The citizens of the City of Huntsville became a home rule city in Texas with the adoption of their first City Charter in September 1968. The City Charter calls for regular review by including the statement that Every five years the Mayor, with approval of Council, shall appoint at least three persons to a Charter Review Committee. The Committee shall report to City Council amendments, if any, to the City Charter that it recommends for submission to the City at a municipal election. The City of Huntsville Charter has been amended a number of times, most recently in 2013.
Last fall, the Council approved the Mayor's committee members and they worked until June this year. The City Council then heard their recommendations at an open workshop and considered any revisions, deletions, or additions. A total of 32 amendments were included in the ordinance unanimously adopted by the City Council at their August 7, 2018, meeting, which also called for the November 6 election. Residents are encouraged to review the items in advance and educate themselves on the propositions before early voting begins October 22.