What is a City Charter?

A legal document that establishes the framework for the organization of a municipal government, typically for a city or town. City charters are granted or approved by the state government and vary in detail. Here are some key features of a city charter: The city charter is essential for local government, as the document provides a legal framework for that government to follow. The city charter helps to ensure stability and continuity of the municipal government while addressing the unique needs and priorities of the community. Related Reading:  
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