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Pinellas voters weigh in on variety of ballot questions

Pinellas County voters had their say on a variety of referendum questions Tuesday.

They approved a countywide charter amendment to lengthen the time between sessions of the Charter Review Commission, but rejected an increase in tax assessments for the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District.

Referendums in Dunedin, Redington Beach and Largo related to the terms and salary of city officials passed.

The Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District referendum proved unpopular, losing 75 percent to 25 percent in unofficial returns. If it had passed, the measure would have allowed the district to increase non-property tax assessments based on average annual income increases or the Florida consumer price index, whichever is larger.

The county charter amendment, which passed by 61 percent to 39 percent in unofficial results, lengthens the time between sessions of the Charter Review Commission from every six to every eight years, so they coincide with presidential elections. The measure also requires the group to hold two public hearings before giving its recommendations to the Pinellas County Commission.

In Dunedin, voters said yes by 55 percent to 45 percent to increasing the terms of the mayor and city commissioners from three to four years. A similar measure in Largo, lengthening the terms of the mayor and city commissioners from three to four years, thereby eliminating elections when there is no countywide election, passed by a vote of 58 percent to 42 percent.

In Redington Beach, a referendum on increasing the salary of the mayor to $500 a month and commissioners to $300 passed.

Pinellas voters weigh in on variety of ballot questions 11/02/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:36am]
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