The citizens of Pflugerville, Texas voted in 6 referenda which change their city charter to allow the publishing of public notices on line instead of in newspapers, the Pflugerville Pflag reported . The votes to change the charter all passed by over 75% saving the town useless expense in paying for notices in the newspaper. Certain notices will no longer be published in the newspaper. If an ordinance is passed that imposes a penalty or fine, the town no longer must post the notice in the newspaper. It may post it on a web site. Other ordinances that that grant, renew, extend or amend a public utility franchise.
Politicians are supposed to represent the people. Yet how come when the same issues are placed before our elected officials , the results are opposite of when those same votes are put before the people for a referendum? Elected officials are scared to take on the newspapers. We all wonder why our politicians are not trusted.
This is the second instance in a week that the people have spoken. The people of the city of Lafayette, Colorado voted in a similar change to their City charter by a large margin. Nice to see that the citizens are being responsible in handling the spending of their own taxes.