What happened this week in several cities isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination.

Three areas, Wilton Manors, Hillsboro Beach and Sea Ranch Lakes voted to do an end run around the county ethics laws.

And its all about misleading wording on a ballot question.

City Elected Officials Serve Part-Time and may be Concurrently Employed Pursuant To Florida Law.

Should service on the Wilton Manors City Commission be recognized as a part-time position whereby the City’s elected officials shall be permitted to engage in outside/concurrent employment consistent with Florida law and that any disclosures associated with such employment shall be consistent with and limited to the requirements of Florida law?

You would expect that most people would vote yes on this question, and they did.

Let’s re-word it to expose its real meaning:

City Elected Officials to be Exempted from Broward County Ethics Laws

Should members of the Wilton Manors City Commission be exempted from the ethics laws passed by Broward County voters banning officials from lobbying other city and county officials and be exempt from the restrictive gift and reporting requirements?

Ditto with the Town of Hillsboro Beach:

Town Elected Officials Serve Part-Time and May Be Concurrently Employed Pursuant to Florida Law

Should service on the Town of Hillsboro Beach Commission be recognized as a part-time position whereby the Town’s elected officials shall be permitted t engage in outside/concurrent employment consistent with Florida law and that any disclosures associated with such employment shall be consistent with and limited to the requirements of Florida law?

Ditto with the Village of Sea Ranch Lakes.

Too small to have its own website, but too big to permit its officials to comply with county ethics laws.

Bottom line:  A city, a town and a village put these out to test the gullibility of the voting public.

It worked.

How long before more cities decide to use this scam to circumvent the will of the voters?

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