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Charter Review Commission Public Hearings Scheduled

4/10/2020

In May 2019, the City of Gainesville formed a Charter Review Commission to review and propose changes to the City Charter. They are hosting three virtual public hearings to gather feedback from community members about the proposed charter amendments listed below. Hearings have been scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, April 15, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 23, 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 30, 6-8 p.m.

The City Commission will have final approval before proposed amendments appear on the November 2020 ballot for voter consideration. Opportunities for public participation during the CRC hearings include:

1)   Live meeting coverage: Broadcast on Cox Cable Channel 12 and the City of Gainesville website and Facebook page.

2)   Submit public comments before the meetings:

  • By mail: City of Gainesville, Clerk of the Commission, P.O. Box 490, Station 19, 32627-0490
  • By email:  DG_CharterReviewCommission@cityofgainesville.org
  • By phone: 352-334-5015
  • By eComment: Send online written comment before and during the hearings.Visit the Agendas & Minutes webpage, click the eComment link on the far right for the upcoming public hearing. Leave comments on the specific charter amendments. The eComment link opens one week prior to each meeting and closes one hour before the meeting begins.

3)   Live comment during the meetings:

  • Call 1-800-876-7516. 

There are 10 proposed amendments that will be discussed at the three hearings unless, during the course of the hearings, the Charter Review Commission decides to remove one. They are:

  1. Amend the charter to require that the City Commission “shall” have a Clerk. (This one will also in its language retitle the "Clerk of the Commission" to "City Clerk").
  2. Amend the charter to require that the City Commission “shall” have a City Attorney.
  3. Amend the charter to require that the City Commission “shall” have an Internal Auditor.
  4. Revise City Commissioner term limits from two consecutive terms to three consecutive terms.
  5. Delete the section of the charter pertaining to having a general manager for GRU and amend the City Manager role to include the utilities powers and duties
  6. Increase signature requirements for voter initiated charter amendments from 10% to 20% of registered voters of the city. *
  7. Eliminate restrictions on use of funds for construction of paved surfaces in designated areas.
  8. Increase salaries for the City Commission.
  9. Further limit the authority of the City Commission to dispose of certain utility facilities.
  10. Create a Preamble to the City Charter.

*At the April 15, 2020 meeting, the members voted to withdraw the following proposed amendment: 191114 - Proposed Charter Amendment to Increase the Signature Requirements for Voter Initiated Charter Amendments

Background information: For background on the Charter Review Commission, please click here. The current City Charter is available to view online. To review the commission’s discussions, search for the meeting agendas and minutes online or view the video recordings of the meetings.