Write In Candidates Needed
Every 20 years the City Charter states that the question of a general charter revision shall be submitted to the electors. Therefore, the following question will be on the November ballot;
SHALL THERE BE A GENERAL REVISION OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF BAY CITY?
If the majority of electors vote yes then a review of the City Charter will be required and a Charter Commission (as elected-also on November ballot) will meet to review the Charter.
Nine Charter Commissioners are needed. Only 4 applicants filed petitions and will appear on the ballot. However, there is still time to file as a Write-In Candidate.
Interested candidates may file a Declaration of Intent form to the Clerk’s office by 4:00 PM, October 27, 2017. Forms are available in the Clerk’s Office, Room 204 of City Hall and on the City’s website http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Dec-Int-Write-In_94360_7.pdf.
The role of a Charter Commissioner is to review and revise the City Charter to bring it up to date with current issues that the community may be dealing with. Over time, communities change, issues change, and needs change; it is important the City Charter, if needed, changes too.