Livingston Council now shooting for December ballot on home rule charter changes

— Potential changes to Livingston Parish’s Home Rule Charter won’t make the November ballot, the Parish Council chairman said Thursday.

Having propositions ready for the December ballot is more realistic, Council Chairman Ricky Goff said during the council’s second special meeting in two weeks to discuss the Charter Review Commission’s recommendations.

The Council must approve the propositions and their wording by ordinance, a process that requires more public notice than the calendar will allow before the Secretary of State’s July 23 deadline for the November ballot, Goff said.

Instead, the Council will hold another special meeting Wednesday, July 2, to vote on the top five propositions council members want to see on the December ballot.

The goal will be to introduce those propositions in ordinance form during the council’s regularly scheduled July 10 meeting, then hold a public hearing and vote on July 24, Goff said.

If discussion on the propositions runs long, the Parish Council could introduce the ordinance as late as July 24 and hold the public hearing and vote on Aug. 14, Goff said.

The council will have to approve which recommendations make the ballot and the precise wording of those propositions.

Some charter changes may be combined into a single proposition, such as term limits for both the council and president, Goff said.

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