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Notice of Charter Referendum and General Election
Posted Date:
2/11/2019
Notice of Charter Referendum and General Election to be held on March 12, 2019.

TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA

NOTICE OF CHARTER REFERENDUM

AND GENERAL ELECTION

TO BE HELD ON MARCH 12, 2019

 

Notice is hereby given that a Charter Referendum will be held in the Town of Longboat Key, Florida, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in conjunction with the Town of Longboat Key General Election.  The Charter Referendum, in accordance with the Longboat Key Town Charter, Article VII, Section 3(b) will be held to determine whether Article II, Section 2 of the Town of Longboat Key Charter entitled Creation of Commission, Residency Requirements, Election, and Terms of Office of Commissioners should be amended to change the current two-year term of office for Town Commissioners to a three-year term of office and changed to conform the Town Commission election cycle with the term of office change as set forth in Ordinance 2018-18.  All qualified electors of the Town of Longboat Key, Florida, shall be entitled to vote on March 12, 2019, for the purpose of determining the following question:

 

TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA

CHARTER REFERENDUM QUESTION

MARCH 12, 2019

 

REFERENDUM REGARDING TOWN COMMISSION TERMS OF OFFICE AND ELECTIONS

Shall Article II, Section 2 of the Town Charter be amended as set forth in Ordinance 2018-18 to change the Town Commission term of office from a two (2) year term to a three (3) year term, and change the Town Commission election cycle to correspond with the term of office change?

 

Yes – For Adoption            ___________________

No - Against  Adoption      ___________________

 

If the referendum is approved by the qualified electors of the Town, Article 2, Section 2, of the Town Charter entitled Creation of Commission, Residency Requirements, Election, and Terms of Office of Commissioners, shall be amended.  The full text of the proposed amendment to Article 2, Section 2 of the Town Charter is set forth below:

 

Article II, Sec. 2. - Creation of commission; residency requirements, election, and terms of office of commissioners.

(a) The town commission shall consist of seven (7) electors of the town. Two (2) commissioners shall be elected at large. The remaining five (5) commissioners shall reside in and be nominated from each of the five districts of the town as set forth in Section 1. Commissioners shall be elected by the qualified electors residing in all five districts at a general election. Until the March 2020 general election, commissioners shall hold office for a two (2) year  term beginning on the day of the certification of the election. Until the March 2020 general election, one (1) commissioner-at-large and commissioners from odd-numbered districts shall be elected in even-numbered years.  Until the March 2021 general election, one (1) commissioner-at-large and commissioners from even-numbered districts shall be elected in odd-numbered years. 

(b) Commencing with the March 2020 general election and continuing thereafter, commissioners from odd-numbered districts shall be elected to hold office for a three (3) year term beginning on the date of the certification of the election.  Commencing with the March 2020 general election one at large commissioner shall be elected at the March 2020 general election for a two (2) year term beginning on the date of certification of that election.  At the conclusion of that at-large commissioner’s two (2) year term, commencing with the March 2022 general election and continuing every three (3) years thereafter, a commissioner elected to that at-large seat shall be elected to hold office for a three (3) year term beginning on the date of certification of the election.

(c) Commencing with the March 2021 general election and continuing thereafter commissioners from even-numbered districts shall be elected to hold office for a three (3) year term beginning on the date of certification of the election. Commencing with the March 2021 general election one at large commissioner shall be elected at the March 2021 general election for a one (1) year term beginning on the date of certification of that election.  At the conclusion of that at-large commissioner’s one (1) year term, commencing with the March 2022 general election and continuing every three (3) years thereafter, a commissioner elected to that at-large seat shall be elected to hold office for a three (3) year term beginning on the date of certification of the election.

(d) Except as specifically permitted in subsection (e) below, no elector shall serve more than six (6) consecutive years as a town commissioner without an interval of twenty-four months out of office.  Except as specifically permitted in subsection (e), service of more than twenty-four months as town commissioner shall be considered a term for the purposes of the consecutive term limitation.

(e) Notwithstanding the consecutive term limits provided herein, due to the transition in commission seat term lengths from two (2) year to three (3) year terms of office and the staggering of elections for commission seats, commissioners that were elected during the March 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 general elections, may serve a maximum of eight (8) consecutive years as a commissioner as measured from the date of their certification of the election for their initial term of office or their swearing into the office, as applicable, as long as the consecutive terms do not exceed a maximum of eight (8) years in office. 

(f)  Any commissioner, except those elected at large, who changes his or her permanent residence to an area outside the district from which elected shall be deemed to have vacated the office and position on the town commission. Any commissioner who is redistricted during the course of  their term by ordinance as required by Section 1 of this Article, shall continue to hold office for that district until the expiration of the term.

 

The full text of the existing Article II, Section 2 of the Town Charter is set forth below:

 

Sec. 2. - Creation of commission; residency requirements, election, and terms of office of commissioners.

(a) The town commission shall consist of seven (7) electors of the town. Two (2) commissioners shall be elected at large. The remaining five (5) commissioners shall reside in and be nominated from each of the five districts of the town as set forth in Section 1. Commissioners shall be elected by the qualified electors residing in all five districts at a general election and shall hold office for two years beginning on the day of the certification of the election as provided herein. No elector shall serve more than three (3) consecutive terms as town commissioner without an interval of one complete term out of office. Service of more than one (1) year as town commissioner shall be considered a term for the purposes of the three consecutive term limitation. One (1) commissioner-at-large and commissioners from odd-numbered districts shall be elected in even-numbered years, and one (1) commissioner-at-large and commissioners from even-numbered districts shall be elected in odd-numbered years.

(b) Any commissioner, except those elected at large, who changes his permanent residence to an area outside the district from which elected shall be deemed to have vacated his office and position on the town commission. Any commissioner who is redistricted during the course of his term by ordinance as required by Section 1 of this Article, shall continue to hold office for that district until the expiration of his term.

 

The proposed amendment to Article II, Section 2 of the Town Charter and the existing language contained within the Article II, Section 2 of the Town Charter  together with Ordinance 2018-18 is available for review at the Office of the Town Clerk, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL, and on the Town of Longboat Key website.  All Longboat Key registered voters should ensure that their correct address is on file in the Office of the Supervisor of Elections for their respective county.  In accordance with Florida Statutes 101.6103, ballots cannot be forwarded by the US Postal Service.

 

If the electors of the Town of Longboat Key approve this Referendum question, the terms of office and election cycles will be amended as set forth in Ordinance 2018-18. 

 

Town of Longboat Key, Florida

Pursuant to F.S. 100.342 and Longboat Key Town Charter

 

 
 
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