Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Panel Completes Charter Revision Proposal Review; Biggest Issue Is Adding an Ethics Code Back into the City Charter

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Panel Completes Charter Revision Proposal Review; Biggest Issue Is Adding an Ethics Code Back into the City Charter

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Byline: TIA MITCHELL

A special Jacksonville City Council committee has finished its review of the Charter Revision Commission recommendations, many of which have been languishing on the shelf since March.

The committee wants the full council to take up more of the recommendations, though tweaks of some of those have created new controversies.

The 14-member commission issued a 33-page report in February after studying various proposals for eight months. Though the recommendations were formally presented to council members the following month, there were other, more pressing council issues and most of the commission's recommendations were kept on the back burner.

When council President Jack Webb took office in July, he promised that the commission's recommendations would get the attention he said they deserved. The special committee met four times during September and October and came up with recommendations of its own that are now under review by the full council.

The Charter Revision Commission recommendation that has received the most attention is the issue of adding an ethics code back to the city charter.

The council is reviewing a bill that would do just that, but various factions have not come to agreement on how specific the new ethics language should be.

Here is a list of all the Charter Revision Commission's recommendations, what the special committee decided to do with them and the status of each.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS

ETHICS CODE

The recommendation: Create an ethics code that applies to all workers in the consolidated government.

Special council committee's recommendation: Approved proposed ordinance language supplied by the Ethics Commission, which reaches farther than what the Charter Revision Commission initially recommended.

Status: All council committees have approved it; ready for full council approval on Tuesday

CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION

The recommendation: Give the commission a full year to complete its once-a-decade review of the city charter.

Special council committee's recommendation: The committee supports this recommendation and the council is expected to amend the city code as a result.

Status: No legislation has been filed yet.

STRATEGIC PLAN

The recommendation: Require Jacksonville's mayor to create a four-year, strategic plan outlining goals and fiscal priorities within six months of assuming office.

Special council committee's recommendation: The committee voted to oppose this recommendation.

Status: Likely dead.

PENSION REFORM

The recommendation: Require a financial impact statement any time there is a proposal to tweak pension or retirement benefits.

Special council committee's recommendation: The committee decided that any changes should be made via ordinance and not by updating the charter. …

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