County Information Desk:
The Pinellas County Charter and Charter Review Commission
In Florida, counties are subdivisions of the state. In 1968, Florida voters amended the state constitution to provide counties with the power to govern themselves; often referred to as home-rule. Counties can enhance their home-rule authority by adopting a charter. Pinellas County became a charter county in 1980 when the charter was approved by the voters at referendum. Currently, 20 of Florida’s 67 counties are charter counties.
Pinellas County’s Charter is reviewed every eight years by a Charter Review Commission (CRC) which can then place amendments to the Charter on the ballot to be considered by the voters. The County Commission is currently accepting applications for the Citizen Appointments through June 1, 2015. All Citizens are encouraged to apply. Each Commissioner will make one individual citizen appointment, with the remaining two citizen appointments being made by the Board of County Commissioners as whole. The Charter Review Commission gives the citizens of Pinellas County a direct influence on the structure of their local government.
The Charter Review Commission has 13 members:
- One County Commissioner
- One Constitutional Officer
- One Member of the Legislative Delegation
- One City Elected Official
- Nine Citizens
The CRC will begin meeting by the 3rd week of August 2015 and will present their final report to the Citizens of Pinellas County by July of 2016. Any amendments to Charter recommended by the CRC will then be placed on the November 2016 ballot for a vote by the Citizens of Pinellas.