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Local Referendum and Constitutional Amendments

LOCAL CITY REFERENDUM 1 and 2

Ballot Language Local City Referendum 1 and 2 Ordinance Establishing Referendum Question 1 - Hospital Lease Ordinance Establishing Referendum Question 2 - Tower Perpetual Easement

NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BALLOT CONTAINS 13 PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS STATEWIDE

One of the longest lists of proposed constitutional amendments in years will confront voters when they enter the voting booth for the November 6, 2018 election.  The last time voters encountered this lengthy a list was in 1998, the last time that the state’s Constitution Revision Commission met.  The Commission, which meets every 20 years, placed 8 proposals on this year’s ballot, some of which deal with more than one issue.  Several other proposals have made it to the ballot as a result of Legislative action or citizen initiatives.  In order to be approved, any amendment requires a 60% vote in favor.  For complete ballot information go to the Supervisor of Elections Website. Following is a brief description of each of the 13 proposals: Amendment 1:  Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption This amendment raises the portion of a home’s value that can be exempted from non-school property taxes.  The Legislature voted to refer the exemption to the ballot in 2017.  The proposed change would apply to the assessed value of a homestead property between $100,000 and $125,000 and would raise the maximum exemption to $75,000.  An online tool will tell homeowners how much, if any, they would save in the event the measure passes.  Go to 3hxestimator.org to find out if you will receive any exemption benefit from this proposal. More Information on Amendment 1: Freque ntly Asked Questions Impact on Pinellas County Who Qualifies for the Third Homestead?   Amendment 1 Presentation Amendment 2:  Limitations on Property Tax Assessments Non-homesteaded property tax assessments have been limited to 10% of the previous years’ assessed value since 2008.   This proposal would make the existing cap on non-homestead property assessments permanent.  This proposal, like amendment 1, was referred by the Legislature. Amendment 3:  Voter Control of Gambling in Florida This citizen initiated proposal would give voters the exclusive right to decide to authorize expansions of casino gambling in Florida.  This authority currently belongs to the Legislature and voters, through constitutional amendment. Amendment 4:  Voting Restoration Amendment This amendment would restore voting rights to former felons if they have served their sentence, with the exception of crimes such as murder and sex offenses.  Currently, the state requires that ex-felons wait a minimum of five years after their sentences are complete to apply to regain voting rights.  Each application must be heard individually by the state’s clemency board, which meets only four times per year. The process can take a decade or more. Amendment 5:  Super-Majority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize or Raise State Taxes or Fees This amendment would require a two-thirds super-majority vote in the Legislature to impose, approve or raise state taxes and fees.  This proposal by the state legislature would also stop any provisions to raise taxes or fees from being added to other state bills.  It does not apply to any fees or taxes levied by local government or agencies such as school districts. Amendments 6 – 10 were proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission.  Most group distinct proposals together so that grouped proposals must be either adopted or rejected together. Amendment 6:  Rights of Crime Victims / Judges This amendment creates a bill of rights for crime victims modeled after Marsey’s Law in California.  It also increases the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 and would bar judges from deferring to administrative agencies’ interpretations of a rule or statute when ruling in cases involving those laws. Amendment 7:  First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits / Public Colleges and Universities This amendment combines three proposals:  providing college tuition for the survivors of first responders and military members killed in the line of duty; requiring university trustees to agree by a two-thirds super-majority to raise college fees (not including tuition); and, establishing the state college system in the Florida constitution Amendment 8:  School Board Term Limits and Duties / Public Schools Another amendment that combines three issues: eight year term limits for school boards; expanded civics education in public schools; and a plan to enable charter schools to bypass local school boards by expanding the state’s authority to control and supervise them. Amendment 9:  Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling / Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces This amendment combines a ban on oil and gas drilling in state owned waters with a proposal to add vaping to the ban on smoking indoors. Amendment 10:  State and Local Government Structure and Operation This amendment contains four provisions:  1) requires that the state’s legislative session begin in January rather than March in even numbered years; 2) creates a counter-terrorism office; 3) makes the state Veterans Affairs Department constitutionally required; and, 4) requires five county level offices to be elected rather than appointed (tax Collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, clerks of circuit court and sheriff). Amendment 11:  Property Rights / Removal of Obsolete Provision / Criminal Statutes Amendment 11 would removes language currently in the state Constitution including a provision that stops “aliens ineligible from citizenship” from owning property and wording approving a high speed rail system.  It would also clarity that repealing a criminal statute would not retroactively affect the prosecution of a crime committed previously. Amendment 12:  Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers This proposal would ban public officials from lobbying both during their terms and for six years following and would restrict current public officers from using their office for personal gain. Amendment 13:  Ends Dog Racing This proposal would end commercial dog racing involving wagering by 2020.  It would affect approximately 12 tracks in Florida currently.
City of Tarpon Springs
Copyright © 2015 City of Tarpon Springs. All rights registered

