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Charter Review Board may take another crack at county mayor veto question



Hillsborough County Charter Review Board member Gerald White wants to take another crack at letting voters decide on whether to rescind veto powers for a prospective elected county mayor.

Voters earlier this month handily rejected a question on whether veto powers should be taken out of the county charter since no elected county mayor position exists now. Voters had earlier approved the veto power as a companion question in 2008 that would have let them create an elected county mayor to wield it, but that measure was thrown off the ballot while the veto power remained and was approved.

The Charter Review Board, formed every five years to review possible changes to the county's constitution of sorts, had proposed letting voters get rid of the veto language to clean the document up.  It has the power to put questions relating to the charter on the ballot.

White said that, in his discussions with people who say they voted in November, many say they were confused, thinking that they would have been voting to get rid of veto powers for, say, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. So he wants to take a stab at putting a more clear ballot question before voters in 2012, which would leave enough time for voters to get educated about what the question is really asking.

"There's a lot of confusion about this veto power question," White said.



[Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2010 2:52pm]


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