Yakima City Council To Talk Charter Change Tuesday
The Yakima City Council will be meeting Tuesday the day of the November 5 general election.
The council is expected to have a lively discussion on the call for a change in Yakima city government. Some council members want to move forward with a vote to allow a change in the city charter for a strong mayor form of government. Others like council member Dulce Gutierrez are against the idea saying it could ultimately set Yakima up for a costly fight with the American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU.
The council is expected Tuesday to vote on whether or not to place the question of a city charter change on the February 2020 ballot. The city has already received a letter from the ACLU saying it would defend the current system. Yakima Valley Business Times Publisher Bruce Smith, County Commissioner Mike Leita and Yakima Pastor Dave Edler are behind the move for a change in local government.
One of the actions the council will also take is authorizing the Mayor to execute an Employment Agreement with Alex Meyerhoff to serve as Interim City Manager. A position that was created in case of the change of city government.
Other agenda items for the meeting include: Holding public hearings at 6:00 pm for the 2020 Preliminary Budget and Ad Valorem taxes to be levied in 2020. Considering 2020 state and federal legislative priorities.
The Yakima City Council will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 5, in Council Chambers at Yakima City Hall, 129 North 2nd Street.