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Proposed charter amendments on November ballot

By Staff | Sep 28, 2015

The following are the seven proposed amendments to the City of Cape Coral Charter that will appear on the

Nov. 3 General Election ballot.

SECTION 3.01

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CHARTER AMENDMENT

LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF

SEVERANCE PAYABLE TO

AT-WILL EMPLOYEES OF

THE CITY MANAGER

This proposal amends the Cape Coral City Charter to limit the amount of severance pay upon at-will termination of employment of Assistant City Managers and City Department Heads, from up to four month’s salary as is currently provided, to up to four month’s salary or an amount otherwise provided by state law, whichever is less.

Shall the above-described amendment to the Charter be adopted?

____ YES _____ NO

SECTION 4.06

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CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT Concerning council’s power to override budget line item veto by the mayor

This proposal amends the Cape Coral City Charter to decrease the affirmative vote of Council needed to override a veto by the Mayor of a line item in the City Budget from two thirds of the Council to a majority of the Council present, but in no event less than four members of Council.

Shall the above-described amendment to the Charter be adopted?

____ YES _____ NO

SECTION 4.08

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CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT RELATING TO THE ANNUAL SALARIES FOR THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

This proposal amends the Cape Coral City Charter to provide that Council members shall receive an annual salary of $32,600 and the Mayor shall receive an annual salary of $36,600, rather than an amount based upon the number of registered voters each year. The salaries of the City Council and Mayor shall be adjusted annually beginning in January, 2017 by the percentage amount of the Social Security cost of living adjustment.

Shall the above-described amendment to the Charter be adopted?

____ YES _____ NO

SECTION 4.19

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CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT

To allow the adoption of emergency ordinances

in accordance

with Florida law

This proposal amends the Cape Coral City Charter by replacing the City of Cape Coral’s existing regulations and prohibitions for enacting emergency ordinances with the provision that the City may enact emergency ordinances in accordance with state law.

Shall the above-described amendment to the Charter be adopted?

____ YES _____ NO

SECTION 9.03

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CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT DECREASING NUMBER OF

SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR

INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM PETITIONS

This proposal amends the Cape Coral City Charter by decreasing the number of signatures required for an initiative or referendum petition from fifteen percent (15%) to ten percent (10%) of the total number of qualified electors registered to vote at the last regular city election.

Shall the above-described amendment to the Charter be adopted?

____ YES _____ NO

SECTION 10.02

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CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT CLARIFYING DISCRIMINATORY CLASSES FOR PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES FOR CITY POSITIONS OR APPOINTIVE OFFICES

This proposal amends the Cape Coral City Charter to amend the classes of individuals that cannot be discriminated against with respect to any city position or appointive city administrative office, to add classes not previously prohibited such as color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, marital status, and/ or any other class protected under federal, state or local law.

Shall the above-described amendment to the Charter be adopted?

____ YES _____ NO

SECTION 10.03

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CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT AMENDING THE COMPOSITION OF THE CHARTER REVIEW

COMMISSION

This proposal amends the Cape Coral City Charter to decrease the number of members of the Charter Review Commission appointed by City Council from nine (9) members to seven (7) members, and creating two (2) alternate member positions. Alternate members would be able to participate in all discussions, but may vote only when substituting for an absent regular member.

Shall the above-described amendment to the Charter be adopted?

____ YES _____ NO