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Resident views sought on proposed changes to Tempe City Charter

Post Date:03/11/2014
Nikki Ripley
City of Tempe

Tempe, Arizona – The City of Tempe is currently collecting input into proposed amendments to the Tempe City Charter. The city does not support or oppose any of the proposed Charter amendments.

A public forum to obtain input will be held Thursday, March 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the community room of the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. The language of the proposed amendments will be presented, and residents will have opportunities to ask questions and provide comments. This meeting will be held solely for the purposes of providing information on proposed language and obtaining community feedback.

The proposed Charter amendments include: aligning the Equal Rights section (Section 9.01(a)(1)) to reflect the protected categories defined in the recently approved City Council ordinance O2014.10; establishing alternates for the Merit System Board (Section 4.02(c)); extending the time period from 90 to 180 days for parties to bring claims against the city (Section 5.03), in accordance with the time period in state law; and changing language throughout, such as moving from “Councilmen” to “Councilmembers,” to reflect gender neutrality.

From March 27 through April 10, residents also can view the proposed amendments and comment online at

Depending on public input, any or all of the proposed Charter amendments may be placed on the August Primary Election ballot.

For reference, the full City Charter is available at

For questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at or 480-350-8241. For information on all 2014 city elections, visit


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