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NO. M-6. AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF BURLINGTON.

(H.273)

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

Sec. 1. CHARTER AMENDMENT

The Charter of the City of Burlington is amended as provided in this act. Proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on November 7, 2000 and March 6, 2001.

Sec. 2. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 3 is amended to read:

CHAPTER 3. CITY OF BURLINGTON

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§ 2. WARDS DESCRIBED

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Reference is also made to a map entitled "Proposed Ward Boundaries, Burlington, Vermont, Department of Zoning and Planning, GIS, Burlington, Vermont, Prepared September 11, 1992 and amended October 5, 1992" located in the Burlington *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s Office in further aid of the above description.

§ 3. ELECTION OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILORS

(a) On the first Tuesday in March*[, 1975]* 2003, and *[biennially]* triennially thereafter, the legal voters of the city shall, from among the legal voters thereof, elect a mayor. Notwithstanding any provision of this charter or the general statutes, no person shall be eligible to have his or her name printed on the ballot as a candidate for the office of mayor who has not submitted a nominating petition signed by at least one hundred fifty registered voters of the city within the time limits specified in chapter 55 of Title 17 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, as the same may be amended from time to time. On the first Tuesday in March, 1994, and biennially thereafter, the legal voters of wards one, two, three, five and six shall, from among the legal voters thereof, elect one city councilor and all ward officers hereinafter named; and on the first Tuesday in March, 1995, and biennially thereafter, the legal voters in wards one, two, three, five and six shall, from among the legal voters thereof, elect one city councilor and all ward officers hereinafter named.

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§ 5. ELECTION TO BE BY BALLOT; PLURALITY REQUIRED FOR ELECTION; RUNOFF ELECTIONS

The election of all officers mentioned in the two (2) preceding sections shall be by ballot, and the person or persons receiving a plurality of all votes cast for any office aforesaid shall, except as hereinafter provided, be declared elected thereto. However, if no person receives at least forty percent of all votes cast for any office aforesaid, no one shall be declared elected and a runoff election shall be held. The only candidates in the runoff election shall be the two persons receiving the greater number of votes or, in case of a tie, the person receiving the greatest number of votes and the persons receiving the second greatest number of votes. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall within seven days warn a runoff election to be held not less than twelve days nor more than twenty days after the date of the warning. The warning shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city and posted in a public place. The person or persons receiving a plurality of all the votes cast in a runoff election shall be declared elected.

§ 6. REQUIREMENTS GENERALLY

All warnings for meetings for the election of city or ward officers, and for general meetings of all the legal voters of said city, for any purpose, shall be issued by the mayor and published in the manner and for the length of time designated in chapter 55 of Title 17 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated relating to local elections as the same may be amended from time to time.

Upon request of the city council by resolution or upon petition signed by five percent of the legal voters, filed with the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer no later than the deadline established in chapter 55 of Title 17 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated as the same may be amended from time to time, the mayor shall insert in the warning for the annual city meeting any special article for any legal purpose beyond the jurisdiction of the city council, said purpose to be set forth in said article as stated in such resolution or petition and the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall prepare suitable ballots in sufficient quantities for the vote upon such article; provided, however, that any petition for the insertion of any article calling for the resubmission, reconsideration or recision of any question previously submitted to the legal voters of said city shall be filed not later than the deadline established for requesting reconsideration or recision of a prior vote as specified in section 2661 of Title 17 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated as the same may be amended from time to time; and provided further, that no question previously submitted to the legal voters of said city shall be more than once resubmitted or presented for reconsideration or recision except upon request of the city council by resolution. Each page of a petition filed under this section shall bear the full text of the petition, each signature to such petition shall be witnessed, each signer of such petition shall set after his or her signature his or her legal address within the city, and any part of such petition not conforming to these requirements shall be invalid.

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§ 14. LIST OF VOTERS TO BE PREPARED; POSTING

Preceding each annual or special city or ward election to be held in said city, it shall be the duty of the board for registration of voters to prepare full and complete lists of the voters in the respective wards of said city, and to certify the same to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer. One copy of such lists shall be posted by or under the direction of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer in some public place in the wards to which the voters whose names are on such list respectively belong, at least twelve days previous to any such election.

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§ 17. *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO POST LISTS; COPIES TO BE FILED IN *[CLERK/TREASURER’S]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER’S OFFICE

It shall be the duty of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer to cause the original of each and every checklist of voters at any time ordered to be posted by the board for registration of voters of said city, to be filed in *[his]* the chief administrative officer’s office with his or her certificate attached, that true copies of such lists have been posted as directed by said board, together with the time and place in said city at which the same were posted, which certificate shall be prima facie evidence of such posting.

§ 18. COPIES OF LIST TO BE GIVEN INSPECTORS

After all such additions, alterations and corrections shall have been made by said board for registration of voters, a true copy of such checklist shall be made by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, and delivered to the inspectors of election in the several wards, for use at such annual or special city or ward section; and no person whose name is not on such lists shall be allowed to vote at any such election.

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§ 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 *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer as presiding officer for city and ward elections to make a record of all elections held therein, and to furnish to each officer who shall have been elected for such ward, including 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 *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer 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 *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of the result of such election in the whole city shall be forthwith published in the various newspapers of said city.

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§ 22. BALLOTS

For all city or ward elections, and also for the election of justices of the peace in said city, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall prepare all official ballots in the same manner and subject to all the provisions of the laws of this state providing for and regulating the preparation and distribution of official ballots in towns and cities; provided, however, that said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall cause to be printed for every ward in said city not less than sixty ballots for every fifty names or fractional part thereof on the voting list prepared and posted in such ward for any such election; and further provided that said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall deliver to the inspectors of election in each ward on the day of such election and before the hour for opening the polls in said ward, such number of blocks of ballots containing one hundred each as shall nearest represent two-thirds of the whole number required to be printed for such ward, and shall retain the balance of the ballots for each ward so prepared *[by him]*.

§ 23. RETAINED BALLOTS TO BE DELIVERED TO INSPECTORS ON DEMAND

In case the inspectors of election in any ward for any cause shall require the ballots so belonging to such ward and retained by said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, or any part thereof, they shall notify him or her in writing. Said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall thereupon forthwith transmit to said inspectors of election such part or all of said ballots so retained in his or her possession as said inspectors of election shall specify.

§ 24. RECORD OF BALLOTS DELIVERED REQUIRED; RECEIPTS

The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall keep a record of the whole number of ballots so prepared and delivered; and said inspectors of election shall give to said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, whenever any ballots are received by them, a receipt stating the number of ballots so received.

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§ 26. QUESTIONS AT SPECIAL MEETINGS TO BE DECIDED BY BALLOT

The questions at any such special meeting shall be determined by ballot and the checklist shall be used. There shall be at such meeting a separate polling place, or polling places, for each ward, and as many of the ward officers hereinbefore named as shall be necessary shall act at such meetings, in the same manner as at city or ward elections. For all such meetings, it shall be the duty of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer to prepare suitable ballots in sufficient quantity.

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§ 39. SPECIAL MEETINGS

Special meetings of the city council may be called at any time by the mayor, and shall be called by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer on petition signed by a majority of the city council and filed with said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer. Notice of special meetings shall be served on the city councilors unless service thereof shall be accepted by them, by some person appointed for such purpose by the one calling such meetings, by delivering to each city councilor a true and attested copy of such call, or by leaving such copy at the place of his or her usual abode, with the return thereon of the person serving the same.

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§ 42. COMPOSITION; MEETINGS

The mayor, city council and assessors shall constitute a board for the abatement of taxes and also for the abatement of special assessments, or any part thereof, for sewers and street improvements, whenever the same are illegal or in the judgment of the board cannot be collected or are manifestly unjust. Meetings of such board shall be convened in the manner herein prescribed for calling special meetings of the city council; and notice thereof signed by the mayor or *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, shall be given to all taxpayers by the publication of such notice for two days in all the daily newspapers printed in said city, the first of which publications shall be not more than ten days, and the last not less than three days prior to said meeting. Whenever any special assessment, or any part thereof, for sewers or street improvements is abated, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall make a minute of such abatement on the original assessment on file in his or her office on the margin of the record thereof.

§ 43. COMPOSITION; DUTIES; APPOINTMENTS; OFFICES

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(c) Said board shall maintain an office in the city hall of the city, open for business during the regular business hours of said city, wherein shall be kept available for public inspection the records pertaining to the qualifications of all legal voters and freemen of the city. Said board shall advise any petitioner affected by an adverse decision of his or her statutory right to seek judicial review of such decision. Said board shall also appoint a clerk, who need not be a member thereof, who shall have such duties as the board may assign, together with the duties imposed upon the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer by sections 106 and 107 of the Vermont Statutes, Revision of 1947, as amended. Records of the taking of freemen’s oaths heretofore kept by the city clerk shall be transferred to the clerk of said board.

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§ 48. ENUMERATED

The city council shall have power:

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(63)(A) To establish and maintain a unified department of public works, the *[chief administrative officers]* superintendent of which will be designated public works director, said department to be managed and controlled by the *[board of public works, commissioners who shall have general exclusive management and control over the public works department of the City of Burlington, subject in all respects to any limitations or restrictions contained in the ordinances, resolutions, and orders of the city council as well as]* mayor and city council subject to the general laws of the State of Vermont pertaining to the inspection of buildings, plumbing, housing and wiring. The city council may by resolution delegate any of its powers relating to the public works department to the board of public works commissioners.

(B) The board of public works commissioners shall consist of seven legal voters of the City of Burlington, who shall be appointed by the city council to serve for the term of three years, and until their successors are appointed and qualified, except as herein otherwise provided.

(C) The city council with mayor presiding shall appoint to the public works commission seven legal voters of the City of Burlington. On the first Monday in June*[,]* 1988, and every three years thereafter, the city council with mayor presiding shall appoint three commissioners to serve a term of three years. On the first Monday in June*[,]* 1989, and every three years thereafter, the city council with mayor presiding shall appoint two commissioners to serve a term of three years. On the first Monday in June*[,]* 1990, and every three years thereafter, the city council with mayor presiding shall appoint two commissioners to serve a term of three years.

(D) The public works director shall have the special and immediate care and practical supervision of the public works department, its personnel and its facilities and equipment, subject to the *[control and direction of said board]* authority of the mayor as chief executive officer and the orders and ordinances of the city council.

(E) *[The]* Unless otherwise determined by resolution of the city council, the public works department shall, in addition to the director, consist of a streets division, water division, waste/solid waste division, traffic division, finance division, equipment maintenance division/engineering division, inspection services division, and construction division, each of which shall include a manager who shall be hired as a city employee by the director and shall serve subject to the direction of the director.

§ 49. AUTHORITY TO ENACT

The city council may make, alter, amend or repeal any resolutions, by-laws, regulations and ordinances which it may deem necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers or for the well-being of said city, and which shall not be repugnant to the constitution or the laws of the state; and to provide penalties for the breach thereof; all of which by-laws, regulations and ordinances shall be duly published in one or more newspapers in said city to be prescribed by the city council, at least twenty days before they shall take effect. In the event the city council shall pass a comprehensive revision to any chapter or chapters of its Code of Ordinances *[[]*,*[]]* it shall be sufficient if a concise summary of the principal provisions of such revision is published as aforesaid rather than the entire text thereof. Copies of the entire text of such revisions shall be made available upon request at the office of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer. The City of Burlington is hereby authorized and empowered to maintain actions in Chittenden Superior Court to restrain actual or threatened violations of any ordinance of said city.

