Thursday, April 26, 2018
Politics

Charter amendments in Hillsborough County appear headed for passage, Plant City measure wins approval

TAMPA — Two amendments to the Hillsborough County Charter were on the verge of approval, with all but one precinct reporting late Tuesday.

A separate amendment to the Plant City Charter met with more robust approval.

The first county charter amendment was largely a housekeeping matter, changing language relating to prohibitions against discrimination. If it passes, it would change the term "physical handicap" to "disability."

The second is more substantive. If it passes, it will require any future county ballot initiative to include a financial impact statement. It would require the county's budget director to provide an estimate of costs and potential revenues from any future ballot initiative.

In Plant City, voters approved a change what would allow that City's Council members to appoint someone to serve out a vacancy on that board if it occurs within 15 months of the next election. \

The charter had required a special election, at a cost of about $15,000 for each election.

The city of Tampa has a similar provision.

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