Simplified Explanation of Charter Amendments Available on City's Website

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Simplified Explanation of Charter Amendments Available on City's Website

Posted: 10/13/2016
Early voting begins next Wednesday, Oct. 19, for the Nov. 8 election. At the end of the ballot – after selections for president, Congress and the state Legislature – there are four proposed amendments to the Knoxville City Charter.

For times and locations for early voting, or to peruse a sample ballot, visit the Knox County Election Commission website, www.knoxcounty.org/election.

But if you find the “legalese” ballot language for the Charter amendments to be confusing, the City has prepared a summary, in layman’s terms, on each of the four proposed amendments – the ballot language, a simple description of what each proposal would do, and an explanation of why Mayor Rogero supports the amendments.

Visit the Archives area at  www.knoxvilletn.gov/election.

Three of the Charter amendment proposals involve changes to the City employee pension system. They were proposed by the Pension Board and supported by Mayor Rogero, who’s a member of the Pension Board. None of the changes would increase any retiree benefits, so there’s no public expense associated with any of the proposals.

A fourth proposal – requested by the Knox County Administrator of Elections – calls for moving the date of City primary elections from the last Tuesday in September in odd-numbered years to the last Tuesday in August in odd-numbered years. The change will allow more time for Knox County election workers to prepare and mail the ballots for the November general election in an organized and timely manner.