Pensacola Charter


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New Pensacola Charter

A Mayor-Council form of government, replacing a Council-Manager form of government.

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Pensacola Charter

  1. 2. Do You Believe In Pensacola? Do You Believe In A BETTER Pensacola?
  2. 3. What is the New Charter? <ul><li>Shall the City of Pensacola replace its current Charter with a completely revised Charter providing for: </li></ul><ul><li>• A Mayor-Council form of government, replacing a Council-Manager form of government; </li></ul><ul><li>• A nine-member Council with two at-large seats and seven district seats; </li></ul><ul><li>• Four-year staggered terms of office instead of two-year terms of office; </li></ul><ul><li>• Term limits of three consecutive terms; </li></ul><ul><li>• Recall, initiative and referendum, </li></ul><ul><li>as described in Ordinance No. 35-09. </li></ul>
  3. 4. What is The New Charter? <ul><li>A document that lays out our city’s form and structure of government </li></ul><ul><li>A “Constitution” for the City of Pensacola </li></ul><ul><li>An update and replacement of the old Charter from 1931. </li></ul>
  4. 5. What Does the New Charter Do? <ul><li>Separate, elected branches of government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected, full-time Mayor, not appointed manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mayor serves as Chief Executive, responsible for directing city staff. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consistent with the separation of powers in State and Federal government. </li></ul>
  5. 6. What Does the New Charter Do? <ul><li>Gives citizens broad, new powers to hold city government accountable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Referendum to overturn Council actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizens Initiative to allow voters to pass their own laws </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. What Does the New Charter Do? <ul><li>Gives Council four-year terms to prevent “constant campaign” </li></ul><ul><li>Sets Term Limits of three terms to prevent special interests from taking over </li></ul><ul><li>Staggers terms of Council to preserve continuity in leadership </li></ul>
  7. 8. What Does this Mean for Pensacola? <ul><li>Government is more accountable to the citizens </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elected Mayor answers to the people for how City Government operates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mayor can set an agenda for the City, and work to implement it </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. What Does this Mean for Pensacola? <ul><li>Community can unite around a common vision for the future </li></ul><ul><li>Clear line of responsibility for budgets, services, and overall performance of City Government </li></ul><ul><li>Continued representation for neighborhoods and communities on City Council </li></ul>
  9. 10. What Does this Mean for Pensacola? <ul><li>No more excuses for failure or runaway spending - City Hall will be accountable at all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens have the right to challenge, overturn, or write their own laws governing the city </li></ul><ul><li>A Better Pensacola ! </li></ul>
  10. 11. How Can You Help? <ul><li>Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Writers </li></ul><ul><li>Sweat-ers </li></ul><ul><li>Givers </li></ul>
  11. 12. Coming Soon... <ul><li>Yes on Charter! web site </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of misinformation and scare tactics from the “NO” crowd </li></ul><ul><li>A better future for all of us who love Pensacola </li></ul>
  12. 13. Tell Your Friends <ul><li>If you believe that Pensacola can be better, Vote Yes on the New Charter </li></ul><ul><li>If you believe that our government should be more accountable to citizens, Vote Yes on the New Charter </li></ul><ul><li>If you think this is the best we can do, then throw your ballot away. </li></ul>