City of Vancouver seeks volunteers to write statements for/against proposed charter amendments

The statements will be included in this year’s Voters’ Pamphlet

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver City Council is seeking volunteers to write pro and con statements about seven proposed amendments to the city’s charter. The statements will be included in this year’s Voters’ Pamphlet, published by the Clark County Auditor’s Office in advance of the Nov. 5 general election. 

Clark County’s election regulations require the Vancouver City Council appoint committees of up to three people to write pro and con statements. Statements are limited to 250 words each and must be completed by Aug.12. To volunteer to serve on a pro or con committee, contact Jan Bader at (360) 487-8606 or jan.bader@cityofvancouver.us.

The proposed charter amendments make changes to the Salary Review Commission membership and process; clarify council member qualifications for office; elaborate on the procedures for filling city council vacancies; make a revision to the city’s claims process; clarify the city’s contracting authority; and make several other administrative changes.

The charter serves as the city’s constitution. Every five years, the city appoints a committee of 15 residents to review the charter and make recommendations to the City Council on potential changes. The 2019 Charter Review Committee recommended seven changes for the charter that Vancouver City Council voted to place on the ballot for the Nov. 5 general election.  

Complete text of the proposed charter review amendments may be found at www.cityofvancouver.us/charterreview.

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