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Special meeting set for Wednesday, April 3 at 1:30pm

On Wednesday, April 3, the St. Augustine Commission will begins a discussion and review of the city’s charter. The meeting begins at 1:30pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. The meetings is open to the public and is available for live viewing at GTV/Comcast channel 3 and at www.CityStAugTV.com where it will be available for on-demand viewing the day following the meeting.

The charter, which provides the overarching rules for how St. Augustine’s municipal government is organized and operates, differs from the city code which sets forth ordinances related to the city’s specific laws. While ordinances are changed often through action by the commission at one of its meetings, changes to the charter are done far less often.  Most changes to the charter can be adopted by ordinance; however, some changes, such as election procedures, must be approved by a referendum.

The last change to the charter by referendum was in 2006 when the public approved a change that designated the two-year commission seat be the mayor.

In preparation for Wednesday’s meeting, City Attorney Isabelle Lopez prepared an extensive detailed section-by-section examination of the document with recommendations by staff on action the commission may consider for each section and City Clerk Darlene Galambos included background on the charter amending process

The agenda for the meeting and the back-up material are available at www.CityStAug.com under the Government tab, by clicking on City Commission and following the link to Agenda & Minutes.

For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office at 904.825.1007.