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Florida: Jacksonville sues to prevent vote on ballot question

The Business Journal of Jacksonville reports: The city of Jacksonville filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the ballot question on a proposed charter amendment to bring Navy jets to Cecil Commerce Center.

The ballot question would ask voters whether the charter should require city officials to fulfill requirements set by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission for moving the jet base at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., to Cecil. Last week the petition to put the amendment on the Nov. 7 ballot was validated by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office as having sufficient signatures.

City General Counsel Rick Mullaney, who had been promising for weeks to take legal action should the petition garner enough signatures to get on the ballot, said the proposed charter amendment is flawed and misleading to the point of being illegal.

He said the question, by asking whether the city charter should require the city to give the title to Cecil to the Navy, falsely implies that all of Cecil is the city's to give. -- City challenges Cecil ballot question - The Business Journal of Jacksonville:

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