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Voters favor most amendments

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000

TAMPA -- Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have empowered the city's director of finance to shift funds of less than $25,000 between city accounts without the approval of the City Council.

With about half the votes counted, an amendment giving the city administration 30 extra days each year to submit the annual budget to the City Council was being approved by a 2-to-1 margin. The measure is meant to arm budget drafters with the most up-to-date data.

Voters also strongly approved an amendment that will require the city, which uses the latest population figures to redraw City Council districts before elections every four years, to complete that redistricting on April 1, instead of Sept. 1.

Voters also appeared to favor an amendment intended to increase the number of workers staffing the polling booths at city elections. Such workers now must be only registered voters in Hillsborough County, rather than registered Tampa voters. The amendment also changes the title of election security workers from "deputy sheriffs" to "deputies."

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