Pierce County Charter Amendments

Proposed Charter Amendment No. 41

Initiative Procedures

The Pierce County Charter Review Commission proposes an amendment to Section 5.40 of the Pierce County Charter. If approved, this amendment will reduce the minimum number of signatures required to validate an initiative petition from 10% of votes cast in the last election for County Executive to 8% of votes cast. Should Proposed Charter Amendment 41 be approved? (final text)

Recommendation: YES

Proposed Charter Amendment No. 42

Referendum Procedures

The Pierce County Charter Review Commission proposes an amendment to Section 5.70 of the Pierce County Charter. If approved, this amendment will reduce the minimum number of signatures required to validate a referendum petition from 8% of the votes cast in the last election for County Executive to 4% of votes cast. Should Proposed Charter Amendment No. 42 be approved? (final text)

Recommendation:YES

Proposed Charter Amendment No. 43

Referendum Procedures

The Pierce County Charter Review Commission proposes an amendment to Section 5.70 of the Pierce County Charter. If approved, this amendment will increase to 15 business days the time period for the Prosecuting Attorney to formulate a referendum ballot title; require the Prosecuting Attorney to notify the proponent if the referendum is not legal; provide for an award of reasonable attorney fees if the proponent prevails in a legal challenge to the referendum filed by the County; and suspend the proponent’s 120-day signature-gathering period for up to 45 days pending the outcome of the legal chal
lenge. Should Proposed Charter Amendment No. 43 be approved? (final text)

Recommendation: YES

Proposed Charter Amendment No. 44

Conflict of Interest

The Pierce County Charter Review Commission proposes an amendment to Section 9.45 of the Pierce County Charter. If approved, this amendment will prohibit Councilmembers, the Executive, the Assessor-Treasurer, the Auditor, the Sheriff and the Prosecuting Attorney from holding any other elected public office during their term of office, except the elected office of political party precinct committee officer. Should Proposed Charter Amendment No. 44 be approved? (final text)

Recommendation: NO

Proposed Charter Amendment No. 45

Purchasing, Contracts, Claims and Bonds

The Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2016-40 proposing to amend Section 9.15 of the Pierce County Charter. Charter Section 9.15 currently provides that the County must use competitive bidding by independent contractors in all public works construction with a projected value of more than $25,000.00. If approved, this amendment will remove the $25,000.00 bidding threshold and will require the County to perform public works construction using competitive bidding when required to do so by state law or county ordinance. Should Proposed Charter Amendment No. 45 be approved? (final text)

Recommendation: YES