Detroit’s New Charter

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If you are a resident of Detroit, you have the opportunity to be part of your city’s history, but you need to start preparing now. 

On November 8, 2011, Detroiters will vote on a new city charter.  This is only the third time in the city’s history that Detroiters have elected a Commission of fellow citizens to propose revisions to the city’s Charter.

The City of Detroit Charter Revision Commission has been working since 2009 to come up with a plan to revise the city’s most fundamental framework document – the Charter of the City of Detroit. The Commission is now launching an educational and outreach campaign to provide Detroit citizens with information on the proposed revisions to the Detroit City Charter. On November 8, 2011, Detroit voters will be asked to review and consider the changes to the Detroit Charter. 

The Charter Revision Commission has created an educational piece that provides a copy of the revised Charter with commentary related to the revisions and an index to help voters easily locate changes made to the current Charter. The document also has a summary of key Charter revisions along with a history of the some 125 public meetings and the process for considering the over 570 suggested revisions from Detroit residents and other stakeholders. To view the document. click here:  Detroit Charter Revision Commission Educational insert

“The single most important task before the Commission is to get the information associated with the proposed changes out and encourage citizens to vote on or before Election Day, November 8, 2011,” said Charter Revision Commission, Executive Director, Gregory Hicks.  “If you need a speaker to visit your community association, block club, not-for-profit organization, business association, school or other community gathering, contact us at 313.628.2517. Also, if you need a copy of any materials that have gone into the development of the proposed Charter you can locate it at the Commission’s website at www.2009dcrc.org.”

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