NEW CHARTER LEARNING CURVE
A municipal charter is the basic document that defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the city government. It is comparable to the Constitution of the United States or a state’s constitution. The charter is, therefore, the most important legal document of any city.
This Municipal Charter serves as a “blueprint” for White Springs to Draft or revise their own home-rule charter. This town charter establishes the framework for how a municipal government operates—its structure, responsibilities, functions, and processes. It is the HIGHEST “Law of the Town”. Barring a State or Federal statute or administrative rule or code the town can not go against the charter.
I propose the following framework for our NEW Charter
No Preamble on old Charter
SUGGESTED TEXT FOR PREAMBLE:
We the people of the town of White Springs, Florida, under the constitution and laws of the state of Florida in order to secure the benefits of local self-government and to provide for an honest and accountable weak mayor form of government do hereby adopt this charter and confer upon the Town the following powers, subject to the following restrictions, and prescribed by the following procedures and governmental structure. By this action, we secure the benefits of home rule and affirm the values of representative democracy, professional management, strong political leadership, citizen participation, diversity and inclusiveness and regional cooperation.
We the people of White Springs with our geographical and cultural diversity. . . .?
Treasuring the many wonders of our unique environment and realizing that the power and duty to govern and protect this region is inherent in its diverse people, we the citizens of White Springs . . .?