Portland Charter Commission to vote on reforms Tuesday evening
For months, the Portland Charter Commission has gathered information, held meetings, asked and answered questions, and moved along the process for significantly changing the city's form of government.
Now they will take the final vote on Tuesday, June 14. If it is approved, the Portland voters will have their say on whether to change the City Charter at the Nov. 8 general election.
Portland is the only major city in the county with a City Council that is elected citywide and whose members both propose legislation and manage bureaus assigned by the mayor.
The commission will hold an online hearing beginning at 5:30 p.m. on these three major changes:
• Create 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
• Expand the council from five to 12 members elected in four new geographic districts with three members each
• Allow voters to rank candidates in order of their preference, using ranked choice voting so there are no runoff elections
The commission has 20 members. If Tuesday night's vote is a two-thirds super-majority, the commission will then "review timelines to November election, including ballot measure filing, public education, and political activities restrictions."
But if it's not a super-majority vote, the commission will review options and discuss what comes next.
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