Citizens Come First, Political Action Committee, was formed in Palm Beach County on December 26, 2007.
Our first campaign was for the defeat of three ballot issues voted on by 3 out of the 5 City Commissioners in Lake Worth who wanted to grab the power. This was placed on the January 29, 2008 ballot.
The people spoke loud and clear.
1. Three year Commission terms:......NO (68%) YES (32%)
2. Eliminate run-off elections:......... NO (67%) YES (33%)
3. Residency requirement for
Police & Fire Chiefs:..............NO (49.76%) YES (50.24%)
Because of the confusing ballot language of Item 3 (we wanted our chiefs to reside in the City by Charter), it lost by 21 votes.
I call all of this to your attention because the Mayor wants to revisit terms again. She said at the Public Hearing on the Millage (where she voted to raise our taxes) that there soon would be a workshop on the term issue to discuss extending their term from 2 to 3 years. She felt that the commission salaries should go up when the terms are extended. Susan Stanton agrees in extending terms.
The salary issue was first publicly noticed in the September 22, 2011 Lake Worth Herald. The hearing to discuss commission salaries will be on October 4 and term limits will be discussed in a future workshop. Read the Palm Beach Post article.
Does the will of the people count for anything?