The Delray Beach City will hold its Municipal Elections and Special Election on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. City residents will have the opportunity to elect three (3) members of the five member City Commission as well as to vote on a number of proposed Charter amendments and economic incentives. NON-PARTISAN MUNICIPAL ELECTION:
- City Charter – Clarify and Enhance the Readability of the Charter [Ordinance No. 35-12 (Section 8)] – Proposes to amend the City’s Charter to clarify, correct grammatical errors and enhance the Charter’s readability.
- City Charter – Change the length of the Mayor and Commission Terms (Ordinance No. 36-12) – Would provide for a change in the length of a Commissioner’s term from two (2) years to three (3) years and not extending the maximum number of consecutive years [six (6)] that a Commissioner or Mayor is allowed to serve.
- City Charter – Extension of Consecutive Year Term Limits (Commissioner elected to serve as Mayor) (Ordinance No. 38-12) – Currently, any City Commissioner that assumes the Office of Mayor cannot exceed the maximum of three, two (2) year terms. The proposed Charter amendment provides that the time a person spent as a Commissioner will not count towards the term limit for Mayor, if the person assumes the Office of Mayor directly from the Office of Commissioner.
- City Charter – City Manager Compensation (Ordinance No. 39-12) – Removes Charter language that prohibits a reduction in the City Manager’s salary.
- City Charter – Voting Procedure Change (Ordinance No. 01-13 – 2nd and Final Reading to be held on February 5th. If approved by the City Commission, this proposed Charter Amendment will be included on the upcoming March 12th ballot) – Would permit the City Commission to adopt voting procedures/rules for all City Commission meetings. Additionally, this proposed amendment would remove the current requirement that all Commission votes must be made in the affirmative (“yes”). The Commission would maintain the need to obtain three (3) concurring votes on any action for it to be approved/not approved and would remain as stated within the Charter.
- Economic Development – Property Tax Exemptions to Qualified Businesses (Ordinance No. 44-12): Enables the City Commission to grant property tax exemptions to new businesses as well as growing/existing businesses that create new, full-time employment opportunities in Delray Beach. This incentive is available to local governments by Section 3, Article VII of the State Constitution provided it is approved by referendum.
- Florida Driver’s License,
- Florida Identification Card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, United States Passport,
- Debit or Credit Cards,
- Military Identification,
- Student Identification,
- Retirement Center Identification,
- Neighborhood Association Identification,
- Public Assistance Identification (Social Security or other social services)