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The 2007-2008 King County Charter Review Commission has concluded its work. The Commission convened in February 2007 and met for over a year, holding a total of 55 meetings to study charter issues and confer with the public.

In June 2008, the Commission released its Final Report and Recommendations, recommending 12 amendments to the county charter.

To avoid overloading the ballot with too many amendments in one year, the Commission proposed a schedule for phasing in the amendments over three general elections (2008, 2009, and 2010).

The County Council placed five amendments on the November 2008 ballot:

The County Council may take action on the following amendments in November 2009 and 2010:

About the Charter Review

In 1969, King County voters were the first in the State of Washington to adopt a home rule charter. Our charter provides us with a fundamental, underlying framework of how we govern our region. It requires that everyone, regardless of position or office, abide by a higher law.

The Charter specifies that at least once every ten years, the Executive appoint a citizen commission to review the charter and recommend changes.

Charter Review Contacts

For periodic updates on the charter amendments that were recommended by the Commission, see the King County Council website at:

If you have questions or comments about the amendments or the charter review process, contact the Council via their website at or email Executive Office staff at