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§ 58. COUNCIL TO ISSUE CITATION THAT LAND IS TO BE TAKEN; SERVICE

In giving notice to all persons owning or interested in any lands to be taken for such purposes, the city council shall issue its citation, signed by the mayor or its *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer; said citation shall be served in the same manner, and the several officers shall perform the same duties in respect thereto, as provided in this charter *[for citations issued by street commissioners]*.

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§ 62. COUNCIL NOT TO PLEDGE CREDIT OF CITY; EXCEPTIONS

(a) Except as otherwise provided, the credit of the city, except by temporary loans not exceeding during any quarter of any fiscal year twenty-five (25) percent of the taxes assessed upon the entire grand list for such fiscal year, and except by emergency loans as hereinafter provided, shall not be pledged by the city council, or by any officer of said city, unless by vote of the legal voters of said city, at a meeting thereof duly called for that purpose; provided, however, that the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, when authorized and directed by resolution of the city council*[, and the airport commission or the public works commission, as appropriate]* may pledge the credit of the city by a temporary loan in anticipation of the receipt of revenue from the airport department, or the traffic division, or the wastewater *[division]* or water divisions of the public works department for their ordinary running expenses during times in any fiscal year when there are not sufficient funds on hand to the credit of the airport department or the *[wastewater or traffic division]* *[of the public works department, respectively,]* above-named divisions for the payment of such bills and accounts, or sufficient unappropriated funds in the city treasury from which such accounts may be paid pending the receipt of revenues *[of such department or]* the division sufficient to pay such bills and accounts; and provided further, that the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, when authorized by the city council *[and the board of light commissioners]*, may pledge the credit of the city by temporary borrowing in anticipation of the receipt of revenue from the electric department not to exceed five million dollars outstanding at any time to provide working capital for the electric department. Temporary notes issued hereunder in anticipation of the receipt of the revenue from the electric department shall mature within two 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. Except as above provided, all temporary loans, except loans for the payment of bills and accounts of the water division of the public works department and the electric department and except emergency loans, shall be paid by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer from and out of the receipts from the collection of the installment of property taxes or other taxes next falling due after the making of the loan, and all moneys received from such temporary loans, other than for the water division of the public works department and the electric department and other than from emergency loans, shall be used to pay the current and ordinary expenses of the city, pending the collection of taxes. All such temporary loans made to pay the accounts and bills of the water division of the public works department pending the receipt of revenue shall be paid during said fiscal year from the revenues received by that *[department]* division. Temporary loans under this paragraph for the water division and electric departments shall be general obligations of the city notwithstanding that they are primarily payable from the revenues or receipts of the respective division and departments.

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(d) The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, when authorized and directed by resolution of the city council, may pledge the credit of the city by means of temporary loans in anticipation of the sale of bonds authorized by the legal voters of said city for the payment of installments due on the project for which said bonds are to be issued, pending the receipt of revenues from the sale of such bonds; provided, however, that the said temporary loans shall not exceed ninety (90) per cent of the amount so anticipated. Any of such loans shall be immediately repaid upon receipt of the proceeds from the sale of the said bonds.

(e) The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, when authorized and directed by resolution of the city council, may pledge the credit of the city by means of temporary loans for the payment of final bills due on any project approved for school state aid construction, pending receipt by the city of the final state aid payment, but limited to ninety (90) per cent of the amount so anticipated. Any of such loans shall be immediately repaid upon receipt of the state aid construction payment.

(f)(1) The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, 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 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]* and wastewater divisions 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]* within 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.

(2) 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 specified in Section 63 of this charter for borrowing on behalf of Burlington Electric Department.

§ 63. COUNCIL MAY PLEDGE CREDIT OF CITY WHEN AUTHORIZED BY VOTERS TO DO SO

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(b) Notwithstanding the above, however, a city council resolution authorizing the credit of the city to be pledged in an amount not to exceed two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) in a fiscal year for the operation of the electric light department as aforesaid shall not give the city power to so pledge its credit until forty-four (44) days have passed following the effective date of such resolution. If during such forty-four-day period a petition is filed with the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer signed by not less than five (5) per cent of the qualified voters of the city requesting a referendum vote on whether the credit of the city will be pledged in accordance with the city council resolution, the credit of the city shall not be pledged pursuant thereto unless a majority of the qualified voters of the city present and voting at a duly warned annual or special city meeting vote to affirm such city council resolution. Upon receipt of a proper petition, a special city meeting shall be called by the city council within sixty (60) days from the date such petition is received, or if the next annual city meeting falls within the sixty (60) day period, the city council shall include an article in the warning for such annual city meeting, to determine whether the voters will affirm such resolution. If at such city meeting a majority of the qualified voters voting on the question affirm the action of the city council, the city shall have power to pledge its credit pursuant to the city council resolution as of the day following such city meeting. If the city council resolution is not affirmed by a majority of the qualified voters voting on the question, the city shall not have power to pledge its credit in accordance with such resolution.

§ 67. APPROPRIATIONS FOR *[BOARD OF]* PARK AND RECREATION *[COMMISSIONERS]* PURPOSES

The city council shall annually appropriate a reasonable amount of money, not less than two cents on each dollar of the grand list, to be expended *[by the board of park and recreation commissioners,]* for the purpose of providing necessary funds for the care and improvement of park property and for the city recreational program, and meeting the expenses of *[said board]* the park and recreation department.

§ 68. AUTHORIZED EXPENDITURES

No money shall be paid out of the city treasury unless an approved budgetary authorization for such expenditure exists, sufficient unexpended funds remain in such budgetary line item and a properly executed voucher requesting such expenditure is in the possession of the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrator’s officer’s office for the proper spending authority.

§ 69. FISCAL YEAR, REPORTS REQUIRED

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(b) It shall be the duty of those who were members of any board or commission during and just before the close of any fiscal year, though the term of one or more of them as a member of such board or commission may have expired at the close of such fiscal year, to prepare, sign and present to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer after the close of said fiscal year and in time for publication of the same in the city report for that year, in the name and on behalf of such board and commission, a full financial report including all revenues and expenses of all the matters and statistics of which a full record is required by this section to be kept by such board or commission during such fiscal year and to be published in the city report.

§ 70. EXCESS EXPENDITURES PROHIBITED; ASSESSMENTS FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS CREDITED TO STREETS DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

(a) No superintendent, board or commission member or corresponding executive officer of any city department, with the exception of the health, police and fire departments, and then only in case of an emergency, shall expend any money or incur any obligation, unless there is an available appropriation from which the same may be paid and to which it may be charged, and shall not at any time expend any money or incur any obligation in excess of such appropriation. In case any such superintendent, board or commission member or corresponding executive officer of any city department violates this provision, the city *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall report such occurrence to the mayor and to the city council. The mayor shall advise the city council as to whether there was appropriate justification for such violation and if the mayor and city council agree that such violation was unjustified, the mayor may recommend and the city council may determine that the office shall thereupon become vacant and shall be forthwith filled for the unexpired term by the officials authorized to make the original appointment in such case. Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the city council to remove a duly-elected school commissioner or the superintendent of schools.

(b) Except as otherwise provided by resolution of the city council, all assessments for street improvements shall be credited to the streets division of the public works department and be available to said division as an appropriation for its use only when and as collected and paid to the *[city treasurer]* chief administrative officer.

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§ 83. PREPARATION; CONTENTS

(a) Assessors shall set all taxable real estate in the property grand list only to the last owner thereof, of record, on the first day of April in each year, as shown by an instrument of conveyance recorded in the land records of the city or left and filed for record in the office of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, as the actual owner of such real estate, and where there is more than one such owner of record, such real estate may be so set in the list to any one or more of them. Any tax assessed on said grand list against such real estate shall be a legal and valid tax against such real estate and shall constitute a good and valid tax lien against the same underlying all other liens and may be enforced as such lien against the property itself by sale on the constable’s warrant of so much of said property as may be necessary to satisfy the tax with all legal charges, additions and expenses or, in a proper case, by a proceeding in equity, by giving notice, as required in tax sales of real estate under the provisions of the laws of the state to all parties owning any interest in such real estate. In case the assessors find that real estate standing in the name of such last owner of record has been omitted from any grand list because exempt from taxation in the hands of such owner, but on the first day of April in the year of such grand list was last actually owned by one in whose hands said property was not exempt, they may amend and correct the grand list at any time while the warrant for the collection of taxes assessed thereon is outstanding and in force, by setting such real estate in said grand list to such owner of record as taxable at the valuation of said property in the city wide reappraisal next preceding such omission and thereupon all taxes therefore assessed on said grand list shall apply to such additional item and a tax bill shall be made up and issued thereon and collection of the same enforced under said warrant as such tax lien against said property in the same manner and to the same extent as though no such omission had been made. The provisions of 32 V.S.A. §§ 3652, 3653 and 3654, as the same may be amended from time to time, shall not apply to the City of Burlington.

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§ 90. AGGRIEVED PERSONS PERMITTED TO APPEAR BEFORE ASSESSORS; PRELIMINARY REVIEW

Any person who feels aggrieved by the action of said assessors, and that desires to be heard by them shall appear before them within the time hereinbefore prescribed for said hearing. The assessors shall give written notice by first class mail, postage prepaid, to all aggrieved taxpayers concerning the results of their grievance hearing. The notice shall also inform the taxpayer that he or she may appeal from this decision to the board of tax appeals by lodging a written appeal with the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer. The city assessor shall also be authorized to conduct preliminary review meetings with taxpayers to discuss the valuation of their property. The meeting shall be conducted in an informal manner and no taxpayer shall be obligated to attend such a preliminary review meeting.

§ 91. APPEAL OF ASSESSORS DECISION

A person aggrieved by the decision of the assessors may appeal to the board of tax appeals on or before the nineteenth day of June or within fourteen (14) days after the date of mailing of notice, under section 90 of this charter, by filing with the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of said city a written notice of appeal. The grounds upon which such appeal is based shall therein be briefly set forth; such person shall also notify said assessors in writing of the appeal. The board of tax appeals shall consist of seven (7) residents of the City of Burlington, two (2) of whom shall be real estate professionals and five (5) of whom shall not be required to be real estate professionals. The city council shall also appoint three (3) of its members to serve as additional members of the board of tax appeals for the purpose of hearing and deciding appeals which arise immediately following implementation of a citywide reappraisal.

