2023 City of Zephyrhills Municipal General Election Information
- Municipal Candidate Qualifying begins Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at noon.
- Municipal Candidate Qualifying ends Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at noon.
- Mayor’s Caucus is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall – 5335 8th Street.
- Municipal Election: Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Alice Hall Community Center – 38116 5th Avenue (Zephyr Park).
Seats Up for Election
- Council Member – Seat 2
- All candidates must be a qualified and registered voter of the City of Zephyrhills and have been a resident of the City for a six month period immediately preceding the next election to qualify for any City elective office; and
- The City Council may set filing fees to be paid by candidates at the time of qualifying to run for elective office; and
- The nomination of all candidates for elective offices shall be made by nominating petitions. The name of any elector of the City having the necessary qualifications to hold the office may be nominated for the election to such office when a petition shall be filed with the City Clerk, signed by not less than twenty-five (25) registered voters of the City.
Eight proposed amendments of the Zephyrhills city charter are on the ballot:
REFERENDUM 1 – Add the date of the City’s incorporation (November 17, 1914).
Incorporation date will to serve as validation documentation for Grant Applications.
REFERENDUM 2 – Change Council terms of office from three (3) years to four (4) years.
REFERENDUM 3 – Charter designates the City Manager to make daily deposits on behalf of the City and report deposits at each Regular Council Meeting. Change designates the Finance Director to make daily deposits on behalf of the City and report deposits quarterly at Regular Council Meetings.
REFERENDUM 4 - Change Mayor terms of office from three (3) years to four (4) years.
REFERENDUM 5 – Change from elected officers shall take office within three (3) days after the canvas of vote to elected officers shall take office at the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting.
REFERENDUM 6 – Change from petition signatures may not be signed more than sixty (60) days prior to the date of election to remove the time constraints to obtain signatures to qualify for election.
Qualifying is held every year the first Tuesday of February at noon through the second Tuesday at noon for the upcoming April election. The Charter currently states candidates cannot obtain petition signatures until the Thursday following the opening of qualifying. Change will allow candidates to begin obtaining petition signatures with qualifying paperwork.
REFERENDUM 7 – Charter states City Council shall receive the canvas of votes within forty-eight (48) hours. Change to City Council will accept and declare the canvass of votes at the next regularly scheduled Council meeting.
REFERENDUM 8 – Change the review of the City’s Charter from every five (5) years to every ten (10) years.
For additional information, please visit the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections website at www.pascovotes.com