New format for city council proposed by members of the community
Former Webb County Judge Andy Ramos and members of the community are banding together to propose a new format for City Council.
A petition for the "4 by 4" city government system is gaining support and the item is expected to go before council at their next meeting.
"We would hope they would study this and solicit input from the city staff because we are hearing from the street a lot of people are in favor of this."
Currently, the city of Laredo is zoned into 8 different districts; a seat at city council represents each.
In a census year, the city is rezoned and a four by four system that is gaining support would divide Laredo into 4 districts rather than 8.
"Taking a look at the new proposed city government system, after speaking with the mayor he says the system has a lot of flaws."
"If you happen to have a lot of money and you can run a large campaign and just have representation in one part of the city we don't want the rest of the city left out in the cold."
But former Webb County Judge Andy Ramos says a 4 by 4 system gives members of the community more options:
"Now instead of having to talk to the mayor and one councilman you can talk to 6: 1 councilman 4 at large plus the mayor."
Mayor Salinas says reformatting the city council would be a long and complicated process, but he and city council will get a full rundown of the 4 by 4 system when it is presented at the next city council meeting.
Wednesday night ramos and Cardwell will host a workshop to discuss how they plan to present the 4 by 4 system to the city council.
The workshop is open to the public and will be held at the Masonic Lodge at 9901 Crystal Court.