The City of Lakeway holds annual elections on the May uniform election date (first Saturday in May).
General Election Information: The City Council is made up of seven members (mayor and six councilmembers) who are elected to three-year staggered terms. All councilmembers are elected "at large." All office holders for city elective office shall meet the requirements for public office prescribed state and federal law, as well as the City Charter of the City of Lakeway. They must be registered voters, residing in the city for at least one year prior to the election and be at least 21 years of age by the date of the election. Two councilmember terms and the mayor's term are expiring. Information regarding candidacy requirements can be found in the City Charter.
Special Election Information: The ballot will include propositions to amend the City Charter. The City Charter is reviewed by a committee appointed by the City Council every four years and any recommended changes to the charter are put before the voters. The Charter Review Committee presented recommendations at the City Council's regular meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017.
Video of Charter Review Committee Presentation - December 18, 2017
The council voted to put forward the following proposed amendments to the City Charter, which will appear on the ballot as propositions A through G:
Shall Article III (City Council), Section 3.01, entitled “Number, Selection and Term,” be amended to delete subsection (d) which was originally designed to phase-in new terms limits in the 2015 and 2016 elections, where the phase-in has now been accomplished? If approved, the subsection would be deleted in its entirety.
Shall Article III (City Council), Section 3.05, entitled “Compensation,” be amended to allow the Mayor and the Members of the Council to receive compensation for attending regular city council meetings? If approved, section 3.05 would read as follows:
For service to the City, the Mayor is entitled to receive $1.50 per regular city council meeting attended, and the Members of the Council are entitled to receive $1.00 per regular city council meeting attended. The Mayor and Council shall be entitled to reimbursement for all expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as approved by the Council.
Shall Article III (City Council), Section 3.09, entitled “Filling of Vacancies” be amended to include language stating that any partial term of a Councilmember who filled a vacancy on the Council by having been elected or appointed shall count as a full term for that Councilmember? If approved, the sentence at the end of the 1st paragraph and would read as follows:
For purposes of applying term limits, any term filled by election or appointment shall count as a full term for the successful candidate.
Shall Article VI (Initiative, Referendum, and Recall), Section 6.03, entitled “Form of Petitions,” be amended to require that the statement on a petition paper affidavit authenticating petition signatures confirm that said signatures were made in the affiant’s presence, not the City Secretary’s presence? If approved, the second sentence in the second paragraph would read as follows:
Before the signatures on any petition paper may be counted, the circulator of that petition paper, or set of petition papers, shall make an affidavit before the City Secretary or other office authorized to administer oaths, that the statements made in the affidavit are true, that each signature to the page or pages appended thereto is the genuine signature of the person whose name it purports to be, and that such signatures were made in the affiant’s presence.
Shall Article VIII (Financial Administration), Section 8.09(a), entitled “Issuance of Bonds and other Obligations of City,” be amended to require at least one reading of ordinances authorizing the issuance of bonds, certificates of obligation, warrants, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness, or ordinances authorizing the levy of taxes or the pledge of revenues to secure payment of indebtedness, instead of limiting said ordinances to only one reading? If approved, the word “only” would be deleted and replaced with “at least” and the last paragraph of section 8.09(a) would read as follows:
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Charter to the contrary, ordinances authorizing the issuance of bonds, certificates of obligation, warrants, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, or ordinances authorizing the levy of taxes or the pledge of revenues to secure payment of indebtedness, shall require at least one reading, shall become effective immediately, and shall not be subject to referendum. Provided, however, that nothing in this Section excuses compliance with Section 8.09(b) of this Charter.
Shall Article XI (General Provisions), Section 11.06, entitled “Special Provision for Damage Suits,” be amended to modify the title of the section to “Special Provision for Damage Claims” and to add a requirement that the written notice regarding an alleged death, injury, or damage with the City be presented within six months from the date the damage or injury incurred and include specific factual information? If approved, the following would be added to the end of the 1st paragraph and would read as follows:
The written notice required by this section must be presented within six months from the date the damage occurred or the injury was received, give notice in writing to the mayor of the following facts:
A. The date and time when the damage or injury occurred and the place where the damage occurred or where the injured person was at the time the injury was received;
B. The nature and extent of the damage or injury together with a specific and detailed statement of how and under what circumstances the injury occurred;
C. The names of all the persons who according to the knowledge or information of the claimant witnessed the happening of the damage or of the injury or any part thereof and the name of the doctors, if any, to whose care the injured person is committed.
Notice of Filing Period
Notice of General Election
Notice of Drawing for Ballot Order
Ordinance No. 2018-01-16-02 General Election
Ordinance No. 2018-01-16-03 Special Election
Campaign Finance Reports
April 2, 2018 (Posted next business day)
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Last Day To Register To Vote in May 5, 2018 Election
April 5, 2018
First Day of Early Voting
April 23, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting
May 1, 2018
May 5, 2018
Please refer to the links below for more information on municipal elections and useful voter information. For additional assistance, kindly contact Jo Ann Touchstone, City Secretary at 512-314-7506 or email.
Travis County Clerk - Elections Division and Voter Registration Search
Texas Secretary of State - Elections Division
Texas Ethics Commission