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Release: Charter Amendment Petition Filed in Bastrop

For Immediate Release                                                                        August 1, 2016  Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 8.23.12 AM

Charter Amendment Petition Filed for
Reasonable Petition Requirements in City of Bastrop

Bastrop, Texas: At approximately 10:30 am, Independent Texans PAC filed signatures for a charter amendment to the Bastrop City Charter for “Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop” with Bastrop City Secretary, Ann Franklin. If petitioners meet the required 214 signatures, the measure will be certified by the City Secretary and the Bastrop Council must place the measure on the November ballot for a vote of the people. Bastrop city voters will then have the opportunity to vote on easing petition requirements for citizens’ initiatives, referenda and recalls. The group also announced the end of the petition to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus, citing the city’s 25% petition hurdle as “draconian,” when most Texas cities require 10%.

“We offered to hold this charter amendment for the May election to give a charter revision committee appointed by the Council the time to review the city charter,” explained Linda Curtis, director of Independent Texans PAC. “However, this changed for us with City Attorney Jo-Christy Brown’s resignation this week, followed three hours later by that of the Interim City Manager, Chief Steve Adcock, a respected law enforcement official. Kesselus and his clan of self-interested influence peddlers like water marketer Joe Beal and recently retired Bluebonnet Electric Coop General Manager, Mark Rose, have pushed this city into a real crisis of confidence, and it is time to take action.”

Bastrop City Secretary, Ann Franklin, looking over the petitions for "Reasonable Petition Requirements"

Bastrop City Secretary, Ann Franklin, looking over the petitions for “Reasonable Petition Requirements”

In a memorandum to the Mayor, City Council and City Secretary that accompanied today’s filing, Independent Texans explained that this filing of 298 valid signatures is “a portion of the total signatures gathered and should readily meet the 214 signatures required for ballot certification.” The group did not reveal how many total signatures they have gathered for either petition.

The memorandum also spelled out in detail what the group believes the Council is legally bound to do and why they are prohibited by state and federal law from “playing petition games in order to deny Bastrop voters the right to vote for or against this amendment.” The memorandum stated that once the City Secretary certifies the signatures, the Council is bound to place the measure on the next available ballot – the November 8th election. The Council can do so at any upcoming meeting.

“After watching the recent actions of this mayor and council, I fully support this initiative to allow citizens a means to more easily recall self-serving or inept city officials, and to overrule their actions when they don’t match our citizens’ needs,” commented former Bastrop City Council Member Kelly Gilleland. “If these more realistic petition percentages were already in place, there would also have been enough signatures to initiate a recall on Kesselus. As it stands now, our elected officials know that the current charter makes it virtually impossible for recall, no matter how badly they behave. We don’t have to accept being treated like lowly serfs in a royal kingdom.”

At a recent City Council Meeting Councilman Willie DeLaRosa complained that a November city election could cost the city as much as $13,000. Today Curtis fired back, “What the city will spend on this election is less than the $17,500-plus the City has shelled out in legal fees dealing with Kesselus’ repeated attempts to circumvent the Ethics Ordinance, City Charter, and Texas Open Meetings Act. This Mayor and Council better not waste one penny fighting the rights of citizens to vote to secure their petition rights.”

The group also released a slide show entitled, “The Right to Petition: Bastrop Voters’ Source of Power to Take Back Their Town.” It explains some of the history of petition rights, starting with founding fathers Jefferson and Madison, the 1913 Texas constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens living in home rule cities the right to petition and the details of their proposed amendment.

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For more information:
Linda Curtis
IndyTexans.org
512-535-0989 office
512-657-2089 cell

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Bastop Needs to Get this Election Right

April 25th Bastrop City Council Debate sponsored by Independent Texans PAC

April 25th Bastrop City Council Debate sponsored by Independent Texans PAC

As we see it, this election is about how the city of Bastrop is going to handle growth from the folks fleeing Austin’s affordability crisis. We don’t have to repeat Austin’s mistakes. Bastrop — the city and county — are also far more vulnerable to an affordability crisis, which is why it’s so important that everyone plays fair and by the same set of rules.

We thank the four candidates running in two contested Bastrop city council seat elections for their participation in our candidate forum on Monday night.

They are Place 1 candidates, Bill Peterson and Herb Goldsmith and Place 5 candidates, Kelly Gilleland and Deborah Jones.

Early voting is underway and continues through next Tuesday, May 3rd, Election Day is Saturday, May 7th.

To watch the forum click on the video window above, then scroll down to the second forum — April 25th.

Here’s a short article in the Statesman about the Place 5 race (Gilleland v. Jones).

Here’s a short articles in the Statesman about the Place 1 race (Goldsmith v. Peterson).

Please share this with your Bastrop voting friends by forwarding this message or through our Facebook page here.

We at Independent Texans are not endorsing in this race as we think the process for this election — so far — has been open and fair.

Moreover, we think you can figure this one out for yourselves, but DO watch the tape and talk to your neighbors.

Gracias, y’all.

PS We wish to sincerely thank the City of Bastrop for allowing us to use City Hall and their streaming facilities (BTXN.TV) for this event.

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ABC — A Better Council in Bastrop

A group of interested & engaged citizens have joined to form an informal group in Bastrop. What the city of Bastrop decides affects many of us who live just in the County, so Bastrop countians, please come on out to this on Wednesday.

ABC – A Better Council

We have invited Bastrop City Council Candidate

Kelly Gilleland

City Council Candidate, Place 5

To join us in an informal gathering for informal conversation

On the Patio at Baxter’s on Main

919 Main Street

Wednesday, April 6

5:30 – 7:30 pm

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