For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016
Contact: Carmen Stewart
Miami Lakes, FL - On Tuesday May 17th, the voters of Miami Lakes voted in support of the ten questions placed on the Special Election Ballot.
The following changes will be adopted in the Town Charter:
Representation of the Town
The Citizen’s Bill of Rights included in the Charter will be amended to provide that the Town designate the representatives rather than the Mayor to represent the Town at all proceedings before County, State and Federal regulatory bodies significantly affecting the Town.
Amending the Citizen’s Bill of Rights
The Town Charter will be amended to include two additional rights:
- requiring conservation and protection of the Town’s natural resources and scenic beauty
- providing for the highest ethical standards.
Providing for a Council-Manager form of government rather than Mayor-Council-Manager
The Town Charter will be amended to provide for a “Council-Manager” form of government, which more accurately reflects the Town’s form of government.
Filling a vacancy in the Mayoral Seat
The Town Charter will provide that a vacancy in the office of Mayor be filled by the Vice Mayor for the duration of the Vice Mayor’s term and by special election in the event that the remainder of the Mayor’s term is longer than the Vice Mayor’s term.
Providing for the Council to appoint the Town Manager
The Town Charter will be amended to provide that the Town Manager be appointed by a majority vote of the Council on the basis of certain qualifications and that the Council receive feedback from the community as to nominees for Town Manager.
Selection of Acting Manager
The Town Charter will be amended to grant the Council the power to revoke the “acting manager” designation and to appoint a new “acting manager.”
Providing for the Council to appoint the Town Attorney
The Town Charter will be amended to provide that the Town Attorney be appointed by a majority vote of the Council on the basis of certain qualifications and that the Council receive feedback from the community as to nominees for Town Attorney.
Providing for four Councilmembers to call a Special Meeting
The Town Charter will be amended to permit a special meeting to be held only upon the call of a minimum of four Councilmembers.
Providing for the election of Mayoral and Council candidates by majority vote
The Town Charter will be amended to require that a candidate for a Mayoral or Councilmember seat be elected by more than 50% of the votes cast; and that a runoff election be held if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.
Deleting obsolete provision concerning Charter Revision Commission membership
The Town Charter will be amended to delete the obsolete residential area provision from the membership requirements of the Charter Revision Commission.
For more information on the amendments to the Charter, please visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/votersguide
For detailed information regarding the election results please visit the Miami Dade Election Department at http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/results.asp