City representatives will host the forum from 6-7pm Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Puryear Building, 243 S. Lake Ave. The discussion will cover the city’s five proposed charter amendments on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election, a news release states.
The forum will give the public, especially Groveland voters, an opportunity to learn more about the five amendments and to ask questions, City Manager Mike Hein says. Attendees must submit questions in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, dropping off questions to the city manager, or bringing them to the forum.
Marilyn Crotty, the recently retired director of the Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida, will serve as moderator for the forum. She also led the Citizens Advisory Committee that studied the city’s charter and came up with the proposed amendments.
“The registered voters of Groveland have a wonderful opportunity to affect the long-term quality of the city by voting on amendments to the city charter that will be on the ballot in November,” Marilyn says in the release. “The charter is the city’s constitution, and the only way it can be changed is by a vote of the citizens.”
The amendments deal with: 1. Holding primary elections when three or more candidates qualify for a council seat; 2. Filling the mayoral seat when it is vacant prior to expiration of the term; 3. Revising the charter to use more neutral, job-specific language; 4. Having four-year terms for the council members and mayor; and 5. Setting limitations on interference with city administration by council members.
While city officials cannot advocate for or against any of the amendments, they can educate the public. Officials have posted explanations of the amendments on the city’s website, groveland-fl.gov, and on a variety of social media. A flier detailing the explanations is being mailed to all utility customers this month, the release states. Click here to download this flier. For more information, call City Hall at 352.429.2141.