Charter Issue Detractors Have Their Say; Mostly, These St. Johns Residents Wonder If There's Even Any Need for a Change

By Abel, Christina | The Florida Times Union, July 26, 2008 | Go to article overview

Charter Issue Detractors Have Their Say; Mostly, These St. Johns Residents Wonder If There's Even Any Need for a Change


Abel, Christina, The Florida Times Union


Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL

PONTE VEDRA BEACH - After months of research, proposals and debate about St. Johns County adopting a charter form of government, some Ponte Vedra Community Association members said this week they're questioning the necessity of the change.

The association will take up the issue before it goes to county voters in the form of a ballot referendum in August.

"I've had several people ask me, 'What is the charter about, why is it needed and where did it come from?' " association President Marc Arnold said. "It's almost frightening the apathy that has surrounded this."

At an association meeting Monday, the board members said they wanted to take a stand on the charter government issue, which voters will decide in August.

If approved, the charter government that's under consideration would establish campaign finance limits and recall provisions for county commissioners. The charter was drafted by a group of county residents and taken to the commissioners for their review. Ultimately, the commissioners decided to put the charter question on the primary ballot in August.

Under the current general law form of government, campaign finance limits and recall provisions are set in Tallahassee.

But at the association meeting Monday, some members said they weren't sure if the charter would help. …

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