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Charter Commission Progress Report #5 (with proposed charter amendments) & Public Hearings

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Charter Commission Progress Report #5

Dear Community Members,

The Charter Commission is releasing its fifth progress report

The purpose of this Progress Report is to provide Portlanders with the latest information on the Charter Commission’s on-going work, including the draft charter amendments under consideration and details about upcoming public hearings. This report represents the preliminary agreements made by the Charter Commission. 

On March 31, 2022, the Charter Commission reached a key milestone, preliminarily agreeing on a package of reforms to advance to voters. All 20 Charter Commission members supported the package, which would recommend three major changes: 

  • Allowing voters to rank candidates in order of their preference, using ranked choice voting
  • Four new geographic districts with three members elected to represent each district, expanding the city council to a total of 12 members
  • A city council that focuses on setting policy and a mayor elected citywide to run the city’s day-to-day operations, with the help of a professional city administrator  

On April 1, 2022, the Charter Commission forwarded its agreed upon reform package to the City Attorney’s Office for charter amendment drafting. During April, the Commission reviewed, considered and revised the draft amendments. The proposed charter amendments are attached to the Progress Report as an appendix.

The Charter Commission invites community members to provide input on the proposed charter amendments before its final vote on June 14, 2022.

There will be a series of four public hearings to hear from community members and to help refine the proposed package of reforms. Three of the public hearings will be hybrid (online & in-person) and one in-person-only. Portlanders can also submit written public comment. The public comment period on the proposed amendments ends on May 30 at 5pm.

The first two public hearings are next week! Community members will be given 3-minutes each to provide input. If you would like to give testimony, sign-up in advance using this FORM!

Pease visit our website for more information about the public hearings!

Contact

Sofía Álvarez-Castro

Engagement & Communications Coordinator