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<br />City of Casselberry <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br /> <br /> <br />• • <br />95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry, Florida 32707(407) 262-7700 Fax (407) 262-7745 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2008 <br /> <br /> <br />CONTACT: Steve Olson <br /> Community Relations <br /> City of Casselberry <br /> 407-262-7700 ext 1128 <br /> <br /> <br />The City of Casselberry Urges You to Vote January 29, 2008 <br /> <br /> <br />The City of Casselberry urges residents to get out and vote on local and national issues that will be on the ballot <br />January 29, 2008. <br /> <br />The City of Casselberry will have three different Charter Amendments appear on the ballot. Two of the Charter <br />questions deal with issues that could change election dates in Casselberry, the margin of victory a City candidate <br />needs to win office, and how the Mayor is elected. Another asks the voters to revise the Charter to allow a City <br />Manager more flexibility in the management of department directors, as recommended by the National Civic <br />League’s Model City Charter concept for the commission-manager form of government. We have prepared a <br />power point explaining what it all means, located at Just click on the Charter Amendment <br />link on the front page. <br /> <br />There is also the major issue of Property Tax Reform. All seven cities in Seminole County, the school district <br />and county government are delivering a united message; your vote will affect the investment you have already <br />made in a good community, livable neighborhoods, responsive police and fire services, exceptional recreational <br />opportunities and “A” rated schools. We want you to think about what it might mean to have your investment <br />diminished. We want you to think about your quality of life. <br /> <br />If the Property Tax Reform Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, passes, the total financial loss to the City <br />of Casselberry could be $800,000 to $1,000,000, while offering a savings of about $85 per year to the average <br />homeowner in Casselberry. It will result in the loss of more City services. In response to required property tax <br />rollbacks in 2007, the City took extraordinary steps by eliminating two Police Lieutenant positions, eliminated <br />the City’s Animal Control service and transferred 18 Police Communications jobs to Seminole County. <br />Recently a presentation was made to the Casselberry Chamber of Commerce on how Amendment 1’s passage <br />will adversely impact the City, as well as shift the tax burden to businesses, non-homesteaded properties and <br />renters. To view the presentation, go to and view the “What’s New” section on the City’s <br />web site. <br /> <br />Early voting begins January 14, 2008. For more election information, please visit the Supervisor of Elections <br />web site at: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />### <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />