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Voters to decide 3 issues on ballot

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001

Three ballot questions will face Redington Shores voters Tuesday.

Voters will decide if the city can sell its former town hall and related properties, whether candidates for the commission and mayor will be required to have more signatures on their election petitions and whether the commission and mayor will get a raise.

Presently, the town's commissioners are paid $400 a month, and the mayor is paid $500 a month. If the referendum question is approved by voters, April 1 pay rates would change to $450 for each commissioner and $800 for Mayor J.J. Beyrouti.

Qualification of future commissioners and mayoral candidates would be slightly more difficult by a change in the number of signatures by registered voters required on candidate petitions. If approved by voters, commission candidates would need 15 signatures, and mayoral candidates would need 75 signatures. Previously, candidates for either commission or mayor could qualify with as few as five signatures.

The town recently completed construction on a new town hall and now is hoping to recoup some of the construction costs by selling its former town hall property, which includes several stores, a duplex and a parking lot on Gulf Boulevard. The town's charter requires such a sale to be approved by voters.

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