City Charter

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The City of Franklin became a Charter Municipality in 1984, when the residents of Franklin voted in the Charter of the City of Franklin, Ohio. The Charter allows the City the advantages of self-government - also called home rule - conferred by the Ohio Constitution. The Charter establishes the City’s form of government; the corporate powers of the City; rules governing election to Council and Council procedures; and the rules for initiative petitions, referendum and recall. The Charter also establishes the powers of the City Manager, and creates the City’s various Departments, Boards, and Commissions.

The Charter is reviewed every five years by a Charter Review Commission, appointed by Council. As required by the City’s Charter, the Commission reviews the Charter and may recommend any Charter changes, amendments, additions or deletions to the City Council. If Council approves the Commission’s recommendations, the proposed Charter amendments are then placed before the voters at the next election.

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