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NO. M-4. AN ACT RELATING TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF BURLINGTON.

(H.310)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. APPROVAL OF 1996 CHARTER AMENDMENTS

The charter of the City of Burlington is amended as provided in this act. Proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on November 5, 1996 and March 4, 1997.

Sec. 2. Sec. 62(f) of Title III of the Charter is amended to read:

(f) The city treasurer, when authorized and directed by resolution of the city council, may pledge the credit of the city by issuing negotiable orders, warrants, notes or bonds in an amount not to exceed in the aggregate *[two hundred fifty thousand dollars, ($250,000.00)]* seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($750,000.00) in any fiscal year for the purpose of providing working capital and capital improvements, additions and replacements required for the efficient and economical operation of the city and its departments, other than the electric light department and the water resources division of the public works department. Provided, however, for the fiscal years ending on June 30, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 that $500,000.00 of such $750,000.00 maximum authority may be utilized only for the purpose of capital improvements for the Parks and Recreation and Library Departments. If any of such annual borrowing authority is used to provide working capital, notes shall be issued in anticipation of the receipt of city revenue and shall mature withing two (2) years from the date of issue, and may be renewed or refunded by the issue of other notes maturing within a similar period whenever such action is deemed expedient. If any of such annual borrowing authority is used to provide capital improvements, additions and replacements, the negotiable orders, warrants, notes or bonds issued for such purposes shall be of such denominations, payable at such time or times, at such rate of interest, and to be sold and registered in such manner and under such terms and conditions as shall be established by resolution of the city council.

Notwithstanding the above, however, five (5) per cent of the qualified voters of the city may petition for referendum review of the action by the city council. Any such request for referendum review shall be in accordance with and governed by the procedures specifiedin Section 63 for borrowing on behalf of Burlington Electric Department.

Sec. 3. Sections 284 through 289 of Title VII of the Charter are amended to read:

Sec. 284. [Maintenance of retirement fund; retiring board; sources of retirement fund.]

*[The retirement fund heretofore established may be maintained by the city council.]*

*[From the same there shall be available pensions to employees and appointive officers of the city, upon the terms and conditions herein prescribed.]*

*[The board of finance and the superintendent or other head of each department shall be the retiring board for that department. No such superintendent or head, however, shall pass upon his own retirement, and, in the event of an application for retirement by the city treasurer, the city clerk shall, for such purpose, sit as a member of the board of finance.]*

*[This fund shall be created from the following sources:]*

*[1. All bequests and donations from public and private sources on account of services rendered, or for the purposes for which this fund is established.]*

*[2. All money appropriated to said fund by the city council. The city council is hereby given authority and power to provide in the annual budget, beginning in the year 1949, for an appropriation to said fund, as may be necessary to meet the required demands thereunder, and for such purpose said city council may, instead of such appropriation, assess a special tax or pledge the credit of the city by the issuance of its notes for such required amount, such notes being made due and payable at such times and upon such terms and conditions as the city council shall prescribe. Said notes shall be signed by the mayor and countersigned by the city treasurer.]*

The retirement fund heretofore established shall hold the assets of the retirement system. From the same there shall be available pensions to employees, appointive officers and the mayor of the city, upon the terms and conditions prescribed in the Ordinance.

The city council is hereby given authority and power to provide in the annual budget an appropriation to the fund, as may be necessary to meet the required demands thereunder.

The retirement board shall consist of two (2) members appointed by the city council, one (1) class A member of the system elected by the class A membership, one (1) class B member of the system elected by the class B membership and the city treasurer as an exofficio member.

This fund shall be created from the following sources:

1. The accumulated contributions deducted from the compensation of class A members as well as those contributions deducted from the compensation of class B members when class B membership contributions were required.

2. The contributions of the city for benefits under the retirement system shall consist of a percentage of the earned compensation of members to be known as the "normal contribution" and an additional dollar amount to be know as the "accrued liability contribution."

3. All interest and dividends earned on the fund.

Sec. 285. [Trustees of fund designated; powers; officers.]

