Citizens who are interested in serving Alachua County in a profoundly important capacity are encouraged to apply for the Charter Review Commission (CRC). The mission of the CRC is to review the Charter and propose any amendments or revisions for placement on the 2020 general election ballot.
The County Commission will review applications and appoint the CRC members at their Regular Meeting on September 10, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. The application deadline is August 26. Applicants must be registered voters in Alachua County and not a current member of the State Legislature or the Board of County Commissioners.
To provide the County the full home rule benefits afforded by the Constitution of the State of Florida to charter counties, the electorate established a home rule charter for Alachua County, Florida. The Alachua County Charter states that governmental decisions affecting local interests should be made locally rather than by the State. The Charter allows for amendments to be proposed by a Charter Review Commission, which convenes every ten years. The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners will establish a twelve-member Charter Review Commission for the 2019-2020 review period.
Visit the Charter Review Commission website for more information and to apply online.
How does the Charter Review Commission (CRC) work?
1. The CRC shall meet for the purpose of organization within thirty (30) days after the appointments have been made.
2. A majority of the members of the CRC shall constitute a quorum.
3. The CRC shall hold at least 3 public hearings at intervals of not less than 10 days apart nor more than 20 days on any proposed charter amendment or revision.
4. No charter amendment shall be submitted to the electorate unless favorably voted upon by a majority of the entire membership of the CRC.
5. Not later than 90 days prior to the general election, the CRC shall deliver to the County Commission the proposed amendments.
6. The County Commission shall by resolution place such amendments on the general election ballot.
7. If a majority of the electors voting favor adoption, such amendments shall become effective on January 1 of the succeeding year.
8. The CRC shall be dissolved on the date of the general election. However, if no amendments are submitted, the CRC shall be automatically dissolved 90 days prior to the general election.
For questions related to the Charter Review Commission, you may email the liaison, Leslie Moyer, at CharterReview@alachuacounty.us.