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2006 Seattle Elections
General Elections Voters' Guide
Chrtr Am 15-Change Comptroller to Clerk - Complete Text
A RESOLUTION submitting a proposition to the qualified electors of the City, at an election to be held on November 7, 2006, to amend Subsection 1.D and Subsection 1.J of Article IV and Section 16 of Article VIII of the Charter of the City of Seattle to change "City Comptroller" to "City Clerk" and to bring the assignment of duties assigned to the City Clerk by this amendment into conformity with prior Charter amendments; calling on the City Clerk to certify the proposed amendment to the Director of the Department of Records and Elections of King County and requesting and directing such Director to call a special election and submit the proposition to City voters; and providing for the publication of such proposed amendment.
WHEREAS, in 1991 and 1999 City of Seattle voters approved charter amendments that eliminated the position of City Comptroller and transferred certain duties of the Comptroller to the City Clerk; and
WHEREAS, Subsection 1.D and Subsection 1.J of Article IV of the City Charter were overlooked during these previous charter amendments, and those sections continue to refer to "Comptroller" rather than "City Clerk" as was intended; NOW THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS
Section 1. Subject to the approval of a proposition by a majority of the qualified electors casting votes thereon, Subsection 1.D and Subsection 1.J of Article IV and Section 16 of Article VIII of the Charter of the City of Seattle are each amended as follows:
ARTICLE IV. Legislative Department
Section 1. D. WHEN REJECTED MEASURE AND SUBSTITUTE SUBMITTED TO
PEOPLE; GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS: If the City Council rejects
any initiative measure, or shall during forty-five (45) days after
receipt thereof have failed to take final action thereon, or shall
have passed a different measure dealing with the same subject, the
said rejected initiative measure and such different measure dealing
with the same subject, if any has been passed, shall be taken in
charge by the City
Section 1. J. REFERENDUM BY PETITION; EFFECT OF; VERIFICATION OF
SIGNATURES: The referendum may be invoked by petition bearing the
signatures of the required percentage of qualified voters as to any
non-emergency law or ordinance or any section, item or part of any
such law or ordinance, which petition shall be filed with the City
ARTICLE VIII. Financial and Clerical
Sec. 16. CERTAIN DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS MAY BE REASSIGNED: The terms "City Comptroller" and "City Treasurer" as may be used outside this Charter shall refer to the Director of Finance, except as the Council may by ordinance re-assign those functions. The duties and functions of the former City Comptroller and City Treasurer assigned by this or another contemporaneous 1999 charter amendment also may be re-assigned by ordinance.
Section 2. The King County Director of Records and Elections, as ex officio supervisor of elections, is hereby requested to call a special election and is directed to submit the charter amendment proposed herein to the qualified electors of the City at the election on November 7, 2006.
Section 3. The City Clerk shall certify to the Director of the Department of Records and Elections of King County as Supervisor of Elections the charter amendment proposed herein in the form of a ballot title prepared by the City Attorney pursuant to RCW 29A.36.071, and shall certify a copy of the proposed Charter amendment, and the same shall be published by the City Clerk in accordance with state law.