STATEWIDE BALLOT QUESTION
Question No. 1
Prohibits certain persons from entering upon the duties of, or continuing to serve in certain elective offices created by or pursuant to the Maryland Constitution if the person was not a registered voter in the State on the date of the person's election or appointment to that term or if, at any time thereafter and prior to the completion of the term, the person ceases to be a registered voter.
This amendment, dubbed the "Broadwater bill" when it was passed by the General Assembly earlier this year, would prevent persons who are unable to register to vote -- such as former state senator Tommie Broadwater, who is on probation after serving four months on a food stamp fraud conviction -- from filing to run for public office. ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY BALLOT QUESTIONS
To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter to provide that in the event of the death, resignation, or disqualification of the Chairman of the County Council, the Vice Chairman shall become the presiding officer until a new Chairman is elected by the members as provided by law.
This change would take effect immediately.
To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter to remove the provision for nomination of each member of the County Council by the voters of the councilmanic district in which each member resides thereby providing for nomination and election at large; and providing that if Question "C" is approved by the voters, this amendment to the Anne Arundel County Charter shall not be effective.
This amendment, which would take effect in 1986, would mandate that prospective council members be nominated and elected on an at-large basis. Presently, prospective council members are nominated according to the district in which they live, but are elected on an at-large basis. That is, while prospective council members must live in the district which they seek to represent and are nominated by voters who live in that district, all county voters are eligible to vote for representatives of every district. The amendment would be nullified if Question C is approved.
To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter to provide for the election of each member of the County Council by the voters of the councilmanic district in which each member resides, thereby providing for both nomination and election by councilmanic district.
This amendment, if passed, would overrule Question B. Taking effect in 1986, it would mandate that prospective council members be nominated and elected from the district in which they live. That is, prospective members would have to live in the district which they seek to represent, and they would be nominated and elected only by voters who live in that district.
To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter as to certain provisions pertaining to County personnel: to remove the requirement that the Personnel Board perform certain duties; and to permit the Personnel Board to hear appeals from personnel actions that are subject to grievance procedure.
Approval of this proposal would transfer some of the responsibilities of the county personnel officer to the seven member county personnel board. HOWARD COUNTY BALLOT QUESTION
Question A Election of County Council
Providing for election of County Council members by voters of the Councilmanic District in which the Council candidate resides. Providing that the County Council shall establish Councilmanic District boundaries by March 15, 1986, and subsequently, by March 15 in the year after publication of each decennial census. Providing that each district shall elect one Council member, who shall reside in that district for the full term of office. Providing that any appointee to a Council vacancy shall reside in the district of the appointee's predecessor.
This amendment would divide the county into five districts in time for the 1986 county council elections, ith each district having one representative on the council. Presently, council members are elected on an at-large basis. Under the amendment, prospective council members would have to live in the district they seek to represent. MONTGOMERY COUNTY BALLOT QUESTIONS
Amend Section 305 of the County Charter to exempt the operating budgets of enterprise funds from the computation of the aggregate operating budget when making the determination as to whether the affirmative vote of five Councilmembers is required to approve the budget; to provide that the Consumer Price Index in the computation is computed for the twelve months preceding December first of each year; and to make a clarifying change.
Under this proposal, Montgomery officials would be allowed to exclude so-called "enterprise funds," such as revenues generated by county liquor sales, when figuring the county's annual operating budget. That calculation is important because when the yearly budget increase exceeds the consumer price index for that year, the spending plan must be approved by five county council members, instead of the customary four-member majority.
Amend Section 401 of the County Charter and add Section 511 to the County Charter to authorize the County Council to provide by law for collective bargaining, with arbitration or other impasse resolution procedures, with authorized representatives of officers and employees of the County government not covered by Section 510 of the Charter; to provide that if a law is enacted it shall prohibit strikes or work stoppages for the officers and employees; and to provide that the officers and employees may be excluded from the provisions of the merit system to the extent that the provisions are subject to legislation enacted under Sections 510 or 511.
This amendment would empower the County Council to establish collective bargaining rights for about 5,000 county employes. Currently, the only employes who may negotiate contracts with the county executive are about 700 county police officers. Three employe groups bargain with the Board of Education, two others with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
Amend Sections 108 and 213 of the County Charter to clarify the independent authority of the County Council to temporarily employ or retain special legal counsel to assist it in the exercise of its powers.
This measure would give the County Council the authority to hire its own special legal counsel, an action which in the past has been routinely approved by the county attorney's office.
Amend Section 102 of the County Charter to provide that each of five members of the Council shall no longer be nominated and elected by the voters of the entire County, but solely by the voters of the Councilmanic district in which the member resides and that the remaining two members of the Council shall be nominated and elected as members-at-large by the voters of the entire County.
This proposal would force candidates for five of the seven county council seats to run for election in single-member electoral districts, rather than at-large as they do now. The remaining two seats would continue to be filled on a countywide basis.
Amend Sections 102, 103 and 104 of the County Charter to divide the County into seven Councilmanic districts; to provide that each member of the Council shall no longer be nominated and elected by the voters of the entire County, but solely by the qualified voters of the Councilmanic district in which the member resides; and to provide that the boundaries of the Councilmanic districts shall be reestablished in 1986 for that year's election, in 1992, and every tenth year thereafter.
This measure would force candidates for all seven county council seats to run in single-member electoral districts, rather than at-large. Referendum by Act of Md. General Assembly Question G (2nd district -- Clarksburg) Question H (6th district -- Darnestown) Question I (12th district -- Damascus)
To authorize the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners to issue, renew, and transfer any class or classes of licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages within the 2nd (6th, 12th) election district of Montgomery County.
Residents will vote on whether to allow the sale of liquor within these three districts. PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY BALLOT QUESTIONS
To include in the County real property tax limitation an alternative limitation of a maximum tax rate of $2.40 per each $100.00 of assessed valuation.
This measure would lift the absolute $143.9 million cap now imposed on county tax collections by TRIM, the voter initiative passed in 1978. Instead, the property tax would be frozen at three cents below its current level.
To provide for the filling of a vacancy in the Office of County Executive.
This proposal would provide for the chairman of the County Council to succeed the County Executive if the executive's seat were to become vacant.
An Act pursuant to Section 323 of the Charter of Prince George's County, Maryland, enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $2,656,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of County buildings and facilities, as defined therein.
This money would fund seven projects, including an animal control facility, a south county senior center, and support services for the Department of Public Works and the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.
An Act pursuant to Section 323 of the Charter of Prince George's County, Maryland, enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $338,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of fire and rescue facilities in the County, as defined therein.
This money would pay for a fire department training facility in Cheltenham, a traffic signal at the Forestville fire station and safety improvements at various stations.
An Act pursuant to Section 323 of the Charter of Prince George's County, Maryland, enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $5,400,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of the Hyattsville Parking Facility, as defined therein.
These funds would allow the construction of a 400- to 600-space parking garage at 5012 Rhode Island Ave. near the county services building in Hyattsville.
An Act pursuant to Section 323 of the Charter of Prince George's County, Maryland, enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $6,358,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of roads and bridges in the County, as defined therein.
This provides funding for 13 projects, including improvements to Adelphi, Mitchellville, Ritchie and Riverdale roads and the Swan Creek Road Bridge.