County Information Desk:
The Pinellas County Charter and Charter Review Commission
October 14, 2015 at 4 PM
Supervisor of Elections Mid County Office
13001 Starkey Road Largo, Florida 33773
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 accepted applications for the Citizen Appointments through June 1, 2015. Each Commissioner made one individual citizen appointment, with the remaining two citizen appointments 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 CRC started meeting in 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.