VOTE NO TO NEW CHARTER PROPOSITIONS
A VOTE NO ON NOVEMBER 3RD IS A VOTE YES FOR THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE HOW WE CAN KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE IN THE FUTURE
This is a wakeup call to all Bellaire residents before it’s too late. Propositions A, B and C on our Bellaire ballot on November 3 will amend the Bellaire City Charter to ensure that Bellaire will never have connectivity! If these propositions pass, the choice will be taken out of your hands for good.
The anti-sidewalk ballot propositions will prevent all new sidewalks for our city by requiring that elaborate and expensive studies be done before a sidewalk project can even be considered by City Council. No one will be willing to spend that kind of money in advance before a sidewalk project can even be considered. That’s the purpose of the proposition: make the construction of any new sidewalks impossible. One doesn't have to be in favor of sidewalks to vote 'no' on the amendments for other good reasons.
The measures also provide that no sidewalk can be constructed unless the city concurrently eliminates the impact of the new sidewalk on surface water discharge and runoff. What about the impact of the large houses and driveways being built daily in our neighborhood? That reasoning is absurd.
Sidewalks make a neighborhood safer and more livable, and enhance property values. Our neighbor to the east, West University, and our neighbor to the south, Meyerland, recognized the value of sidewalks on every street many years ago. Sidewalks are part and parcel of the charm, increased safety and livability of both neighborhoods.
In any case, whether or not to have sidewalks should be YOUR choice. Those against sidewalks who are proponents of these charter changes, are in effect, putting insurmountable obstacles in the way of both current and future Bellaire families. That is why this charter election is more than about sidewalks. It is about choice, something which is important to fight to keep.
This movement is about more than sidewalks- it is about fighting to preserve the voices of our community members in a way that lets democracy, debate, and due process direct the way forward.
Vote NO on Propositions A, B, and C on November 3. And please alert your neighbors!
ON THE BALLOT
Sidewalks Charter Election Scheduled for Nov. 3
If the voters amend the City Charter in November, it will represent a departure from our City's existing legislative process and limit mechanisms by which residents now and in the future can have their say.