*[The board of finance shall be a board of trustees for said fund, and may invest and reinvest the same in such securities and upon such terms and conditions as said board shall determine.]*

*[The mayor shall be president of said board, the city treasurer its treasurer, and the board shall also elect a clerk. All warrants on said fund shall be approved by said board, or a majority thereof, signed by the president, and countersigned by the clerk.]*

The members of the retirement board shall be the trustees of the fund, and may invest and reinvest the same in such securities and upon such terms and conditions as said board shall determine.

The retirement board shall annually elect a chair from its members. All warrants on said fund shall be approved by said board, or a majority thereof, and signed by the chair and secretary of the retirement board.

Sec. 286. [Board of medical examiners--Created; duties; composition; terms;

compensation.]

*[There shall be maintained in said city a board of medical examiners of three members who shall perform such duties as may be required of them by the retiring board.]*

*[The city council at its annual meeting in June, 1949, and annually thereafter, shall appoint one member of said board for a term of three years from the first day of July nextfollowing such appointment. The services and expenses of said medical examiners, when approved by the retiring board of the department to which such services and expenses relate, shall be paid by the treasurer out of the retirement fund upon proper warrant drawn by order of the retiring board.]*

There shall be maintained in said city a board of medical examiners of three members who shall perform such duties as may be required of them by the city council and retirement board.

The city council shall appoint the members of the board of medical examiners. The services and expenses of said medical examiners shall be paid as directed by the city council.

Sec. 287. [Retirement generally.]

*[The retiring board may permanently retire any employee or appointive officer or member of a department, or any person formerly in such capacity, who is worthy and has served the city acceptably in his or her department for a period of twenty-five years or more, and who has reached the age of sixty years in the case of women, and sixty-five years in the case of men, and has without fault or misconduct on his or her part become permanently disabled, physically or mentally, so as to be entirely incapacitated to continue in such service. In the police and fire departments, the requisite age for retirement shall be fifty-five years. In addition, such board may permanently retire any member or employee of the police or fire departments who has, without fault or misconduct on his or her part, become permanently disabled, physically or mentally, by accident in the course of duty, so as to be entirely incapacitated to continue in such service, regardless of age or length of service. "Accident" as used herein shall mean an accident as defined by the workmen’s compensation laws of the state.]*

*[Upon the retirement of any person, he or she shall be entitled to receive from the retirement fund a sum not exceeding one-half of the compensation he or she was receiving per month at the time of retirement or last employment. Such sum may, however, be increased by any retiring board to an amount not exceeding one-half of the compensation paid to a person currently employed or appointed in a similar capacity, upon applicationtherefor and a finding by such board that the same is merited under existing circumstances. Any pension granted hereunder or heretofore shall not be repealed or diminished except for cause shown to the satisfaction of the retirement board, but any increase granted under the preceding sentence may be diminished in the event the compensation of persons currently employed or appointed in a similar capacity is diminished.]*

*[No pension shall be grated hereunder, in any case, without a certification from the board of medical examiners, or a majority of them, that permanent disability exists.]*

*[In exceptional cases, the retiring board may permanently retire a person not having the length of service herein required or the required age, but the pension of such person shall not exceed a sum equivalent to two per cent of his last compensation multiplied by his years of service, and in no event to exceed fifty per cent of such compensation.]*

The retirement board may permanently retire any employee, appointive officer and the mayor who has reached age fifty-five with at least three years of service or who has become disabled. In the police and fire departments, the requisite age for retirement shall be forty-five with at least three years of service.

Upon the retirement of any person, he or she shall be entitled to receive from the retirement fund an amount based upon the provisions found in the Retirement Ordinance. Any such pension may be increased by cost of living increases as provided for by the Ordinance.

Sec. 288. [Reexamination of person on retired list; reappointment, etc.]

*[The board of commissioners of any such department may at any time permit and may require any former employee of said city on the retired list of either department to be reexamined by said board of medical examiners, and in case said examiners shall report such person capable of performing the duty previously performed by him or her, they shall report that fact in writing to the retiring board, who may, by an affirmative vote, dismiss such person from said retiring list, and in so doing shall state their reasons therefor--and thereupon such person shall be eligible for reappointment or reengagement in that department, but the terms and conditions of any former service shall not control the department in any such reappointment or reengagement.]*

Once each year during the first seven (7) years following disability retirement the retirement board may require any disability beneficiary who has not yet attained normal retirement age to undergo a medical examination by the board of medical examiners. Based upon the health status, training, education, background and job availability, the retirement board may reduce the disability benefit or stop it entirely.

