The Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition will host a Referendum Panel Discussion Forum on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 407 S Saturn Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33755.
This forum will focus on the six referendum questions that will appear on the March 17th ballot and some of the reasoning – pros and cons – as to how the recommendations were delivered to city council by the 2019 Charter Review Committee. Five members of the Charter Review Committee will make up the panel (alphabetically): Kathleen Agnew, Kelly Kelly, David Lillesand, Marita Lynch and Sean Schrader.
Additionally, some discussion will occur about items that did not make it to the city council to be voted upon. These items should be entertained for future Charter Review Committees and perhaps city council for consideration by future elections.
The referendum questions that will appear on the March 17 ballot are:
No. 1 Referendum Question
Donation or Sale for Less Than Market Value of Property for Workforce Housing
Shall Section 2.01(d)(5)(i) of the City Charter relating to limitations on the conveyance of real property be amended as provided in Ordinance No. 9353-19 to allow the city to donate or sell for less than market value real property which does not exceed five acres for workforce or affordable housing which means housing affordable to people and families whose total annual income does not exceed 120% of the Area Median Income?
No. 2 Referendum Question
Donation or Sale of Uneconomic Remainder to Adjacent Property Owner
Shall Section 2.01(d)(5)(i) of the City Charter relating to limitations on the conveyance of real property be amended as provided in Ordinance No. 9353-19 to allow the city to donate or sell for less than market value real property which has been determined to be an uneconomic remainder to an adjacent property owner, after a public hearing has been held?
No. 3 Referendum Question
Repealing Section 2.01(D)(8) Relating to Leasing City Property to Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Shall the City Charter be amended by repealing Section 2.01(d)(8) relating to leasing certain city property to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which provision has expired?
No. 4 Referendum Question
Amendment to Conform with State Law
Shall the City Charter Section 2.06(c) be amended to prohibit present or former councilmembers from holding any compensated appointive city office or employment until two years after the expiration of their elected term to conform with state law?
No. 5 Referendum Question
Shall the City Charter Section 3.03(f) be amended to change the City Manager’s report from September to November?
No. 6 Referendum Question
Appointment of Charter Review Advisory Committee
Shall Section 7.02 of the City Charter be amended as provided in Ordinance No. 9355-19 to require the appointment of a Charter Review Advisory Committee at least every eight years instead of every five years?
Members of the public are cordially invited to watch and participate in this event.
Featured photo by Kelly S. Kelly