Amendment 4 (Hometown Democracy) roundtable debate at SPC - Monday, September 20

For some background, please read the following in advance of the discussion.



HOMETOWN DEMOCRACY (pro-Amendment 4):


Supported by the Sierra Club of Florida


Each community has adopted its own comprehensive plan: a long-term master plan for sensible growth. Currently, elected city and county commissioners have exclusive power to make changes to the plan. They believe rising taxes, falling home values, gridlocked roads, dwindling water supplies and Florida’s disappearing beauty are just some of the devastating consequences of Florida politicians’ habit of rubber-stamping speculative plan changes.


If Amendment 4 passes, they believe all that will change by allowing voters veto power over the modification to your community’s master plan for growth.


CITIZENS FOR LOWER TAXES AND A STRONGER ECONOMY (anti-Amendment 4):


Supported by Florida Chamber of Commerce


Amendment 4 would impose a referendum requirement on all local comprehensive plan changes. They believe this subverts a well-established, open, accessible, and democratic planning process. With the Vote on Everything amendment, many Florida voters, not the representatives they elected, will be expected to decide 200 to 300 technical land-use planning amendments every year.


If Amendment 4 passes, they believe it will result in the disruption of local communities, disorder further disenfranchising Florida’s already-fatigued electorate, and astronomical costs, resulting in a system that is far worse, not better.


Come to SPC’s Clearwater Campus Monday, September 20, 2010, 11:15am to decide for yourself.


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Amendment 4, a topic affecting all Floridians is up for vote this November. The citizens have a huge stake in growth decisions that will influence our community’s future.

St. Petersburg College‘s Clearwater Campus (2465 Drew Street, Clearwater, Florida) will host an Amendment 4 round-table debate in the Fine Arts Auditorium, Monday, September 20, 2010 beginning at 11:15am.

When you visit the ballot box you need to be accurately informed and educated on both sides of the issue.

During the first half of this round-table presentation, presenters from both sides of the issue will present their case. The second half will be dedicated to audience question and answer.

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