Charter amendment question on ballot is vague

Charter amendment question on ballot is vague


CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Early voting is under way in a Chattanooga city election.

There's a 53-words charter amendment question that the Hamilton County election administrator says gives voters little idea what it's about.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that among changes would be disbanding a city band and giving up the right to throw petty criminals into the workhouse. The city has neither a band nor a workhouse. City officials say the charter is in serious need of updating.

City Attorney Mike McMahan said the amendment proposal could be no more than 200 words on the ballot. There are 26 changes to the charter, including dropping "Sabbath breaking" as a breach of the peace on Sundays.

The list is online under City Council agenda minutes for Dec. 11, 2012 at

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