|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Andrews of Rutland City, Courcelle of Rutland City, Howard of Rutland City and McCormack of Rutland City
Subject: Municipal government; municipal charters; city of Rutland
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to approve amendments to the charter of the city of Rutland that: (1) allow the purchasing agent to make single purchases up to $3,000.00; and (2) provide that the tax rate for the use of Rutland city schools be subject to the general laws of the state and that only the voters of the city may approve spending above or below the state tax rate limit.
AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF RUTLAND
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. CHARTER APPROVAL
The general assembly approves the amendments to the charter of the city of Rutland as provided in this act. Proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on March 4, 2008.
Sec. 2. 24 V.S.A. App. chapter 9, § 17.3(a) is amended to read:
All purchases made under section 17.1 above shall be made upon written
requisitions therefor upon the purchasing agent. The purchasing agent shall
immediately proceed to purchase under the provisions of the ordinances the
property so required and to distribute it accordingly taking a receipt therefor
upon the original requisition. The purchasing agent shall then forward the
requisition to the city clerk. Purchases in excess of
shall be awarded upon bids as hereinafter set forth.
Sec. 3. 24 V.S.A. App. chapter 9, § 17.4(a) is amended to read:
(a) No board or officer of the
city shall incur any indebtedness or enter into any contract on behalf of the
city requiring the payment of money, unless such indebtedness or contract is
provided for in the previous appropriations of the board of aldermen. Contracts
shall not be awarded for an amount in excess of
unless the contract is awarded upon sealed bids submitted as a result of advertising
in a local newspaper, or in response to an invitation to bid from the city
purchasing agent, or Rutland City School Department, or bids invited by the
Vermont agency of administration, division of purchasing, if the board of
finance determines it is in the best interest of the City of Rutland to
participate in the Vermont state bid process. No contract as entered into as
aforesaid shall be altered or amended unless such alterations or amendments are
reduced to writing in a form satisfactory to the city attorney and approved by
the mayor. No acceptance of performance of such contact by any officer of the
city shall be valid or binding unless the same shall be approved by the board
of finance. However, contracts of the school department shall not require the
approval of the mayor and the board of finance but shall be approved by a
majority vote of the school commissioners.
Sec. 4. 24 V.S.A. App. chapter 9, § 34.2 is amended to read:
§ 34.2. School financing
The Rutland City voters authorize the Rutland School commissioners to adopt
annual general fund budgets without further voter approval, provided that the
actual homestead tax rate in a year does not exceed $0.50 more than the
adjusted equalized homestead rate as established by state officials pursuant to
applicable law. The tax rate for the use of Rutland city schools shall
be subject to the general laws of the state of Vermont. Only the voters of the
city of Rutland shall be permitted to approve any spending above or below the
state tax rate limit.
“Actual homestead rate” means the tax rate that is charged Rutland City homestead property owners to pay for education costs for the Rutland City school system. “Adjusted equalized homestead tax rate” is the homestead tax rate as set by
the general assembly, adjusted for the common level of appraisal as determined
by state officials. (c)
Any bonded indebtedness approved by the voters after January 1, 2004, shall
not be considered as part of the annual general fund budget referred to in
subsection (a) of this section.
Sec. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect upon passage.
The Vermont General Assembly
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