Charter Review Commission

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. 
  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 for consideration: 191114 - Proposed Charter Amendment to Increase the Signature Requirements for Voter Initiated Charter Amendments

History of the Charter Review Commission

In March 2019, Gainesville voters approved the creation of a Charter Review Commission to create a regularly established process for reviewing and placing a charter amendments on the ballot. The Charter Review Commission will be assembled once a decade to engage with the public and create a list of potential changes to the city charter.

At its May 16, 2019 meeting, the City Commission appointed 11 members to serve on the Charter Review Commission (CRC) from a pool of applicants. The schedule of the Charter Review Commission's meetings are available online, as are videos of their meetings. The meetings are regularly scheduled for the first Monday of each month from 4-6 p.m. in the Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Administration Building, Multipurpose Room (301 SE Fourth Avenue).

The Charter Review Commission will hold at least three public hearings, and must complete its work no later than May of 2020. Changes recommended by the Charter Review Commission will be brought to the City Commission for final consideration before appearing on the November 2020 ballot for voter consideration.

Charter Review members

Walter Barry
Richard Blount
Susan Bottcher
Jorge Campos
Cynthia Chestnut
Robert Cohen
Crystal Goodison, Vice-chair
Scherwin Henry
Mary Lou Hildreth, Chair
Jeremiah Tattersall
Donna Waller
Bryan Eastman, alternate
Nicolas Gonzalez, alternate

Contact

Email:  DG_CharterReviewCommission@cityofgainesville.org
Phone: 352-334-5015

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