Non-Residents on Advisory Boards Question

What is the purpose of the Non-Resident on Advisory Boards question?

The question asks voters if non-residents who are invested and involved in the prosperity of Alamosa, and who have talent and energy be able to serve on advisory boards to help provide the City with ideas for maintaining and improving the quality of life in Alamosa.  Examples of advisory boards include the Recreation Advisory Board, Library Board, Tree Board, etc.   This change would not apply to the Planning Commission or Personnel Board, because those boards can make final decisions, as opposed to advisory boards, which merely advise City Council, with City Council itself making all decisions.  Additionally, the question does NOT change who is eligible to serve on City Council or vote on municipal issues.

Why did Council vote to place before the voters?

City Council felt that if there are non-residents who are willing to donate their time and expertise to provide input on the future of Alamosa and improving our community that willingness would serve to benefit Alamosa and the valley.  Additionally, there have been times when vacant seats have gone unfilled because of lack of applicants.  The proposed change would allow non-residents who work full-time, own property, or own a business in Alamosa to serve on advisory boards other than the Planning Commission and the Personnel Board.

What are some of the expected benefits of non-residents on advisory boards?

The expected benefits would be that advisory board positions will be filled with a mix of city and county residents who have true interest, energy, commitment, and passion for the future quality of life for Alamosa.  A broader pool to draw from would help ensure that there are qualified advisory board members for every opening.

The Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) is in support of allowing non-residents to serve on advisory boards.

Why would someone be opposed to allowing non-residents on advisory boards?

Some voters may feel that only those who actually live within the city limits should have a voice on the direction of the City.

What is the actual ballot language?

SHALL ARTICLE II, SECTION 5, OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF ALAMOSA BE AMENDED TO ALLOW NON-RESIDENTS WHO ARE EMPLOYED FULL TIME, OWN PROPERTY, OR OWN BUSINESSES IN THE CITY OF ALAMOSA AND RESIDE IN ALAMOSA COUNTY TO SERVE ON CITY ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, (BUT NOT THE PLANNING COMMISSION OR THE PERSONNEL BOARD), BY AMENDING ARTICLE II, SECTION 5, OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF ALAMOSA TO READ IN ITS ENTIRETY AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 5.  QUALIFICATIONS OF APPOINTIVE OFFICERS.  NO PERSON SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT TO OFFICE AS A MEMBER OF A BOARD OR COMMISSION UNLESS AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT THE APPOINTEE (1) IS A REGISTERED ELECTOR OF THE CITY; OR (2) IS A RESIDENT OF ALAMOSA COUNTY AND (A) OWNS PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY, (B) OWNS A BUSINESS LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY, OR (C) IS EMPLOYED FULL TIME WITHIN THE CITY.  MEMBERS OF THE PLANNING COMISSION AND OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD SHALL BE REGISTERED ELECTORS OF THE CITY.    IF ANY OFFICE –HOLDER FOR THE CITY SHALL CEASE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT AT ANY TIME DURING HIS OR HER TENURE IN OFFICE, THE OFFICE SHALL BE DEEMED VACANT AS OF THE DATE OF INELIGIBILITY.

What does a “Yes” vote do?

A “Yes” vote would allow non-city residents to serve on an advisory board if that person works full-time, owns property, or owns a business within city limits.

What does a “No” vote do?

A “No” vote would not amend the Charter to allow non-city residents to serve on advisory boards and only city residents would be allowed to serve.