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Ballot Referendums

Through the petition process, a referendum allows citizens to refer acts of the Legislature to the ballot before they become law. A referendum also permits the legislature to refer proposed legislation to the electorate for approval or rejection.

2022 Ballot Referendums
The following referendums regarding amendments to the City Charter are currently scheduled to be included on the 2022 ballot in November:

Filling of Vacancies of Mayor and Councilmembers
 
Ordinance 27-22

SUMMARY EXPLANATION AND BACKGROUND:
What is it?  It's an amendment to the City Charter regarding filling City Council vacancies.
What does it do?   In the event that a special election is required to fill a Council vacancy, if there are three or more qualified candidates, a special primary election will be required.  The special primary election would need to occur 90 days after and before 120 days from the vacancy date.  It also requires a special general election to be held within 45 days following certification of the special primary election results.
What's next?  Look for it on the ballot during the Primary Election scheduled for August 23, 2022.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Ordinance

Authentication, Codification, and Availability of City Records Ordinance 28-22


SUMMARY EXPLANATION:
What is it?  The referendum removes the requirement of printed copies being maintained in libraries and public offices and will allow accessibility by electronic means. 
What does it do?  It proposes allowing the City Clerk to authenticate and maintain ordinances and resolutions in codified form, making them accessible to the public quickly once they are adopted.  
What's next?  Look for it on the ballot during the Primary Election scheduled for August 23, 2022.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Ordinance

Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption Ordinance 31-22


SUMMARY EXPLANATION:
What is it? 
The Ad Valorem Tax Exemption is an economic development incentive tool made available to cities through the Florida Constitution that must be approved by the city's voters. 
What does it do?  It grants tax exemptions to developers of specific projects, which will facilitate the growth and creation of business enterprises in Cape Coral. 
What's next?  Look for it on the ballot during the General Election scheduled for November 8, 2022.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Ad Valorem tax referendum ordinance
For the Ad Valorem tax referendum presentation (for additional information)