A group appointed to study the structure of Little Rock city government has scheduled a meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline road, and is inviting public comment.
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The Governance Structure Study Group, which is studying forms of government to make a recommendation on what form of government is best for the City of Little Rock, will seek public input on a variety of city governance issues on Monday, June 3. This public meeting is hosted by Southwest Little Rock United for Progress. The Study Group is planning additional meetings at various locations throughout the city to hear public input on this topic.
Specific topics that the Study Group will solicit input on include:
- Mayor’s general appointment power
- Mayor’s power to hire/fire city manager and city attorney
- Mayor’s veto and/or line-item veto power
- Minimum threshold for board to override a veto
- Minimum voting percentage for elections of city directors and mayor
- Number of total wards/directors
- Types of ward structure (at-large, regional, or ward-only)
The Study Group will provide discussion questions on these topics, and members of the public will also be encouraged to respond to the following: “The best form of government is that which _______.”
The City Board of Directors approved a resolution to create the Study Group in December 2018. The Study Group includes seven ward representatives appointed by city directors from those wards and four at-large members appointed by the three at-large directors and Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.