Charter Referendum

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charter referendum

 Make a difference in your City!

The vote for an updated City Charter will take place November 6th, 2018.

“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 will have a chance to vote on a new City Charter, replacing the current one, through a referendum. The changes are extensive. However, it’s mostly a reorganization of the document with clarifications.  

The bulk of the changes included in the proposed 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 proposed changes to the Charter have been 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 proposed 2018 Charter.

Click here for a list of FAQs regarding the City Charter and the referendum.

How can I tell what is changing?

Because of the overall rewrite, it can be difficult to easily explain all of the changes. However, we've created a comparative table to help. Click here to check it out.

You can compare side-by-side:

Current Charter

Proposed Charter

Ordinance pertaining to the referendum

Why are we voting on this?

The original Charter has been reviewed by the Commission and the Charter Review Advisory Board. There have been several proposed changes after hearing from the public, Commission, and city advisory boards.

How do I get involved?

You can find your local polling locations by clicking here.