What is a Charter amendment?

A Charter Amendment is a proposed change to the City Charter.

How does a Charter amendment get proposed?

The City of Palm Beach Gardens established a Charter Review Committee to review the City Charter and make recommendations to improve, update and fix our Charter. The Committee’s unanimous recommendations were provided to the City Council for review. The Council voted to put the amendments on the ballot.

What is the Charter Review Committee?

The Charter Review Committee is a volunteer committee which consists of five citizens and experts each appointed by one member of the City Council. The Committee was established in August of 2017 and after several months of reviewing the City Charter they made their unanimous recommendations to the City Council.

Was the public allowed to comment on the proposed Charter amendments?

Yes. During multiple publicly-noticed City Council meetings members of the public were given the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes.

Do voters have the final say on whether a Charter amendment passes or fails?

Yes. Voters will have an opportunity to vote for or against the proposed Charter amendments. A Charter amendment must receive a majority vote for the amendment in order to pass.

What are the three (3) charter amendment questions on the August 28th Election?

CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS REFERENDUM QUESTION NO. 1

SHALL THE PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CHANGE FROM THE EXISTING TERM LIMIT, WHICH PROHIBITS A COUNCIL MEMBER FROM BEING ELECTED TO MORE THAN TWO CONSECUTIVE FULL TERMS, TO A TERM LIMIT THAT PROHIBITS A COUNCIL MEMBER FROM SERVING FOR MORE THAN THREE CONSECUTIVE FULL TERMS AND MAKING THE CHANGE APPLY TO ALL SITTING COUNCIL MEMBERS?

SHALL THE ABOVE DESCRIBED QUESTION NO. 1 BE ADOPTED?

YES

NO

CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS REFERENDUM QUESTION NO. 2

SHALL THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO REMOVE PROVISIONS THAT ARE OUTDATED, UNNECESSARY OR CONFLICT WITH STATE LAW INCLUDING MUNICIPALITY, CITY CLERK, AND CITY TREASURER SPECIFIC POWERS/DUTIES; OATH OF OFFICE; MERIT SYSTEM; PROCEDURE REMOVING COUNCILMEN, QUALIFICATION OF ELECTORS, COUNCIL MEETING AND PROCEDURE, AND OTHER PROVISIONS; REVISE COUNCIL-MANAGER RELATIONSHIP; CHANGE FILLING OF VACANCIES; LIMIT INITIATIVE/REFERENDUM; DEFINE “FULL TERM”; REMOVE COUNCIL CONFIRMATION OF EMPLOYEES AND OTHER CHANGES; AS PROVIDED IN EXHIBIT A, ORDINANCE 8?

SHALL THE ABOVE DESCRIBED QUESTION NO. 2 BE ADOPTED?

YES

NO

CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS REFERENDUM QUESTION NO. 3

SHALL THE PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER BE AMENDED TO REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE CITY MANAGER BE A RESIDENT WITHIN ONE YEAR OF APPOINTMENT AND INSTEAD PROVIDE THAT ANY RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR THE CITY MANAGER BE DETERMINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IN THE CITY MANAGER’S EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT?

SHALL THE ABOVE DESCRIBED QUESTION NO. 3 BE ADOPTED?

YES

NO

What were the two (2) charter amendment questions the voters approved in the March 2018 Municipal Election?

In the March 13, 2018 Municipal Election, Palm Beach Gardens voters approved Charter Amendment Questions 3 and 4. Question 3 fixed the City Charter by requiring a member of the Council, upon serving the maximum term limits to sit out for a three-year period before being able to run for Council again.Question 4 fixed the City Charter so that an election for City Council is won by the candidate who receives the highest number of votes so no runoff election is needed.

These are the questions that were passed.

City of Palm Beach Gardens Municipal Election
March 13, 2018

CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS REFERENDUM QUESTION NO. 3

THE CURRENT CHARTER DOES NOT SPECIFY THE MINIMUM TIME THAT A TERM LIMITED COUNCIL MEMBER MUST BE OUT OF OFFICE BEFORE RUNNING FOR COUNCIL AGAIN. SHALL THE PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ESTABLISH THAT TERM LIMITED COUNCIL MEMBERS MUST BE OUT OF OFFICE FOR THREE YEARS PRIOR TO BEING RE-ELECTED, SUCH THAT THEY MAY NOT RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL AGAIN UNTIL THE SECOND REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY MUNICIPAL ELECTION FOLLOWING THAT MEMBER LEAVING OFFICE.

PASSED BY PALM BEACH GARDENS VOTERS

CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS REFERENDUM QUESTION NO. 4

SHALL THE PALM BEACH GARDENS CHARTER BE AMENDED TO CHANGE THE METHOD OF ELECTION FROM MAJORITY VOTE TO PLURALITY VOTE, SUCH THAT THE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE WHO RECEIVES THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES FOR A PARTICULAR COUNCIL SEAT SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE ELECTED.

PASSED BY PALM BEACH GARDENS VOTERS

Will the City be providing information about the amendments prior to the election?

Yes. The City of Palm Beach Gardens will be providing factual and educational information about each Charter amendment to voters so they can make informed decisions as permitted by Florida law.

Is the election on Tuesday, August 28th?

Yes, Palm Beach Gardens voters can vote on Tuesday, August 28th. The polls will be open from 7 am – 7 pm.  Early Voting will also between August 13th– August 26th between 10 am – 6 pm. You can also vote by mail. Simply request a ballot from the Supervisor of Elections office by calling 561.656.6200.

How can I find my polling location?

You can find your polling location by visiting www.pbcelections.org

Is there Early Voting?

Yes. Early Voting will be open from August 13th– August 26th between 10 am – 6 pm. You can find a list of Early Voting locations by visiting www.pbcelections.org/content.aspx?id=270

Can I request a vote by mail ballot for the election?

Yes. Vote by mail ballots can be requested from the Supervisor of Elections office at 561.656.6200

Who is allowed to vote in the election?

All City of Palm Beach Gardens registered voters can participate in the election.