A municipal charter is the basic document that defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the Village government. The Charter may be amended by ordinance initiated by the Village Council, by a petition of the voters, or by action initiated by the Charter Revision Commission.
Under Article 6 of the Village’s Charter(PDF, 1MB), citizens can compel the Village Council to call an election on a proposed charter amendment. The charter amendment process requires a petition signed by electors of the Village equal in number to at least ten percent (10%) of the total number of electors registered to vote at the last regular Village election.
The Village Charter sets the method by which the Village Clerk calculates required numbers of signatures for particular petitions. For initiative, referendum and charter amendment, the Village Clerk’s office does the following:
Step 1: Contacts the voter registrar in Miami-Dade County to obtain the number of registered voters that were registered to vote at the last general Village election.
Step 2: Multiplies the number of registered voter times the percentage required (10%) to obtain the number of valid signatures, which must be on that petition.