COUNTY EMPLOYEE RIGHTS TO APPEAL THE PERSONNEL BOARD
Question: To provide that aggrieved applicants and employees may appeal the following specific actions to the Personnel Board: actions pertaining to eligibility lists for appointment or promotion; disciplinary actions involving loss of job, suspension, demotion or reduction in pay; actions of the appointing authority which result in denial of the minimum merit increase allowed by law; personnel actions which allegedly violate federal, state, or county human rights law; and employee performance evaluations; to provide that they may appeal other matters to the appointing authority or the personnel officer, as provided by law; to permit the Personnel Board, under certain conditions, to hear appeals from decisions of the appointing authority or the personnel officer; to provide that decisions and orders of the Personnel Board be consistent with the provisions of the Charter and Howard County Law.
Explanation: The amendment provides that applicants for county employment and county employees may appeal specified actions to the Personnel Board and certain other matters to the appointing authority or personnel officer; it permits the Personnel Board to hear certain appeals from the appointing authority or personnel officer; and it requires that the Personnel Board's decisions and orders be consistent with the charter and county law.
A vote "FOR" means that the Charter will define the matters that may be appealed by an applicant or employee and also will specify the authority of the Personnel Board to hear appeals regarding decisions of the appointing authority or personnel officer.
A vote "AGAINST" means that the sorts of matters which an applicant or employee may appeal are not specified in the Charter.
COMPENSATION AND ALLOWANCES OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL AND THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Question: To make the Charter consistent with state law regarding receipt of allowances in addition to salary by the members of the Howard County Council and the Howard County Executive.
Explanation: The amendment makes the Charter consistent with Maryland law regarding receipt of allowances in addition to salary by the county's council members and executive.
A vote "FOR" means the charter provision for allowances in addition to compensation received by the council members and the executive will be consistent with state law.
A vote "AGAINST" means the Charter language will remain inconsistent with state law.
DELEGATION TO THE COUNTY ETHICS COMMISSION THE POWER TO AUTHORIZE EXCEPTIONS TO EMPLOYEE CONFLICT OF INTEREST PROVISIONS
Question: To authorize the Howard County Council to delegate the Howard County Ethics Commission the power to authorize a county employee to own certain stocks or to have certain business connections when it is determined that such ownership or connection does not violate the public interest, and to require that any act delegating this power shall provide procedures, including a public hearing and establish criteria for making such determinations.
Explanation: The amendment permits the County Council to grant to the County Ethics Commission the power to authorize exceptions to employee conflict of interest provisions and requires that procedures and criteria be established for judging such cases.
A vote "FOR" means that the County Council may delegate to the Ethics Commission the authority to determine that an employee's stock ownership in, or connection with an entity doing business with the county does not violate the public interest, based on criteria established in law by the County Council.
A vote "AGAINST" means that only the County Council may grant exemptions to the bar against an employee's stock ownership in, or connection with, an entity doing business with the county, on a case-by-case basis without the requirement of adopting procedures or criteria.
RESTRICTIONS ON SALE OF BONDS
Question: To clarify the language of the Charter to provide that all bonds and other evidences of indebtedness shall be sold at public sale, and to provide the limitation that bonds or other evidences or indebtedness may be sold by private (negotiated) sale if the County Council determines that a public sale is not practical or that significant benefits to the county are achievable only by private (negotiated) sale, and to provide that bond issue authorization ordinances shall recite either the procedure for the public sale of the proposed issue or the finding and determinations required for a private (negotiated) sale of the proposed issue.
Explanation: The amendment provides for the public sale of bonds except in cases where a public sale is not practical or a private sale provides significant benefits to the county otherwise unobtainable. It also requires that the bond authorization ordinances state the procedure for public sale or in the case of private sale, the reasons therefore.
A vote "FOR" means that some county bonds may be sold at private sale rather than public when the council finds public sale impractical or that significant benefits will accrue from private sale (an alternative available to many other Maryland jurisdictions); and that the reasons for such sale be stated in the bond authorization ordinance.
A vote "AGAINST" means that most county bond issues may only be sold by public sale.
PERMITTING SERIAL, TERM OR INSTALLMENT BOND ISSUES OR A COMBINATION OF THESE AND REQUIRING STATEMENT IN BOND AUTHORIZATION ORDINANCE WHERE A PROPOSED ISSUE OR ANY PART MAY BE SOLD AT LESS THAN PAR
Question: To permit Howard County bond issues to be in serial form, or, if subject to mandatory sinking fund redemptions, in term or installment form, or in combination of these forms, and to provide that bond issue authorization ordinances shall state whether the proposed issue or any part of the issue may be sold at less than par.
Explanation: The amendment permits county bond issues to be in serial form, or in term or installment form, or in a combination of these forms, and provides that the bond authorization ordinances state whether the issues or any part thereof may be sold at less than par.
A vote "FOR" means that the county may issue bonds in accordance with present day industry practices, and that the bond authorization ordinance specify whether the issue or part of the issue may be sold at less than par.
A vote "AGAINST" means that bond issues will continue to be in serial form only.
(Explanation provided by the League of Women Voters of Howard County)