The Hollywood Commission is in the process of considering changes to the City Charter.

A city charter is a document that defines rights, privileges and powers. The charter allows for a municipal government, allows it to perform municipal functions and render municipal services over all lands, bodies of water and air without the limits of ownership, lease or operation by the city.

New ordinances for these changes were approved on first reading during a recent meeting. One of the most significant changes involves a new preamble to the charter.

This following is the preamble under consideration by the Commission:

“We, the people of the City of Hollywood, acting under the Constitution and laws of the State of Florida, in order to secure the benefits and responsibilities of self-governance, granting each individual the opportunity for a voice in the government and establishing a plan to ensure the health, welfare and quality of life for us and future generations, to provide for an honest and accountable Commission – Manager government, do hereby adopt this Charter.  By this action, we secure unto ourselves the benefits of transparency and accessibility, and affirm the values of representative democracy, diversity and inclusiveness, justice, fiscal responsibility, citizen engagement, economic vitality, professional management, political leadership, environmental stewardship and sustainability, and regional cooperation.”

Review the current working copy of the city’s charter here.

The Charter Review Committee holds at least 3 public hearings during each term. Frequently check the “Events & Meetings” Calendar on the city’s home page to see when meetings are scheduled. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit the city’s website.