City elects new mayor, councilmen while amendment passes

By Matt Ward —

 

City government in Fredericksburg will be going through some major changes with the election of three new council members Saturday as former mayor Linda Langerhans defeated current mayor Jeryl Hoover 687-494, while Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson were elected to replace current council members Tim Dooley and Kathy Sanford.

Luckenbach led the council candidates wtih 683 votes, with Watson in second with 657 votes and incumbent Dooley in third with 513 votes. Sanford chose not to run for re-election.

The first amendment to the city's home-rule charter passed by a slim 581-556 margin Saturday.

Fervently opposed by City of Fredericksburg staff, current city council members and all candidates running in the election, the amendment seeks to regulate the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and require approval by voters prior to the transfer.

Voters were asked to approve or disapprove the amendment, which read:

“Should the Home Rule Charter of the City of Fredericksburg be amended to add a separate section which states: The City of Fredericksburg shall not use proceeds or reserves from an Enterprise Fund (including but not limited to Electric, Water and Sewer, Solid Waste and Drainage funds) except for expenditures within the purpose of the fund unless approved by the voters in an election that specifies the amounts and sources from which the monies will be withdrawn.”

A complete update on Saturday's election, including the effects of the amendment on city operations, will be available online early next week as well as in Wednesday's edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

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