Basic Differences between Charter and Non-Charter Government






Structure of county government specified in State Constitution and State Statutes.

Structure of county government specified in Charter.

Structure of county government can be changed only by amending the State Constitution or Statutes.  All non-Charter counties are treated equally regardless of complexity of problems.

Structure of county government can be changed after a local election approving the change.  Form of government can be tailored to the particular needs of the County.

County shall have only those powers of self-government prescribed by the State Legislature.

County shall have all powers of self-government unless they are inconsistent with the Constitution and State laws.

State Statutes do not provide for initiative or recall at the county level.

County Charter can provide for ordinances by citizen initiative and must provide for recall for the county commission.

County cannot levy a utility tax.

Charter counties may impose a utility tax in the unincorporated area and can substitute that revenue source for property taxes.

In the event of a conflict, Municipal Ordinances prevail over County Ordinances inside city. 


Charter may prescribe which ordinance prevails inside city.  

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