Referendum Questions

NOTICE OF MUNICIPAL REFERENDUM ELECTION - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018

As called by the City Commission of the City of Hollywood, Florida, a referendum election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of the City of Hollywood, Florida, the following questions:

CREATION OF A PREAMBLE

This amendment would create a preamble at the beginning of the City Charter.  The preamble would declare various reasons for the adoption of the Charter and would declare the intent of the people of Hollywood (i) to secure unto themselves certain specified benefits and (ii) to affirm certain specified values.

Should the City Charter be amended by the creation of a preamble at the beginning of the Charter?

Yes _____                                 No   _____

Fiscal Impact of Proposed City Charter Amendment Creating a Preamble 
The proposed charter amendment does not result in significant additional costs.

ENVIRONMENT AND FORM OF GOVERNMENT

These amendments would amend Article I of the City Charter entitled "General Provisions."  The first amendment would require the City to continue to exercise power regarding the environment.  The second amendment would correct the name by which the form of government of the City is known by changing the name from “commissioner-manager plan” to “commission-manager plan.”

Should the City Charter be amended to require the City to continue to exercise power regarding the environment and to correct the name by which the form of government of the city is known?

Yes _____                                 No   _____

Fiscal Impact of Proposed City Charter Amendments Concerning the Environment and the Form of Government  
The proposed charter amendments do not result in significant additional costs.

VARIOUS AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE CITY COMMISSION

These amendments would amend Article II of the City Charter entitled "The City Commission.”  Specifically, they would change the number of required regular commission meetings, require more agendas for regular commission meetings to include Citizens’ Comments, create a duty to disclose when a commission member has knowledge of another commission member’s voting conflict of interest, and clarify the prohibition against commission members interfering in the day-to-day operations of the City.

Should Article II of the City Charter entitled “The City Commission” be amended in the various ways described above?

Yes _____                                 No   _____

Fiscal Impact of Proposed City Charter Amendments concerning the City Commission
The proposed charter amendments do not result in significant additional costs.

VARIOUS AMENDMENTS REGARDING ELECTIONS

These amendments would amend Article III of the City Charter entitled "Elections.”  Specifically, they would conform procedures for filling a vacancy in the office of city commissioner to the procedures for filling a vacancy in the office of mayor and conform the requirements for filing campaign finance reports to the requirements of state law.

Should Article III of the City Charter entitled “Elections” be amended in the various ways described above?

Yes _____                                 No   _____

Fiscal Impact of proposed City Charter Amendments concerning Elections

The amendments to Sections 3.02(a) and 3.02(c) could have a significant fiscal impact by requiring more special elections to fill vacancies in the office of city commissioner.  Each such special election would be a district election (as opposed to a citywide election) and would cost approximately $177,000.  While the number of additional special elections is impossible to determine, past history indicates that the number could be in the neighborhood of one every ten years.

VARIOUS AMENDMENTS REGARDING INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM

These amendments would amend Articles IV and V of the City Charter entitled "Initiative” and “Referendum” respectively, which allow petitions to initiate legislation and to repeal legislation.  Specifically, these amendments would (i) increase the time within which a committee of petitioners must file supplementary petition papers containing additional signatures and (ii) make non-substantive changes primarily aimed at making uniform the procedures for an initiative and a referendum.

Should Articles IV and V of the City Charter entitled “Initiative” and “Referendum” be amended in the various ways described above?

Yes _____                                 No   _____

Fiscal Impact of proposed City Charter Amendments concerning Initiative and Referendum
The proposed charter amendments do not result in significant additional costs.

VARIOUS AMENDMENTS REGARDING CITY MANAGER AND CITY ATTORNEY

By these amendments, the City Commission would be required to review the City Manager and City Attorney annually.  The City Manager would be required to keep the City Commission advised of the City’s general condition.  The City Attorney would have to be an active member in good standing of The Florida Bar.  Regarding the City Attorney’s duties, the amendments would delete language implying that a Charter provision conflicting with state law is valid.

Should Articles VI and VII of the City Charter entitled “City Manager” and “City Attorney” be amended as described above?

Yes _____                                 No   _____

Fiscal Impact of proposed City Charter Amendments Concerning the City Manager and the City Attorney 

The proposed charter amendments do not result in significant additional costs.

AMENDMENTS REGARDING OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

These amendments to Section 8.02 of the City Charter would prohibit the City Commission from interfering with the appointment of officers and employees by the City Attorney and would add gender neutrality language.

Should Articles VIII of the City Charter entitled “Officers and Employees” be amended as described above?

Yes _____                                 No   _____

Fiscal Impact of proposed City Charter Amendments concerning Interference with the Appointment of Officers and Employees.

The proposed charter amendments do not result in significant additional costs.

CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR/VICE-CHAIR NON-VOTING MEMBERS 

By this amendment, the immediate past chair and vice-chair of the Charter Review Committee would be designated as non-voting ex officio members of the Charter Review Committee.

Should Section 11.02 of the City Charter be amended to designate the immediate past chair and vice-chair as non-voting ex officio members of the Charter Review Committee?

Yes _____            No   _____

Fiscal Impact of proposed City Charter amendment designating the immediate past chair and vice-chair as non-voting ex officio members of the Charter Review Committee

The proposed charter amendments do not result in significant additional costs.

SALE OF CITY-OWNED PROPERTY

This amendment to Section 13.01 of the City Charter would clarify that the sale or other disposition of a City-owned golf course must be approved by the City’s electors.

Should Section 13.01 of the City Charter be amended to clarify that the sale or other disposition of a City-owned golf course must be approved by the City’s electors?

Yes _____            No   _____

Fiscal Impact of proposed City Charter amendment clarifying that the sale or other disposition of a City-owned golf course must be approved by the City’s electors 

The proposed charter amendment does not result in significant additional costs.