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Four Proposals on Nov. 8 Ballot in Royal Oak

Solid waste millage renewal, city commissioners' terms and filing issues up for vote.

The Nov. 8 election is approaching quickly, and Royal Oak voters will be asked to elect a mayor, three city commissioners and two school board members. They will also decide the fate of four proposals to amend the City Charter.

Charter Amendment Proposal A will ask voters to decide on a solid waste millage renewal. Proposals B, C and D deal specifically with the charter itself.

Rob Moore of the Royal Oak Charter Review Committee said his group, which comprises four residents at large and Commissioner David Poulton, meets monthly to review the charter. “We are always looking for ways to make it more efficient,” Moore said.

Moore said city administrators, such as City Manager Don Johnson, offer the committee recommendations.

“Sometimes it is brought to our attention that a state law—remember, state law supersedes city law—has some sort of effect on our charter," Moore said. Such is the case with Proposal C, which the city manager brought to the committee's attention.

For a brief explanation of the proposals by the Charter Review Committee, click on the following links:

— Would reauthorize solid waste millage.

— Would change beginning and end of city commissioners' terms in office to reduce "lame duck" period.

— Would change petition filing deadlines for candidates in accordance with state law.

— Would require candidates to pay filing fees when they turn in their nominating petitions.

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