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§ 94. COMPLETION OF GRAND LIST; COLLECTION

As soon as practicable after the twenty-fifth day of May, the assessors shall carry out the proper amounts in the columns provided in the books for said property grand list, the figures in the columns marked "Valuation," where the same are not changed, to be the basis for computing the property grand list for such items without repeating said figures in the columns marked "Corrected Valuation," and the figures in the columns marked "Corrected Valuations" to be the basis for computing the property grand list for such items, and complete the lists of all taxpayers who have not appeared before said board to be heard upon any grievance as hereinbefore provided; and shall also, as soon as practicable after the nineteenth day of June, so carry out and complete in said books all lists of persons who have been heard on any grievance by said assessors, board of tax appeals or the board of civil authority. They shall make oath to said lists so completed in book form, as provided in the general laws of this state for grand lists and file the same in the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office on or before the fifteenth day of July; and said lists so completed in book form, together with all legal additions afterwards made thereto, shall be the property grand list of said city, shall constitute the entire grand list of said city upon which shall be assessed and raised, except as herein otherwise provided, all taxes in said city prior to the thirtieth day of June in the year next ensuing. Said assessors shall have the same power as listers in towns to add to said property grand list on proper certificate on or before the first day of the following December real estate or personal estate that has been omitted from the property grand list by mistake, and may supply such omissions, correct such grand list in such respects and make a certificate thereon of the fact. The assessors shall furnish to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer a certificate of such omissions from said property grand list of real and personal estate and of their additions of the same to such grand list on or before said first day of December, and the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall record such certificate in the property grand list book. Upon the filing of any certificate of additions, all taxes theretofore assessed upon the property grand list shall become effective as legal assessments upon such additions, and the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall furnish forthwith to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, a tax levy and tax bill for all of such additions, and the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer on receipt of such tax levy and bills for said additions shall forthwith notify by mail each person whose name appears in such levy and bills, of the amount of such tax and how the same must be paid to him or her at his or her office as hereinafter provided. All parts of such tax bills not paid to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer as hereinafter provided shall be turned over by him/her to the city constable for collection, with the addition of five per cent, and ten cents for the insertion of the name in the warrant, and said constable shall have power to collect the same under his/her original warrant. Said assessors shall have the same power and authority in all cases, not inconsistent with the provisions of this charter, as is given by the general laws of the state to listers in towns to legalize defective or invalid abstracts and grand lists. Whenever an act under this subchapter is required to be done on or before a date which falls on Sunday, such act shall be valid, if done on the following Monday.

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§ 102. ANNUAL LOCAL EDUCATION SPENDING

The city council and the *[city clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall comply with the requirements of section 168 of this charter and the Equal Educational Opportunity Act of 1997, including specifically the requirements of 16 V.S.A. § 428, as the same has been and may be amended, with respect to billing property taxpayers following the adoption of a budget for "Local Education Spending" as defined in 16 V.S.A. § 11(a)(29) and the calculation of the equalized yield amount pursuant to such act.

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§ 104. TAXES TO BE PAID *[TO TREASURER;]* IN INSTALLMENTS

Except when otherwise provided, whenever any tax shall be assessed on the property grand list by the city council, the tax bill shall be delivered to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, to whom the taxes so assessed shall be paid, one-quarter of such tax shall be paid to said *[treasurer]* chief administrative officer within fifteen days from the time the tax bill for the same is delivered to *[him/her]* him or her; one-quarter of such tax shall be paid to said *[treasurer]* chief administrative officer within three months and fifteen days from the date when said tax bill is delivered to him/her; and one-quarter of such tax shall be paid to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer within seven months and fifteen days from the date when said tax bill is delivered to him/her; and one-quarter of such tax shall be paid to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer within ten months and fifteen days from the date when said tax bill is delivered to said *[treasurer]* chief administrative officer. All installments of said taxes as received by said *[treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall be applied by him/her first to payment of any personal property tax and next to payment of any real estate tax. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the board of finance may establish and amend from time to time a discount which shall be available to a taxpayer who pays the entirety of the real estate taxes due on a particular piece of property on or before the payment due date for the first installment of such real estate taxes, provided, however, that any such discount shall not affect the city’s liability to the State for education property taxes.

§ 105. *[TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO GIVE NOTICE UPON RECEIPT OF TAX BILLS

The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, upon the delivery of a tax bill to him or her, shall forthwith give notice thereof, and of the place where and times when and in what proportions such tax is payable to him or her, the time when all unpaid taxes on such tax bill will be placed in the hands of the constable for collection as herein provided, by publication and by posting such notice in each ward *[as herein provided in the case of poll taxes]*.

§ 106. DELINQUENCY ASSESSMENTS

Except when otherwise provided, if at the expiration of the time within which any installment of such tax is to be paid to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer under the preceding section, any person against whom such tax has been so assessed shall be delinquent in the payment of such installment thereof, the amount due from him/her on such installment shall thereafter be deemed to be the amount of such installment increased by a penalty of one percent for a period of seven days and thereafter by a penalty of five percent thereon. If such installment increased by five percent is not paid by the 12th day of the month after the date upon which it became delinquent, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall increase the amount due by an additional one percent of the original installment. On the 12th day of every month thereafter that the tax or any part thereof remains due, the *[treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall add to the total amount due an additional amount equal to one percent of the original installment, or any portion thereof, remaining unpaid. The *[treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall apply such penalty to each installment that is delinquent. If at the expiration of ten months and twenty-five days from the time said tax bill shall be delivered to said *[treasurer]* chief administrative officer, any person against whom a tax has been so assessed shall then be delinquent in the payment of any installment or portion thereof, the amount due from him/her on such installment or portion on which he or she is so delinquent, shall thereafter be deemed to be the amount of such installment or delinquent portion of such original tax increased by all penalties and interest accruing thereon to date and one dollar for the insertion of his/her name in the warrant hereinafter mentioned, and also twelve percent interest, compounded annually on all of such delinquent tax and any penalties and interest added thereto, from the date of such warrant.

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§ 108. *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO COLLECT DELINQUENT TAXES

It shall be the duty of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer to collect all legal taxes contained in such tax bill, the amount thereof being determined as hereinbefore provided 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.

§ 109. COLLECTION AFTER TIME WARRANT RETURNABLE PERMITTED

The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, 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 or periods authorized by the general laws of this state in regard to collection of taxes by constables and collectors of taxes in towns.

§ 110. *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO PROCEED IN MANNER PRESCRIBED BY LAW

Such *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer 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.

§ 111. FEES FOR COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT TAXES

The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer 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 *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer.

§ 112. FAILURE OF OWNERS TO PAY ASSESSMENTS; WARRANT TO BE ISSUED; *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER 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 *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer or the holder of assessment certificates hereinafter mentioned, within the time prescribed for such payment, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall issue his or her warrant for the collection thereof, and such *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer 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.

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§ 115. DESCRIPTIONS RECORDED IN *[CLERK/TREASURER’S]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER’S OFFICE SUFFICIENT FOR ASSESSMENT PURPOSES

Whenever a description of lands or buildings is required for purposes of making assessments under the provisions of this charter, reference to the conveyance to the owner, giving the name of the person from whom acquired and the volumes and pages of the land records in the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office in which the same is recorded, shall be sufficient.

§ 116. DUTIES GENERALLY

The mayor shall be the chief executive officer of said city. *[He]* The mayor shall use his or her best efforts to see that the laws and city ordinances are enforced and that the duties of all subordinate officers are faithfully performed. *[He]* The mayor shall take care that the funds of the city are properly expended, and shall recommend to the consideration of the city council whatever measures *[he]* the mayor may deem necessary for the prudent and efficient management of the affairs of the city. The mayor shall also be the chief conservator of the peace and safety of the city and as such is empowered to control and direct the police force, in case of riot, insurrection or other emergency, when *[he]* the mayor may take command of the whole police force, including the chief executive thereof, and may for the occasion appoint and commission as many special policemen as *[he]* the mayor may deem necessary, who shall have all the powers of regular members of the police force. Any emergency as provided for in this section shall not be construed to be the operation of the police force in its routine duty. The mayor shall serve as a voting member of the local control commissioners. The mayor shall have those powers of a justice of the peace in the State of Vermont with respect to the performance of marriage and/or civil unions. The mayor, commencing on the first Monday in June 2002, shall appoint all city department heads who were heretofore appointed by city commissions, with the exception of the superintendent of schools, who shall continue to be appointed by the board of school commissioners, and planning director who shall continue to be appointed by the planning commission. Such appointments shall be subject to confirmation by a majority of the membership of the city council. The appointment by the mayor to the position of city officer or department head shall be on the basis of professional competency and/or meritorious performance relating to the duties of the position. In making department head appointments and in evaluating their performance, the mayor shall consult with the applicable city commission. Applicable commissioners shall be invited to participate in interviews for department head selection; shall formally participate in the annual evaluation of a department head; and shall make a formal recommendation to the mayor concerning the reappointment of a department head. Department heads shall have such administrative, personnel and managerial authority as shall be delegated to them by the mayor.

§ 117. ORDER OF SUCCESSION; MAYOR TO NOTIFY *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF *[HIS]* INTENDED ABSENCE

In case of a temporary absence of the mayor from the city or *[his]* the mayor’s temporary inability to serve, the president of the city council shall act as mayor. It shall be the duty of the mayor to give the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer due notice of the temporary absence of the mayor from the city and of his or her return, and said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall duly notify the president of the city council thereof. In case of the temporary absence from the city or temporary inability to serve of the president of the city council, the city attorney shall act as mayor.

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§ 122. ENUMERATED

(a) On the first Monday in June 1998, the mayor shall appoint a city assessor and a director of the human resources department for a one-year term commencing July 1, 1998. Commencing on the first Monday in June 1999, and biannually thereafter, the mayor shall appoint such city assessor and human resources director for a term of two years commencing on the first day of July following the appointment, and until their successors have been appointed and qualified. The mayor shall appoint on the first Monday of June, 1998 and annually thereafter, and whenever a vacancy occurs, a *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, a city attorney and one or more assistant city attorneys, a city constable and a second, third and fourth constable, a city engineer and surveyor, a city grand juror and assistant city grand juror, a harbor master, a poundkeeper or a firm or corporation to provide the services of such, a director of the community and economic development office, a director of Burlington city arts and civil defense director. All of the above-referenced appointments shall require the approval of a majority of the city council. Additionally, commencing on the first Monday in June 2002, and whenever a vacancy occurs, the mayor shall appoint a director of aviation, a cemetery superintendent, an executive director of the Church Street marketplace district, a general manager/superintendent of the electric department, a chief engineer of the fire department, a librarian(s) of the Fletcher Free Library, a superintendent of the parks and recreation department, a police chief and a superintendent/director of the public works department. The first two appointments of an individual to serve in any such position shall be for one-year terms. After an individual has served in a position for two successive years, the mayor may thereafter appoint such person to serve terms of not more than three years, except that in no case shall an appointment be valid for more than fifteen months following the election of a new mayor. In all cases, such appointments shall continue until their successors have been appointed and qualified. The mayor shall also have the authority to appoint the superintendent/director of any city department which may hereafter be created by the city council.

(b) The appointments described in subsection (a) of this section shall require the approval of a majority of the whole number of the city council. In cases where the mayor appoints an individual for a term longer than one year, the city council must also approve the duration of such term.

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§ 129. APPOINTING BODY OR PERSON HAS POWER TO REMOVE

The city council with mayor presiding shall have power, for such causes of incapacity, negligence or bad conduct as to it shall seem sufficient, to suspend or remove from any office any city officer who may be appointed by the city council with mayor presiding and to fill all vacancies in any such office from whatever cause arising. *[Any the]* The mayor and each board shall have like power of removal in respect to any officers who may be appointed by them, except as herein otherwise provided, and provided that in case the appointment of such officer is made subject to the approval of the city council or city council with mayor presiding, the removal of such officer shall likewise be made subject to the approval of the city council or city council with mayor presiding, as such appointment was made. Additionally, the city council may, on the initiative of the mayor, by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of its entire number, remove at any time at its pleasure any city officer or department head it should determine is no longer effectively serving the city, and all city officers and department heads shall take and hold office subject to this authority.

