June 03, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Public meeting on City Charter tonight at CU

City Councilman Doug Burlison invites members of the public to participate in a second public meeting on potential changes to the City Charter, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the City Utilities Auditorium, 301 E. Central.

Burlison is a member of City Council's Plans and Policies Committee, which will take another look at the possibilities in a yet-to-be-scheduled meeting.

What is the Springfield City Charter?

Springfield operates under a Council/Manager form of government, first adopted when voters approved the City's Charter on March 17, 1953.

Under the City Charter, the Mayor must run for re-election every two years while Council members serve four-year terms. The City Manager, City Clerk and Internal Auditor are the three City employees directly under the supervision of the City Council. The City Manager is thechief executive and administrative officer and is responsible for the administrative affairs of the city.

The City Charter addresses and/or accounts for the following issues, along with many others:

The Springfield City Charter is available in its entirety at: www.springfieldmo.gov/charter.
A video explaining the history of the charter is available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UfUR_eSesc.

What changes to the Springfield City Charter have recently been proposed and adopted?

On Aug. 7, 2012 three amendments were proposed to the Springfield City Charter, two of which were adopted.

2012 Election Results for Proposed Charter Amendments
Ballot Measure Votes in Favor Votes in Opposition Result
Charter Amendment 1 12,112 (59.07%) 8,391 (40.93%) Adopted
Charter Amendment 2 9,869 (49.31%) 10,146 (50.69%) Failed
Charter Amendment 3 10,622 (52.27%) 9,693 (47.73%) Adopted

Want to participate in the discussion?

Public Meeting

6 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2013
City Utilities Training Center Earl L. Barkley Auditorium on the main floor
301 E. Central

The meeting will be live streamed at cityview.springfieldmo.gov.

Live coverage on the City's Twitter feed twitter.com/cityofsgf will also allow citizens to Tweet in questions and comments being fed into the public meeting. E-mail questions may be sent that evening to city@springfieldmo.gov. Following the meeting, video capturing the discussion will be posted at springfieldmo.gov.

For more information, contact City Councilman Doug Burlison at dburlison@springfieldmo.gov, or Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352.

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Office of the City Clerk

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1651 • Fax: 417-864-1649 • springfieldmo.gov