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Port Richey will use mail-in ballots for referendum on dissolving the city

PORT RICHEY

City will use mail-in ballots for referendum

The city's 1,900 registered voters will get mail-in ballots for the referendum this spring on whether to dissolve the city. The City Council voted 3-2 Thursday evening to use mailed ballots, which are pricier than poll voting because of postage and paper costs— $7,675 vs. $2,351 for a poll vote — but generally encourage greater participation, elections officials said. The cost will be covered by the city's general fund. Council members Phil Abts, Perry Bean and Vice Mayor Mark Hashim, who have supported putting the dissolution question to voters, voted for the mail-in ballots. Mayor Richard Rober and council member Steven O'Neill, who have opposed the referendum, voted against the plan. A 2007 nonbinding referendum on dissolution drew 44 percent of the city's voters to the polls; 54 percent of them rejected the question. This spring's election date will be set by the supervisor of elections, and ballots will be sent out within 20 days of election day. The City Council also scheduled two workshops at which residents can ask about dissolution, on April 21 and May 5 at City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road, at times to be determined.

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Real estate agents and developers say those "Available" signs on the northern tract of the Cypress Creek Town Center are calls for tenants — not an indication that the property is on the market. Story, Page 4.

Correction

River Ridge hockey player Dustin Disbro (87) was pictured in Friday's Pasco Times battling George Jenkins' Kevin Wagner (26) for the puck. A photo caption named the wrong River Ridge player.

Port Richey will use mail-in ballots for referendum on dissolving the city 03/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 27, 2009 9:26pm]
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