Council to hear public comments on city charter changes

July 15, 2010

City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 20, 6 p.m. in council chambers to hear citizen input on the recommendations of the Charter Review Commission. The most significant changes to the city charter recommended by the commission involve campaign financing, recall procedures and referendum procedures. Council is expected to vote on the charter changes before taking its summer recess in August. To read the Charter Review Commission's complete report, click here.

Council also announced that beginning next week, the council floor will be open to public comments prior to city council meetings.

"There will be council and administration representatives in council chambers beginning at 6:30 p.m. to speak face-to-face with any citizen about any concern," said Council President Marco Sommerville. "With the city's 311 call center, council and committee meetings, and through our council website, I believe we already offer many opportunities for citizens to express themselves to their council representatives. This will add another layer to assist us in hearing and responding to citizen concerns."