No disability pension shall be granted hereunder, in any case, without a report from the board of medical examiners.

Sec. 289. [Record of proceedings to be kept; report to city council required.]

*[The clerk of said retiring board shall record all the doings of that board in each department and shall record the vote of each member of said board on each question connected therewith. An itemized report of the condition of such fund, and of all the receipts and disbursements, shall be made to the city council at the regular meeting of the board of aldermen on the first Monday in March and September annually, and such report shall be published in the annual city report.]*

The secretary to the retirement board shall record the minutes of all retirement board meetings and furnish copies of these minutes to the city council. The financial information on the fund shall be published in the annual city report.

Sec. 4. Sec. 7 of Title II of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 7. Age and residence requirements.

Every male or female citizen of this state not less than eighteen years of age who has taken the *[Freemen's]* Freeman’s (Voters) Oath, who resides in said city and who has registered to vote with the board for registration of voters no later than *[three days]* the deadline established by Vermont law prior to any warned city or ward election or any annual or special city meeting shall be a legal voter at said election or meeting, and no other person shall be allowed to vote at any such election or meeting.

Sec. 5. Sec. 8 of Title II of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 8. Person to vote in ward in which he resides; residence requirement.

No such citizen shall vote except in the ward of which he or she is at the time *[an inhabitant]* a resident.

Sec. 6. Sec. 9 of Title II of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 9. Adopted.

*[The same penalties for illegal voting at any city or ward election are hereby prescribed as are provided by law for illegal voting at freemen's meetings.]* The penalties set forth in Vermont Statutes Annotated shall be applicable for illegal voting at any city or ward election.

Sec. 7. Sec. 20 of Title II of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 20. Ward clerk to keep records; certificates of election to be furnished successful candidates; election results to be published.

It shall be the duty of the clerk of each ward subject to supervision by the city clerk as presiding officer for city and ward elections to *[keep]* make a record of all elections held therein, and to furnish to each officer who shall have been elected for such ward, including *[aldermen]* city councilors and school commissioners, a certificate of his or her election, and also immediately after any election in such ward to return and certify to the city clerk a statement of the votes for all officers in his or her ward, which statement shall be recorded in the city records, and a certificate by the city clerk of the result of such election in the whole city shall be forthwith published in the various newspapers of said city.

Sec. 8. Sec. 81 of Title IV of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 81. Tax classification; repeal of inventory tax.

Except for the property of utilities subject to the provisions of 30 V.S.A. Chapter 3, all personal and real property set out in the grand list which is not used as residential property, farmland, and vacant land zoned 'recreation, conservation and open space (RCO)' shall be classified as nonresidential property and shall be assessed at one hundred twenty (120) per cent of fair market value; and further provided that inventories and personal property belonging to an owner whose total personal property does not exceed the fair market value of $2,500 shall no longer be set out in the grand list of the city as taxable personal estate. Properties upon which in-lieu of tax payments are made shall be likewise classified and assessed for the purposes of such payments.

For the purposes of this section, 'residential property' is hereby defined to include allproperty used for dwelling purposes including accessory property which is subordinate to or customarily incidental to the main residential use such as garages and out-buildings. Where a property is used for both residential and nonresidential purposes, then it shall be apportioned according to such uses and then classified and assessed as herein provided.

Sec. 9. Sec. 108 of Title IV of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 108. *[Constable]* City treasurer to collect delinquent taxes.

It shall be the duty of *[such constable]* the city treasurer to collect all legal taxes contained in such tax bill, the amount thereof being determined as hereinbefore provided *[, and pay the same to the city treasurer]* on or before the time when such warrant is returnable, subject to such abatement of taxes as may be made by the board for the abatement of taxes.

Sec. 10. Sec. 109 of Title IV of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 109. Collection after time warrant returnable permitted.

The *[constable]* city treasurer, or any successor to whom such original warrant may, under the provisions of the general laws of the state, be delivered for execution, may collect on such warrant after the expiration of the time in which the same is returnable any such taxes then contained therein and by the same methods and during the same period of periods authorized by the general laws of this state in regard to collection of taxes by constables and collectors of taxes in towns.

