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2021 ELECTION

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Proposition No. 1

This webpage contains background information about Proposition No. 1. Please feel free to have a look around or contact Stanley Schubert, Finance Director and Clerk Treasurer (509) 244-5578 or by email at Sschubert@cawh.org if you have questions.

Proposition No. 1
Proposition No. 1 is a City of Airway Heights ballot measure for the February 9, 2021 election. It allows voters to decide whether to continue directly electing the Chair/Ceremonial Mayor every four years, or to allow the City Council to select one member of the Council as Chair /Ceremonial Mayor every two years. This proposition will not affect our current form of government nor the role of the Chair/Ceremonial Mayor. It only affects how the Chair/Ceremonial Mayor is selected. In either scenario, the Chair/Ceremonial Mayor is a voting member of the City Council with the same authority as other Councilmembers for policy making.

If a majority vote yes, the City Council will choose the Chair/Ceremonial Mayor every two years. If a majority votes no, the Chair/Ceremonial Mayor will continue to be selected at-large by the public every four years.

WHY IS THE PROPOSAL ON THE BALLOT?
In November 2000 Airway Heights voters approved a change to the form of government. Voters changed the form of government from a Council/Mayor form of government under RCW 35A.12 to a Council/Manager form of government under RCW 35A.13. The change in the form of government increased the number of Council positions to seven and designated that the person elected to Council Position No. 1 act as Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor. Under the Council Manager form of government each Councilmember including the Chair/Ceremonial Mayor share the responsibility for policymaking on behalf of the city.

In 2015 the Airway Heights City Council explored whether it should place a ballot proposition before voters that would authorize the City Council to select a Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor. On December 7, 2020, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2020-028 at its December 7, 2020 Council meeting placing Proposition No. 1 on the February 9 ballot.

Alternate Method- Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor (Yes Vote)
City Council selects Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor every two years;

Default Method – Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor (No Vote)

Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor is selected at-large by voters every four years;

WHAT HAPPENS IF PROPOSITION NO. 1 DOES NOT PASS?
If Proposition No. 1 does not pass, the selection of Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor will stay “as is”. The Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor will be selected at-large by voters every four years.

WHAT DO OTHER WASHINGTON CITIES DO?

There are 54 cities in Washington that operate under a Council/Manager form of government. Of those cities 4 cities (Airway Heights, Tacoma, Olympia, & Vancouver) select the Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor by an at-large vote. The City Councils of the remaining 50 cities select the Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor. These 50 cities represent about 40% of the incorporated population of Washington.

Cities That Select The Chairman/Ceremonial Mayor From Among City Council
 
 Bainbridge Island
 Battle Ground
 Bellevue
 Blaine
 Bothell  Burien  Carnation  Centralia
 Chehalis  Covington  Des Moines
 Ellensburg
 Fife  Fircrest  Granite Falls
 Kelso
 Kenmore  Kennewick  Kirkland  Lacey
 Lakewood  Longview  Maple Valley
 Medina
 Mercer Island
 Mill Creek
 Moses Lake
 Mountlake Terrace
 Newcastle  Normandy Park
 Pasco  Port Angeles
 Port Townsend
 Puyallup  Richland  Ridgefield
 Sammamish  SeaTac  Sequim  Shelton
 Shoreline  Spokane Valley
 Sunnyside  Toppenish
 Union Gap
 University Place
 Walla Walla
 Washougal
 Woodinville  Yakima