Voters may get to choose Crestview charter provisions (document)

Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM.

“If it is a big piece like this, I don’t think it’ll pass,” Gordon said.

“Then the citizens might be content with having a city physician and other things we haven’t needed since the plague,” Helt replied, referring to a provision in the current 1960s city charter that, among others she described as “archaic,” calls for a city physician.

Prior to her election to the council, Helt had served on the citizen Charter Review Committee that evaluated the current document and made recommendations to the council for the composition of the proposed charter. She and Councilman Charles Baugh Jr. have been two of the proposed charter’s strongest proponents on the council.

“I would not like to give three choices,” Baugh said. “We either present one animal or we don’t present it at all.”

“It’s not giving them (the voters) three choices, but giving them a yes or no on three different categories,” Iannucci replied.

After consideration during the discussion, Helt said offering the charter in three components would allow the council more opportunity to more thoroughly describe the charter’s provisions. Because ballot measure descriptions are limited by law to 75 words, offering the charter in three components would triple the descriptive text the council could place on the ballot in March.

Iannucci also welcomed the opportunity to more thoroughly explain the role of the city administrator, a position he described as “vital to the success of the city.”

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