What's at Stake?
Downtown special interests are pushing a radical charter change to get rid of our professional city manager and replace him with an all-powerful Boss Mayor. This means that a politician would run vital city services, prepare the budget, hire/fire employees and award city contracts. He can veto Council decisions without even having to attend their meetings. It’s too much power in inexperienced hands and it’s a bad idea.
this process was done to help just a few
Downtown special interests want more from our government. They've actually said that in meetings. So rather than wait for the Charter Review Board which is meeting next year, or gathering citizen petitions, they "asked" the Council to rush it to the ballot this fall. A task force was created and the entire charter was rewritten in just seven weeks as a favor for special interests.
Some specific concerns about this bad idea
- The mayor isn't subject to Sunshine Law so they can make back-room deals with special interests and council members.
- The mayor can veto council decisions, but the council can only over-ride the veto with a 80% vote (4 of 5 council members).
- The council doesn't have any ability to make the mayor do anything, the mayor could act unilaterally.
- In the mayor's absence, the unelected administrator (appointed by the mayor) would serve as acting mayor for up to eight months.
- The mayor's administrator is not required to live in the city, or even the state, for up to a full year after they are appointed.
- The requirement that the city attorney be a member of the Florida bar has been removed.
- Anticipating legal conflict between the mayor and council, this charter builds in a special assistant attorney for the council and a special assistant attorney for the mayor.
Pd. Pol. Adv. paid for by No Boss Mayor Clearwater Committee, PO Box 16552, Clearwater, FL 33766.