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Resident views sought on proposed changes to Tempe City Charter

Post Date:04/01/2014
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.

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.

Through April 8, residents can view the proposed amendments and comment online at

A public forum opportunity to obtain input also was held March 27 at the Tempe History Museum. 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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