Community outreach meeting on county charter updates set for Nov. 15 in Tahoe City

Published Nov. 7, 2019

Community members are invited to share their thoughts on updating the Placer County Charter at a workshop of the county Charter Review Committee on Nov. 15 in Tahoe City. 

The meeting is scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Tahoe City Public Utility District Fairway Community Center, 330 Fairway Drive. 

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

The county recently recruited seven members of the Charter Review Committee, who are charged with reviewing the charter and making recommendations for changes or additions, if any, they may determine are appropriate. 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. 

In this Tahoe workshop, committee members will be looking for input from the community on updates to the charter they would like the committee to explore. 

Charter review workshops are also planned for Roseville and Loomis in December. 

Placer’s charter was established in 1980 to increase citizen participation in county government, improve efficiency and provide for a responsible and cooperative county government.

Recommendations of the Charter Review Committee 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.

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.