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Charter Review

View City Charter | Ordinance 2018-9

Our Charter Review

The Palm Coast City Council considered potential changes to the City’s Charter after receiving public comments, opinions, and input, including multiple public workshops. The Council has adopted an Ordinance to ask the voters of Palm Coast to consider three proposed amendments to the City Charter.

These proposed amendments will be on the ballot for voter consideration on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, the date of the general election. All Palm Coast electors will be asked to vote YES or NO on each proposed Charter amendment. All Palm Coast voters are encouraged to vote in 2018!

The form of the ballot for the Charter Amendments proposed in the Ordinance shall be as follows (see below for more detailed explanation on each proposed amendment):

City Charter Amendment 1:

TITLE: CHARTER AMENDMENTS TO UPDATE OUTDATED AND TO CLARIFY AMBIGUOUS CHARTER PROVISIONS.

SUMMARY: Shall the Charter be amended (1) to remove outdated portions of the Charter, (2) to replace the current legal boundary description with a general boundary statement, and (3) to revise requirements for consistency with state laws.

Shall the above-described Charter Amendment be adopted? Yes or No.

City Charter Amendment 2:

TITLE: CHARTER AMENDMENT TO REVISE THE CHARTER REVIEW PROCESS TO INCLUDE AN ADVISORY CHARTER COMMITTEE.

SUMMARY: Shall the Charter be amended to eliminate outdated language regarding an initial Charter review, to include an appointed Advisory Charter Review Committee in the Charter review process, and to require a Charter review at least once every ten (10) years.

Shall the above-described Charter Amendment be adopted? Yes or No.

City Charter Amendment 3:

TITLE: CHARTER AMENDMENT REVISING HOW TO FILL A VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF A COUNCIL MEMBER.

SUMMARY: Shall the Charter be amended to provide that a vacancy in the office of a council member be appointed within 90 days unless the vacancy occurs within 6 months of the next regularly scheduled election?

Shall the above-described Charter Amendment be adopted? Yes or No.

Additional Background on each of the Proposed Amendments

City Charter Amendment 1: TO UPDATE OUTDATED AND TO CLARIFY AMBIGUOUS CHARTER PROVISIONS.

Some of the language in the City Charter was written to address the actual start-up of the City, such as how we would get started after incorporation, how the initial terms of office for the first City Council would be set up and the salaries of those first Council Members. The proposed Amendment 1 would remove that verbiage.

The proposed Amendment 1 would also change the wording outlining the City’s “Municipal Powers” to more standard language found in many City Charters in Florida. The current Charter talks about the formation of the City and the transition from the former Palm Coast Service District. So this change would update that language as well.

The current Charter includes 32 pages of legal boundaries of the City that were accurate at the time of incorporation. Over the years there have been annexations and de-annexations, so those legal boundaries have shifted here and there. The proposed Amendment 1 would remove those 32 pages of specific legal boundaries and replace them with a description of the general boundaries of the City limits of Palm Coast. The actual boundary description will be available from the City Clerk.

City Charter Amendment 2: TO REVISE THE CHARTER REVIEW PROCESS TO INCLUDE AN ADVISORY CHARTER COMMITTEE.

The proposed Amendment 2 would clarify the process for review of the Charter and require a Charter review at least once every 10 years. The current Charter says the City “may” review the Charter every 10 years, but the new verbiage would change that to “shall be reviewed.” The specific proposed wording is: “The Charter shall be reviewed in accordance with the process outlined in Section 10(2)(b) no later than April 1, 2028 and, at a minimum, every 10 years thereafter.”

It would also clarify that for this Charter review, a five-member Charter Review Committee would be appointed. Another change would be the deadline for the Charter Review Committee to submit its recommendations for changes to the Charter. Under this proposed Amendment 2, the new deadline would be April 1 of the year of the general election. In the current Charter, the recommendations have to be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the general election. This change provides more time for consideration and ballot preparation before the proposed amendment(s) goes to the voters for a vote.

City Charter Amendment 3: REVISING HOW TO FILL A VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF A COUNCIL MEMBER.

The current Charter gives the City Council 30 days to fill a vacancy if a Council Member leaves office. The City has discovered that can be a challenge – to advertise for replacement applicants, interview them and vote on a replacement within one month.

The Proposed Amendment 3 would give the City Council 90 days to fill a vacancy if a Council Member leaves office. It would also give the Council the option of delaying the appointment IF the vacancy occurs within six months of the next regularly scheduled election for that Council seat.

If you have any questions about the proposed Charter Amendments, please call the Palm Coast City Clerk’s Office at 386-986-3713.