~ In an effort to modernize and update the city charter, a nine-member committee has made several recommendations that were approved on Monday. These proposals, which mark the latest attempt to revise the charter since its adoption in 1914, include the establishment of an Office of the Public Advocate, changes to the timing of general municipal elections, enhanced authority for the Board of Aldermen in the budget process, and the merging of city departments to form a Department of Transportation. Additionally, language in the charter will be modernized.

The next step for these proposals is to head to the Board of Aldermen where corresponding legislation will be introduced and referred to the Legislation and Rules Committee. This committee will then finalize proposals and language for the November ballot. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23rd at 2:00 p.m., providing additional opportunities for public participation in this year-long process.

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To meet the August 27th deadline set by the Board of Elections to place items on the November 2024 ballot, additional Full Board Meetings have been scheduled on Thursday, August 8th and 16th. The Board of Aldermen also plans to establish a Special Committee on City of St. Louis Charter Revisions as a continuation of the thorough work done by the Charter Commission.

The Charter Commission was formed in 2023 after a measure was approved by 60% of voters to review the city's charter every ten years. The special committee will consist of members from both the Board of Aldermen and appointees from members of the Board of Estimate & Apportionment, as well as members from the existing Charter Commission. Their task will be to explore all recommendations made by the inaugural Charter Commission and engage with public input on which remaining recommendations should be considered for long-term implementation.

The Special Committee on City of St. Louis Charter Revisions is expected to begin its work when regular meetings resume in September. This comprehensive effort to update the city charter reflects the commitment of city officials to ensure that the governing document accurately reflects the needs and values of the community.

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