Florida Orange County Offices and Taxes, Amendment 1 (1946)

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The Florida Orange County Offices and Taxes Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, appeared on the November 5, 1946 election ballot in Florida as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

The amendment sought to add Article XX of the Florida Constitution in relation to changing certain county offices and taxation methods in Orange County.[1][2]

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

(NO. 1)

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE XX

Section 1 and 2

An amendment to the Constitution of the State of Florida to be known as Article XX, Section 1 and 2 thereof, relating to the consolidation, abolishing or creating of certain county offices, excepting Judges of all courts, and for the assessment collection, accounting and distribution of municipal taxes and assessments by county tax officers in Orange County, Florida, and providing for referendum elections for acceptance and rejection of any law or laws enacted by the Legislature or Florida as provided therein. [2][3]

Constitutional changes

ARTICLE XX

Section 1. The legislature is authorized and empowered to provide by law or laws enacted by it at its regular session held in A. D. 1947, or at any regular session thereafter, for the consolidation, abolishing or creating of any county offices in Orange County, Florida, provided there is excepted from the effects of this Article judges of all courts; and to provide for the assessment and collection of municipal taxes and assessments, or either of them, by County tax officers in said County. Any law so enacted respecting the consolidation or creation of any County offices shall prescribe the powers, duties and compensation of the officers designated therein to exercise and discharge the duties of the offices so consolidated or created; and any law so enacted respecting the assessment and collection of municipal taxes and assessments, or either of them, by County tax officers, shall provide for the assessing, collecting, accounting for and disbursing of said taxes and/or assessments to the appropriate municipal authorities, and for compensation for such County taxing officers for services rendered incident thereto. That if any such law respecting the consolidation or creation of any county offices is accepted and ratified at the referendum election herein provided, such law shall become effective with respect to the offices affected thereby on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of any year immediately succeeding the general election had subsequent to said referendum election at which electors for President of the United States are voted for; and if any such law respecting the assessment and collection of municipal taxes and assessments, or either of them, by county tax officers is accepted and ratified at the referendum elections as provided herein, the same shall become effective on the first day of January next succeeding such referendum election.

Section 2. Before any law described in the preceding section of this article shall be of any force and effect, it shall be accepted and ratified by a majority vote of the qualified electors of Orange County, Florida, at a referendum election to be called and held for the purpose of determining whether such law shall be accepted and ratified or rejected by the qualified electors of said county. Such referendum election shall be held within ninety days after the effective date of any such law. The Board of County Commissioners shall provide for the holding of any such referendum election and notice thereof shall be published by said Board once each week for at least four successive weeks immediately next prior to the date of such election in a newspaper of general circulation in said County. Except as herein otherwise provided, the laws of the State relating to the holding of general elections shall cover the holding of any such referendum election. If any such law shall be accepted and ratified by the majority of electors participating in any such referendum election, such law shall become and be in full force and effect, but if at any such election a majority of the electors participating therein shall vote against the acceptance and ratification of such law, it shall be null and void and of no force and effect. The canvassing board of said County shall certify the result of any such referendum election to the Secretary of State within ten days after the holding thereof.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Amendments made to state constitution November 5, 1946
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Miami News, "Sample Ballot," November 3, 1946
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.