Ballot Measure 34-298
Proposed Beaverton Charter of 2021
About the City Charter
The Beaverton City Council referred a proposed city charter that was approved by Beaverton voters during the May 19, 2020 election. The Beaverton Charter of 2021 went into effect June 18, 2020, and becomes operational on January 1, 2021.
During the next several months, a series of next steps will guide implementation including community engagement to support recruitment of a full-time city manager, and preparations for the November 2020 election to fill a new council position and elect the Mayor.
What is a Charter? A city charter is like a constitution that outlines the principles, structures and process of government. Beaverton’s existing Charter was approved by voters in November 1980, and subsequently amended once in 2008 when voters changed a section relating to urban renewal.
- What is a city charter?
- When was the existing city charter last adopted?
- How does the city charter get changed?
- Will there be a public vote?
- If approved by voters, when would the new charter take effect?
- What happens if the proposed city charter does not pass?
- If the measure passes, what would be the cost to tax payers?
- Why was the city charter referred to voters for consideration?
- What would the proposed city charter do?
- If the measure passes, would the position of mayor remain a full-time position?
- If the measure passes, would councilor positions remain part-time positions?
- What are the basic forms of government utilized by other Oregon cities?
- Was there a public process to receive input from Beaverton voters?
- How can Beaverton voters and community members get information about the proposed city charter?
The approved city charter outlines specifications to the city’s form of government, term limits and languages preferences, such as:
- The mayor will no longer be the city’s administrative head. Instead, the city council will appoint a full-time city manager to oversee the city’s day-to-day operations.
- The council will expand from five members to seven members: six part-time city councilors and one full-time mayor with voting privileges. The council will serve as the city’s governing body and be responsible for the city’s legislative functions. In addition to serving on the council, the mayor will serve as the city’s chief elected official.
- All council positions remain nonpartisan and elected at-large by Beaverton voters. The councilors and the mayor will be limited to three consecutive four-year terms in office for their respective positions.
- The new charter will no longer use gender-exclusive references.
Virtual Charter Information Sessions
The Beaverton City Council held a series of public discussions, work sessions and hearings on the Beaverton Charter of 2021
|June 23, 2020||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|
|March 3, 2020||City Council Meeting (Voters Pamphlet Explanatory Text Action)||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Feb. 11, 2020||Resolution referring Charter measure to voters||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Feb. 4, 2020||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Jan. 28, 2020||Second Public Hearing||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Jan. 14, 2020||First Public Hearing||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Jan. 7, 2020||Draft Charter presented to Beaverton City Council||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Dec. 17, 2019||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Dec. 3, 2019||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Nov. 5, 2019||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Oct. 15, 2019||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Oct. 1, 2019||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Sep. 10, 2019||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|
|Sep. 3, 2019||Work Session at City Council Meeting||Agenda Item||Watch|