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Three Recommendations for Joplin Charter Approved for April Ballot

JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin City Council has agreed to put the Charter Commission's three recommendations on the April ballot.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin City Council has agreed to put the Charter Commission's three recommendations on the April ballot. The Charter Committee spoke to council in four previous sessions and approved the final report last month. The committee wants three changes for the people to vote on the April ballot.
 
First, is to reduce the residency requirement for city council members from four years to two. Second, is to increase compensation for council members from $5 per meeting to $100 per month. The third change is to remove the requirement that the director of public works be a registered engineer.
  
Vice Chairman Judge Chuck Brown says the committee thinks these recommendations are best for the city. "We simply made a recommendation to the council based upon our review and trying to make sure the charter fulfills its purpose and helps the government function well in the city."

Judge Brown added the last full review for the Charter was about four years ago. The people of Joplin will be able to vote on these changes in April.


(KODE, Joplin, MO)
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