Come Election Day, Pembroke Pines voters will be deciding on seven items that would affect their city charter.
Question One would allow the City Commission to appoint an interim commissioner in the event of a vacancy, with the requirement to hold an election within six months. Currently there are circumstances in which the commission does not have the option to fill a vacancy. A yes vote would give power to the commission to appoint someone.
Question Two would require an annual written performance review of the charter officers (the city manager, city attorney, finance director and commission auditor). The charter currently does not provide a process for their review. A yes vote would require the City Commission to establish a process to review the charter officers annually.
Question Three would change the requirements of the city charter review board. The five-member board meets every five years, but a yes vote would require the board to be made up of 11 members who would review the charter every six years.
Question Four asks voters if the city should change the required number of years it takes to redistrict. Currently, the charter requires the city to redistrict every four years. A yes vote would change redistricting to every 10 years to match the U.S. Census.
Question Five asks voters if the city should require a commission candidate to have lived in the district her or she seeks to represent for at least one year at the time of qualification. Currently the charter does not give a specific residential requirements.
Question Six would change the way a city auditor is hired and removed. Currently all charter officers require a four-fifths majority vote to for appointment or removal, except the city auditor. A yes vote would require a four-fifths majority vote to appoint or remove the city auditor.
Question Seven would would allow antiquated or ineffective language in the city charter to be removed or changed. For example, an item that talks about railroads would be removed because it would not apply to Pembroke Pines.