The Reading Charter Review Commission has issued its Report to the Mayor and City Council, as required by the Home Rule Charter of the City of Reading. The Report is posted to a link at the Commission’s web page on the City of Reading’s website at https://www.readingpa.gov/content/charter-review-commission.
Section 1203 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of Reading establishes the Charter Review Commission to meet at least every five years to “recommend any proposed amendments to the Charter.” The Commission recommended five amendments to the Charter, which the City by ordinance placed on the ballot for the April 28 Primary Election, with explanations that were approved by the County Board of Elections. In its Report, the Commission explains its rationale for the amendments.
A translation of the Report into Spanish is forthcoming.
Seven members of the Commission are appointed by the Council and four by the Mayor. The Commission was appointed in September. It had a six-month mandate to propose amendments to the Charter and issue its report by March 9.
The previous Charter Review Commission served from 2013 to 2014. Several of the Charter amendments it recommended were approved as referendums in 2014, including allowing the Charter Review Commission to meet at least every five years and not less than three years, instead of every ten years.