Lake Wales City Charter Amendments, 14 (April 2011)

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Fourteen Lake Wales City Charter Amendment measures were on the April 5, 2011 ballot in the city of Lake Wales which is in Polk County.

Twelve of the fourteen measures were approved[1]

These measures sought to change different parts of the charter including updating procedural rules, deleting sections which conflict with Florida state law, changing the number of votes for certain items to be approved, setting salaries and changing the election of the Mayor as well as their duties.[2]

While the first set of six amendments were just updating the charter they were seen to be able to pass without too many issues from voters. Though the second group of eight amendments had sparked more debate as they sought to more drastically change the city government's operations. Some amendments were also dependent on others being approved.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

AMENDMENT #1 SEC. 3.08(c) UPDATING PROCEDURES FOR FILLING VACANCIES ON THE COMMISSION

This amendment corrects outdated and complicated procedures to fill a vacancy that occurs because of resignation, illness, or other reasons: A vacancy on the commission will be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members. The interim commissioner will serve until the seat is filled in a regular election by the voters and the next elected commissioner takes office.[4]

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