§ 130. MANNER OF FILLING VACANCY AND RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

(a) In case of a vacancy for any cause in any office referred to in the preceding section, such vacancy shall be filled in the manner herein provided for appointment thereto, but only for the *[unexpired term in which such vacancy shall occur]* remaining months of the then current fiscal year, plus one additional year, or for the balance of the unexpired term, whichever is the shorter.

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(c) Except as provided below, any person appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council for the position of city assessor, city attorney, *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, city constable, civil defense director, *[clerk/treasurer,]* director of the office of community and economic development, harbor master or *[personnel]* human resources director, and any person appointed *[by a city commission]* to be the superintendent or corresponding chief executive officer of the cemetery, electric light, fire, parks and recreation, planning, police, public works or school departments shall, in order to be legally eligible to serve, either be a legal voter of the city as of the date his or her term of office commences and at all times thereafter or, if not a legal voter as of the date his or her term of office commences, shall become a legal voter within the city within one year from the date such term of office commences and maintain such status at all times thereafter. In case of personal hardship found and declared to exist by the city council with mayor presiding, the time limit for an individual to become a legal voter of the city may be extended for a set period of time beyond one year.

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§ 132. MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL, AND OTHER CITY OFFICIALS

The mayor shall receive such annual compensation as shall be voted *[him/her]* him or her by the city council, but the same shall not be less than *[twelve thousand dollars (]*$12,000.00*[)]* per year. Each member of the city council, beginning with the first Monday of April*[, 1967]* 2002, shall receive *[for actual attendance at any regular or special meeting of the council and for actual attendance at any adjourned session of the same, compensation not to exceed twenty dollars ($20.00) for each meeting and for each adjourned session as the council may fix by resolution; provided, that no city councilors shall receive compensation for any meeting or an adjourned session which he/she does not attend]* $1,500.00, and beginning the first Monday of April 2003 and thereafter, the annual sum of $3,000.00. Compensation shall be prorated according to actual months of service. A member of the city council shall receive proper reimbursement for any expenses necessarily incurred in fulfilling the duties of *[his/her]* the member’s office. Regulations for determining eligibility for necessary expense reimbursement may be promulgated by the board of finance. The city council shall fix the compensation of all other city officers, except as herein otherwise provided.

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§ 135. CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE SURETY COMPANY; COSTS TO BE PAID BY CITY

All city officers from whom bonds are required shall furnish bonds of a surety company satisfactory to the city council. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall pay the cost of such bonds from the money appropriated for incidental expenses.

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§ 138. DUTIES OF *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER GENERALLY

(a) The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall, subject to the authority of the mayor as chief executive officer, have direct responsibility for those administrative, financial and record keeping responsibilities which are not assigned by this charter to another city entity. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall have supervisory responsibility for those functions, herein outlined, which were formerly the responsibility of the city clerk and city treasurer.

(b) The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall perform for said city the same duties devolving by the law of the state upon town clerks, except insofar as the same are changed or modified by the provisions of this charter and shall receive and collect for and on behalf of the city 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. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall keep a full and complete record and account of all such fees as received and as paid to the *[city treasurer]* chief administrative officer 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. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall receive only such annual salary or other compensation as shall be determined by the city council. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall be ex officio clerk of the city council with mayor presiding, city council, board of civil authority, board for the abatement of taxes and liquor control commissioners. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer 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. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall be the presiding officer for ward, city and legislative district elections.

(c) The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall have the same powers and be subject to the same liabilities as are prescribed by the laws of this state for town treasurers, shall perform all of the duties relating to the issuing and paying of school bonds, and bonds to retire outstanding indebtedness and such other duties as are herein specified. In the absence or inability of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer to perform his or her duties, the next ranking employee within the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office (first assistant city treasurer) shall have the same powers, be subject to the same liabilities, and perform the same duties as devolve upon the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer.

(d) The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall be responsible to employ such other employees as may be approved by the city council.

(e) The chief administrative officer shall be authorized to perform other administrative and executive functions and responsibilities as assigned by the mayor. It shall also be the responsibility of the chief administrative officer to provide adequate staff resources for the city council, provided such resources are approved as a portion of the annual city budget.

§ 139. PUBLIC RECORDS TO REMAIN IN *[CLERK/TREASURER’S]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER’S OFFICE; COUNCIL MAY REGULATE REMOVAL

Such records shall not be taken out of or away from said *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office except upon the order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction; but said city council may, by ordinance or by-law, regulate the removal from said office of all papers and documents belonging to said city and in the custody of said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer as aforesaid.

§ 140. CERTIFIED COPIES OF RECORDS TO BE MADE

Said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall, on being tendered therefor the fees allowed town clerks under the law of this state for similar services, and to be accounted for and paid to the treasury for city purposes, as provided in the second preceding section, make duly certified copies of said records, papers and documents, and such copies so certified shall be legal evidence, of the same validity and effect as those of town clerks, in all courts and for all purposes.

§ 141. CERTIFICATION THAT NOTICES, ORDINANCES, ETC., HAVE BEEN POSTED REQUIRED

Whenever any notice signed by the mayor, city council or any city officer or officers, or any advertisement, ordinance, resolution or by-law shall have been published in some newspaper or newspapers or publicly posted under the provisions of the general law, this charter or the ordinances thereby authorized, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall examine and ascertain whether such notice, advertisement or ordinance has been duly published or posted, and if such be the *[the]* fact *[clerk/treasurer]* the chief administrative officer shall so certify upon the proper city record; and such record or a duly certified copy thereof shall be treated as prima facie evidence of the facts so certified.

§ 142. ASSISTANTS

An assistant may be designated by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer to make duly certified copies of any records, papers, or documents in the same manner as the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, without regard to the absence or disability of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, and such copies, so certified, shall be legal evidence, of the same validity and effect as those of town clerks, in all courts and for all purposes.

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§ 144. *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO KEEP RECORD OF NOTES AND BONDS ISSUED

The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall keep a record of every note or bond issued under the provisions of this charter, therein stating the number and the denomination of each note or bond, when and where payable, to whom issued, and the rate of interest thereon; and shall also keep a record of payments thereon of principal and interest; and if coupons are taken up, shall cancel and preserve the same.

§ 145. RECORD OF SCHOOL BONDS TO BE KEPT

The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall keep a record of all school bonds, the issuance, payment and discharge thereof, as hereinbefore provided for other bonds issued by said city.

§ 146. REDEEMED BONDS, NOTES AND INTEREST COUPONS TO BE KEPT

When old notes or bonds and any interest coupons are taken up by payment thereof, by exchange or by sale of the new notes or bonds, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall keep a record of the same and such old notes or bonds and interest coupons shall be cancelled and kept on file in the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office for a period of fourteen years from the date when the note or bond is taken up and cancelled and after such period of fourteen years such cancelled notes or bonds and interest coupons thereof may be destroyed.

§ 147. *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO KEEP SEPARATE ACCOUNT OF SCHOOL APPROPRIATIONS

The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall keep a separate account of all moneys appropriated for the use of schools, which money shall consist of the income accruing in every legal way for the use and maintenance of schools in said city, and of all money appropriated by the city council for that purpose; and the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall pay out of any moneys mentioned in this section all warrants drawn by the board of school commissioners for the use of schools.

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§ 154. COMPOSITION

The board of finance shall be constituted as follows: The mayor shall, ex officio, be chairman of said board and together with the president of the city council, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, and two additional members of the city council who shall be elected at the first meeting of the city council in April of each year and who shall serve a term of one year from the date of their election shall constitute said board of finance. Each of the additional two members elected from the city council shall be members of different political parties. The members of said board shall be trustees of public moneys for the city and shall have the powers and perform all the duties of similar officers in towns of this state; provided, however, that they shall make no investment or reinvestment of any of the cemetery endowment funds of the city without first obtaining the written approval thereof by a majority of the board of cemetery commissioners. In the absence or disability of the mayor or president of the city council the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall sit as a member.

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§ 168. ADOPTION OF BUDGET

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(b) Annually, immediately following the formal adoption of its budget, the board shall pass a resolution placing before the voters at the annual city meeting the question of whether the Local Education Spending portion of the board-adopted budget will be approved. The city’s *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall place such budget approval question upon the ballot of the annual city meeting.

Should a majority of the voters present and voting approve the presented Local Education Spending portion of the budget, it shall be considered approved. If such portion of the board-adopted budget is not approved at the annual city meeting, the board may make alterations thereto which it deems appropriate, if any, and thereafter resubmit such portion of the budget to the voters at a special city meeting to be arranged for such purpose by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer. This sequence may be repeated until the voters approve the Local Education Spending portion of the budget presented to them or until July 1 of any year, whichever sooner occurs. Should such portion of the budget not be approved by the voters by July 1 of any year, the board shall amend its budget and may permit Local Education Spending for that fiscal year in an amount which does not exceed the amount last duly approved by the legal voters.

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§ 172. DUTIES OF SUPERINTENDENT; COMMISSIONERS TO FILE MONTHLY REPORT

The superintendent of schools shall perform such duties in connection with the public schools of said city as shall be assigned him or her by the board of school commissioners. *[He]* The superintendent shall annually report to the city council such statistics as are required by the law of this state, and such other information as *[he]* the superintendent shall deem proper or the school commissioners shall direct, or the city council shall request. The board of school commissioners shall make a monthly report in writing and file the same with the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer on the first day of each calendar month, showing the repairs on public school buildings and grounds in connection therewith for the month previous and shall give such other information as the *[board of aldermen]* city council shall request with reference to the administration of the school department.

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§ 176. STATEMENT SHOWING NECESSITY FOR CONSTRUCTION OR PURCHASE REQUIRED

Before the school commissioners shall purchase any real estate for school purposes, or enter into any contract for the construction of any school building, other than repairs of and additions to existing school buildings deemed necessary by said school commissioners, they shall file with the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of the city council a statement showing the necessity of such purchase of real estate, or of the construction of such building, together with an estimate of the cost of such real estate, or of the construction of such building, and the amount of money necessary for such repairs.

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§ 180. DUTIES

The *[board of library commissioners]* city council may make and establish all proper and necessary rules and regulations for the management and guidance of the library department. *[It]* The librarians shall have charge of the library building and the grounds and shall appoint *[a librarian and]* such *[other]* employees as may be *[necessary]* authorized by the city council. *[It]* The city council shall have responsibility for the entirety of the collection of books, pictures, materials and articles of historic, educational or artistic interest except for those articles which have been acquired with the funds available under the deed of gift from Mrs. and Miss Fletcher, which property shall be under the control of the *[trustee commissioners]* trust. *[Said board]* The city council shall see to it that all lands and buildings used for library purposes by the city are kept in good condition and repair. *[Provided, the board of library commissioners shall at all times be subject to the ordinances and orders of the city council.]* Except for the revenues produced by the deed of gift from Mrs. and Miss Fletcher, the *[board of]* library *[commissioners]* department shall have no power to expend any money or incur any debt beyond the amount of the appropriations made by the city council. Section 133 of this charter relating to conflicts of interest shall not apply to the library staff member who is elected a public commissioner, but such commissioner shall not participate in any fashion at any board of commissioners’ level, formally or informally, in the discussion of the matter, nor cast a vote of any kind at any commission level with respect to a matter involving grievances, arbitrations or other personnel matters which may properly be discussed in executive session. The board of library commissioners shall have such authority and responsibility relating to the management of library facilities and services referenced herein as may be delegated from time to time by resolution of the city council. The appointed librarian(s) shall be subject to the authority of the mayor as chief executive officer.

