Future Hillsborough ballot questions could come with projected pricetags
Fresh off helping to defeat a proposed sales tax increase to pay for rail and other transit, conservative activists are seeking to ensure that future Hillsborough County ballot questions come with estimated price tags, or financial impact statements. But first, voters would have to approve the measure. And the proposal came one vote shy of winning a spot on the 2012 ballot when the Charter Review Board took it up Monday night. The board can put such questions on the ballot, but only with a supermajority vote of at least 10 of the 14 appointees agreeing to do so. Only nine members gave that blessing Monday, but one board member who had spoken favorably of the idea in the past was absent because his wife had a baby. After considerable jockeying, board members agreed to hold open the required public hearing until they meet again at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 in hope of getting full attendance and a favorable vote.
In other action, the charter board did vote unanimously to ask voters in 2012 if they support a slight wording change to the charter to reflect current, accepted terminology. If approved, it would change the words "physical handicap" to "disability" in describing one group of people protected by an antidiscrimination clause within the charter.