PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER AMENDMENTS

 

ON MARCH 13, 2018, THE RESIDENTS OF PALM BEACH GARDENS WILL   VOTE ON PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENTS, WHICH EFFECTIVELY CHANGES THE CITY CHARTER.

THE NORTH COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD COALITION, COMPRISED OF 24 COMMUNITIES, MANY OF WHICH ARE IN PALM BEACH GARDENS HAS GATHERED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND IS PROVIDING IT TO OUR MEMBER COMMUNITIES IN AN EFFORT TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES IN EDUCATING THEIR VOTING RESIDENTS.

 

YOU NEED TO VOTE TO DETERMINE YOUR CITY LEADERSHIP

BACKGROUND:

IN THE 2014 ELECTION, 16,000 OUT OF 20,000 VOTERS VOTED FOR TW0 THREE YEAR TERMS.  (TERM LIMITS)

IN THE FORTHCOMING MARCH 13, 2018, YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO REVISIT THAT VOTE AND CHANGE THE YEARS OF TERMS AND MANY PROCEDURES AFFECTING YOUR CITY COUNCIL LEADERSHIP.

THE CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS CONVENED A CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE (AUGUST 2017) TO REVIEW THE CHARTER AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CITY COUNCIL. THE COMMITTEE WAS MADE UP OF 5 PALM BEACH GARDENS RESIDENTS.  EACH COUNCIL MEMBER APPOINTED ONE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.

ON DECEMBER 7, 2017, JANUARY 4, 2018 AND A SPECIAL MEETING ON DECEMBER 21, 2017, THE PUBLIC WAS GIVEN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THE RECOMMENDED CHANGES.

CITY COUNCIL VOTED 4-1 IN FAVOR OF THE CHANGES.

BACKGROUND (CONTINUED)

FOR THE AMENDMENTS TO PASS, THEY MUST OBTAIN A MAJORITY VOTE.

 

AMENDMENT #1

SHALL THE PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE INTERNAL INCONSISTENCIES CONFLICTS WITH STATE LAW, CONFLICTS WITH THE COUNCIL-MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND TO REORGANIZE THE CHARTER TO CONFORM WITH COMMONLY ACCEPTED CONSTITUTIONAL CONSTRUCTION AND FORMATTING, AS SET FORTH IN EXHIBIT “A” OF ORDINANCE 26, 2017 WHICH DEALS WITH THE AMINISTRATIVE DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES OF CITY COUNCIL PROCEDURES FOR ELECTIONS.

A “YES” VOTE MEANS….THIS AMENDMENT PROMOTES HAVING THE CITY CHARTER BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATE STATUES.

IT REMOVES THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE CITY MANAGER TO BE REQUIRED TO LIVE IN PALM BEACH GARDENS AND REMOVES THE ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW.

IT ALSO REMOVES THE CHARTER REVIEW REQUIREMENT AND DISCARDS VOTES FOR A CANDIDATE WHEN THEY DROP OUT OF THE RACE LATE.

 

 

 

                                        

 

 

AMENDMENT #2

SHALL THE PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER BE AMENDED TO PROVIDE FOR TERM LIMITS FOR THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WHICH SHALL BE EFFECTIVE RETROACTIVELY FOR ALL SITTING COUNCIL MEMBERS: PROVIDING THAT NO PERSON MAY SERVE NO MORE THE THREE(3) CONSECUTIVE FULL TERMS.

A “YES” VOTE  EXTENDS CURRENT TERM LIMITS OF TWO 3 YEAR TERMS (TOTAL OF 6 YEARS, ADOPTED IN 2014) TO THREE(3) TERMS OF THREE YEARS ( MAXIMUM 9 YEARS).

 

AMENDMENT #3

THE CURRENT CHARTER DOES NOT SPECIFY THE MINIMUM TIME THAT A TERM LIMITED COUNCIL MEMBER MUST BE OUT OF OFFICE BEFORE RUNNING FOR COUNCIL AGAIN. SHALL THE PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ESTABLISH THAT TERM LIMITED COUNCIL MEMBERS MUST BE OUT OF OFFICE FOR THREE(3) YEARS PRIOR TO BEING RE-ELECTED, SUCH  THAT THEY MAY NOT RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL AGAIN UNTIL THE SECOND REGULARLY SCHEDULED MUNICIPAL ELECTION FOLLOWING THAT MEMBER LEAVING OFFICE.

A “YES” VOTE  ALLOWS A COUNCIL MEMBER TO RUN AGAIN AFTER THEIR TERM LIMITS ARE REACHED, BY WAITING THREE YEARS. THEORETICALLY, A COUNCIL MEMBER, ONCE REACHING THEIR FIRST TERM LIMIT CAN RE-RUN AND BE IN OFFICE IF RE-ELECTED FOR 18 YEARS OR MORE.

 

AMENDMENT #4

 SHALL THE PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CHANGE THE METHOD OF ELECTION FROM MAJORITY VOTE TO PLURALITY VOTE, SUCH THAT THE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE WHO RECEIVES THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES FOR A PARTICULAR COUNCIL SEAT SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE ELECTED.

 

A “YES” VOTE DROPS THE MAJORITY WINS REQUIREMENT (50+1%) FOR A CANDIDATE.  IN A RACE WITH AT LEAST THREE CANDIDATES, IT IS POSSIBLE FOR A CANDIDATE WITH A FEW AS 34% OF THE TOTAL VOTES CAST TO WIN, NO MATTER HOW FEW VOTES ARE CAST.

THE CITY ESTIMATES THE COST OF A RUN-OFF ELECTION AT $70,000.

YOU ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO “VOTE”.  DON’T LET A FEW VOTERS DETERMINE YOUR PALM BEACH GARDENS LEADERSHIP.

IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO VIEW THE BALLOT, PLEASE GO TO THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS WEB SITE AT

1) RIGHT CLICK ON AND OPEN HYPERLINK www.pbcelections.org/

2) THEN CLICK ON “SAMPLE BALLOT” ON THE RIGHT SIDE

3) SCROLL DOWN AND FIND CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS

YOU DECIDE…!!! VOTE!!!!

IN CLOSING IT IS OUR GOAL TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO VOTE. WE ENCOURAGE ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE OF YOUR CITY’S CHARTER.

 

PLEASE VOTE

Go to the following two web sites to obtain some additional information regarding PBG Charter Review Amendments.

https://www.pbgfl.com/

http://pbgwatch.com/