Alachua County Charter Amendments, 6 (November 2010)

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Six Alachua County Charter Amendments were on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Alachua County.

Four of the six amendments were defeated
Amendment 1:

  • YES 21,387 (32.67%)
  • NO 44,069 (67.33%)Defeatedd

Amendment 2:

  • YES 37263 (57.51%) Approveda
  • NO 27526 (42.49%)

Amendment 3:

  • YES 33,982 (54.89%)Approveda
  • NO 27,932 (45.11%)

Amendment 4:

  • YES 21,244 (33.53%)
  • NO 42,114 (66.47%)Defeatedd

Amendment 5:

  • YES 31,543 (49.98%)
  • NO 31,565 (50.02%)Defeatedd

Amendment 6:

  • YES 25,315 (39.45%)
  • NO 38,854 (60.55%)Defeatedd[1]

Six of the proposed charter amendments made it through the charter review commission's process. The proposed changes included reducing the number of electors needed to vote on an ordinance, limit the government's ability to repeal citizen ordinances, setting up and establihing par for a charter commission and replacing non partisan offices with charter offices.[2] Though the six issues were approved for the ballot, council members voiced concerns over the legality of some of the amendments, noting that possible legal challenges and court issues could arise leading the county to end up paying court fees. Setting the commissioner's salaries locally could prove unconstitutional with Florida law and an amendment that required both local and county wide approval from voters could be misunderstood by voters.[3]

A legal challenge had been brought forward against the proposed charter amendment that would require both a municipality and county majority vote to change a constitutional provision that limits the power of the municipality. All the cities and municipalities in the county had come together to agree on the proposed amendment, stating that it would protect home rule within the county. Debate had ensued before it was approved about the legality of the issue in regards to the Florida constitution. The legal challenge now stands that the proposed amendment is not legal because the Florida constitution says that a county charter is approved by the electors in the county. The plaintiffs want a judge to take the issue off the November ballot. A similar dual majority requirement is already in place in Pinellas county.[4]

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