DUNEDIN — While there are no open seats on the City Commission up for grabs, residents will be able to vote on five charter amendments in the Nov. 7 election. These amendments were recommended by the Charter Review Committee and later approved by the commission in July. In order to be finalized, they will have to be approved by residents.
Here’s what residents will be voting on:
Charter Amendment No. 1/Ordinance 17-23
This amendment would change when the vice mayor is selected. Currently, the vice mayor is selected during the first regular City Commission meeting after the election. The change is asking that the selection take place during the first regular meeting in December.
By voting yes, you are voting to change the selection of the vice mayor to the first regular meeting in December.
Charter Amendment No. 2/Ordinance 17-24
This ordinance would change the amount of time allowed to replace a mayor or City Commission position in the event of a special election. According to Section 3.06 of the City Charter, when a vacancy happens, commissioners have 30 days to fill the spot through an appointment. If there is a regular election coming up within 360 days of the vacancy, residents can vote on whether the appointed individual will stay in office. If there is no upcoming election, the city will hold a special election. This is where the proposed charter amendment would take effect. Currently, the commission has 90 days after a vacancy to hold the special election. Amendment No. 2 would extend that to 180 days.
By voting yes, you are voting to allow the commission 180 days after a vacancy to hold a special election.
Charter Amendment No. 3/Ordinance 17-25
This ordinance addresses the amount of time necessary to notify the public about special meetings. Currently, special meetings can be called by the mayor, city manager or two other commissioners with no less than 12 hours’ notice to each member and the public. The amendment would change that to no less than 48 hours’ notice.
By voting yes, you are voting to require that notices for special meetings be sent out 48 hours in advance instead of 12.
Charter Amendment No. 4/Ordinance 17-26
This ordinance addresses a change in title of a section in the City Charter, which describes who is allowed to participate in city elections. Section 5.01 is titled "Elections."
By voting yes, you vote to change the title of Section 5.01 from "Elections" to "Electors."
Charter Amendment No. 5/Ordinance 17-27
This ballot measure would change one word, but it would make a difference. It seeks to mandate that the City Commission establish a code of ethics for elected officials and employees of the city by an ordinance, instead of just giving it authority to do so. Under the current language, the commission has the option to establish a code of ethics.
By voting yes, you vote to require that the City Commission establish a code of ethics.