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Group wants financial costs disclosed on Hillsborough County ballot initiatives



Residents who fought a proposed transit tax in Hillsborough County are pressing for financial impact statements on future local ballot initiatives.

For the past two weeks, residents, many of them attached to the Tampa 9/12 Project, have lobbied the county Charter Review Board to have a cost projection requirement attached to future local ballot initiatives. The state now has a similar requirement for state constitutional amendments.

The Charter Review Board agreed to hold a public hearing on the proposal in January. Its members asked the county attorney's office to draft possible ballot language though they have yet to discuss who would calculate the cost projection. The Charter Review Board has the power to place such questions on the ballot to let voters decide whether they support the idea.

Board members declined to pursue another proposal from the same group of residents that would have asked voters if they support raising the threshhold for passing charter amendments to 60 percent, from a simple majority. The state has also passed a similar requirement for constitutional amendments. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 5:27pm]


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