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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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We’re still petitioning!

WE ARE STILL PETITIONING! SPREAD THE WORD and help a city in crisis!

Wetiger_run_md_clr have a tiger — the Bastrop good ol’ boys — by the tail, y’all.

We’re not letting ’em go!

Despite slow mail we have had EXCELLENT!!! response to BOTH petitions:  #1 for more reasonable citizens petition requirements in the city of Bastrop and #2 to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus.

What can you do? Help us reach out to city of Bastrop voters to let them know we’re still petitioning. Get the petitions to them or call us and we will. Due to mail unreliability, we are also now scheduling drop offs and pick ups. You can help deliver & pick up or go get folks to sign the petition or call us with your ideas. (We have the voter registration, so we can tell you who’s eligible to sign.)

Print out the cover letter explaining the petitions here.

Print out the petition for more reasonable petition requirements here.

Print out the petition to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus here.

MARK YOUR CALENDERS FOR THIS MEETING!

Topic:  Status of the petitions and what’s it got to do with our water?

Monday, July 25, 6:30 pm
First National Bank Community Room
489 Highway 71 W, Bastrop (the main bank across the street from HEB)
This meeting is for petition signers only as we will have limited seating. Reply or call to reserve a seat.

Our response to Mayor Ken Kesselus: We have read and listened quietly and patiently to your response, Mayor Kesselus. After calling us liars and bullies, you continue to mince words about your brazen attempts to thwart Bastrop’s Ethics law (on multiple occasions) in support of your then employer, Mark Rose. You continue to defend appointing Joe Beal, a water marketer, to the Bastrop Economic Development Board and giving Beal a pass when he tried to deal water to Austin from the dais as a Bastrop City Councilman. You clearly bungled an attempt to violate the Texas Open Meetings Act. You cannot even muster enough decency to apologize to the City Manager and the city’s attorney that you have publicly berated. You are their boss and the crisis of confidence in the city of Bastrop is squarely due to your own shortcomings. Get it together Mr. Kesselus, or leave.

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