power to rescind ordinances adopted by City Council. (Section 6)
Term Limits - There is currently no limit to how long the Mayor or a Council member can serve, and therefore, not much accountability. The proposed charter limits the Mayor and/or Council members to two (2) consecutive terms or four (4) terms in a lifetime. (Section 3.08)
Enhanced Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) Authority- The City Council shall have broader authority to proactively manage growth in our ETJ. As citizens of FOR, we will have a seat at the bargaining table to ensure that our +/- 2000 acres of ETJ retains the unique hometown look and feel we all enjoy today with ample green space, nature, and a respite from the urban sprawl that is quickly closing in on us from all directions. Under our current form of government, General Law, we have almost no control over what happens in the ETJ. (Section 2)
Please join us on May 6 in voting YES for Home Rule and to secure the future of our city.
Save Fair Oaks Ranch
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