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LARGO CHARTER AMENDMENT

Up to compliance: The amendment would bring the city charter into harmony with state statutes on various issues.

Times Staff
Published October 26, 2004

The city charter, which has not been reviewed or amended since being adopted in 1974 , has several provisions that now conflict with various state statutes.

The proposed amended charter changes the date of city elections to the first Tuesday in March, deletes the requirement of an ordinance to set a millage rate and changes the date of appointment of vice mayor to the date when new commissioners take office.

It also repeals provisions establishing procedures for the adoption of ordinances, codes of technical regulations, the budget, the comprehensive plan and recall elections. It changes the date the oath of office shall be given to newly elected commissioners to within seven days of election.

Ballot language: Shall the Amended Charter, which changes the date of the regular City election, of the installation of the Vice Mayor and commencement of the terms of office of City Commissioners, repeals provisions establishing procedures for the adoption of ordinances, codes of technical regulations, the budget, and the comprehensive plan, repeals provisions regarding recall elections and otherwise clarifies, consolidates and changes other sections of the Charter to be in compliance with state statute, be adopted?

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