Public comment sought on proposed City Charter amendments
Georgetown City Council will host a public hearing July 13 during its regular meeting to get feedback on proposed amendments to the City’s charter.
The City Charter is the legal document establishing a municipality and defines the structure, powers, functions, and procedures of local government.
City Staff and members of the council-appointed Charter Review Committee identified several potential charter amendments, which were presented to the council at its May 25 workshop for discussion and direction from City Council. Direction from the council was sent back to the committee for consideration and to be drafted into a final report that outlined the committee’s recommendations to the council.
At its June 8 meeting, City Council reviewed the committee’s final recommendations and gave its recommendations for charter amendments.
Proposed amendments include changes related to:
- Term limits
- Council qualifications
- Council vacancies
- Rules of procedures
- Procedures to enact legislation
- Franchise agreement notifications
- Public lead initiative, referendum, and recall requirements
- City structure language
Details of proposed changes can be found at Georgetown.org/2021-charter-amendment-election.
The council is expected to consider the first reading to call a charter amendment election at its July 27 meeting. The second reading would be Aug. 10.
If approved, the charter amendments would be on the Nov. 2 ballot. Early voting and Election Day information will be listed at wilco.org/elections.