Charter Ballot Questions - English

INFORMATION ON CHARTER BALLOT QUESTIONS

Charter Ballot Questions in General


The City of Oldsmar offers information on the charter ballot questions proposed to the voters in the March 15, 2022 Municipal Election.  It does not imply or state any opinions on how to vote.

The charter ballot questions originated from the work of the 2021 Charter Review Committee.  That committee of seven Oldsmar residents reviewed the current city charter and proposed certain revisions to the charter. Those proposed revisions are set forth in the ballot questions. There are 11 ballot questions.

The process of approval of the Charter ballot questions start with the adoption of ordinances by City Council. Those ordinances are numbered 2021-28, 2021-29, 2021-30, 2021-31, 2021-32 and 2021-33. These ordinances do not become effective unless they pass by popular vote at the March 15, 2022 election.   

The wording of the ordinances resulted in some of the charter ballot questions becoming attached to one another.  The following charter ballot questions are attached to one another:

  • Questions 1 through 4.  If one question fails, then all four questions fail. 
  • Questions 5 and 6.  If one question fails, then both fail. 
  • Questions 9 and 10.  If one question fails, then both fail. 

Should the voters pass a charter question which then fails because it is attached to another, City Council’s intention is to offer the charter question to the voters a second time at the next regular election.  The following describe the ballot questions and the revisions to the city charter’s text should they pass.

  1. No. 1 Charter Amendment
  2. NO. 2 CHARTER AMENDMENT

Amendment Adding Fire and Emergency Services to List of Municipal Functions 

Shall the introductory paragraph of Article I of the City Charter be amended, pursuant to Ordinance 2021-28, to add fire and emergency services to the list of municipal functions?

Yes    _____

No     _____

Revised Text Should Question 1 Pass  

The City of Oldsmar is created and shall have all governmental, corporate and proprietary powers to enable it to conduct municipal government, perform municipal functions, provide law enforcement services and render municipal services, including but not limited to law enforcement, fire and emergency services, and may exercise any power for municipal purposes, except as otherwise provided by law.

Special Note

Questions 1, 2, 3, and 4 are attached to each other.  Should any one question in this group fail, then they all fail.  Should the voters pass a charter question which then fails because it is attached to another, City Council’s intention is to offer the charter question to the voters a second time at the next regular election.  

  1. No. 3 Charter Amendment
  2. NO. 4 CHARTER AMENDMENT

Amendment Regarding Voter Approval on Revenue Bonds 

Shall Section 1.01 of Article I of the City Charter be amended, pursuant to Ordinance 2021-28, to require voter approval for the issuance of revenue bonds that exceed 10% of the assessed value of property in Oldsmar?

Yes    _____

No     _____

Revised Text Should Question 3 Pass  

The city shall have the power to issue revenue or general obligation bonds for valid municipal purposes in the manner consistent with the Constitution and Laws of the State of Florida; provided, however, that if any proposed revenue bond, or any other bonds not requiring a referendum election for approval by the electors of the city, shall exceed an amount greater than fifty (50) ten (10) percent of the assessed value of all real property within the city, such bonds shall require approval by majority vote of the electors voting in a referendum election to approve such bonds, to be conducted substantially in conformance with state election laws. This requirement shall be noncumulative.

Special Note

Questions 1, 2, 3, and 4 are attached to each other.  Should any one question in this group fail, then they all fail.  Should the voters pass a charter question which then fails because it is attached to another, City Council’s intention is to offer the charter question to the voters a second time at the next regular election.  

  1. No. 5 Charter Amendment
  2. NO. 6 CHARTER AMENDMENT

Amendment Relating to the City Manager 

Shall Section 4.02 of the City Charter be amended, pursuant to Ordinance 2021-29, to remove duplicate references to the City Manager’s appointment, compensation and removal as those provisions are also set out in Section 3.08 of the Charter?

Yes    _____

No     _____

Revised Text Should Question 5 Pass  

Appointment, removal and compensation of the city manager.  Evaluation of city manager.

