WHAT ON EARTH IS A “CHARTER*”?
Chartering is a process set forth in the State Constitution that allows for local citizens to have a greater say in their own governmental system. A “Charter” helps to balance the power between government and its citizens and provides every part of the community a forceful voice.
Why do we need a Charter?
Charter allows a community to place their own initiatives* on the ballot. We currently do not have that right. Charter gives citizens a voice that can become law.
How does a community get its own Charter?
A community elects citizen Freeholders* who create a Charter. Then, the community votes on it own charter form of government.
Would a Charter cost the county more money?
A 2007 CTED* study shows that Home Rule* “could improve efficiency and effectiveness” of current government.
What kinds of issues would a Charter allow citizens to pursue?
- Bill of Rights
- Water Rights
- Clean Water
- Clean Air
- Local Food Promotion
- Health & Safety
- Sustainable Energy
What other places in Washington State have a Charter?
- Chartered Counties: Clallam, King, Pierce, San Juan, Snohomish, Whatcom
- Chartered cities: Aberdeen, Bremerton, Everett, Kelso, Richland ,Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Yakima
- * Charter:
- * CTED
- * Freeholders:
- * Initiatives