15 of 17 Victoria city charter amendments approved

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

May 12, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.
Updated May 13, 2012 at 12:13 a.m.

Victoria voters decided on Saturday to change the city's governing document in more ways than one.

Of the 17 proposed amendments, 15 passed.

The two that failed were proposition 12, regarding residency requirements for municipal judges, and proposition 17, which would lower the age a person could seek a seat on the City Council to 18 from 21.

Gilbert Servin, the University of Houston Victoria student who pushed for the age proposition, stayed positive despite the loss.

Proposition 17 failed 2,393, or 64 percent, to 1,358, or 36 percent, in unofficial results.

"Obviously I'm disappointed, but at least it got past City Council and went to the voters," he said. "I wish it would have turned out differently. But on the bright side, 1,300 people thought it was a good idea."

About 40 Victorians heard the results read Saturday evening at the county elections administration office, 111 N. Glass St.

In total, 5,162 people voted in the joint election, 10.3 percent of the registered voters.

Proposition 12 failed 2,359, or 65 percent, to 1,271, or 35 percent, in unofficial results.

Mayor Will Armstrong thanked the charter committee, which was led by Councilman Tom Halepaska and included council members Paul Polasek and Denise Rangel, as well as three community members, former mayor Gary Middleton and former councilmen Phillip Guittard and Bill Russell for their hard work.

He said he does not think the charter amendments will have any impact on the council's operation.

"Almost all of the amendments were to clean up legalities," he said. "It's no surprise that the voters were receptive to mostly a house-cleaning job."

The City Council will canvass the votes at the Tuesday City Council meeting.



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