Placer County Charter Review Committee seeks community input on county charter updates Aug. 8

Published Aug. 5, 2019

Community conversation about updating the Placer County Charter continues at the next meeting of the county’s Charter Review Committee on Aug. 8 in Auburn.

The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at the Placer County Administrative Building, located at 175 Fulweiler Ave.

The Placer County Charter is a governing document that guides the organizational structure, duties and responsibilities of the county’s elected and appointed officials.

At their first meeting July 10, committee members proposed several issues for further consideration, including the size of the county’s supervisorial districts and election system safeguards, among others.

Under today’s charter, the Charter Review Committee is convened every five years and must meet in open session at least twice before making any recommendations for changes to the charter to the Board of Supervisors. Recommendations are not binding and do not obligate the board to adopt them. Should the board choose to adopt any changes recommended by the committee, those changes must be approved by the voters of Placer County through ballot measures.

One committee member from each of the county’s five supervisorial districts and two at-large members were appointed collectively by the board on May 28.

Previously approved charter amendments include allowing the board to contract for county services if more economical, giving preference to local suppliers for county purchasing contracts and establishing the current practice of electing the Board of Supervisors by district rather than countywide.

More information about the committee and agenda materials for Thursday’s meeting will be posted before the meeting here.