Local Referendum and

Constitutional

Amendments

LOCAL CITY REFERENDUM 1 and 2

Ballot Language Local City Referendum 1 and 2 Ordinance Establishing Referendum Question 1 - Hospital Lease Ordinance Establishing Referendum Question 2 - Tower Perpetual Easement

NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BALLOT CONTAINS

13 PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL

AMENDMENTS STATEWIDE

One of the longest lists of proposed constitutional amendments in years will confront voters when they enter the voting booth for the November 6, 2018 election.  The last time voters encountered this lengthy a list was in 1998, the last time that the state’s Constitution Revision Commission met.  The Commission, which meets every 20 years, placed 8 proposals on this year’s ballot, some of which deal with more than one issue.  Several other proposals have made it to the ballot as a result of Legislative action or citizen initiatives.  In order to be approved, any amendment requires a 60% vote in favor.  For complete ballot information go to the Supervisor of Elections Website. Following is a brief description of each of the 13 proposals: Amendment 1:  Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption This amendment raises the portion of a home’s value that can be exempted from non-school property taxes.  The Legislature voted to refer the exemption to the ballot in 2017.  The proposed change would apply to the assessed value of a homestead property between $100,000 and $125,000 and would raise the maximum exemption to $75,000.  An online tool will tell homeowners how much, if any, they would save in the event the measure passes.  Go to 3hxestimator.org to find out if you will receive any exemption benefit from this proposal. More Information on Amendment 1: Freque ntly Asked Questions Impact on Pinellas County Who Qualifies for the Third Homestead?   Amendment 1 Presentation Amendment 2:  Limitations on Property Tax Assessments Non-homesteaded property tax assessments have been limited to 10% of the previous years’ assessed value since 2008.   This proposal would make the existing cap on non-homestead property assessments permanent.  This proposal, like amendment 1, was referred by the Legislature. Amendment 3:  Voter Control of Gambling in Florida This citizen initiated proposal would give voters the exclusive right to decide to authorize expansions of casino gambling in Florida.  This authority currently belongs to the Legislature and voters, through constitutional amendment. Amendment 4:  Voting Restoration Amendment This amendment would restore voting rights to former felons if they have served their sentence, with the exception of crimes such as murder and sex offenses.  Currently, the state requires that ex- felons wait a minimum of five years after their sentences are complete to apply to regain voting rights.  Each application must be heard individually by the state’s clemency board, which meets only four times per year. The process can take a decade or more. Amendment 5:  Super-Majority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize or Raise State Taxes or Fees This amendment would require a two-thirds super- majority vote in the Legislature to impose, approve or raise state taxes and fees.  This proposal by the state legislature would also stop any provisions to raise taxes or fees from being added to other state bills.  It does not apply to any fees or taxes levied by local government or agencies such as school districts. Amendments 6 – 10 were proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission.  Most group distinct proposals together so that grouped proposals must be either adopted or rejected together. Amendment 6:  Rights of Crime Victims / Judges This amendment creates a bill of rights for crime victims modeled after Marsey’s Law in California.  It also increases the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 and would bar judges from deferring to administrative agencies’ interpretations of a rule or statute when ruling in cases involving those laws. Amendment 7:  First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits / Public Colleges and Universities This amendment combines three proposals:  providing college tuition for the survivors of first responders and military members killed in the line of duty; requiring university trustees to agree by a two-thirds super-majority to raise college fees (not including tuition); and, establishing the state college system in the Florida constitution Amendment 8:  School Board Term Limits and Duties / Public Schools Another amendment that combines three issues: eight year term limits for school boards; expanded civics education in public schools; and a plan to enable charter schools to bypass local school boards by expanding the state’s authority to control and supervise them. Amendment 9:  Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling / Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces This amendment combines a ban on oil and gas drilling in state owned waters with a proposal to add vaping to the ban on smoking indoors. Amendment 10:  State and Local Government Structure and Operation This amendment contains four provisions:  1) requires that the state’s legislative session begin in January rather than March in even numbered years; 2) creates a counter-terrorism office; 3) makes the state Veterans Affairs Department constitutionally required; and, 4) requires five county level offices to be elected rather than appointed (tax Collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, clerks of circuit court and sheriff). Amendment 11:  Property Rights / Removal of Obsolete Provision / Criminal Statutes Amendment 11 would removes language currently in the state Constitution including a provision that stops “aliens ineligible from citizenship” from owning property and wording approving a high speed rail system.  It would also clarity that repealing a criminal statute would not retroactively affect the prosecution of a crime committed previously. Amendment 12:  Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers This proposal would ban public officials from lobbying both during their terms and for six years following and would restrict current public officers from using their office for personal gain. Amendment 13:  Ends Dog Racing This proposal would end commercial dog racing involving wagering by 2020.  It would affect approximately 12 tracks in Florida currently.
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