By Erika Webb
DeLand residents will be asked two questions when they vote Aug. 26.
First, voters will decide whether or not to amend the city's charter.
If they so opt, the change will include the removal of obsolete -- outdated -- references to license taxes, bird sanctuaries, pier and bulkhead lines, palmettos, health inspectors, original city commission salary, record books, bond lists and bidding thresholds.
There are no bird sanctuaries or pier and bulkhead lines and there is no regulation pertaining to palmettos in DeLand, for example.
The proposed removal of non-applicable terms and items is designed to "clean up" the charter, explained DeLand City Clerk Julie Hennessy in a phone interview.
A majority vote in favor of the referendum also would update the title "Mayor Pro Tem" to "Vice Mayor" and would clarify the mayor's authority to sign proclamations. Unexcused city commission absences would be reduced from four consecutive to three consecutive; and whereas commission candidates must be city residents six months prior to their election date, passage of the referendum further clarifies they must live within city limits six months prior to qualifying.
Due to the combining of two charter subsections, if voters agree, the charter's contents would be renumbered.
The city's pay plan review would be extended from three to five years and the charter review will be lengthened from eight to 10 years.
Voters also will be asked whether or not to authorize city commissioners to grant tax exemptions to new businesses and to existing businesses seeking to expand.