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Sunnyvale town manager is headed west: Campbell attends last council meeting
By Zach Markovic, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday night's Sunnyvale Town Council meeting was a time of new beginnings and endings as the new Home Rule Charter was put onto May's ballot and Town Manager Scott Campbell announced that he is stepping down from his position in the town.
Campbell, who has been Sunnyvale's town manager for the past six years, accepted a position as the city manager for Roanoke. His last day as the official town manager is Friday, Feb. 15.
"It is a tremendous opportunity for [Campbell] for his own personal and professional growth," said Mayor Jim Phaup.
Campbell said the last six years as town manager has been a very special time. He said he will cherish the friendships he has made over the past years as well as the support from the boards and commissions and community have provided.
"Public service is sometimes a thankless job. Sunnyvale has always done a good job in communicating," Campbell said. "You will tell us when we do something wrong, but you will always tell us when we do something right."
Dan Savage will be the interim town manager. He has been the city manager for both Duncanville and The Colony and in administration in Dallas County. Phaup said it is the council's intention to have a new full-time town manager on board in the first weeks of May.
The town council also unanimously voted to put the Home Rule Charter on the upcoming May ballot. The proposed charter, including the appendix and fact sheet, can be viewed at the town of Sunnyvale's website at www.townofsunnyvale.org. The Home Rule Charter Commission will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on April 25 to answer questions and address any concerns with the proposed document.
In Texas cities are classified into general-law cities and home-rule cities. A general law city is a municipality that is limited to governmental structures and powers specifically granted by state law. A city with more than 5,000 people can choose to become a home rule city.
Sunnyvale through the recent census passed the 5,000 mark and is entertaining the idea of a home-rule charter. According to Texas Handbook online, at www.tshaonline.org,the charter may not contain any provision that is inconsistent with the state constitution or statutes.
A home rule charter may provide for establishment of any of the three types of city government; may specify the number of members of the governing body; may allow annexation by the governing body of land adjacent to the city with or without the approval of the residents to be annexed; may set a maximum property tax rate of $2.50, compared to a maximum of $1.50 per $100 valuation for a general-law city; and may authorize other functions and responsibilities, provided they are not specifically prohibited by the state constitution or laws.
"As a general law city we are governed by state law," Mayor Jim Phaup said. "So what you have as a community is a chance with home rule to better define what we want as community for the future. It has taken close to 60 years for us to get here."
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