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ABOUT THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DETROIT

In November, you will elect a panel of nine commissioners to review the City Charter, collect feedback from residents and propose changes to the charter. Detroiters will then have an opportunity to vote whether to adopt those changes in the future.

The Charter of the City of Detroit sets the framework for our the City of Detroit will interact with the Citizen’s that it serves. Among other provisions, the Charter:

  • assigns powers and duties to city officials and branches of government;

  • outlines the functions of city operations and the type of services to be provided;

  • provides protection of basic rights;

  • determines how citizens interact with their government; and

  • creates a way for citizens to review and revise its contents.

The Charter was first established in 1802 and has been revised several times. The Charter was last revised in 2012, which included more than 140 revisions to the Charter.