Can I speak at a Council meeting?
There is a Public Comment period at the conclusion of each regular Council meeting, and a Public Hearing period during Council meetings when rules require.
Akron citizens can address Council for three minutes on any matter that is within Council's authority during the Public Comment period. You will be asked to give your name and address and sign in for the record, and your remarks will be limited to three minutes.
If Council advertises and holds a Public Hearing on proposed legislation during the regular Council meeting, you may speak only about the legislation being considered.
If you wish to address Council outside of the Public Comment period, you may submit a written request to the President of Council. Submit your request no later than Friday prior to the scheduled City Council meeting at which you would like to speak. Specify the topic you want to discuss. The Council President will consider your request and either instruct the Clerk of Council to notify you of your appointed time to address Council or refer you to your Ward Councilperson or the appropriate committee for action.
How can I voice my opinion at a committee meeting?
Public input occurs best at the committee level. If you wish to be heard at a committee meeting, you need only appear at the meeting and request to speak.
It is advisable, however, that you contact the committee chairperson prior to the meeting or notify the office of the Clerk of Council in writing that you wish to be heard. Committees meet on Monday afternoons prior to the full Council meeting. Click the “Committee Meetings” link above right for a schedule of meetings. Also, check this website early Monday afternoon to learn if any committee metings are cancelled.
How can I participate in a Public Hearing?
City Council will listen to your arguments for or against proposed legislation at scheduled Public Hearings. Notices of all Public Hearings are published in the Akron Beacon Journal classified section and online on this website. Click the “Public Hearings” link above and to the right to learn of any hearings scheduled.
If you wish to be heard, you need only attend the Council meeting at which the Public Hearing is scheduled. Citizens can speak for or against the legislation after being sworn in and signing in. Each citizens is allowed three minutes to voice their opinions.
When you speak:
- Give your name (including the spelling of your last name) and address for the record.
- Limit your remarks to the time allotted.
- Clearly state your point and present any factual evidence to back up your point.
- Avoid repetition. If a point has been made by a previous speaker, simply indicate your support or disagreement, unless you have new information.
How much can I contribute to a campaign fund?
Campaign finance election laws limit contributions citizens may make to Council members or candidates for Council as follows:
- $200 maximum to any Ward Councilperson or candidate participating in a primary election.
- $200 maximum to any Ward Councilperson or candidate participating in a general election.
- $450 maximum to any At Large Councilperson or candidate participating in a primary election.
- $450 maximum to any At Large Councilperson or candidate participating in a general election.
These limits are on contributions made by check. Cash contributions to candidates are limited to $25. For a more complete explanation of who is a candidate and what constitutes a contribution, see the Akron Municipal Code Section 30.10.