Sec. 11. Sec. 110 of Title IV of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 110. *[Constable]* City treasurer to proceed in manner prescribed by law.

Said *[constable]* city treasurer shall proceed in the same manner, perform the same duties, be subject to the same liabilities, have the same power, authority and privileges touching the collection of all taxes for the collection of which he or she holds a warrant, as prescribed by the general laws of this state in regard to the collection of taxes by constables or collectors of taxes in towns.

Sec. 12. Sec. 111 of Title IV of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 111. *[Constables' fees]* Fees for collection of delinquent taxes.

*[Said constable shall be entitled to the same fees for the collection of all taxes forcollection of which he holds a warrant, and for the service of such warrant on the respective delinquent taxpayers, as are allowed by the laws of this state to collectors of taxes in towns. Such fees shall be collected of such delinquent taxpayers by said constable, and shall be the only compensation allowed him for the collection of such taxes, the payment thereof to the city treasurer and the service of said warrant.]* The city treasurer shall be entitled to collect from delinquent taxpayers the same fees for collection of all taxes for which a warrant has been issued as are allowed by the laws of this state to collectors of taxes in towns, such fees to be paid over to the city rather than being retained by the city treasurer.

Sec. 13. Sec. 112 of Title IV of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 112. Failure of owners to pay assessments; warrant to be issued; *[constables]* city treasurer to collect.

If the owner or owners of any land or buildings assessed under any provisions of this charter shall neglect or refuse to pay any such assessment or any installment thereof with interest as hereinafter provided, to the city treasurer or the holder of assessment certificates hereinafter mentioned, within the time prescribed for such payment, the city treasurer shall issue his or her warrant *[to the constable of said city]* for the collection thereof, and such *[constable]* city treasurer shall proceed to collect the same, in the manner hereinafter prescribed for the collection and enforcement of assessments made in laying out or altering streets or highways.

Sec. 14. Sec. 138 of Title V of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 138. Duties of city clerk generally.

The city clerk shall perform for said city the same duties devolving by the law of *[his]* the state upon town clerks, except insofar as the same are changed or modified by the provisions of this act, and except that *[he]* the city clerk shall not appoint any assistant city clerk, and shall receive and collect for and on behalf of the city and account for and pay to the city treasurer on the first day of each month, to be used for city purposes all and the same fees to be paid to town clerks for the performance of such duties under the general laws of the state. *[He]* The city clerk shall keep a full and complete record and account ofall such fees as received *[by him]* and as paid to the city treasurer in such form and manner as the board of finance and the city auditor may prescribe, and shall give a proper receipt for every fee collected *[by him]* and take the receipt of the city treasurer for all fees paid to that officer. The city clerk shall receive for his or her services only such annual salary or other compensation as shall be voted *[him]* by the city council. He or she shall be ex officio clerk of the city council with mayor presiding, city council, board of civil authority *[and]*, board for the abatement of taxes and liquor control commissioners. He or she shall have exclusive charge and custody of the public records of said city and of all records, papers and documents belonging to the Town of Burlington at the time the City of Burlington was organized. He or she shall be the presiding officer for ward, city and legislative district elections.

Sec. 15. Sec. 184 of Title VI of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 184. Same - Powers and duties.

Said board shall make rules and regulations for the government of the entire police force, subject to the ordinances and orders of the city council, and shall fix the qualifications of applicants for positions and service on said force and shall furnish the city council with any information they may require concerning the finances of the police department. Said board shall notify the mayor and the city clerk, in writing, of any and all changes, modifications or additions to the rules and regulations of the department. *[No bills or accounts for expenses of said department other than the payrolls shall be paid until approved by the board of police commissioners.]* The board of police commissioners shall be responsible for all expenditures made by the police department and no expenditures shall be made by the department except in conformity with the standards promulgated by the board of police commissioners.

Sec. 16. Sec. 185 of Title VI of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 185. Officers of police force designated.

The direction and control of the entire police force, except as herein otherwise provided, shall be vested in a police officer who shall be called the chief of police, *[a line captain, a staff captain, and such other captains, lieutenants, detective lieutenants, sergeants anddetective sergeants]* and such other ranking police officers as the board of police commissioners shall authorize*[, whose order of rank shall be as above set forth. Any officer above listed shall act as chief in the temporary absence or disability of all his superior officers, or during the period in which a vacancy exists in all of the offices of such superiors. As between officers of equal rank, seniority in rank shall determine the order of command]*. The order of rank and succession within the police department shall be as designated by the board of police commissioners by regulation.

