We, the citizens of Clinton, Iowa, have adopted this Home Rule Charter based upon the following principles:
   1.   The government of Clinton is a representative form of government directly accountable to its citizens who all share the responsibility for it.
   2.   The government of Clinton and those representing it should be accessible and responsible to the people.
   3.   Each citizen has a right to obtain fair, equal and courteous treatment from each City official and employee.
   4.   The government of Clinton shall promote the health, safety and general welfare of its residents and encourage the participation of its citizens in their government in order to secure the full benefits of “Home Rule.”