St. Pete Beach Ballot Language

Q: When the issue about the police department goes to a vote in November, why can't the city just word the ballot language to say "Do you want the Sheriff or a city-run police department?"

A: Because the ballot language comes directly from the charter and that language, by law, is what voters must repeal. City Manager Mike Bonfield explained that the voters would have to repeal the charter provision that says the city can’t contract for police services before the commission can entertain the idea of contracting with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and a simple question (such as the one above) would not satisfy the law.

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