Bremerton voters will have a chance this fall to vote on amending the city’s charter.
Voters will be asked to decide whether or not the city council can meet outside of the city limits, while remaining within Kitsap County, for special meetings.
Under the proposal, regular business meetings of the council would still have to take place in Bremerton. The proposed charter amendment was approved by the council in a 5-4 vote.
Council members Nick Wofford, Carol Arends, Leslie Daugs and Adam Brockus voted for the change while council members Jim McDonald, Eric Younger, Faye Flemister and Greg Wheeler voted against the proposed change.
Wofford said that the ability for the city council to meet with ports, the cities of Poulsbo, Port Orchard and others would be a good thing.
“It’s good for the city,” he said. “It promotes a working relationship that we can all work towards common problems. For us to say, ‘We can’t go there, you have to come to us,’ I think, is a little bit arrogant. I think we should have that ability and I think we should allow the citizens to vote on that.”
City Attorney Roger Lubovich said it would cost about $1,500 to place the measure on the ballot.
Volunteers are being sought for “pro” and “con” committees regarding the ballot measure language.
Members of the committees will help craft written arguments to Kitsap County Elections to be included in the Local Voters’ Pamphlet received by city of Bremerton voters.
The council is seeking three individuals for each committee. Those that are interested in serving should send their name, mailing address, email address, telephone number and which committee he or she wants to serve on to the city clerk at City.Clerk@ci.bremerton.wa.us or mail City Clerk, City of Bremerton, 345 6th St. Suite 600, Bremerton, 98337. Deadline to apply for a committee is July 15. Committee statements are due Aug. 27. The council will appoint members to committees Aug. 7. The election is Nov. 5.