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Orange County Charter

Orange County, Florida has been governed by Charter since 1987. The County’s charter is like its constitution and grants our own citizens and citizen-elected officials control over local and regional issues. This control adapts and evolves with our community as the Charter Review Commission (CRC) convenes every four years to assess the powers of this home-rule document. Fifteen appointed citizen representatives utilize research, discussion, professional advisors and input from the public to develop questions that may be placed on the ballot during a presidential election year.

A vital component of county governance and operation is citizen involvement. As with dozens of other Commissions and Advisory Boards, Orange County Government facilitates proceedings for the citizen representatives of the CRC, who now seek input from fellow community members for the 2020 review process. This portion of the County Comptroller’s website is the hub where information can be found about CRC Members, meetings and matters that will be under your consideration as you participate in the November 2020 election.

Your voice is important to the success of the CRC’s mission. Citizens may submit final written proposals for the February 5, 2020, meeting agenda up until January 24, 2020. Proposals should be sent via email to charter2020@occompt.com with background research and information provided by the proposer. Staff is available to answer any questions you may have pertaining to the process and upcoming deadline.

On February 5, 2020,the CRC will hear the first of two readings for each of the following committees: Ethics concerning Lobbyists, Number and Composition of County Commission Districts, and Rights of the Wekiva River and Econlockhatchee River. The CRC wants your input on committee recommendations. Review the Orange County Charter, check out the 2019-2020 Meeting Schedule and get in Contact with CRC Staff to join the mailing list for updates as the CRC gathers information and evaluates topics that you might spot on your next ballot.