Except as herein otherwise provided, such officers shall have the powers and duties granted to police officers by Vermont law and assigned to them by regulations adopted under section 184.

Sec. 17. Sec. 187 of Title VI of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 187. Force to be maintained; selection of members.

A regular police force for said city shall be maintained in the *[manner following, namely: All applicants for employment on said force shall file with the board of police commissioners their applications in writing, upon blanks furnished by the board, and shall be examined and rated by the board. If deemed qualified by such board, an applicant shall be examined by the board of medical examiners, and if approved as physically and mentally suitable, shall be certified by the board of police commissioners to the chief as eligible for appointment to the force]* city. No applicant shall be deemed qualified for employment on said force until he or she has been recommended by the chief of police and approved by the board of police commissioners. The process for determining the qualifications of and employing police officers shall fully comply with the city's comprehensive personnel policy manual as the same may be amended from time to time.

Sec. 18. Sec. 188 of Title VI of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 188. Manner of appointment.

The chief shall, from time to time, as the needs of the city may require, appoint from the applicants whose names have been *[certified to him]* approved by said board a sufficient number of regular police officers, *[each appointment to be made from among the three highest rated applicants whose names appear on said list,]* and each appointment *[to]* must beapproved by a majority of said board. If the name of the applicant has been on the *[certified]* approved list for more than six months, the applicant shall take and pass a new examination by the board of medical examiners before being appointed.

Sec. 19. Sec. 189 of Title VI of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 189. Members of force to be retained as long as they remain competent.

The members of said regular police force now serving, or who shall hereafter be appointed thereto, shall, after the expiration of the one-year probationary period above provided, and so long as they shall remain competent, efficient and capable in the performance of their respective duties *[and residents of the city]*, be retained as such, subject to the rules and regulations adopted under section 184, and provided that any member may be removed for cause as hereinafter provided.

Sec. 20. Sec. 191 of Title VI of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 191. Political activity restricted.

No person while an officer or other member of the regular police force of the City *[of Burlington, shall act as executive committeeman, attend any political convention as a delegate, participate in any manner whatever in any canvass in behalf of or against any candidate for any city, county, state, or national office, hold tickets or canvass votes at any election, or take any part whatever in political matters other than to exercise a right of suffrage; and no]* shall publicly endorse any candidate for political office, serve as a campaign assistant on behalf of any candidate for political office or perform any public campaign activity on behalf of any candidate for public office for which Burlington voters are casting ballots. The foregoing shall not prohibit a police officer from voting in any election; or from expressing his or her views concerning any referendum question being considered; and shall not prevent a collective bargaining unit which represents police officers from endorsing candidates in elections, provided that no bargaining unit representative announcing such endorsement may do so while wearing a police uniform. No person shall be appointed to or retained in the department as a reward for political service rendered, nor in any manner be discriminated against because of his failure to render such service.

Sec. 21. Sec. 192 of Title VI of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 192. Authority to appoint; defined; powers.

In addition to the regular police force hereinbefore provided for, the chief, with the approval of the board of police commissioners, may appoint for a term not to exceed one year, such limited and special police officers as he or she may consider desirable. Such appointments shall be revocable by the chief, without cause, with the approval of said board.

The term "limited police officer" shall be construed to mean police officers appointed upon request for the protection of private property, and their appointment shall restrict their powers to a jurisdiction described as on or about designated premises. The term "special police officer" shall be construed to mean police officers appointed for special public service. A special police officer shall have the same general powers and authority as a regular police officer, and may receive pay from the city according to the service performed by him or her, except that he or she shall not receive pay for more than ninety days' service during any one fiscal year of the city unless he or she shall have been subject to the same conditions of appointment as are herein provided for regular police officers, or unless there shall exist a shortage of regular members of the police force and a lack of qualified applicants for appointment thereto.

Sec. 22. Sec. 202 of Title VI of the Charter is amended to read:

Sec. 202. Political activity restricted.

