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City Charter

The City’s Charter establishes the framework for how the City government operates.  Gresham’s City Charter was adopted on May 2, 1978. 

Charter History

History of Charter changes

Pursuant to Section 45A of the Charter, any measure which proposes to amend, repeal or replace the Charter shall take effect only if it is approved by at least 60% of the electors casting votes for or against such measure.

The City Charter has been revised ten times since its adoption in 1978.  

Charter Review Committee

Pursuant to Section 45B of the City Charter, Gresham City Council appointed a Charter Review Committee (CRC) composed of Gresham residents to review the current language of the City's Charter. The City requires review of the Charter every eight years. 

The Charter Review Committee delivered a final report with six recommended Gresham City Charter amendments to the Gresham City Council in April 2023.

Read the CRC’s final report.

The City Council decided to place one or more of the CRC’s recommended changes on the ballot. With the final report, Council dissolved the 2021-2023 CRC.

November election

Read the ballot measure 

City Charter amendment: majority voting

The committee determined the City Charter denies the will of the majority of voters approving a Charter change. The Charter requires voter approval to change any word, phrase, grammar, or punctuation in the document. But the City Charter requires that amendments must receive 60% or more of the votes in favor of the change.

If this ballot measure is approved, any amendment of the Charter would still require voter approval. Charter Section 45A would be amended to change the voter approval requirement to “A majority of votes cast on the proposed measure."  


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