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File #: SS 21-021   
Type: Study Session Status: Presented
File created: 3/3/2021 In control: City Council Study Session
On agenda: 3/23/2021 Final action: 3/23/2021
Title: Form of Government Review
Attachments: 1. Agenda Memo, 2. Attachment A: Washington Cities, Classification and Form of Government, 3. Attachment B: King County Cities, Classification and Form of Government, 4. Attachment C: Articles of Incorporation as a Fourth Class Town, December 1912, 5. Attachment D: Resolution Changing Redmond’s Classification to a Third Class City, June 1961, 6. Attachment E: Ordinance Adopting the City of Redmond Classification of Non-Charter Code City with Mayor-Council Plan of Government, October 1970, 7. Attachment F: Redmond Governance Study, Citizens’ Committee Final Report, August 2002
TO: Members of the City Council
FROM: Mayor Angela Birney
Malisa Files

Nina Rivkin
Chief Policy Advisor

Form of Government Review

At the December 3, 2020, Council meeting on the proposed 2021-2022 budget, Council requested a study session in the first quarter of 2021 to discuss the classification and form of government for the City. The City of Redmond is a Non-Charter Code City with a Mayor-Council form of government, also referred to as a "Strong Mayor" form of government.

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* Relevant Plans/Policies:
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* Council Request:
Council requested information on options and forms of government in other cities, historical information on the City's classification and form of government, and information on the 2003 ballot measure that proposed to change the City's form of government from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager.
* Other Key Facts:
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Council will discuss Redmond's classification as a Non-Charter Code City and the options of a First Class City or Charter-Code City, as well as changing from a Mayor-Council to a Council-Manager form of government.

City Classifications
There are four classifications of cities:
* First Class Cities: city with a population of 10,000 or more at the time of organization or reorganization that has adopted a charter; the charter defines the structure and authorities under which the city operates
* Second Class Cities: city with a population over 1,500 at the time or organization or reorganization that does not have a charter and does not operate as a code city under the Optional Municipal Code (RCW 35.01.020)
* Towns: population of less than 1,500 at the time of organization and do...

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