NOTE: The table of contents and title page of the Charter are still being vetted and set up. The body of the Charter is the same as the recently adopted one.
The vote for an updated City Charter will took place on November 6, 2018. The question was as follows:
“Shall the proposed 2018 City Charter as set forth in Ordinance No. 2018-28 be adopted to replace the current City Charter in its entirety?”
The objective of the North Port City Charter is to give general guidelines for how the City of North Port Government will operate. It helps City leaders and staff be responsive to citizens and the community as promptly and economically as possible.
As the City of North Port has grown, referendum elections have taken place to help clean up, adjust, and adapt the document. In November of this year, North Port voters had the chance to vote on a new City Charter, replacing the current one, through a referendum. The vote was a "yes." The changes are extensive. However, it’s mostly a reorganization of the document with clarifications.
The bulk of the changes included in the adopted 2018 City Charter are to clarify language throughout and reorganize the document to help remove ambiguity, with the goal of producing a document that is clearer and requires less interpretation.
The adopted changes to the Charter were reviewed by the Commission and the Charter Review Advisory Board through many public meetings, including a workshop where members of the public provided input. After hearing from the public, several changes were made to the now adopted 2018 Charter.