Orange County Charter Amendments, 4 (November 2012)

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Three Orange County Charter Amendment measures was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Orange County, where the first three measures were approved and the fourth was defeated.

The first measure sought to expand the ban on internet cafes into the incorporated areas of the county.

The second measure sought to allow the create of advisory boards in villages which are not incorporated in order to allow for community input on municipal issues.

The third measure seeks to take away the ability for the Governor to make temporary appointments and allow for commissioners and the mayor to make those appointments instead until a special election can be held. If this measure is approved it would still need further legislation from the State in order to be enacted.[1]

The fourth measures seeks to amend the Orange County Charter to establish the process by which a Designated Place with a population exceeding 25,000 can be designated as an unincorporated "village."[2]

Election results

Orange County Amendment 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 216,598 55.70%
No172,28044.30%
Orange County Amendment 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 223,398 58.37%
No159,34941.63%
Orange County Amendment 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 198,395 51.20%
No189,09048.80%
Orange County Amendment 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No242,72863.29%
Yes 140,785 36.71%


Election results from Orange County, Unofficial Election Results Summary


Text of measure

Language on the ballot for the first question:

Shall the Orange County Charter be amended to prescribe, when authorized under Florida law, a method for locally filling offices of Commissioner and Mayor during vacancy or suspension, providing generally for appointment by the Board of County Commissioners to fill vacant and suspended offices until the next general election, and for special election to fill the vacant office of Mayor where the Mayor's remaining term exceeds one year?

Financial impact: special election cost for Mayor.

YES

NO[3]

Language on the ballot for the second question:

Shall the Orange County Charter be amended to change the due date of the Orange County Charter Review Commission's report to a date no later than the last day for qualifying for election to county office? NO financial impact.

YES

NO[3]

Language on the ballot for the third question:

Shall the Orange County Charter be amended to prescribe, when authorized under Florida law, a method for locally filling offices of Commissioner and Mayor during vacancy or suspension, providing Shall the Orange County Charter be amended to provide that Orange County ordinances shall be effective within municipalities and prevail over municipal ordinances when Orange County sets stricter minimum standards for prohibiting or regulating simulated gambling or gambling? Financial impact: no county impact; impact cannot be determined for municipalities and citizens.

YES

NO[3]

Language on the ballot for fourth question:

Shall the Orange County Charter be Shall the Orange County Charter be amended to provide that, upon petition and approval at referendum by the electors of an unincorporated US Census Designated Place with population exceeding 25,000, such area shall be designated an unincorporated "village," with an appointed village advisory board having such powers, duties, and functions as set forth by charter and ordinance? Annual financial impact: approximately $31,000 per board.

YES

NO[2][3]


Advisory Board question

The community of Pine Hills is supporting the second measure because if this amendment were to be approved they would be able to form their own local board. A similar issue was proposed in 2004, 52 percent of votes were against it in the county but the Pine Hills community had approved it. Local residents have stated that they would like a little more control over municipal issues, though the board would not have taxation power. Opponents note though that this would just add another layer of government which is not necessary. If the measure is approved, three areas, including Pine Hills, would have the opportunity to create advisory boards for their communities.[4]


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