Other laws govern us, regardless
Don't reinvent it
The easiest way to write a charter is to copy from some other organization’s document and then change it to fit the new organization.
Developing a new version is likely to proceed similarly: pick the best parts from other charters, adjust and refine, debate, and incorporate.
Probably will have:
2. Aims or goals of the organization (sometimes known as ‘objectives’)
4. Management Committee; this sets up the City Council form of government, and refers to State law for most details. For example, term limits, maximum compensation, requirements and procedure to become a candidate are well covered in state law. This way the article or paragraph would remain current.
5. Officers; in a City Charter this will probably overlap the Management Committee.
7. Finance; this aspect will probably refer to ordinances in our City Charter since our procedures and rules are covered in great detail. City Law is not superseded in most cases by a charter.
8. Dissolution; this aspect is governed to a great extent by State law and to some degree by federal law.
9. Amendments; amending a City Charter will require an election: the majority of the voters have to approve any changes. So, a charter should not be written so specifically that elections must be called (and paid for) frequently. A good example would be specifying an audit frequency; when guidelines change, the procedure should be easy to change without calling an $85K (minimum cost) election.