Charles County Charter Board to Host Public Hearings

The Charles County Charter Board will host a series of public meetings in each Commissioner district to inform residents about and hear input on its charge to draft and present voters with a Charter to transition Charles County from a Code Home Rule to a Charter form of government.

(Click here for MACo’s chart describing differences between code home rule, charter, and commissioner forms of local government. It compares bonding authority, tax caps, and compensation, among other issues.)

The Charter Board, established and appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, has undertaken an extensive review of Charter government in Maryland, including input from current and former elected officials and professional staff from counties across the state.

The Charter Board will submit the draft charter to the Board of Charles County Commissioners by June 1, 2024. After submittal, it will be publicly advertised at least twice in the following 30 days.

The draft charter will be presented on the ballot for voter approval during the general election in November 2024. If approved, the Charter will take effect within 30 days or as outlined in the charter document for the transition process.

The schedule for the Charter Board public hearings is as follows:

District 1: (In person/virtual)
Thursday, November 9
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore St. La Plata)
To join virtually, click here.

District 2:
Thursday, December 7
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Potomac Branch Library (3225 Ruth B Swann Drive, Indian Head) 

District 3:
Thursday, January 25, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Waldorf West Library (10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf) 

District 4:
Thursday, February 15, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Regency Blue Crabs Stadium (11765 St Linus Drive, Waldorf)

Visit the Charles County Charter Board website for more information.