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Charter Amendment No. 1
Amendments to the Preamble

Shall the preamble of the King County Charter be amended to specify the local and regional role of county government and clarify the purposes of county government, as provided in Ordinance No. 16884?



The Preamble of the King County Charter is a statement of purpose for the adoption of the Charter. Currently, it states that the purposes of the Charter are to form a more just and orderly government, establish separate legislative and executive branches, insure responsibility and accountability, enable effective citizen participation, preserve a healthy environment, and secure the benefits of home rule and self-government.

If Charter Amendment No. 1 is adopted, it would add language to the Preamble specifying that insuring responsibility and accountability applies to “local and regional governance and services.” It would also amend the current statement of purpose to “preserve a healthy environment” to read “preserve a healthy rural and urban environment and economy.”

This amendment more clearly and definitively states the mission and goals of King County Government. It is consistent with the long-standing policy of providing regional services to the population of the entire county while providing local services to rural residents and encouraging local self-governance in all urban areas. In fact rural residents have called upon King County government to affirm its responsibility to providing local services in rural areas.

This preamble amendment was unanimously recommended by the King County Charter Review Commission. It was unanimously placed on the November ballot by the King County Council.

Your affirmative vote is urged.

Statement submitted by: Larry Phillips, John Jensen and Allan Murno

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (King County Charter Section 800 and Washington Constitution Article X, Section 4)

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