  1. Appointment. The council shall appoint a city manager for an indefinite term by a three-fifths ( 3/5 ) vote-of all the council. 
  2. Compensation. The compensation of the city manager shall be fixed by three-fifths ( 3/5 ) vote of all the council. 
  3. Evaluation. The council shall review and evaluate the performance of the city manager on an annual basis. 
  4. Removal. The council may remove the city manager by a three-fifths ( 3/5 ) vote of all the council. 

Special Note

Questions 5 and 6 are attached to each other.  Should the voters pass a charter question which then fails because it is attached to another, City Council’s intention is to offer the charter question to the voters a second time at the next regular election.  

  1. No. 7 Charter Amendment
  2. No. 8 Charter Amendment

Amendment Requiring Compliance with Conflict of Interest Statute

Shall Section 5.06 of the City Charter be amended, pursuant to Ordinance 2021-30,  to provide that Councilmembers and City employees shall comply with Florida Statute 112.313 with regard to any potential conflict of interest? 

Yes    _____

No     _____

Revised Text Should Question 7 Pass  

Councilmembers and employees of the city shall comply with Florida Statute 112.313.  No Councilmembers or employees of the city shall either directly or indirectly receive any benefit or profit from any business entity doing business with the city in which their spouse or child is an officer, partner, director, shareholder or proprietor or in which such councilmember or employee, or their spouse or child, or any combination of them, has a material interest. 

No councilmember or employee of the city shall have or hold any employment or contractual relationship that will create a continuing or frequently recurring conflict between their private interest and the performance of their public duties or that would impede the full and faithful discharge of their public duties.

  1. No. 9 Charter Amendment
  2. No. 10 Charter Amendment

Review of City Charter 

Shall Section 7.02 of the City Charter be amended, pursuant to Ordinance No. 2021-32, to provide for the review of the City Charter at least once every ten (10) years?

Yes    _____

No     _____

Revised Text Should Question 9 Pass  

At least once every five (5) ten (10) years, the council shall appoint a committee of not less than five (5) members from the city electors to review the city charter. 

Special Note

Questions 9 and 10 are attached to each other.  Should the voters pass a charter question which then fails because it is attached to another, City Council’s intention is to offer the charter question to the voters a second time at the next regular election.

  1. No. 11 Charter Amendment

Correction of Typographical Errors and Gender References  

Shall Sections 8.04(a)(3), 8.04(b)(1), 8.06(b) and 8.06(c) of the City Charter be amended, pursuant to Ordinance No. 2021-33, to provide for the correction of typographical errors and gender references?

Yes    _____

No     _____

Revised Text Should Question 11 Pass  

Section 8.04(a)(3):  Affidavit of circulation. Each paper of a petition shall have attached to it when fled filed, an affidavit executed by the circulation thereof stating that he/she personally circulated the paper, the number of signatures thereon, that all the signatures were affixed in his/her presence, that he/she believes them to be the signatures of the persons whose names they purport to be and that each signer had an opportunity to read the full text of the ordinance proposed or sought to be reconsidered.

Section 8.04(b)(1):  A petition certified insufficient for lack of the required number of valid signatures may be amended once if the petitioners' committee files a notice of intention to amend it with the clerk or other official designated by the council within two (2) days after receiving the copy of his/her certificate and files a supplementary petition with additional signatures within twenty (20) days after receiving the copy of such certificate.

Section 8.06(b):  Submission to voters. The election of a proposed or referred ordinance shall be held not less than ninety (90) days and not later than one hundred twenty (120) days from the date that the petition was determined sufficient. If no regular city election is to be held within the period prescribed in this subsection, the council shall provide for a special election; otherwise, the vote shall be held at the same time as such regular election, except at an earlier dated date within the prescribed period. Copies of the proposed or referred ordinance shall be made available at the polls.

Section 8.06(c):  Withdrawal of petitions. An initiative or referendum petition may be withdrawn at any time prior to the fifteenth day preceding the day scheduled for a vote of the city by filing with the city clerk or other official designated by the council a request for withdrawal signed by at least four (4) members of the petitioners' committee. Upon filing of such request, the petition shall have no further force or effect and all proceeding proceedings thereon shall be terminated.