Bradenton Beach: Rare tie on terms, consolidation 'Yes'
Bradenton Beach voters deadlocked on expanding elected officials' term
limits, embraced a study on consolidating Island cities and endorsed
other charter amendments in Tuesday's election.
A charter amendment to extend elected
officials' terms of office from three two-year terms to four two-year
terms ended as a tie: 102 to 102. The matter is considered defeated.
A non-binding question of whether
or not to study consolidation of Island cities passed
by a huge margin, 170 to 36, or 83 percent to 17 percent.
"We will have
to look at the consolidation matter as a commission,"
Mayor John Chappie said. "Regarding term limits, it's no
big deal. It's what it is."
Voters had 13 amendments to the
city's governing document, the charter, to ratify or reject on
the ballot. The voter breakout was:
Charter review committee scheduling - yes,
169; no, 32. Residency requirements for mayor and commission - yes,
193; no, 49. Elected official compensation - yes, 154; no, 49.
Elected official continuing education requirement - yes, 157; no,
36. Elected official forfeiture of office - yes, 170; no, 36.
challenge - yes, 170; no, 33. Electorate-initiated referendum challenge - yes,
176; no, 28. Electorate-initiated referendum enactment - yes, 174;
no, 26. Building height standard - yes, 121; no, 81. Conforming
lot size standard - yes, 137; no, 63. Forfeiture of appointed officials - yes,
177; no, 25. Technical language - yes, 164; no, 36.
A total of 206
ballots were cast, 20 of them absentees, of the city's
947 registered electors