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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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City of Albany
Measure N Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

5,274 votos si (72.78%)

1,972 votos no (27.22%)

100% de distritos activos (13/13).

Shall Section 3.01 of the Albany City Charter be amended, as set forth in the voter pamphlet, to provide that the City Treasurer shall be appointed by the City Council effective December 10, 2020, or sooner if there is a vacancy in the office?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of the Charter Amendment.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote is a vote against the Charter Amendment.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

City of Albany website

CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE N
The City Council has placed before the voters the question whether to amend the City Charter to transition from an elected City Treasurer to an appo
inted City Treasurer. A full copy of the Charter Amendment text is printed in these ballot materials.

Currently, the City Treasurer is elected by the Albany voters to a four-year term of office. All other City officers and department heads are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the City Council.

The current City Treasurer was elected to a four-year term commencing in December 2016. If the proposed Charter Amendment is approved by the voters, the City Treasurer will become an appointive position effective on December 10, 2020, or sooner if there is a vacancy in this office. From that point forward, the City Treasurer will be appointed by the City Council in the same manner as other City officers and department heads.

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of the Charter Amendment. A “No” vote is a vote against the Charter Amendment. This measure will be approved if it receives a simple majority of “Yes” votes.

DATED: August 10, 2018
CRAIG LABADIE
CITY ATTORNEY

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Argument In Favor of Measure N
It is time to modernize the position of City Treasurer to provide more effective oversight and greater public transparency with regard to the city’s finances. Albany’s voters have previously voted to convert the positions of elected Police Chief and elected City Attorney to professional positions. In light of the increasing complexity of municipal finance and the fiduciary obligations of cities, it is time to do the same with respect to the position of City Treasurer.

This change fulfills a recommendation of an outside consulting firm the City retained to conduct an Operational and Organizational Assessment of the city’s Finance Department, which may be viewed online at http://albanyca.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1860&meta_id=104321. The assessment concluded that consolidating the elected City Treasurer position with the staff position of Finance Director will: (1) bring Albany’s practices in line with those of roughly 80% of comparable local jurisdictions, (2) result in cost savings to the city of approximately $77,000 per year, and (3) increase the accountability of the city staff to the City Council for the financial functions of the city as a whole.

The Operational and Organization Assessment further recommended a citizen Budget and Finance Advisory Committee be created to assure the change in structure enhances independent oversight and fiscal transparency. The City Council will be working to establish this Committee in early 2019. Such a committee, meeting in regular open sessions, will provide a far more effective and accountable form of public oversight than can be achieved through the election of a City Treasurer once every four years.

The current elected position will remain in place until December 10, 2020 unless it becomes vacant sooner.

Please join with the entire Albany City Council in voting YES on Measure N to modernize and improve the efficiency of our finance department.

Peggy McQuaid, Albany Mayor
Rochelle Nason, Albany Vice Mayor
Nick Pilch, Albany City Council Member
Peter Maass, Albany City Council Member
Michael Barnes, Albany City Council Member

— Official Election Website of Alameda County

Argumento EN CONTRA

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE N - CHARTER AMENDMENT (CITY TREASURER POSITION)
Presently the citizens of Albany elect the City Treasurer and enjoy maximum amount of independent financial oversight. The City Council proposes to change the Charter to be able appoint the City Treasurer. The Measure fails to explain how the citizens’ best economic interests will be improved by making the City Treasurer beholden to the City Council. An independent City Treasurer is best for the citizens and taxpayers. Vote NO.

Submitted by
Dan B. Walden, Executive Director
Alameda County Taxpayers Association

— Official Election Website of Alameda County

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Rebuttal to Argument In Favor of Measure N Treasurer
Don’t be fooled by the bureaucratic double-talk of the Argument in Favor of Measure N. The Ballot Measure and Ordinance have not presented facts to support the conclusions that appointing the City Treasurer by City Council will;

• Modernize the bureaucracy.
• Provide more effective oversight.
• Provide greater public transparency; or
• Save the City $77,000 annually.

The proponents are making up facts to suit the argument. This is a power move by the City Council to increase their power and reduce oversight on their actions. Their argument is that an Advisory Budget will create more transparency and oversight. In countless situations, we have seen Advisory and Oversight Committees with NO access to transparency on finances and NO real authority to right any wrongs.

The Charter amendment proposes to appoint the City Treasurer by the City Council, thereby reducing the ‘will of the people’ in financial oversight. Their argument that a City Council-appointed City Treasurer will create more oversight is false. The opposite is true – this reduces financial oversight.

The City Council and the City Attorney are already working together to mislead the voters on the Measure L sales tax. The City Treasurer must
continue to be independent to protect the best interests of the voters and taxpayers. Keep it that way. Vote NO.

Submitted by
Dan B. Walden, Executive Director
Alameda County Taxpayers Association

— Official Election Website of Alameda County

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASUR N
Does voting once every four years, for an elected official who is rarely challenged and has no term limit, really provide accountability?

The City Council is proposing to divide the City Treasurer functions between 1) a citizen commission that will meet several times each year in noticed open meetings to advise the Council and inform the public about municipal finance policy matters; and (2) the Finance Director, a staff professional accountable to the City Manager, who will have the appropriate expertise to oversee the finance-related staff work, who will be available at citizen commission meetings to provide information and updates, and to answer the questions of the commission and the interested public.

Transparency and accountability will be significantly increased, and savings of more than $75,000 per year will be realized, by modernizing Albany’s finance system and bringing it in line with the best practices of comparable cities. This measure is the first step; please join us in voting Yes!

Peggy McQuaid
Mayor of Albany

Farid Javandel
Former Mayor of Albany

Robert Lieber
Former Mayor of Albany

Ellen M. Davis-Zapata
Former City of Albany Treasurer

Caryl O’Keefe
Former Chair of Charter Review Committee

— Official Election Website of Alameda County

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

The people of the City of Albany amend Section 3.01 of the Albany City Charter, to read as follows:
SECTION 3.01. OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES.

(a) All officers and department heads shall be appointed by the City Council and shall hold office at the pleasure of the City Council. The Council shall establish by ordinance the administrative offices of the City and shall designate the department heads of the City. The City Council shall be empowered to create, abolish, or reorganize departments and divisions as necessary for the proper administration of the City business, but not inconsistent with other sections of this Charter.

(b) Effective December 10, 2020, or sooner if there is a vacancy in the office, the City Treasurer shall be appointed by the City Council as provided herein. Effective at the November 2010 election the City Attorney shall be elected from the City at large for a term ending on December 5, 2011. Commencing December 6, 2011, or sooner if there is a vacancy in the office, the City Attorney shall be appointed by the City Council as provided herein.

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