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Alachua County Charter Review Commission to discuss changes to the county charter

Press release from Alachua County

The Alachua County 2020 Charter Review Commission (CRC) will meet on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (room 209), located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville). The public is encouraged to attend and submit ideas for Charter Amendments.

In 1986, the electorate established a home rule charter for Alachua County. This gave the County the full local home rule benefits afforded by the Constitution of the State of Florida. Every ten years, the CRC reviews the Charter and proposes amendments or revisions for placement on the general election ballot, which in the case of this CRC would be the November 2020 ballot.

The members of the 2020 CRC are Penny Wheat (Chair), Joe Little (Vice-Chair), Douglas Bernal, K. Richard Blount, Scott Camil, Eric Drummond, James Ingle, Pradeep Kumar, Erroll “Stanley” Richardson, Tamara Robbins, James Thompson, and Kristen Young.

The meeting agenda includes:

  • Discussion: addition of date to Rules of Procedure – establish the date from which no future submittals shall be considered. The online submission form shall be removed from the website on this date.
  • Review of Submitted Proposals (List Available on CRC Website)
  • Review of Invoice from Attorney Vose (B)
  • Member Comments
  • Informational Items: Tabled Motion (December 11, 2019) Commissioner Thompson moved, and Commissioner Robbins seconded that the Charter Review Commission shall clearly indicate to the Board of County Commissioners and the Supervisor of Elections its preferred order of appearance on ballot for proposed amendments.

View the complete meeting agenda.

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Visit the 2020 Charter Review Commission website for more information.

View the Charter Amendment suggestion form.

Watch Alachua County Talks interviews with CRC members Penny Wheat and Joe Little.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting. The meeting will be available to view on Cox Cable Channel 12, Facebook Live, and the County’s Video on Demand website.

For more information, contact 2020 Alachua County Charter Review Commission Liaison Kurt Lannon at 352-337-6144 or CharterReview@alachuacounty.us