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Posted on: September 12, 2022

Proposed Charter Amendments to be on November 2022 Ballot

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Daytona Beach Shores residents will have the opportunity to vote on five proposed amendments to the City Charter at the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The proposed amendments were drafted as part of a City Council review of the charter, which is done periodically. Voters will decide whether to approve the proposed amendments. Be sure to register to vote!

The ballot proposals are as follows:

Question 1

Ballot Title: CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT INCREASING NUMBER OF COUNCILMEMBER VOTES NECESSARY TO REMOVE A COUNCILMEMBER FOR MISCONDUCT

Ballot Summary: Shall the City Charter be amended to increase, from three councilmembers to four councilmembers, the number of affirmative councilmember votes necessary to investigate and remove a councilmember for misconduct?

Vote Yes or No.

Additional information: This amendment, if approved by voters, would revise Section 2.04, “Forfeiture of office,” of the City Charter. Forfeiture of office by a councilmember could occur for a number of reasons, such as moving outside the city limits or being convicted of a felony. Forfeiture of office shall also occur through malfeasance, nonfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, and permanent inability to perform the duties of the office. In that case, the City Council follows a process outlined in the Charter, including an investigation and formal hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, the City Council must make its determination. The Charter currently requires an affirmative vote of at least three members of the Council. As proposed, the amendment would we require an affirmative vote of at least four members of the Council, rather than three.

Question 2

Ballot Title: CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT ELIMINATING A SPECIFIC MEETING TIME FOR CITY COUNCIL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS

Ballot Summary: Shall the City Charter be amended to remove the requirement that the organizational meeting of the city council must start at 7 pm?

Vote Yes or No.

Additional information: The Charter now requires the City Council’s organizational meeting, where newly elected councilmembers take the oath of office and the vice-mayor is elected, to be held at 7 p.m. The City Council currently meets at 6 p.m., typically on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. If this amendment is approved by voters, the requirement that the organizational meeting be held at the specific time of 7 p.m. would be eliminated.

Question 3

Ballot Title: CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT REVISING TIMELINES FOR REFERENDA ON CITIZEN-INITIATED CHARTER AMENDMENTS

Ballot Summary: Shall the City Charter be amended to revise timelines for holding referenda on citizen-initiated charter amendments, to provide that such referenda be held at the next general election if it is within 120 days (rather than 90 days) after certification of petitions, or otherwise within 90 days (rather than 60 days) after certification of petitions?

Vote Yes or No.

Additional information: This proposed amendment, if approved by voters, would revise the timelines for holding referenda on charter amendments proposed by Daytona Beach Shores electors (voters) using the petition process. If approved, referenda on citizen-initiated Charter amendments would be held at the next general election if it is within 120 days after certification of petitions or otherwise within 90 days after certification of petitions. This proposed amendment accommodates deadlines resulting from changes in state and federal election laws.

Question 4

Ballot Title: CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT Providing for city purchasing to be governed by council-approved purchasing policies

Ballot Summary: Shall the City Charter be amended to remove specific bidding and purchasing procedures from the Charter, and provide that City purchasing, contracting, bidding, and expenditures will be governed by City ordinances and policies, as approved and updated by the City Council?

Vote Yes or No.

Additional information: City officials would like to regularly update the City’s bidding and purchasing policies and procedures in light of current industry practices. This proposed amendment, if approved by voters, would remove specific bidding and purchasing procedures from the Charter, and provide that City purchasing, contracting, bidding, and expenditures will be governed by City ordinances and policies, which would be approved and updated by the City Council.

Question 5

Ballot Title: CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT Renaming “City Council” to “City Commission”

Ballot Summary: Shall the City Charter be amended to rename the “city council” to the “city commission”, “city councilmembers” to “city commissioners”, and “mayor-councilmember” to “mayor”, with such changes having no effect on the powers, duties, or compensation of such officials?

Vote Yes or No.

Additional information: The proposed amendment is a simple name change – from “City Council” to “City Commission.” It does not affect compensation, powers or duties of the elected councilmembers.

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