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Hillsborough Charter Review Board rejects idea of changing BOCC makeup

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Perhaps a proposal to prevent anybody in Hillsborough County from staying in office longer than eight years will provoke more unity among members of the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board. That idea was briefly discussed at the end of Tuesday night’s sometimes contentious discussion among those 14 board members after they decisively rejected a proposal to add two additional members to the seven-member County Commission. The vote was 11-3, with only E.J. Otero, Norma Reno and Gerald White supporting the…

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Hillsborough Charter Review Board not ready to decide on County Commission makeup

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They batted it around for more than two hours Tuesday night, but in the end, the members of the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board were no closer to recommending any changes regarding the current configuration of the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners than they were when they began. For over 30 years, the board has consisted of seven members — four from single-member districts, and three at-large, voted on countywide. But there is once again a demand to change the current system,…

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Time for change on the composition of the Hillsborough BOCC?

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For over three decades, the seven-member Hillsborough County Commission has consisted of representatives from four single-member districts and three at-large seats. But the county is much larger now, and there are a lot of people who think its composition needs to change to reflect that growth. In the past few years, there has been two futile attempts to add another single-member district and eliminate an at-large seat. The opportunity to debate the issue comes back this Tuesday night in Tampa, where the…

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Marilyn Smith booted off Hillsborough County Charter Review Board

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Hillsborough County community activist Marilyn Smith was removed from the County’s Charter Review Commission on Friday. The move came after County Commissioners Ken Hagan and Les Miller heard heaps of criticism about Smith from members of the Latino community, following the first meeting of the newly constituted Review Commission last week. Smith was accused by fellow board member Yomari Rodriguez of being disruptive during the meeting and making racially provocative remarks. After the meeting concluded, Rodriguez says Smith told her, “You people won’t…

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