Part of the election ballot during Chattanooga's March 5th municipal election pertains to the Chattanooga City Charter.
Richard Beeland of Mayor Ron Littlefield's explains, "Much of Chattanooga’s Charter is more than fifty years old and some as much as 143 years old and no longer useful. This referendum proposes to eliminate the unnecessary sections and make minor changes to the remainder."
He adds, "A City Charter is a guiding document and establishes the governing structure for the City, somewhat like a Constitution for the City. Chattanooga’s Charter is a combination of Private Acts of the Tennessee General Assembly beginning in 1869 and also includes amendments that were adopted through the years. In 1972, Chattanooga voters adopted home rule and since then, all Charter changes have been approved by referendum. The proposed changes that are presented in the March 5 charter referendum will help clear up and clarify the City Charter."
Review the proposed changes here