§ 181. LIABILITIES TO BE APPROVED AND BUDGET PREPARATION

All bills, accounts and claims on account of the library and its maintenance, except such as are incurred by the trustee commissioners on account of funds under their control, shall be approved by the city council or, if such authority has been delegated to it, by six or more members of the board of library commissioners and the mayor’s warrant shall be drawn upon the *[city treasurer]* chief administrative officer for the payment of such bills, accounts and claims. By such date requested annually by the mayor, the library staff shall prepare and the board of library commissioners shall approve a recommended library budget for the ensuing fiscal year. Such proposed budget after being presented to the mayor may be revised as *[he/she]* he or she believes appropriate and ultimately submitted to the city council for its approval in accordance with the procedures set forth in section 157 of this charter.

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§ 184. SAME - POWERS AND DUTIES

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Said board]* The city council 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 the chief of police shall furnish the city council with any information *[they]* it may require concerning the finances of the police department. *[Said board shall notify the mayor and the clerk/treasurer, in writing, of any and all changes, modifications or additions to the rules and regulations of the department.]* The *[board of police commissioners]* chief of police 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]* city council. The board of police commissioners shall have such authority and responsibility relating to the management of the police department, its services and facilities, as may be delegated from time to time by resolution of the city council. Said board shall notify the mayor and the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, in writing, of any and all changes, modifications or additions to the rules and regulations of the department.

§ 185. OFFICERS OF POLICE FORCE DESIGNATED

(a) 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, and such other ranking police officers as the *[board of police commissioners]* city council shall authorize. The order of rank and succession within the police department shall be as designated by the *[board of police commissioners]* city council by regulation.

(b) 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 of this charter.

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§ 190. CHIEF MAY REMOVE MEMBER FOR CAUSE; HEARING

(a) Whenever it shall appear to the chief that any member of said force has become incompetent, inefficient or incapable from any cause, or is or has been negligent or derelict in his or her official duty, or is guilty of any misconduct in his or her private or official life, or whenever any well-grounded complaints or charges to such effect are made in writing to the chief by a responsible person against such member, the chief may suspend such member from duty pending a hearing thereon by the board of police commissioners. *[He]* The chief shall forthwith notify such board of the charges preferred by *[him]* the chief, or of the complaints or charges presented by such responsible person in writing, and such board shall thereupon proceed to consider and investigate the same. The clerk of said board shall appoint a time and place for the hearing of such complaints and charges so made, shall give the accused reasonable notice of the same, not less than forty-eight hours, and any member of said board shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and to administer the oath to such witnesses.

(b) If, upon such hearing, said board shall find such complaints or charges to be well founded, it may dismiss such member from the force, demote *[him]* the chief in rank, or suspend *[him]* the chief without pay for a period not to exceed sixty days.

(c) Whenever it shall appear to the *[board of police commissioners]* mayor that the chief has become incompetent, inefficient, or incapable from any cause, or has been negligent or derelict in his or her official duty, or is guilty of any misconduct in his or her private or official life, or whenever any

well-grounded complaints or charges to such effect are made in writing to the *[board]* mayor by a responsible person, the *[board]* mayor may suspend the chief from duty pending a hearing thereon by the *[board]* city council. The *[board]* city council shall forthwith notify the chief of the charges preferred by them, or of the complaints or charges presented by such responsible person in writing, and shall thereupon proceed to consider and investigate the same. It shall appoint a time and place for the hearing of such complaints and charges so made, shall give the chief reasonable notice of the same, not less than forty-eight hours, and *[any member of said board]* the city council shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and to administer the oath to such witnesses.

(d) If, upon hearing, *[said board]* the city council shall find such complaints or charges to be well founded, it may*[, with the approval of the city council,]* dismiss the chief from the force, demote him or her in rank, or suspend him or her without pay for a period not to exceed sixty days. The procedures outlined in this section shall control in the event of any conflict with section 129 of this charter as pertains to the removal of the chief.

(e) The chief may, without notice or hearing for any infraction, violation, or disobedience of any of the rules and regulations of the police department that may seem to *[him]* the chief sufficient, suspend from duty without pay any member of the police force for a period not to exceed fourteen days.

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§ 197. AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Said board of fire commissioners]* The city council may*[, except as herein otherwise provided,]* make and establish all proper and necessary rules and regulations for the management and guidance of the fire department and for the control and regulation of the fire protection of the city.

§ 198. FIRE DEPARTMENT; CREATED; MEMBERS; APPOINTMENT

There shall be a paid fire department for said city, which shall consist of the following members, to wit: One chief engineer, and such subordinate positions as *[the board of fire commissioners and]* the city council may authorize from time to time. The members of said fire department shall be *[appointed]* employed by *[said fire commissioners. Provided, however, the appointment of]* the chief engineer *[shall be as specified in section 127 of this charter]*.

§ 199. DEPARTMENT TO BE UNDER SUPERVISION OF *[COMMISSIONERS]* CHIEF ENGINEER

Said department shall be at all times under *[the general supervision and direction]* special and immediate care and practical supervision of the *[said board of fire commissioners]* chief engineer, subject to the authority of the mayor as chief executive officer and the ordinances and orders of the city council.

§ 200. *[[RESERVED.]]* POWERS OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

The board of fire commissioners may exercise such of the referenced powers relating to the fire department as may be delegated from time to time by resolution of the city council.

§ 201. POWERS *[OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS]* RELATING TO FIRE DEPARTMENT

The *[fire commissioners]* city council shall have full power to try and determine all complaints against any member of said department, and to remove them, or any of them summarily, or on conviction of insubordination, neglect of duty, incompetency or violation of the rules, regulations or ordinances governing said department. The *[fire commissioners]* city council shall also have the power, upon the recommendation of the chief engineer, to make such changes in the positions held by any member of the department, either to remove him or her or place him or her in a subordinate position, as they may deem for the best interests of the department.

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§ 203. COMMISSIONERS TO MANAGE PARKS; COMPOSITION OF BOARD

The public parks of the City of Burlington now in existence, and those which may hereafter be established, together with all park property which may be acquired and all public recreational activities hereafter sponsored by the city, shall be under the management, care and control of *[a board under the name and style of the board of park and recreation commissioners, but subject in all respects to the orders and ordinances of]* the city council. *[Said board]* The parks and recreation department may likewise*[,]* co-sponsor recreational activities with other public and/or private agencies. The city council may by resolution delegate any of the powers relating to parks and recreation to the board of parks and recreation commissioners. *[Said]* The board of parks and recreation commissioners shall consist of five legal voters of said city, to be appointed as hereinbefore provided.

§ 204. RECORDS TO BE KEPT; ANNUAL REPORTS TO *[ALDERMEN]* CITY COUNCIL REQUIRED

The *[said board]* parks and recreation department shall keep an accurate record and books of account, and shall annually transmit to the *[board of aldermen]* city council a full and detailed report and statement of all its acts and doings, together with a complete and itemized account of all receipts and disbursements. The books of account and records of the *[board]* department shall, at all times, be open to inspection and subject to an annual audit by the proper municipal officer.

§ 205. PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT; *[BOARD TO APPOINT]* APPOINTMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT AND ENGINEER *[AND OTHER OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

Said board shall have power to employ an engineer and such other officers and employees as it may deem necessary.]* The *[board]* superintendent shall prescribe and assign the respective duties, powers and authority, and shall, subject to the approval of the city council, fix and regulate the compensation to be paid to the several persons so *[appointed and]* employed. The superintendent shall have the special and immediate care and practical supervision of the parks and recreation department, subject to the authority of the mayor as chief executive officer and the orders and ordinances of the city council.

§ 206. ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED; CHARGING ADMISSION FEES PERMITTED

Said *[board of park and recreation commissioners]* department may establish, manage and promote athletic and recreational activities in the parks and other appropriate buildings and places; and in the management and promotion thereof, said *[board of park and recreation commissioners]* department may, subject to the approval of the city council, charge admission and/or user fees, which fees shall be used by the *[park and recreation commissioners-First]* department first, in defraying the expenses of such activities, and any excess in the amount of such fee after such expenses are paid shall be used by the *[commissioners]* department in the maintenance and improvements of the city parks and recreational program.

§ 207. *[BOARD AUTHORIZED]* AUTHORIZATION TO ESTABLISH AND ALTER RULES FOR PARK OPERATION

The *[said board]* city council shall have power to make and alter from time to time, all needful rules and regulations for the maintenance of order, safety, and decency in said parks and for said recreational program and to fix penalties for disobedience thereof; which rules and regulations shall have the force of ordinances of the City of Burlington; provided, that no such rule or regulation shall be of any effect unless it shall have been first *[approved by the city council, and then]* published in full in one or more of the daily newspapers published in Burlington, and also printed and made available for inspection at the office of the superintendent. Any member of the police department may arrest, without warrant, in any such park or places, any person who has broken any park or recreational rule or committed any other offense in a park or place of public recreational activity.

§ 208. *[BOARD TO DETERMINE]* DETERMINATION OF LOCATION OF SEWERS, WATER PIPES, WIRES, ETC.

The *[said board of park and recreation commissioners]* city council shall have sole power to determine the places in said parks where sewers, gas and water pipes shall be laid; and no trench, for these purposes, shall be opened until the *[commissioners have]* city council has designated the location of the same and given permission in writing. No telegraph, telephone, or electric light wires, or other wires, or posts or supports therefor, shall be erected in, upon, through, or over said parks without the consent in writing of *[said board]* the city council, who shall designate the place and manner of maintaining the same, to be altered at such time and in such manner and under such conditions as the *[said board]* city council shall deem best.

§ 209. *[BOARD TO REGULATE]* REGULATION OF PLANTING AND CARE OF TREES IN PARKS

The *[said board of park and recreation commissioners]* city council shall have authority to direct and regulate the planting and preservation of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery, in the streets, and in the public grounds of said city; and to appoint a city forester to superintend and regulate the planting and culture of such trees and shrubbery in said streets and public grounds, and to perform such other similar duties as *[said board by its rules and regulations]* may *[prescribe]* be prescribed. *[Said board]* The city council is also authorized to enact such rules and regulations as it may deem proper to carry out the purposes of this article. It shall have general care of all shade and ornamental trees and the shrubbery growing in the streets and public grounds of said city, and *[by majority vote]* may direct the removal of any that it may deem detrimental or undesirable. No shade or ornamental trees growing in the streets and public grounds of said city, shall be destroyed or removed except by leave in writing, first obtained from the *[president of said board of park and recreation commissioners, the same to be duly countersigned by the secretary of said board]* city council.

