Amendment Full Text

Six (6) Charter amendment ballot questions will be submitted to City of Rio Rancho qualified electors at the March 1, 2022 Municipal Officer Election. The form of these ballot questions have been developed pursuant to  Section 1-16-7 NMSA and 1.10.16 NMAC.  The ballot questions summarize the proposed amendments that would be made if approved by voters.  Below is the full text of the amendments that would be made if approved by voters.  Underlined reflects new text and strikethrough reflects deleted text.

Question 1

1.07 Charter Review and Amendment.

A. Charter Review. The Governing Body shall provide, by ordinance, for a process of periodic review of the Charter. The purpose of the review is to evaluate, propose or recommend amendments. Provisions shall be made for a review to occur within five (5) years after the effective date of this Charter, and not less than once every six eight (8) years thereafter.

Question 2 

Section 2.06 Filling Vacancies.

A. A vacancy in the Office of Mayor shall be filled as follows:

(1) Within forty-five sixty days of the vacancy, the Governing Body shall appoint a qualified successor who shall serve as mayor until the next regular municipal election.

B. A vacancy in the office of city councilor shall be filled as follows:

(1) The mayor shall, within forty-five sixty days of the vacancy, appoint a qualified successor to fill the vacancy, subject to the confirmation of the Governing Body as provided in Section 3.02 of this Charter, who shall serve until the next regular municipal election.

Question 3

Section 2.14 Authentication and Recording; Codification.

A. Authentication and Recording. All ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Governing Body The city clerk shall be authenticateby signing of the mayor and city clerk and affixation of the City seal. The city clerk, and shall record the ordinances and resolutions in full within the a City archive for proper preservation. ly indexed book kept for that purpose, all ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Governing Body.

B. Codification. Within three years after adoption of this Charter, and at least every ten years thereafter, the Governing Body The city clerk shall provide for the prepareation of a general codification of this Charter and shall provide for supplementation of additions or amendments upon adoption, but no less than semi-annually. all general City ordinances. The general codification shall include such codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations as the Governing Body may specify.

Question 4

3.06     Acting City Manager.

In the event of the temporary absence, disability, suspension, or other unavailability of the city manager, the mayor shall appoint a City employee to serve as an acting city manager for no more than thirty consecutive days. The Governing Body shall appoint an acting city manager for any vacancy or period of temporary absence, disability or suspension exceeding thirty consecutive days.  At the time of appointment, the Governing Body shall assign a salary that is no less than the minimum salary listed in the established pay grade for the city manager position as determined by the Human Resources Department or Governing Body.

Question 5

5.07 Boards and Commissions; Advisory Bodies.

D. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, the mayor shall appoint all members of boards, commissions and advisory bodies, and fill vacancies thereon, subject to the confirmation of the Governing Body, as provided in Section 3.02 of this Charter. The mayor shall appoint persons within forty-five days of the formation of the board, commission or advisory body, or within thirty days of as soon as practicable for a vacancy thereon.

Question 6

ARTICLE VI

FINANCIAL PROCEDURES

6.13 Permanent Fund.

A permanent fund shall be established, as follows:

(1) The principal of the initial investment, $10,000,000, shall remain intact in perpetuity;

(2) Fifty percent of the investment earnings shall be added to the principal, and fifty percent of the investment earnings shall be distributed annually to the City General Fund for general government purposes; and

(3) The Governing Body shall adopt by ordinance guidelines for additional contributions, investments, and provisions for the management and administration of the permanent fund.