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Voters have chance to shape local policies

By Times editorial
Published April 10, 2007


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Today is the day voters in three Pasco cities can decide if they prefer the status quo or a new direction for their local governments. In the case of Port Richey, voters will have a big say in whether there will be a local government.

Polls are open 7 a.m to 7 p.m. in Zephyrhills, Port Richey and New Port Richey to determine six elected offices and three ballot questions, two of which are nonbinding.

After a single candidate forum open to the public (in Zephyrhills), but countless dissections by candidates and their supporters of Community Development Districts for downtown redevelopment, government efficiency, taxes, growth and crime prevention, voters now have the opportunity to be heard.

Here is a summary of previously published recommendations by the Times:

New Port Richey

- Council (Three-year term) Rob Marlowe

- Council (Three-year term) Bob Consalvo

- Council (Two-year term) Tom Finn

- Referendum One (End term limits): Yes

- Referendum Two: (Pay raise): No

Port Richey

- Mayor: Steve Johnston

- Council: Mark Hashim

- Straw ballot on dissolving the city: Yes

Zephyrhills

- Council: Danny Burgess

[Last modified April 10, 2007, 06:50:48]


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