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Accountability begins with your representative - The Galveston County Daily News: Letters To Editor

December 3, 2016

Accountability begins with your representative

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Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 12:00 am

A Daily News editorial published Jan. 28 said Texas City was right to enforce an ordinance prohibiting residents from parking vehicles in front yards.

In January, Texas City implemented an ordinance prohibiting parked vehicles in front yards. The Daily News came out in support of the legislation, while several residents openly opposed it.

One resident wrote that the mayor should be recalled. According to the city bylaws, Texas City is a “strong-mayor” form of government, not a dictatorship.

Under this form of government, the mayor, along with the six commissioners, two at-large seats and four district seats, each have one vote.

The mayor and commissioners, as well as any resident, can submit proposals for new ordinances.

The proposal then goes through a vetting process, after which, the mayor can bring it before the commission for adoption or rejection.

While this form of government allows the mayor to serve like a chief operating officer, thus eliminating the need for a city administrator, he still only has one vote.

Under a democracy, elected officials represent the voice of their constituencies. Constituents having an issue with new legislation should first hold their district representatives accountable for how they voted. You elected them; now hold them accountable.