The Williams County Commissioners are proposing
amendments to the Williams County Home Rule charter. The charter has not been
updated since it was originally voted into place in 2006. Changes to the
Charter require a simple majority from voters during the June Primary Election.
A Home Rule Charter is a document that
allows County government to exercise flexibility in governance and operations,
including the collection of sales tax and implementation of ordinances. As of
July 1, 2015, according the North Dakota Association of Counties, there are 10 Home Rule Charter
counties in North Dakota.
Proposed updates to the Williams County
Home Rule Charter include:
language with legislative changes that have occurred since 2006, such as residency
requirements for candidates for elected office, taxes that a County Commission
can levy, and budget publication requirements
the positions of Auditor and Treasurer/Recorder from elected to appointed
of language related to the employment status of employees and Department Heads
The amended charter will be published in
its entirety in the Williston Herald, the official county newspaper, on March
22, 2020, or can be reviewed by clicking here.
The June Primary election will take
place on June 9, 2020. Information about polling locations and times will be
available on the Williams County website (williamsnd.com) closer to the