A proposed City Charter was approved by the Taunton Municipal Council on August 23, 2021.
The Proposed Charter was then sent to the state legislature as a home rule petition. It went through the legislative process (passed by the Senate, House and signed by the Governor) before it was returned to the City of Taunton to be put on the ballot for approval by the voters.
On September 26, 2023 a motion was made and passed "to instruct the Elections Director to not put the Charter on the November 2023 ballot". The Charter has been referred to the Law Department and the Chief Election Officer for further review.