By Erika Webb
Deltona voters will not be asked to eliminate term limits for commissioners when they go to the polls in November.
The Deltona City Commission voted 4-3 Aug. 4 to keep term limits for the mayor and commissioners in place.
Three other proposed charter amendment questions concerning the city commission will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Voters will be asked whether or not to increase the elected officials' compensation and whether or not to require the city manager and city attorney to reside within city limits.
Commissioner Chris Nabicht clarified, and Mayor John Masiarzcyk reiterated, the commission was not voting on the charter amendments at the meeting but on whether or not to pose the questions to voters.
"There's been some confusion from the public on whether or not the commission's passing these or not," Commissioner Nabicht said.
Commissioner Anthony Bellizio was adamant in his stance against any potential for removal of term limits, saying it would eliminate "the one check and balance established."
"Unlimited term increases the potential, in my opinion, for corruption or unethical behavior," Commissioner Bellizio said. "So to even entertain the thought of removing term limits, I think, is a very, very bad idea."
The commission voted unanimously to add two referendums that, if approved by voters, would allow the city manager and city attorney to reside outside of Deltona city limits.
In a 4-3 vote, the commission decided Deltona voters also will be asked to agree to change the method of setting compensation for the mayor and commissioners.
Currently their pay is based on averaged earnings of their counterparts in the 16 Volusia County cities.
Should the referendum pass in the general election, the average would be raised to include Volusia County Council and School Board salaries, thus raising the annual pay of Deltona's elected officials.
Commissioners Barnaby, Denizac and Bellizio voted no.
In addition to the four questions pertaining to the mayor and commissioners, the commission voted unanimously to ask Deltona residents whether or not to tidy up the charter by removing outdated provisions relating to the initial incorporation of the city and transition schedules. A majority vote in favor of the referendum also would remove the lengthy legal descriptions of the city's, and districts', original corporate boundaries. Pursuant to law, the current boundaries would be kept on file.
Part of the referendum provides for candidate qualifying periods to be set by ordinance.