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South Daytona City Charter Amendment (August 2012)

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A South Daytona City Charter Amendment measure was on the August 14, 2012 ballot in the city of South Dayton which is in Volusia County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 1,773 (62.08%)Approveda
  • NO 1,083 (37.92%)[1]

This measure was brought to the ballot through a petition drive which wanted to give city residents the choice to vote on whether or not the city should buy out Florida Power and Light's electrical distribution system. The city had voted last year to buy FPL, but some residents noted that such a large deal should get voter approval first. Those in support of the buy, had attempted to take the issue to court and get the ballot language re-written because they believed it misleading, but a judge ruled that the language was clear. Since the sale was approved, the cost to buy FPL would be around $12 million.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

proposed amendment to Article 6 would require that a referendum of the city’s electors be held prior to the city’s formation of any municipal electric utility and the delivery of municipal electric service. Further, the proposed amendment would require a majority vote of the city’s electors for approval of such formation and delivery of municipal electric service, and a schedule for holding the referendum.[3]

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