Strong mayor question goes to Miami’s ballot
Written by Miami Today on August 14, 2018
At a special meeting Tuesday, Miami city commissioners approved placing a strong mayor form of government proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot, and the ballot language.
The vote was 3 to 2, with Chairman Keon Hardemon, and Commissioners Ken Russell and Wifredo “Willy” Gort voting yes, and Commissioners Joe Carollo and Manolo Reyes voting no.
Mr. Carollo continued to allege irregularities in the citizen petition process, and Mr. Reyes fought to get a specific dollar figure in the ballot wording for the salary of the strong mayor.
The official ballot wording is titled “Change to Strong Mayor-Commission Form of Government,” and will ask city voters to vote yes or no on this question: “Shall the Miami Charter be amended to change to a strong mayor-commission form of government; replace city manager with the mayor; mayor serves as nonvoting, non-member commission chair; grant mayor power to appoint and remove city attorney, city clerk, police and fire chief, department directors and employees; change filling mayoral vacancy and pay formula; adopt state recall procedure; provide other mayoral and commission powers and changes; and make effective immediately?”