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Introduced by Representatives Andrews of Rutland City, Courcelle of Rutland City, Howard of Rutland City and McCormack of Rutland City

Referred to Committee on


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.


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


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:

(a)  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 $1,000.00 $3,000.00 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 $1,000.00 $3,000.00 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

(a)  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.

(b)  “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.


This act shall take effect upon passage.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont