Opa-locka residents vote for new city charter

In November, residents overwhelmingly voted for an entirely new city charter. The 2-to-1 vote to adopt a new the city charter streamlines the language and eliminates outdated administrative procedures.

The newly adopted city charter outlines a Citizens’ Bill of Rights, provides for greater efficiency and transparency in government, and provides savings to tax payers.

The adopted charter opens with a Citizens’ Bill of Rights, 12 general points, which reflect the rights of Opa-locka residents. They service as a contract with the City of Opa-locka and guide the city’s responsibility to is residents. A summary of those 12 points are:

• Convenient access

• Truth in government

• Access to public record

• Minutes and ordinance register

• Citizens’ right to be heard • Right to notice of city hearings

• No unreasonable postponement in issues placed on the city agenda

• Right to public hearing

• Notice of action and reasons when asking about a city administrative decision

• Periodic reports from the city manager and city attorney

• A budget summary reflecting expenses from each department

• Quarterly budget comparison With the adoption of the new charter, all city boards have been de-commissioned.

With staff support, the city commission will decide which boards will exist in Opa-locka and the administrative function of each board.

To read the new, condensed city charter visit  www.opalockafl.gov or call the City Clerk’s Office at (305) 688-4611.

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