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H.510

AN ACT RELATING TO AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF BARRE

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

Sec. 1.  CHARTER APPROVAL

The general assembly approves the City of Barre charter amendments as provided in this act.  Proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on November 2, 2004 and March 1, 2005.

Sec. 2.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 104(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The City may purchase real property within or without its corporate limits by majority vote of the electorate.  The City may acquire real property by gift, devise, lease, or condemnation and may sell, lease, mortgage, hold, manage, and control such property as its interest may require.  Real property purchases and sales of less than $5,000 and real property leases for a term of not more than one year may be authorized by the Council or School Board without approval of the voters.

Sec. 3.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 322 is amended to read:

§ 322.  TAX STABILIZATION CONTRACT

(a)  The city council shall have the authority to enter into a contract with owners, lessees, bailees, or operators of agricultural, industrial, residential, or commercial real and personal property for the purpose of:

(a)(1)  Fixing and maintaining the valuation of such property on the grand list;

(b)(2)  Fixing and maintaining the rate or rates of tax applicable to such property;

(c)(3)  Fixing the amount in money which shall be paid as an annual tax upon such property; or

(d)(4)  Fixing the tax applicable to such property at a percentage of the annual tax.

(b)  The authority to enter into such contract shall be by vote of two-thirds of those present and voting at an annual or special meeting warned for that purpose for a contract relating to agricultural, commercial, residential, or industrial real property.

(c)  The voters may provide general authority to the city council to enter into such contracts as application is made, or provide limited authority to the city council to negotiate contracts which shall be effective upon ratification by a majority of those present and voting at an annual or special meeting warned for that purpose.

(d)  Any contract entered into pursuant to this section:

(a)(1)  Shall be for a period not in excess of ten (10) years;

(b)(2)  Shall be filed with the city clerk and shall be available for public inspection;

(c)(3)  May be with existing or new owners, lessees, bailees, or operators of such property or with persons who intend to become owners, lessees, bailees, or operators of such property; and

(d)(4)  May be applicable to existing agricultural property, renovations of, or additions to existing agricultural, commercial, residential, or industrial real property, or to new agricultural, commercial, residential, or industrial real property.

Sec. 4.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 202(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The annual city meetings meeting of the city and the Barre City School District for the election of officers, the voting of budgets, and any other business included in the warnings for said meeting, shall be held on the first second Tuesday in March May, unless otherwise legally warned by the council.

Sec. 5.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 207 is amended to read:

§ 207.  VOTING ON REQUESTS OF THE CITY MANAGER AND

  SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS

(a)  Annually, on the first second Tuesday in March May, the legal voters of the city and of the school district, shall meet to vote on the requests of the city manager and the school commissioners.

(b)  If, at the annual March May meeting, the voters disapprove the request of the city manager and/or the school commissioners, the mayor, or in his or her absence or disability, the city clerk shall warn a general meeting of the legal voters to consider the article disapproved by the voters, and to authorize a specific sum of money therefor.  The meeting shall be in accordance with chapter 55 of Title 17 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated and shall be held at the same location as the previous meeting with the polls open for the same hours as the previous meeting.  If the voters continue to disapprove any portion of the request, similar meetings shall be held in the same manner.

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Sec. 6.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 406 is amended to read:

§ 406.  BUDGET

The city manager shall prepare his or her recommended budget for the next fiscal year and present the same to the city council not later than the twentieth day of January of 45 days prior to the annual meeting date each year.  At the same time, he the city manager shall submit his or her request for a specific sum of money under provisions of Section 207 of this chapter.

Sec. 7.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 516(c) is amended to read:

(c) One or before the twentieth day of January of No later than 45 days prior to the annual meeting date each year, the board of school commissioners shall present to the city council its budget requests for the next fiscal year.

Sec. 8.  SUNSET

Secs. 4–7 of this act, or one or more of these sections as the case may be, shall expire upon certification to the secretary of state of a vote to reconsider or rescind the vote taken by the voters of the City of Barre on May 10, 2005 whereby these sections were approved.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us