Measure to review city charter shot down

Initiative would have created commission to reconsider city structure

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2000

Juneau has voted overwhelmingly against forming a commission to consider changes to the city charter.

Tuesday's unofficial count, 6,772-2,768, was the third time voters chose not to re-examine the charter, a document that sets the basic rules of how the city operates. The charter itself requires voters be asked every 10 years whether they want to form a charter commission. Previous votes were in 1980, 10 years after formation of a unified city-borough government, and 1990.

The charter can be changed piecemeal with amendments put before voters. A recent example is a 12-mill cap on property taxes, which includes an exemption for voter-approved increases. Other charter amendments approved by voters established independent boards overseeing docks and harbors and the Juneau Airport.

Proposition 4, the vote on the charter commission, attracted little support from candidates or public officials.

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