City Charter Amendments
Dear Huber Heights Voter:
Voters will be asked to consider various issues in the upcoming election. It is difficult to have all the information you need to make an informed decision. The City of Huber Heights has eight (8) ballot issues for City Charter amendments for voters to consider at the May 2, 2017 special election. Simply put, a City Charter is somewhat like a constitution; it establishes a form of government and creates basic rules about how the government should operate. In 2016, the City Council appointed nine interested voters to serve on a Charter Review Commission to review the City Charter and recommend any changes needed to City Council. The Charter Review Commission approved and recommended these City Charter amendments to City Council. The Huber Heights City Council then reviewed the recommendations for these eight (8) ballot issues for City Charter amendments from the Charter Review Commission and approved the submission of these eight (8) ballot issues to the voters for consideration of approval.
The Huber Heights City Council appointed a Charter Review Commission in 2016 to conduct a full and comprehensive review of the City Charter. During this review process, the Charter Review Commission considered suggestions made by residents of Huber Heights, commission members, the Law Director, City Staff, City Council, and also referenced the City Charters of over at least 20 area cities. Following months of extensive research, review, and discussion, the Charter Review Commission provided very detailed recommendations for amendments to the City Charter. These recommendations updated and clarified language in the City Charter and provided for the improvement of City operations in practices and processes. Before placing the proposed City Charter amendments on the May 2, 2017 ballot, City Council carefully considered the recommendations made by the Charter Review Commission. The complete text of the proposed amendments follows for your review.
Although there is no substitute for reading the entire document, a few points should be emphasized:
● Nothing in the proposed City Charter amendments increases taxes or fees to the City.
● The proposed City Charter amendments do not make any fundamental change in the form of government in Huber Heights.
● The City Charter amendments serve to clarify or simplify language and processes to reflect contemporary practices and legislative procedures and to increase efficiency overall.
To keep costs at a minimum, this public notice includes only those sections of the City Charter that are proposed to be amended. Strikethrough type indicates deleted language; underlined type indicates new language. Sections of the City Charter which are not affected are not shown.
This proposed body of amendments represent the best effort of the Charter Review Commission and the City Council to ensure the City Charter continues to meet the highest standards for Huber Heights. As you review the proposed changes, the reasoning behind some of the amendments may not be obvious. You are encouraged to call City Hall at (937) 233-1423 with any questions or you may contact members of the Charter Review Commission or City Council for information. You may also obtain additional information from the City’s website at www.hhoh.org. If you would like to read a copy of the complete text of the City Charter, you can find the document on the City’s website or you can obtain a paper copy of the City Charter at City Hall.
Having a strong, progressive City Charter is very important for the future of the City. Please take the time to review the proposed changes and thank you for giving your attention to this important issue.
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