§ 210. *[BOARD MAY DIRECT]* DIRECTION THAT TREES BE PLANTED ALONG PUBLIC GROUNDS AND ASSESS ABUTTING LAND

The *[said board of park and recreation commissioners]* city council may in its discretion, cause suitable shade trees to be planted along and upon any street or any portion thereof, and upon any public grounds in said city; and may cause to be assessed upon the piece or parcel of land abutting upon such street or public grounds, and benefited by such improvement, the cost of purchasing and planting such trees. The sum so assessed shall not be greater than the amount actually expended for the purchase of such trees and the expense of planting, with an additional sum of twenty percent of that amount; and any trees that may die within three years after having been so planted, shall be replaced by *[said board]* the city council without additional assessment. The *[said board]* city council shall by resolution direct the amount to be assessed against each piece or parcel of land; and such assessment shall be collected and the payment thereof enforced, with, and in like manner as state, county, and other taxes are collected, and the payment thereof enforced, and such assessments when collected by the *[city treasurer]* chief administrative officer, shall be placed *[by him]* in the park fund.

§ 211. *[BOARD HAS]* AUTHORITY TO REGULATE PARKING

The *[said board of park and recreation commissioners, except as herein otherwise provided,]* city council shall have control of the parkings upon each street of said city, including the right to permit, regulate or prohibit the placing of signs within and upon said parkings. Said parkings shall be understood and held to be the space between the curb or gutter and the street line on each side of the street, except so much thereof as may be occupied by publicly owned and maintained sidewalks. *[Said board]* The city council shall also have control of these areas in the center of streets not used for traffic. In case said parkings are not properly cared for by the owners of the property abutting thereon, the *[said board]* city council may, in its discretion, and shall, upon petition of the majority owners of the abutting property on such street or any block or blocks upon such street, cause such parkings to be properly cared for, the grass cut, weeds destroyed, and such work done as they deem necessary; and the cost of doing such work shall be assessed upon abutting property, as provided in the preceding Section. Provided, however, that nothing in this Section shall interfere with the necessary work of the *[board of street commissioners]* city in *[their]* its work on the streets, curbing, sidewalks or in making sewer connections in any such streets, or of the *[board of water resources commissioners]* city in making or repairing water connections.

§ 212. AUTHORITY TO DECLARE WEEDS, UNDERBRUSH, ETC., A NUISANCE AND DIRECT REMOVAL

The *[said board of park and recreation commissioners]* city council shall have the power and authority to declare weeds, underbrush, or any unsightly or detrimental growth on any lot of land adjacent to any park or street in said city, a nuisance. *[They]* It may notify the owner or owners of such land to remove or abate such nuisance; and if, upon reasonable due notice, such owner or owners fail to remove or abate such nuisance, then the *[said board]* city council shall have the right and authority by its *[officers]* superintendent and employees to enter upon such land and remove or abate such nuisance; and *[said board]* the city council shall have authority to assess the cost of so doing upon the owner or owners of said land, and such assessment may be collected and enforced as provided in the second preceding section of this charter.

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§ 214. BILLS AND EXPENSES TO BE APPROVED

All bills and expenses *[incurred under the direction of the board of park and recreation commissioners]* for parks and recreation purposes shall be approved by *[at least three members of the board]* the city council and the mayor’s warrant drawn upon the *[city treasurer]* chief administrative officer for the payment of the same.

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§ 216. *[LAND OWNED BY PARK COMMISSIONER]* [RESERVED]

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If any member of the board be the owner of or interested in any property necessary, in the opinion of a majority of the other members of the board, to be taken for park or recreational purposes, then proceedings shall be by condemnation, and such facts of ownership and interest shall be fully set forth in the petition.

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§ 217. CONDEMNATION OF LAND FOR PARK AND/OR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AUTHORIZED

The *[said board of park and recreation commissioners]* city council, on behalf of the City of Burlington, shall have power to take by condemnation land for park and/or recreational purposes; and if the *[said board]* city council cannot for any cause agree with the owner or owners of any land, which *[they]* it shall decide to take for public park and/or recreational purposes, as to the necessity of taking such land, the damages sustained by the owner, or the compensation to be paid therefor, the same proceeding shall be taken as required by law for establishing highways.

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§ 219. DUTIES

The *[cemetery commissioners]* city council shall have *[the management and control of the public cemeteries of said city]* such authority and responsibility relating to the management of the cemetery department, its services and facilities, as provided by the general law of this state respecting *[cemetery commissioners, subject to the orders and ordinances of the city council]* cemeteries. The city council may by resolution delegate all or a portion of such authority and responsibility to the board of cemetery commissioners. The superintendent of the cemetery department shall have the practical care and immediate supervision of the cemetery department, but shall be subject to the authority of the mayor as chief executive officer and to the orders and ordinances of the city council.

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§ 222. DUTIES

The *[board of public works commissioners]* director of public works shall have *[the exclusive]* general management and control of the city water works, water pollution control plants, and solid waste disposal facilities as assigned by the mayor or by resolution of the city council, subject to any limitation and restriction contained in this charter *[or in the ordinances, regulations and orders of the city council]*.

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§ 225. POWERS OF BOARD

(a) The *[board of public works commissioners]* city council shall, in addition to the other powers granted to it under this charter, have power to make all necessary repairs, extensions or improvements to said works, and to provide new supply pipes within the city*[, but shall not make any extensions or improvements to said works or provide new supply pipes without the city, unless authorized so to do by the city council, and unless funds sufficient to pay for the same are available or lawfully provided]*.

(b) *[Said board, with the approval of the city council, or the city council upon the recommendation and with the approval of the board of public works commissioners,]* The city council may pledge the credit of the city and incur obligations to be paid in installments over a period of years and only from revenues of the water division of the public works department to pay the cost of such improvements and additions to the property and equipment of the water division of the public works department as, in the judgment of the city council *[and the board of public works commissioners]*, the interests of the city require to be made and, for the purpose of paying such costs, may pledge, assign, or otherwise hypothecate such portion of the net earnings or profits of the water division of the public works department from year to year as may be required to pay such installments, and the city council *[with the approval of the board of public works commissioners]* shall authorize and direct the execution and issuance of such contracts and evidences of indebtedness as may be necessary to so pledge the credit of the city for the payment of such obligations in such installments from the net earnings of the water division of the public works department, such contracts and evidences of indebtedness to be in such form and to contain such provisions and to be executed by such officers as the city council may by resolution provide, provided, however, that all such obligations and all installments thereof shall be payable only from the net earnings or profits of the water division of the public works department and shall not constitute an indebtedness of the city or impose an obligation or liability upon the city to pay the same from any funds of the city other than such net earnings or profits, and in case revenue bonds of the city are issued for such obligations, the same shall not be subject to the bonding limit provided by law.

(c) *[Said board]* The city council shall also have all the powers and duties of sewage disposal commissioners under the provisions of Chapter 101 of 24 V.S.A.*[, notwithstanding the designation therein of the mayor and board of aldermen as sewage disposal commissioners, except that sewage disposal charges under said chapter shall be established and changed by the city council, and salaries within the waste water/solid waste division shall be subject to approval of the city council.

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§ 227. SUPERINTENDENT/GENERAL MANAGER; DUTIES

The superintendent/general manager shall have the special and immediate care and practical supervision of the said electric light plant and city property in connection therewith, but shall at all times be subject in respect thereto, to the *[orders of said board of light commissioners]* authority of the mayor as chief executive officer and to the orders and ordinances of the city council. *[With the approval of a majority of the board of light commissioners, and notwithstanding the provisions of any other section hereof,]* Subject to the foregoing, the superintendent/general manager may execute and issue on behalf of the city and the electric light department drafts, checks and/or other negotiable orders for the payment of the bills and charges of the department provided that any such payment shall be made exclusively from the revenues of such department.

§ 228. POWERS OF CITY

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(b) *[Subject to the provisions of section 114 of this charter and this section, but notwithstanding any other provisions of this charter or any other law,]* The city council shall exercise the powers of the city with respect to its electric plant *[except for the power to take property by eminent domain shall be exercised by the board of light commissioners. The power to take property by eminent domain, and the ultimate authority to determine the salaries for employee positions within the city electric light department, shall be exercised by the city council]*. The city council may by resolution delegate any of its powers relating to the electric plant, improvements thereto or electric service to the board of light commissioners.

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(c) The following votes or resolutions of the board of light commissioners, unless approved by the city council, shall be subject to veto by vote of a majority of the whole number of the city council, passed within thirty days after the adoption of the vote or resolution by the board of light commissioners:

(1) The authorization (but not the sale) of revenue bonds or the adoption of a resolution to provide for the security of revenue bonds or of notes in anticipation thereof;

(2) The authorization of a construction contract or a contract for the purchase of property involving in either case the expenditure of more than $100,000.00;

(3) The establishment of rates and charges for electric service (but not changes made in such rates or charges pursuant to any previously established schedules or formulae); and

(4) The authorization of a contract to run for a period of more than one year.

(d) Any such votes or resolutions shall be reported to the city council in writing within five days after adoption by the board of light commissioners, and the commissioners shall, upon request, appear before the city council to explain the votes of resolution.

(e) A vote so passed within thirty days shall be subject to the mayor’s veto, and to the overriding thereof, in accordance with the city charter.

(f) The provisions of this section shall not affect the manner of authorizing or issuing general obligation bonds or notes of the city or of appropriating moneys other than revenues of the electric department.

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§ 231. POWER AND DUTIES

The *[board of public works commissioners]* city council shall have the exclusive general management and control of the work on the city streets, sidewalks, sewers and bridges and shall see that the same are properly constructed and kept in repair, and shall have the same powers in respect to repairs of streets and highways as road commissioners in towns; *[said board]* the city council shall, when the public good requires, cause all streets and highways to be worked and graded the entire width thereof and made in such a manner as will in the judgment of *[said board]* the city council best accommodate the public; and shall be subject in all respects to any limitations or restrictions contained in the ordinances, regulations and orders of the city council; but shall have no power to spend any money or incur any debt beyond the amount of the appropriations made by the city council.

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§ 235. COUNCIL MAY LAY OUT CERTAIN STREETS; OWNERS’ PETITION

Streets and highways in said city of less than three rods in width may be laid out, opened, accepted, established and maintained whenever the city council shall so provide by resolution or ordinance; provided the owners of a majority of the frontage on such street or highway shall file their petition therefor in writing with the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of said city.

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§ 241. DECISIONS REGARDING ASSESSMENTS TO BE RECORDED

In making assessments as aforesaid, the city council shall set forth in its decision touching the laying out, altering or resurveying of any street or highway in said city a full description of all assessments by it made and of the lands so assessed, and shall cause such decision to be recorded in full by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer in the records of streets and highways in the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office; when said decision is so recorded, the amount so assessed shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the lands assessed, until the same shall be paid, or said lien is otherwise discharged by operation of law.

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§ 245. COPY OF FINAL DETERMINATION TO BE RECORDED; ASSESSMENT TO BECOME LIEN

When the proceedings instituted as aforesaid by any person dissatisfied with such assessment shall be finally determined, a duly certified copy thereof shall be duly recorded by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer in the records of streets and highways in said *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office, within twenty days after the final determination of such proceedings. The amount assessed in such proceedings shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the lands so assessed until such assessments are fully paid to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of said city. In case no assessment shall be made in such proceedings, such records shall discharge said lands from all liens created by the assessments thereon made by the city council as aforesaid.