No person, while an officer or other member of the fire department of the City *[of Burlington shall act as executive committeeman, attend any political convention as a delegate, participate in any manner whatever in any canvass in behalf of or against any candidate for any city, county, state, or national office, hold tickets or canvass votes at any election, or take any part whatever in political matters other than to exercise a right of suffrage; and no]*, shall publicly endorse any candidate for political office, serve as a campaign assistant on behalf of any candidate for political office or perform any public campaign activity on behalf of any candidate for public office for which Burlington voters are casting ballots. The foregoing shall not prohibit a fire officer from voting in anyelection; or from expressing his or her views concerning any referendum question being considered; and shall not prevent a collective bargaining unit which represents fire officers from endorsing candidates in elections, provided that no bargaining unit representative announcing such endorsement may do so while wearing a fire uniform. No person shall be appointed to or retained in the department as a reward for political service rendered, nor in any manner be discriminated against because of his failure to render such service.

Sec. 23. Secs. 2 and 3 of Act No.17 of the Acts of 1983 are amended to read:

Sec. 2. BONDS; ISSUANCE OF

The city is hereby authorized and empowered to issue bonds, from time to time, for the purpose of financing the cost of any improvement to the waterworks or wastewater system. The bonds and the interest thereon shall be payable solely and exclusively from the revenues of the waterworks or wastewater system as the case may be and shall not constitute general indebtedness of the city nor be an obligation or liability upon the city to pay the same from any funds of the city other than the revenues of the system. No holder or holders of any bonds issued under this act shall ever have the right to compel any exercise of the taxing power of the city to pay the bonds or the interest thereon. The bonds shall not constitute an indebtedness within the meaning of any debt limitation or restriction and shall not be within any statutory limitation upon the power of the city to issue bonds. It shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond that it does not constitute an indebtedness of the city but is payable solely from the revenues of its waterworks or wastewater system. The bonds may be authorized by resolutions of the board of *[water resources]* public works commissioners and the city council. Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, no bonds other than refunding bonds shall be authorized or issued under this act unless and until more than fifty percent of the legal voters of the city present and voting thereon at any annual or special city meeting duly warned for that purpose shall have first voted to authorize the project or improvement for which the bonds are to be issued. The warning shall describe in general terms the project or improvement, shall estimate its costs, and shall state the amount of bonds proposed to be issued to finance it. Except for purposes of refunding pursuant to section 3, the city shall not issue bonds in excess of the amount set forth in the warning as aforesaid unless and until more than fiftypercent of the legal voters of the city present and voting at any annual or special meeting duly warned for that purpose shall have first voted to authorize the issuance of additional bonds for any previously authorized project or improvement.

Sec. 3. REFUNDING

The city, upon the approval of the board of *[water resources]* public works commissioners and the city council, may issue refunding bonds for the purpose of paying any of its bonds issued hereunder at maturity or upon acceleration or redemption. No affirmative vote of the registered voters shall be necessary to authorize the issuance of refunding bonds. The refunding bonds may be issued at such time prior to the maturity or redemption of the refunded bonds as the city deems to be in the public interest. The refunding bonds may be issued in sufficient amounts to pay or provide the principal of the bonds being refunded, together with any redemption premium thereon, any interest accrued or to accrue to the date of payment of the bonds, the expenses of issue of the refunding bonds, the expenses of redeeming the bonds being refunded, and such reserves for debt service or other capital or current expenses from the proceeds of the refunding bonds, as may be required by the resolutions under which bonds are issued. Except as herein specified, the issue of refunding bonds, the maturities and other details thereof, the security therefor, the rights of the holders thereof, and the rights, duties and obligations of the city with respect thereto shall be governed by the provisions of the Burlington city charter and the Vermont statutes relating to the issue of bonds other than refunding bonds insofar as the same may be applicable. In the event of any conflict between the city charter and the Vermont statutes in this regard, the city is hereby authorized to act pursuant to the more extensive grant of authority.

Sec. 24. INCORPORATION OF RELATED LAWS INTO THE BURLINGTON CITY CHARTER

The provisions of Act No. 17 of the Acts of 1983, and all amendments thereto, are incorporated into and make a part of the Charter of the City of Burlington.

Sec. 25. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.

Approved: May 5, 1997