2006 Seattle Elections
General Elections Voters' Guide
ChrtrAm 16-Obsolete References to Art. XIX Sec. 10 - Ballot Title
The city council has proposed amendments to Article XIV Section 2 and Article XIX Section 4 of the charter concerning obsolete references to another charter section that no longer exists.
These amendments would delete references in these sections to former Article XIX Section 10, which was repealed by the voters in 1973.
Should these charter amendments be
1. The proposal
These amendments would eliminate obsolete references to a charter section that no longer exists.
2. The charter as it currently exists
Article XIX of the city charter sets out general rules concerning City officers, including both elected and appointed officials. Article XIX contains several sections that include provisions about things such as qualifications for officers, their terms in office, and filling vacancies.
The voters repealed section 10 of Article XIX in 1973. However, two other places in the charter still refer to this former section despite its repeal. These outdated references are found in Article XIX Section 4 concerning officers' oaths and bonds, and in Article XIV Section 2 concerning the city's planning commission.
3. The effect of these amendments if approved
Article XIX Section 4 and Article XIV Section 2 would be amended to delete the obsolete references to Article XIX Section 10, which no longer exists.
This proposition and Seattle Charter Amendment No. 10 amend different provisions of Article XIV Section 2 of the charter. Each amendment is independent of the other. If the voters approve either amendment at the November 7 election, then that amendment will be given effect. If the voters approve both amendments at the November 7 election, then both amendments will be given effect.