Voters in La Pine approved its City Charter in Tuesday's election. It’s an important step for the young City. They also voted out of office; most of the sewer and water commissioners who fought plans to take over the city's sewer and water district. La Pine City Manager Rick Allen says the City will move forward with plans, but it will take us a while to merge some computer systems and things, so we’ll spend most of a year working through all of those things. So July 1 of 2012, would be the day the City will take over.” In March, the City Council considered taking over the Sewer and Water District, but Commissioners said they couldn't take over without the Commissioners consent. Federal law prevents cities from annexing districts without consent, while they still are paying back federal loans.