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Proposed City Charter Amendment
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PROPOSED CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT
GENERAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016
EARLY VOTING: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH @ 7:00AM TO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH @ 7:00PM
ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 AND DURING EARLY VOTING, WAUCHULA RESIDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO CONSIDER ONE (1) AMENDMENT TO THE CITY CHARTER.
HOW THESE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS CAME ABOUT:
The City Charter is the foundation of Wauchula’s government. By referendum in 2004, the City’s Charter was changed from a Mayor-Council form of government to a Commission-Manager form of government. It defines the roles and powers of the legislative (City Commission) and executive (City Manager) branches of the government.  The Charter requires the Commission to be comprised of seven (7) electors.

In July 2016, the City Commission discussed reducing the number of Commissioners from seven (7) to five (5). The City Commission discussed the number of Commissioners other Cities with comparable population of Wauchula had and the average was five (5). The reduction of Commissioners from seven (7) to five (5) would save the City of Wauchula $7,200 a year. The City Commission meetings were publicly noticed and were open to the public. On August 8, 2016, the City Commission approved to have the Charter Amendment placed on the November 2016 ballot.
 
If the Amendment is approved by a majority of voters it will take effect Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
 
Please take the time to review the proposed amendment. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have on the proposed amendment, so that you may make a fully informed decision.  Contact information: 863-773-3535 or hsmith@cityofwauchula.com.
PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT AS IT WILL APPEAR ON THE BALLOT:   





 CHARTER AMENDMENT #1
ARTICLE III, §§ 3.02 & 3.09 AND ARTICLE V, §§ 5.05, 5.06, & 5.09
ENMIENDAS A LA ACTA CONSTITUTIVA #1
ARTÍCULO III, §§ 3.02 & 3.09 EL ARTÍCULO V, §§ 5.05, 5.06, & 5.09

DECREASING THE SIZE OF THE COMMISSION, THE QUORUM, AND THE NUMBER OF
DISTRICTS

This amendment proposes to decrease the number of City Commissioners from seven to
five members, modify the number of votes needed for a quorum from four to three,
decreasing the number of commission districts from seven to five, decreasing the
two-member districts to a single member, and increasing the at large districts from one to
two.
Question – Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

DISMINUCION DE LA CANTIDAD DE COMIDIONADOS, EL QUÓRUM Y
EL NUMERO DE DISTRITOS

Esta enmienda propone la disminución del numero de comisionados de la ciudad, de siete
miembros a cinco miembros. Modifica el numero de votos que se necesitan para quorum de
cuatro a tres. Reduce los distritos de commission de siete a cinco, convirtiendo los distritos
de dos miembros a un miembr; e incrementa los distritos independientes de dos a uno.
Pregunta – Deberíamos adoptar las enmiendas al acta mencionadas?



____YES for Approval/SÍ Apruebo

____NO against Approval/NO Apruebo





 
 
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