Special Election Referendum

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Special Election Referendum -- Mayor-Council Form of Government

Election Day is November 6.

As part of the November General Election, voters will be asked to decide on a special election referendum question. Information on the ballot item can be found below.

Referendum Question

Changing from Council-Manager to Mayor-Council Government, Designating Mayor as Chief Executive/Administrative Officer

Shall the Clearwater charter be amended as provided in Ordinance 9179-18 to: adopt mayor-council government effective 2020; remove mayor from council; elect by majority vote, not plurality, executive mayor responsible for operations, budget and employees; provide for mayoral runoffs; provide for mayoral ordinance veto and council override; eliminate city manager; establish mayor-appointed city administrator, who will also act as mayor in mayor’s absence; start mayoral term limits; and establish council-directed internal auditor?

What a “Yes” Vote Means

A “yes” vote amends the city charter and approves the ordinance that changes the form of government from a council-manager form of government to a mayor-council form of government. The city manager position will be eliminated, and the mayor will have the executive and administrative authority. The executive mayor will not be a part of the City Council and will be responsible for managing city operations, budget and employees. A city administrator hired by the mayor, with the approval of the City Council, would have duties as assigned by the mayor and act as mayor in the mayor’s absence.

There will be five Council members, elected at-large. The change provides that the mayor be elected by a majority vote of those voting in the election and provides for a runoff election if needed.


What a “No” Vote Means

A “no” vote would leave the city charter as it is, and the form of government in Clearwater would remain as a council-manager form of government. The city manager will continue to have the executive and administrative responsibility for the City and be responsible for managing city operations, budget and employees. The mayor would continue to be a part of the City Council and would not be an executive mayor.




Referéndum de Elección Especial

Formulario de Gobierno del Alcalde y la Comisión Municipal

El día de las elecciones es el 6 de noviembre. Como parte de las elecciones generales de noviembre, se les pedirá a los votantes que decidan sobre una consulta especial sobre el referéndum. La información sobre el artículo de la boleta electoral se puede encontrar a continuación.

Pregunta de Referéndum

Cambio de una Forma de Gobierno de Consejo-Administrador a otra de Alcalde-Consejo, Designación del Alcalde como Director Administrativo y Ejecutivo.

¿Deben enmendarse los estatutos de Clearwater como se estipula en la Ordenanza 9179-18 para: adoptar un gobierno de alcalde-consejo vigente a partir de 2020; destituir al alcalde del consejo; elegir por mayoría de votos, no por pluralidad, al alcalde ejecutivo responsable de las operaciones, el presupuesto y los empleados; estipular elecciones de desempate para alcalde; estipular el veto de ordenanza para el alcalde y la anulación por parte del consejo; eliminar al administrador de la ciudad; establecer un administrador de la ciudad designado por el alcalde, quien también actuará como alcalde en la ausencia del alcalde; comenzar los límites para los periodos de los alcaldes; y establecer un auditor interno dirigido por el consejo?

Qué significa un voto "sí"

Un voto de "sí" enmienda el estatuto de la ciudad y aprueba la ordenanza que cambia la forma de gobierno de una forma de gobierno de administrador de comisión municipal a una forma de gobierno alcalde. El puesto de administrador de la ciudad será eliminado, y el alcalde tendrá la autoridad ejecutiva y administrativa. El alcalde ejecutivo no será parte de la comisión municipal y será responsable de administrar las operaciones de la ciudad, el presupuesto y los empleados. Un administrador de la ciudad contratado por el alcalde tendría deberes asignados por el alcalde y actuaría como alcalde en ausencia del alcalde.

Habrá cinco miembros de la comisión municipal elegidos en general. El cambio establece que el alcalde sea elegido por mayoría de votos de los votantes en las elecciones y que prevea una segunda vuelta si es necesario.

Qué significa un voto "No"

Un voto de "no" dejaría el estatuto de la ciudad tal como está, y la forma de gobierno en Clearwater se mantendría como una forma de gobierno de administrador y comisión municipal. El administrador de la ciudad seguirá teniendo la responsabilidad ejecutiva y administrativa de la Ciudad y será responsable de administrar las operaciones, el presupuesto y los empleados de la ciudad. El alcalde continuaría siendo parte de la comisión municipal y no sería un alcalde ejecutivo.


Public Notice

The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Strong Mayor Town Hall forum, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus, located at 2465 Drew Street in Clearwater. One or more councilmembers may be in attendance.




Strong Mayor Task Force

The city of Clearwater Strong Mayor Task Force and the Clearwater City Council meetings have finished. The committee held meetings to work out the details on how to­­ replace the council-manager form of government with a strong mayor form of government and rewrite the charter. The idea was proposed by a group of local business owners. If approved by the Clearwater City Council in August 2018, voters will have the final say in November 2018. The new plan that the task force came up with requires changing the city charter.

The task force members submitted proposed charter changes to the City Council. In order to make the Supervisor of Elections’ deadline to get a question on the Nov. 6 ballot, the council will need to have the first approval to the language on Aug. 2 and the final approval will be on Aug. 14.­­


Proposed Changes

Strong Mayor Ordinance

Strong Mayor Charter Clearwater - approved by the committee


Past Meeting Agendas

May 22: Council Agenda;  Strong Mayor Task Force Agenda

May 29: Agenda

June 5: Agenda

June 12: Agenda

June 19: Agenda

June 26: Agenda

July 3: Agenda


Past Meeting Minutes

May 22

May 29


Video: Previous Strong Mayor Task Force Meetings

May 22

May 29

June 5

June 12

June  19

June 26

July 3




Reference Materials and Informational Documents

Strong Mayor Task Force Rules of Procedure

Strong Mayor Task Force Members

Drafts and Revisions

Powers and Duties of the Mayor

Election - Majority vs Plurality


Email for Bud Elias

Comparative Charters

City of Orlando Charter

City of St. Petersburg Charter

City of Tampa Charter

City of West Palm Beach Charter


Tipton PowerPoint Presentation

Reference Documents

Background on Municipal Forms of Government

Basic Forms of Municipal Government in FL

Copy of Comparison of Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach

Forms of Municipal Government in Maryland

Model Charter Section

Tampa Powers of Mayor

West Palm Beach Powers of Mayor

Article III Administration

Budget Comparison

Articles I & II

Council Discussion

Article III

Articles I & II (Revised for 6-25-18 meeting)

Article III (Revised for 6-25-18 meeting)

Article IV (Revised for 6-25-18 meeting)

Articles V-VIII (Revised for 6-25-18 meeting)




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