§ 246. WARRANT TO BE ISSUED UPON FAILURE TO PAY ASSESSMENT; COLLECTION

If the owner of any lands assessed as hereinbefore provided shall neglect to pay to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer the amount of any such assessment for ninety days after the final record in the matter of making such assessment shall have been made in the records of said streets and highways in the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall issue his or her warrant to the constable of said city for the collection thereof; and said constable shall have power on such warrant to distrain and sell at public auction so much of the goods and chattels of such owner, and for want thereof so much of said lands so assessed as will satisfy said assessment and all legal fees and shall be entitled to the same fees on such warrant as collectors of town taxes on tax warrants; and *[he]* the chief administrative officer shall proceed in the same manner as collectors of town taxes are required by law to proceed in selling goods and chattels or real estate at auction for the collection of taxes, except that *[he]* the chief administrative officer shall have no right on such warrant for want of goods and chattels of such owner to arrest *[him]* the owner and commit him or her to jail.

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§ 248. ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE AUTHORIZED; ASSESSMENTS

The *[board of public works commissioners]* city council is authorized*[, subject to the orders and ordinances of the city council,]* to establish, construct and maintain public sewers in said city; and it may assess the owners of land or buildings adjoining or abutting said streets or any portion thereof, in which such sewers may be established, so much of the expense of constructing such sewers as *[said board]* it shall adjudge such land or buildings to be benefited thereby; but in no case shall the expense of construction of any such sewer be assessed against the abutting owner on either side of any such street or any portion thereof in excess of one-fourth of such expense and the city shall pay one-half of such expense; provided that all sewer assessments heretofore made shall remain in full force and effect until paid or abated.

§ 249. ESTABLISHMENT AND CONSTRUCTION THROUGH PRIVATE LANDS AUTHORIZED

The *[board of commissioners]* city council is also authorized and empowered to establish, construct and maintain public sewers in and through the lands of individuals and corporations, on making compensation for lands taken therefor, in the same manner as provided by law in the laying out and establishing of highways.

§ 250. ASSESSMENT OF LANDOWNERS AUTHORIZED

The *[board of public works commissioners]* city council may assess the owners of lands through which such sewers may be established and constructed, in the same manner and to the same extent as hereinbefore provided in respect to public sewers established and constructed in the streets of said city.

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§ 252. REQUIRED; CONTENTS

Whenever, under the provisions of this charter, the *[board of public works commissioners]* city council is required to give notice of the time and place of any examination or hearing before it, touching the laying out, altering, or discontinuing of any street or public highway in said city, or the award of any damages or the making of any assessment therefor, and in all cases of assessments for sewers, curbing and sidewalks in said city, a citation shall be issued, signed by the *[public works commissioners]* city council and containing the names of all persons to whom notice is to be given.

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§ 256. SERVICE ON NONRESIDENTS

Such citation may be served by such sheriff or constable upon a person not an inhabitant of this state by leaving a true and attested copy of said citation with his or her return thereon endorsed, with, or at the residence of, his or her known agent or attorney, if he or she has one in this state; and if not, with, or at the residence of, the occupant of the land to which such hearing may appertain. If there is no such occupant, then such copy of said citation shall be by said sheriff or constable left at the office of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of said city for such persons so owning or interested in such land.

§ 257. *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO MAIL COPY OF CITATION TO LAST KNOWN ADDRESS OF NONRESIDENT

Said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall mail to the last known post office address of such person, in a registered package, a true and attested transcript of such copy so left with him or her, which shall be certified by him or her under the seal of said city. Said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall certify under the seal of said city all *[his]* the chief administrative officer’s doings touching said copy so left with *[him]* the chief administrative officer by said sheriff or constable and shall attach to said certificate all registry receipts pertaining to such copy received by *[him]* the chief administrative officer.

§ 258. RETURN OF CITATION PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF SERVICE

The return of such sheriff or constable upon the original citation, and the certificate of such *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer and said receipts, shall be prima facie evidence of the service of said citation as herein provided. Said citation and return thereon, with said certificate of said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer and said receipts, shall be made a part of the record of said proceedings and shall be filed in the office of said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer.

§ 259. PROCEEDINGS TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL ALL INTERESTED PARTIES NOTIFIED

If at any stage of the proceedings before *[said board of public works commissioners]* the city council, or in any proceedings subsequent thereto, it shall appear that any person owning or interested in such lands shall not have been duly notified, *[said board of public works commissioners or other commissioners or tribunal in or before which such proceedings shall be pending]* the city council shall cause a citation to be served upon said persons not notified as herein provided, and shall cause said proceedings to be postponed to such time as will permit such citation so issued to be served in the manner provided herein for the service of original citations *[m]* in such matters. Commissioners appointed by the county court or by a justice of the peace or agreed upon between the parties shall have the same power to issue citations that the *[board of public works commissioners]* city council has, which citation shall be served in the same manner as reissued by the *[board of public works commissioners]* city council.

§ 260. MANNER OF GIVING NOTICE TO ADDITIONAL INTERESTED PARTIES

Said *[board of public works commissioners]* city council or tribunal before which such proceedings are pending may cause such further notice to be given by citation, publication, or in any other manner prescribed by it in an order for that purpose. A copy of such order, citation, notice of publication or other notice which shall have been delivered to such landowner in person and verified by the affidavit of the person delivering the same, shall be prima facie evidence of such further notice.

§ 261. PROCEEDINGS NOT TO BE VOIDED FOR FAILURE TO GIVE NOTICE

No proceedings instituted by *[said board of public works commissioners]* the city council under said citation, nor any proceedings subsequent and pertaining thereto, shall be void on account of any failure to give notice to any person or persons interested therein or shall for that reason be dismissed, but such proceedings shall be suspended till such person or persons are duly notified; whereupon the same proceedings shall be had in the same manner and with the same effect as if such person had been duly notified by the original citation. If the person so notified shall appear, he or she may be heard upon all matters therein pending in which he or she is interested.

§ 262. CITY COUNCIL MAY ORDER IMPROVEMENTS UPON PETITION OF OWNERS

Whenever the owners of the greater part of the lands or buildings abutting upon any street, lane or alley, or part thereof in said city, shall present their petition in writing to the *[board of aldermen]* city council, praying that such street, land or alley, or part thereof as specified be graded, paved, or macadamized, curbed and guttered, and that a sidewalk or the sidewalks thereof be constructed or repaired, or paved or laid with flagging or such other material as may be ordered by the *[board of public works commissioners]* city council, or that either one or more of such improvements be made, the city council may order and direct *[the board of public works commissioners to cause]* that such improvements *[to]* be made.

§ 263. *[BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZED]* AUTHORIZATION TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS WITHOUT PETITION; ASSESSMENT OF COSTS

The *[board of public works commissioners, subject to the orders and ordinances of the]* city council, shall have power, without such petition, to make one or more of the improvements above specified, and to assess against the owner or owners of the lands or buildings abutting upon such street, lane or alley, and adjoining the part where such improvements shall be made, whether made upon petition or otherwise, so much of the cost and expense of making such improvements as it shall judge such lands or buildings to be benefited thereby; but in no case shall the cost and expense of making such improvements be assessed against the abutting owner on either side of any such street or portion thereof in excess of one-half of such cost and expense in the construction of sidewalks, or in excess of one-fourth of such cost and expense in the making of any of the other improvements specified in the preceding section and the city shall pay one-half of the cost and expense of all improvements therein mentioned; provided that all assessments for street improvements heretofore made shall remain in full force and effect until paid or abated.

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§ 265. STATEMENT TO BE MADE

The *[board of public works commissioners]* city council shall make a statement of all assessments, describing the lands or buildings assessed and forthwith cause the same to be recorded in the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office, and when so recorded such assessments shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the lands or buildings so assessed until the same shall be paid, and shall have precedence over all other liens except ordinary taxes.

§ 266. *[CITY CLERK TO DELIVER LIST OF]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO RECORD ASSESSMENTS *[TO TREASURER]*; NOTIFICATION OF OWNERS

It shall be the duty of the *[city clerk]* chief administrative officer to *[place said list of assessments in the hands of the city treasurer for collection]* collect such assessments, as soon as may be after he or she shall have recorded the same. The *[city treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall thereupon forthwith notify in writing the owner or owners of lands or buildings so assessed, their agents or attorneys, stating therein the amount of such assessments.

§ 267. DEADLINE FOR PAYING

All such assessments shall be paid to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer within ninety days after the same shall have been filed for record in the *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office.

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§ 276. COMPOSITION; TERMS; POWERS; MANAGER

(a) The board of airport commissioners of the City of Burlington shall consist of four legal voters of said city to be appointed by the city council with mayor presiding to serve for four years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. In addition, so long as the public aviation field and municipal airport is located within the limits of the City of South Burlington, the board of airport commissioners shall likewise consist of one legal voter of said City of South Burlington to be appointed by the governing body thereof to serve for four years and until *[his]* a successor is appointed and qualified. *[Said board]* The city council shall have the exclusive general management and control of all lands owned or leased and used by the city for the purpose of a municipal airport, and of all buildings, property and equipment of the city thereon, and shall see that the same are kept in good condition and repair*[, but shall be subject in all respects to any limitations or restrictions contained in the ordinances, resolutions and orders of the city council; but shall have no power to expend any money or incur any debt beyond the amount of the appropriations made by the city council]*. The city council may by resolution delegate any of its powers relating to the airport to the board of airport commissioners.

(b) The *[said board]* city council shall have power to make and alter from time to time, all needful rules and regulations for the maintenance of order, safety, and decency within the boundaries of said airport and to fix penalties for disobedience thereof; which rules and regulations shall have the force of ordinances of the City of Burlington; provided, that no such rule or regulation shall be of any effect unless it shall have been *[first approved by the city council, and then]* published in full in one or more of the daily newspapers published in Burlington, and also printed and posted in conspicuous places within the limits of the property to which such regulation is intended to apply.

(c) The director of aviation shall *[be under the control and direction of said board]* have special and immediate care and practical supervision of the airport department subject to the authority of the mayor as chief executive officer and to the orders and ordinances of the city council.

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§ 284. MAINTENANCE OF RETIREMENT FUND; RETIRING BOARD; SOURCES OF RETIREMENT FUND

(a) 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 *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer as an ex officio member.

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§ 298. *[JUSTICES OF PEACE TO PAY FINES TO CLERK/TREASURER; REPORTS REQUIRED]* [RESERVED]

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Justices of the peace in said city shall pay all fines payable to said city to the clerk/treasurer, and make all reports in the same manner and subject to the same provisions and conditions provided for the clerk of the Chittenden municipal court.

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§ 299. RIGHTS, DUTIES AND LIABILITIES OF CITY TO REMAIN AS EXISTING AT TIME OF ORGANIZATION

The rights, duties and liabilities of the City of Burlington and of the Town of South Burlington, by reason of the conversion of the Town of Burlington into said two municipalities, shall remain as provided by section 31 of this charter entitled "An act to incorporate the city of Burlington," approved November 22, 1864, and the agreement said city and town made by virtue of such section on the fifteenth day of March, 1865. All the books of record, papers and documents belonging to the Town of Burlington at the time the City of Burlington was organized shall continue to be deposited and kept in the office of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of said city, copies of which, duly certified by said *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, shall be legal evidence for all purposes for which they would have been evidence if said city had not been created, and they had been duly certified by the clerk of the Town of Burlington.

