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
  • Property
  • Water Rights
  • Development
  • 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

Definitions *

  • * Charter:
  • * CTED
  • * Freeholders:
  • * Initiatives


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