Pinellas term limits plaintiffs ask for financial help, learning lawsuits are not cheap
Pinellas term limits plaintiffs ask for financial help
Lawsuits are not cheap — a lesson the three Pinellas county residents have learned after suing a handful of long-time county commissioners over term limits. Now they are asking for help.
The group’s legal bill comes to roughly $30,000, said Beverley Billiris, a former mayor of Tarpon Springs who is a plaintiff in the suit against Commissioners Ken Welch, Susan Latvala, Karen Seel, and John Morroni. At the core of the group’s lawsuit is the charge that these four commissioners have been in office for too long, exceeding the two four-year terms approved by county voters in 1996.
To rally support for their cause and to pay their lawyer, Billiris said she and fellow plaintiff H. Patrick Wheeler have been soliciting contributions from friends. Wheeler has also been handing out flyers in public. The third plaintiff, Maria L. Scruggs, is running for Welch’s seat on the commission.
“We’re just trying to get the word out to help with the lawsuit,” Billiris said. So far, they have raised almost $500 through their committee Save Pinellas. ... Read more