Charter Amendment Ballot Questions

You can watch the video above from the Regular City Commission Meeting on August 1, 2023, where the Chair of the Charter Review Commission and the Board Facilitator provided detailed explanations for each ballot question presented to the City Commission. The video concludes with the Second Reading and adoption of the Charter Amendments on October 17, 2023.

In accordance with Ordinance No. 2023-21, adopted by the City Commission on October 17, 2023, the following City of Ocoee Charter Amendment Ballot Questions will appear on the March 19, 2024, General Election Ballot:

The Current City of Ocoee Charter can be viewed here.

Question #1

AMENDMENT OF § C-8, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO LIBERALLY CONSTRUE THE CITY’S POWERS 

Section C-8 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to provide that the City of Ocoee’s powers be liberally construed in favor of the city to effect their intended purposes.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-8 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-8 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #1. 


Question #2

AMENDMENT OF § C-8, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXCHANGE OF PROPERTY 

Section C-8 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to provide that the City’s enumerated powers shall include the right to acquire or dispose of property, including real property, by exchange.  

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-8 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-8 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #2.


Question #3

AMENDMENT OF § C-11, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO ESTABLISH ONE (1) YEAR RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS 

Section C-11 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to provide that candidates for Mayor shall reside in the City of Ocoee for at least one (1) year before qualifying as a candidate and to require candidates for City Commissioner to reside in the district they seek to represent for at least one (1) year before qualifying as a candidate; candidates shall provide such proof of residency as may be prescribed by ordinance.  

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-11 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-11 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #3.


Question #4

AMENDMENT OF § C-11, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO PROVIDE CONSENT TO A BACKGROUND CHECK 

Section C-11 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to provide that each candidate for Mayor and City Commissioner shall consent to a background check to verify the candidate’s qualifications to hold office; and no candidate shall be barred from running for office without notice, a hearing, and clear and convincing evidence that the candidate is not qualified to hold office.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-11 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-11 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #4.


Question #5

AMENDMENT OF § C-16, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO LIMIT SALARIES TO PART-TIME COMPENSATION

Section C-16 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to provide that the salaries of the Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and Commissioners shall be commensurate with the part-time nature of the duties of the office.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-16 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-16 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #5.


Question #6

AMENDMENT OF § C-17, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO PROVIDE FOR ELECTION OF SUCCESSORS 

Section C-17 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to provide that the successor to the office of Mayor or City Commissioner shall be elected at the next regular or general city election, if held within twelve (12) months of the vacancy.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-17 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-17 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #6.


Question #7

AMENDMENT OF § C-18, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO AUTHORIZE DESIGNATION OF AN ACCOUNTANT

Section C-18 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to authorize the City Commission to designate an accountant or accounting firm in accordance with the procedures set forth in Florida Statutes § 218.391 annually or for a period not to exceed five (5) years.  

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-18 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-18 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #7.


Question #8

AMENDMENT OF § C-21, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO AUTHORIZE COMMENCEMENT OF CITY MANAGER RESIDENCY 

Section C-21 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to authorize the City Commission to reasonably extend the requirement for the City Manager to reside in the City of Ocoee within one (1) year of beginning employment upon the Commission’s unanimous approval.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-21 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-21 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #8.


Question #9

AMENDMENT OF § C-28, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, FOR BUDGET APPROVAL OF CITY CLERK’S SALARY 

Section C-28 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to clarify that the City Manager shall determine the City Clerk’s salary, subject to budget approval by the City Commission.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-28 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-28 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #9.


Question #10

AMENDMENT OF § C-45, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO DEFINE “REGULAR,” “SPECIAL,” AND “GENERAL CITY ELECTIONS”

Section C-45 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to define “regular elections” as those held at regular intervals for the election of Mayor and City Commissioner, “special elections” as those held to fill a vacancy in the office of Mayor or City Commissioner, for a citizen initiative to approve of an ordinance, or a referendum to repeal an ordinance, and “general elections” as any other municipal election.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-45 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-45 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #10.


Question #11

AMENDMENT OF § C-45, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO PROVIDE FOR SWEARING-IN TO OFFICE

Section C-45 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to provide that any person elected to the office of Mayor or City Commissioner shall be sworn into office immediately prior to commencement of the next regularly scheduled City Commission meeting held after the Canvassing Board declares the election results.  

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-45 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-45 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #11.


Question #12

AMENDMENT OF § C-49, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO SET ELECTIONS BY RESOLUTION OR ORDINANCE

Section C-49 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to authorize the City Commission to set the dates of elections and dates of qualifying periods for candidates by either resolution or ordinance.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-49 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-49 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #12.


Question #13

AMENDMENT OF § C-50, CITY OF OCOEE CHARTER, TO APPOINT CITY CLERK TO CANVASSING BOARD 

Section C-50 of the City of Ocoee’s Charter shall be amended to appoint the City Clerk to the City of Ocoee’s election Canvassing Board in addition to two (2) citizens and two (2) citizen alternates appointed by the City Commission.

Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

___ YES

___ NO

You may view the existing § C-50 of the City of Ocoee Charter.

You may view the highlighted, proposed changes to § C-50 of the City of Ocoee Charter, relative to Question #13.