Charter Review Committee

2014 Tacoma Charter Review - A Look at How Your City Works

Proposed Charter Amendments Forwarded by the City Council

At the special meeting on June 17, 2014, the City Council forwarded 12 proposed Charter amendments to the July 15, 2014 City Council meeting. If approved, the amendments will be placed on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. 

The City Clerk's Office is seeking volunteers to serve on the committees to prepare statements "For" and "Against" each proposed amendment to the Tacoma City Charter. For more information view the public notice.  

Background Information

The following documents were available to the public in advance of the public hearing during the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. 

2014 Charter Review Committee Final Report - Includes the majority report and four minority reports transmitted by the Charter Review Committee to City Council on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Final Report Form of Government "Blue" Version Charter - majority report
Amendment Support Sheets
Term Limits - Charter Review Committee Form of Government only

Amendments Proposed by the City Council
Term Limits - Mayor
Public Financing of Campaigns
Neighborhood Business Districts

Amendments Proposed by City Staff
Personnel Rules Regarding Competitive Examinations
Pursuant to Section 2.25 of the City Charter, the City Council shall commence a comprehensive review of the City Charter no less frequently than once every ten years by appointing citizens to a Charter Review Committee. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, the City Council approved Resolution No. 38773 creating a Charter Review Committee. There were 15 positions on the Charter Review Committee and all positions were appointed in January 2014 in the following manner:

  • The Mayor and each City Council member recommended one person for appointment.
  • The Government Performance and Finance Committee recommended the appointment of six people, to reflect a cross section of the citizens of Tacoma.
  • The Mayor selected the chairperson of the Committee.

Reference Documents

Resolution No. 38733
Designating the City Charter Review as a special project of limited duration.

Resolution No. 38773
Creating the Charter Review Committee.

City Charter
Last amended following the 2004 Charter Review Committee's recommendations.

Revisiting Tacoma's Government, a Second Look at its Council-Manager System
A joint study sponsored by the City Club of Tacoma and the Municipal League of Tacoma/Pierce County July 2003.

A Study of Dissension and Conflict Over Council-Manager Government in Tacoma
A dissertation written by Charter Review Committee Chair Bill Baarsma October 1972.

2004 Charter Review Recommendations to Council

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