§ 300. COPY OF CHARTER TO BE KEPT IN OFFICE OF *[CLERK/TREASURER]* CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

A copy of this charter shall be kept in the office of the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of the City of Burlington to which shall be affixed a certificate under the hand of the secretary of state and the seal of the State of Vermont, that the laws therein contained are statute laws of the State of Vermont, and such certified copy shall be an authentic record of such laws.

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§ 321. CREATION OF DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, CHURCH STREET MARKETPLACE DISTRICT AND MARKETPLACE

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(b) There is hereby created in the City of Burlington and within the downtown improvement district a special district to be known as the Church Street Marketplace District (district) which includes all of Church Street and the properties which have frontage thereon bounded on the north by the northernmost property line of properties bounded by Church and Pearl Streets, and bounded on the south by the southernmost property lines of properties at the northern corners of the Church and Main Street intersection, and more precisely shown on a plan entitled "Church Street Marketplace District" recorded with the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of the City of Burlington on June 27, 1979.

(c) The Church Street Marketplace (marketplace) shall be that section of the district now or hereafter under the direct control of the City of Burlington including but not limited to the Church Street right-of-way and adjacent sidewalks.

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§ 324. PURPOSES AND POWERS

(a) *[Subject to the orders and ordinances of the city council, the commission]* The city council shall have authority and responsibility for the management of the Church Street marketplace district, its services and facilities. The city council shall have the responsibility to establish, improve and maintain a marketplace within the district *[provided that the commission shall not undertake to assume its responsibilities, rights, powers and duties until given such authority pursuant to a fully adopted resolution of the city council]*.

(b) In furtherance of its purpose, the *[commission]* city council shall*[, subject to the orders and ordinances of the city council]* have the following rights, powers and duties:

(1) To exercise the powers *[of the board of public works commissioners]* set forth in the first paragraph of section 231 of this charter with respect to the marketplace; provided that, in relation to the *[board of light commissioners]* electric light department, the commission shall have the same status as a private user;

(2) To acquire on behalf of the city*[, with the approval of the city council]*, by gift, purchase, exercise of the power of eminent domain *[by the city council]*, or otherwise, all types of interests in real property and rights-of-way which will become part of the marketplace to be used in connection therewith;

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(8) To enter into contracts *[with the approval of the city council]* in the name of and on behalf of the city with state or federal agencies, including without limitation the Chittenden County Transportation Administration, as may be necessary or convenient to carry out the purpose of this article;

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(10) To appoint such employees and agents as it may deem necessary or expedient for the operation of the marketplace. The director shall be appointed by the mayor in accordance with the *[requirement]* requirements of section 127 of this charter. The director shall have the special and immediate care and practical supervision of the marketplace, subject to the authority of the mayor as chief executive officer and the orders and ordinances of the city council;

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(16) To do all other things necessary or convenient to carrying out the purposes of this article. Nothing herein shall be construed to mean that the *[commission]* city council may interfere with or regulate the internal management of properties within the district.

(c) The city council may by resolution delegate any of the powers relating to the downtown improvement district and the Church Street marketplace district to the Church Street marketplace commission.

§ 325. ANNUAL TAXATION FOR DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; FREE PARKING FOR TWO HOURS IN PUBLIC LOTS AND GARAGES; ANNUAL BUDGET OF CHURCH STREET MARKETPLACE DISTRICT

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(b) Annual budget. The commission shall prepare *[an operating]* a proposed budget for each fiscal year showing the proposed expenditures and anticipated receipts of such year. The estimated net cost of operation of the marketplace, after taking account of all anticipated receipts available to meet such cost, shall, on or before the fifteenth day of April, 1980, and annually thereafter, be reported to the mayor to be incorporated, with such changes as he or she deems expedient, into the annual budget to be submitted to the city council for the next fiscal year. In adopting an appropriation for operation of the marketplace, the city council shall not determine that any portion thereof be raised by the city tax levy.

§ 326. COMMON AREA FEES

(a) Common area fees are charges levied upon the owners of taxable properties located in the district which shall be used to defray the expenses incurred by the *[commission]* city in connection with the operation, maintenance and repair of the marketplace.

(b) Any amount appropriated under section 325 of this charter which is not anticipated from gifts, grants, voluntary contributions, and rentals and fees other than common area fees shall be raised by common area fees. The *[commission]* city council after not less than one duly warned public hearing shall propose standards to aid in the determination of the benefit described herein *[and shall recommend such standards as well as individual common area fees to the city council]*. The city council after public hearing and after considering the advice of the commission shall establish standards to aid in the determination of the benefits described herein and shall levy such common area fees upon such properties in the proportion that it judges such properties to be benefited by the construction and/or operation of the marketplace. An important but not necessarily exclusive factor in determining the extent to which the fair market value of such property has been enhanced by virtue of the construction and/or operation of the marketplace. The amount raised by such assessments shall be appropriated to the *[commission]* Church Street marketplace district.

(c) The city council shall set such common area fees for the ensuing fiscal year no later than June 15 of each year, and in doing so shall have given twelve days’ notice of the time and place of hearing to the parties interested and shall set forth in its notice a complete schedule of all common area fees set by it and of the properties so assessed. During the twelve days’ notice period all parties so assessed, if aggrieved, may appeal, in writing, the assessment to the *[commission]* city council. The city council, immediately following termination of the twelve days’ notice period and *[acting upon]* after soliciting the advice of the commission, shall make final determination of common fees and shall cause such decision to be recorded in full by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer; and when such decision is so recorded, the amount so assessed shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the properties so assessed, until the same shall be paid, or such lien is otherwise discharged by operation of law. The city assessor, at the *[commission’s]* expense of the district, shall thereupon forthwith notify in writing the owner or owners of record as of April 1 of each year of properties so assessed, their agents or attorneys, stating therein the amount of such fees, and such fees shall be due and payable to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer in four installments, on the fifteenth day of August, November, March and June following the making thereof. Notice shall be deemed adequate if made by publication of notice not less than three times not less than five days nor more than twelve days preceding each installment date. Such notice may also be given by including such common area fees upon the property tax bill mailed to the owners of taxable properties within the district.

(d) *[The foregoing provisions of subsection (c) notwithstanding, during the 1979-1980 fiscal year the city council may set the common area fees at any time in an amount it deems adequate to meet the expenses for said fiscal year as described in subsection (a) above, and to provide for the collection thereof according to a schedule it deems appropriate therefor.]* [Reserved]

(e) Any person owning or interested in properties so assessed who is dissatisfied with the amount of such fee shall have the right to judicial review of the city council’s decision. Such review shall be initiated by first paying the first installment of the fee so assessed under protest and by filing a notice of appeal in the Chittenden Superior Court within twenty days following August 12 of each year. Notwithstanding the filing of a notice of appeal, all subsequent installments of such fee must also be paid under protest before the court shall have subject matter jurisdiction to render a judgment affecting any such installment. A copy of such notice of appeal shall be served upon the Burlington *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer. The proceeding before the superior court shall be de novo and the appellant may demand trial by jury. An appeal from the determination of the superior court may be taken to the Vermont Supreme Court, pursuant to the Vermont Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure. The pendency of such proceedings shall not vacate the lien created upon the properties assessed. Should the court find that a common area fee assessed against an appellant to have been excessive, it shall order the excess payment to be refunded together with such interest thereon that it shall deem appropriate. When such proceedings shall be finally determined, a duly certified copy thereof shall be duly recorded by the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer in the records of streets and highways in said *[clerk/treasurer’s]* chief administrative officer’s office, within twenty days after the final determination of such proceedings. The amount assessed in such proceedings shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the properties so assessed until such assessments are fully paid to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer of the city. In case no assessment shall be made in such proceedings, such records shall discharge said properties from all liens created by the assessments thereon made by the city council as aforesaid.

(f) If the owner or owners of any property so assessed shall neglect to pay to the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer any quarterly installment of such fee on the date such installment is due and payable, the amount of such installment shall be increased by a penalty of five percent. If such installment increased by the five percent penalty is not paid by the 15th day of the month after the date upon which it became due and payable, it shall be delinquent and the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall increase the amount due by an additional one percent of the original installment. On the 15th day of every month thereafter that the installment or any part thereof remains due, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall add to the total amount due an additional amount equal to one percent of the original installment, or any portion thereof, remaining unpaid. The *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall issue *[his]* a warrant *[to the constable]* for the collection thereof. The amount due from any person against whom a common area fee has been assessed shall thereafter be deemed to be the amount of any such installment or delinquent portion of such original common area fee increased by all penalties and interest accruing thereon to date and also twelve percent interest, compounded annually on all of such delinquent amounts and any penalties and interest added thereto, from the date of such warrant. *[Such constable]* The city shall proceed to collect the same in the manner prescribed in this charter for the collection and enforcement of assessments made in laying out or altering streets and highways.

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(h) Meetings of such board shall be convened in the manner herein prescribed for calling special meetings of the city council; and notice thereof signed by the mayor or *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer, and shall be given to all persons paying common area fees by the publication of notices for two days in all the daily newspapers printed in the city, the first of which publication shall be not more than ten days, and the last not less than three days prior to said meeting. Whenever any common area fee, or any part thereof, is abated, the *[clerk/treasurer]* chief administrative officer shall make a minute of such abatement on the original assessment on file in his or her office on the margin of the record thereof.

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§ 433. BONDS; ISSUANCE OF

(a) The city is hereby authorized and empowered to issue negotiable bonds, from time to time, for the purpose of financing the cost of any improvement to the electric plant. Said bonds and the interest thereon shall be payable solely and exclusively from the revenues of the electric plant 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 electric plant. No holder or holders of any bonds issued under this article shall ever have the right to compel any exercise of the taxing power of the city to pay said bonds or the interest thereon. Said 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 has been issued under the provisions of this article and that, it does not constitute an indebtedness of the city but is payable solely from the revenues of its electric plant. Said bonds may be authorized by resolution of the *[board of light commissioners]* city council adopted by a majority vote of the members thereof present at any meeting of such board. Each such resolution shall take effect immediately from its passage and need not thereafter be laid over or published or posted. The issuance of bonds under the provisions of this article by the city shall not be subject to the authorization or approval thereof by the legal voters of the city or to any other authorization or approval except as provided in section 447 of this charter.

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§ 441. RATES; PAYMENT BY MUNICIPAL AGENCIES

The *[board of light commissioners]* city council or other board or agency of the city operating the electric plant may charge the city and all departments, agencies, instrumentalities, officers or employers thereof for any electric service furnished to them, at the rate applicable to other customers taking service under similar conditions and the revenues so derived from any such service shall be treated as all other revenues of the electric plant. Notwithstanding the foregoing, special contracts for electric services may be entered into with another department, agency, or instrumentality of the city, provided that the public service board first reviews and approves the contract pursuant to the provisions of section 229 of Title 30.

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§ 448. POWERS EXERCISED THROUGH *[BOARD OF LIGHT COMMISSIONERS]* CITY COUNCIL

The powers granted to the city hereunder shall be exercised by its *[board of light commissioners subject, however, to]* city council, notwithstanding the provisions of section 228 of this charter. No provisions hereof or of said section 228 of this charter shall be deemed to permit the exercise of any power in violation of the rights of bond or note holders.

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Approved: April 26, 2001