Proposed changes of the King County charter – the guiding document of count government – will be the subject of a town hall meeting in the south King County area June 18.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St. Citizens can talk informally with County Council members at 6.
The council will conduct the meeting on the final recommendations of the 2007-08 King County Charter Review Commission, a citizen panel that has met 55 times over the past year and has proposed updates to the county charter for consideration for this November’s general election ballot.
The council has until Sept. 19 to decide which of the proposed amendments, if any, to place before voters.
Among the proposed charter changes are ones that involve anti-discrimination measures, timelines for county budget decisions, the process for citizen initiatives, deadlines for submitting local ballot measures, increased involvement of elected county officials, including the sheriff, in collective bargaining with county employees, qualifications for elected officials who head charter-based departments, protection of more than 100,000 acres of open space, and the creation of a high-level position within the office of the county executive to represent the interests of rural and urban unincorporated-area residents.