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Charter Review Committee 2016
Section 33.19, et seq., of Rio Rancho Ordinances allows a Charter Review Committee to be activated at any time by Resolution of the Governing Body to review and recommend amendments to the existing Charter.

The Governing Body approved an activation Resolution on July 27, 2016, and in doing so specifically directed the Committee to only consider the following: (1) review of Section 2.04 (A) Compensation; and (2) make specific recommendations regarding the placement of the Mayor and City Council member annual salaries in the Charter.

The Mayor and City Councilors approved the following individuals on Aug. 4, 2016, to serve on the Committee:

Mayor At-Large - Alonzo Clayton
District 1 – Phil Pigott
District 2 – William White (Vice-Chairperson)
District 3 – Tamara Gutierrez (Chairperson)
District 4 – Aaron Fleming
District 5 – Michelle Bunzel
District 6 – Marilyn Salzman

Meetings
All meetings of the Committee will be open to the public.

August 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle.
September 7, 2016 at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle.
September 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle.

Meeting Agendas/Minutes
View meeting agendas/minutes.

Process
Pursuant to the activation Resolution, the Committee is requested to submit its recommendations, if any, to the Governing Body no later than Oct. 31, 2016. Within 30 days, the Governing Body shall either approve the suggested Charter amendments by a majority vote or refer the proposed Charter amendments back to the Committee with its suggestions. Only those matters referred back to the Committee by the Governing Body can be considered by the Committee. 

After considering the recommendations of the Governing Body, the Committee shall resubmit its proposed Charter amendments to the Governing Body for approval within 30 days.  This back-and-forth process continues until proposed Charter amendments are approved by a majority of the Governing Body or until the term of the Committee expires (March 31, 2017).

If a Charter amendment is approved by a majority of the Governing Body, the Governing Body then approves placing the amendment on a ballot for voter consideration.

A proposed amendment must receive a majority of votes cast in order to be adopted.



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