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In the Spring of 2020, a bipartisan Charter Review Commission was appointed by the Mayor Dan Horrigan and approved by Akron City Council to review the Charter of the City of Akron and make recommendations for improvements to the City’s founding document.  The group – representing diverse backgrounds, professions, ages, races, and neighborhoods –met in public virtual meetings over several months and issued a report to Akron City Council in July.  Those recommendations resulted in six proposed ballot issues, which City Council unanimously voted to present to the voters at the November 3, 2020 election.  Each of the proposed amendments relate to issues of transparency, accountability, efficiency and inclusion, and are designed to modernize practices, enhance competition, and increase opportunity for Akron residents and businesses seeking to engage with City government.

These proposed Charter Amendments appear as Issues 2 through 7 on City of Akron ballots.  The full text of each of the proposed changes, as well as suggested ballot language, can be found within the ordinances linked below. 

2020 Proposed Amendments to City of Akron Charter

Issue 2: Transparency of Police Use of Force Recordings 

Issue 3: Human Resources Modernization 

Issue 4: Purchasing Reform 

Issue 5: Veterans and Residency Preference Points 

Issue 6: Council Administrative Updates 

Issue 7: Deadline for Initiatives/Referendums/Charter Amendments 

Click here for a summary of all Amendments

Questions about the proposals can be directed to [email protected].

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