YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - For the first time, the City of Yuma will be hosting an all-mail-in ballot election to vote on three propositions.
Voters are asked to consider the following changes to the Yuma City Charter, as proposed by the volunteer 2020 Charter Review Committee:
- Proposition 419: Amend Article VI, Section 3c – Designating the City Attorney to serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and Council rather than the City Administrator.
- Proposition 420: Amend Article VI, Section 14a – Changing the Mayor’s compensation to 60% of the compensation provided to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors and each Councilmember’s compensation equal to 30% of the compensation provided to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors.
- Proposition 421: Amend Article VIII, Section 2 – Providing City Council discretion to pay up to six month’s salary as severance for a City Administrator (the Charter currently limits this amount to two months).
The City of Yuma said residents can drop off their ballots at the following locations:
- Yuma County Recorder’s Office, 102 S. Main St. (Drop-box available 24 hours daily).
- Yuma Police Department Araby Substation, 6390 E. 26th St. (Drop-box available between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays).
- Yuma County Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive (Drop-box available 24 hours daily).
PROP 420 has been one of the most talked about which would increase pay for the mayor and city council members.
“To be honest with you, the pay we receive now doesn’t even pay for the gas that I use to do this job, I mean this job actually at 36 hundred dollars a year costs me money to do the job,” said Gary Knight, Yuma City Council.
He also said if the proposition passes it will positively affect Yuma.
“I’m looking at it too for the future council members beyond me, that run for office I think that it will attract a higher quality of applicants, of candidates,” said Gary Knight, Yuma City Council.