Sunday, May 20, 2018
Politics

Clearwater referendums pass

CLEARWATER — A proposal to reshape the pension system for Clearwater's municipal employees narrowly won approval from the city's voters Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another proposal to offer tax breaks to job-creating businesses won approval by a wider margin.

According to unofficial results, the referendum on the city's pension plan passed with 21,827 "yes" votes versus 20,349 "no" votes. Less than 52 percent of Clearwater voters agreed to the plan, but that was enough.

The other referendum, approved by 56 percent of voters, allows the city government to offer property tax exemptions to new or expanding businesses that are creating at least 10 high-wage jobs.

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