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Dunedin Charter Amendment 5: What a Yes Vote Means

Here's a look at Dunedin Charter Amendment 5 and what a yes vote on it means at the polls.

Dunedin Patch has created a guide on each of the six city amendments. Here's a look at Dunedin Charter Amendment 5 and what a yes vote on it means at the polls.

Amendment 5: Reducing Time Frame to Act upon Initiative or Referendum Petition

The language on the ballot will look like this:

Shall the City Charter, pursuant to Ordinance 12-20, be amended to reduce the time frame in which the City Commission must repeal an ordinance or adopt an initiative ordinance or referendum petition from 150 days to 60 days?

This question is asking to change language in the city charter that would limit the amount of time city officials have to remove a new ordinance, and speeds up the time it takes to put new laws into effect, and address petitions from residents. As it stands, the city charter requires that the commission make a decision about these within 150 days, or roughly five months.

A "yes" vote would change the city charter language to require a decision within 60 days, or roughly two months.

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[Last updated Sunday, Oct. 29, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.]

Julie Ward Bujalski October 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Just a little more clarification on this one Katie....You'll note that the question also mentions referendum petitions. A referendum petition is citizen driven. So with a yes vote, this will require the city address a citizen driven petition for referendum more quickly as well.
Katie Dolac October 28, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Important to note! Thanks, Commissioner!

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