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Marquette city charter update on ballot

October 25, 2012
By KYLE WHITNEY - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Voters on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to update the city's six-decade old governing document.

Crafted during more than 20 regular meetings of the elected Marquette City Charter Commission, the proposed document addresses a number of outdated or redundant items in the current charter and streamlines the process of government, according to Charter Commission Vice Chairman Tom Baldini.

Among other issues, the new charter would remove provisions made irrelevant by changes in state or federal law, would update the document's monetary references to include the rate of inflation and would shift the city's fiscal year to match with those of the state and federal government.

Baldini said the pulse of the community has been fairly obvious, to this point.

"We've had very good feedback, a lot of support," said Baldini, who has been making it a point to talk to community members about the charter. "People are aware of the charter and the work of the charter."

Baldini and his fellow commissioners have attended meetings of a few service clubs in the area and he said the discussions have provided an arena for people to ask questions about the proposed charter. Most feedback, he said, has been very positive.

"People say, 'Why are you here? This is going to pass,'" Baldini said. "We just want to be certain about that."

Previously, the standing charter was reviewed by a 10-member working group, which suggested a full revision of the document.

The charter was last revised in 1951 and has been amended six items since.

Marquette residents voted a year ago to appoint the nine-member charter commission to rework the document.

Copies of the proposed charter can be found in the clerk's office at city hall and in Peter White Public Library, as well as online at

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.



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