ON TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH, PALM BEACH GARDENS VOTERS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIX OUR CHARTER. HERE IS HOW.

THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE

The City of Palm Beach Gardens established a Charter Review Committee to review the City Charter and propose recommendations to improve it. The Charter Review Committee consisted of citizens and experts who unanimously recommended changes to strengthen our City’s Charter.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS

After several meetings and months of review, the Charter Review Committee made their recommendations to the City Charter. The recommendations consisted of:

  • MAKING THE CHARTER MORE CLEAR AND CURRENT WITH STATE LAW

  • KEEPING TERM LIMITS IN PLACE FOR THE CITY COUNCIL

  • REQUIRING A SUNSET PERIOD BETWEEN COMPLETING A TERM AND THEN RE-SEEKING OFFICE

  • IMPROVING THE ELECTION PROCESS

VOTER APPROVAL RECEIVED

Upon receiving these recommendations, the City Council placed these amendments on the ballot for voter approval. In the March 2018 Municipal Election, Palm Beach Gardens voters approved two amendments to the City Charter. These amendments improved local elections by ensuring the candidate with the plurality (highest number) of votes wins the election and that any Council member who is termed out must wait a three-year period before running again for City Council.

THE NEXT STEP

Now we are at the next step. Palm Beach Gardens voters get a second opportunity to help clean up our Charter and adjust term limits as proposed by the Charter Review Committee.  Your Tuesday, August 28th ballot will have three charter amendment questions for consideration. Please review the questions and help fix our Charter.