New County Charter

A New County Charter is on the Horizon. The County Wants to Know What You Think.

A new County Charter is on its way to the November ballot.

If approved by the Board of Supervisors on July 28 and then the voters on November 3, the proposed charter would replace the current charter, which was adopted 107 years ago in 1913.

The new Charter would:

  • Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years
  • Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules
  • Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms
  • Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders
  • Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions
  • Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors.
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings