Should the Danielsville mayor be given the right to vote on all city business?
The Danielsville City Council heard from city attorney Victor Johnson Monday who urged the group to consider amending its city codes to allow the mayor to vote regularly and not just when there is a tie.
Danielsville has a four-person council. And the mayor only votes when there is a 2-2 tie. But the council also has a provision in its charter that action can only be taken when there are three votes in favor of that measure.
Changing that provision would require action by the Georgia General Assembly. Johnson recently proposed that the council seek a legislative amendment to the city charter to wipe out that provision.
But council member Barbara Dove, who has announced that she plans to step off the council, voted last month not to seek that legislative change. She noted that the council tried to take the same action last year, but another council member blocked the measure. Dove said she is remaining on the council to help the city until a replacement for former council member Roger Watson is at the table.
Right now, the council is short one member. So the group can’t take any action without a unanimous vote of all three council members. Johnson said giving the mayor the right to vote would eliminate some situations in which the council would be prohibited from taking action — for instance, if any of the current council members are absent from a meeting and three votes aren’t available to carry out business.
He also noted that allowing the mayor to vote could include complications, such as creating possible 2-2 ties when the council is not at full capacity.
The group took no action on the matter and agreed to consider the issue at its next work session.