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and preserve the same in such manner and in such place or places as shall be determined by the city commission. He shall pay out money only on warrants issued by the city auditor.
SEC. 22. Purchasing Agent.—The city commission shall designate some officer of the city, other than the auditor or treasurer, to act as its purchasing agent, by whom all purchases of supplies for the city shall be made, and who shall approve all vouchers for the payment of the same. Such purchasing agent shall also conduct all sales of personal property which the commission may authorize to be sold as having become unnecessary or unfit for the city's use.
SEC. 26. Advisory Boards.—The city commission at any time may appoint an advisory board or boards composed of citizens qualified to act in an advisory capacity to the city commission, the city manager or the head of any department, with respect to the conduct and management of any property, institution or public function of the city.
Sec. 31. The Estimate.—The fiscal year of the city shall begin on the first day of January. On or before the first day of November of each year the city manager shall submit to the city commission an estimate of the expenditures and revenues of the city departments for the ensuing year. This estimate shall be compiled from detailed information obtained from the several departments on uniform blanks to be furnished by the city manager. The classification of the estimate of expenditures shall be as nearly uniform as possible for the main functional divisions of all departments, and shall give in parallel columns the following information:
(a) A detailed estimate of the expense of conducting each department as submitted by the department.
(b) Expenditures for corresponding items for the last two
(c) Expenditures for corresponding items for the current fiscal year, including adjustments due to transfers between appropriations plus an estimate of expenditures necessary to complete the current fiscal year.
(d) Amount of supplies and material on hand at the date of the preparation of the invoice.
(e) Increase or decrease of requests compared with the corresponding appropriations for the current year.
(f) Such information as is required by the city commission or that the city manager may deem advisable to submit.
(g) The recommendation of the city manager as to the amounts to be appropriated with reasons therefor in such detail as the city commission may direct.
Sufficient copies of such estimate shall be prepared and submitted, that there may be copies on file in the office of the city commission for inspection by the public.
Sec. 53. Proposed Petition.—Any proposed ordinances, including ordinances for the repeal or amendment of an ordinance then in effect, may be submitted to the city commission by petition signed by at least five per cent of the total number of registered voters in the municipality.
The Referendum SEC. 60. Petition for Referendum.-No ordinance passed by the city commission, unless it be an emergency measure or the annual appropriation ordinance, shall go into effect until thirty days after its final passage. If, at any time within said thirty days, a petition signed by fifteen percent of the total number of registered voters in the municipality be filed with the clerk of the city commission, requesting that any such ordinance be repealed or amended as stated in the petition, it shall not become operative until the steps indicated herein have been taken.
Such petition shall have stated therein the names and addresses of at least five electors as a committee to represent the petitions.
SEC. 61. Proceedings Thereunder.—The clerk of the city commission shall at its next meeting, present the petition to the city commission, which shall proceed to reconsider the ordinance. If within thirty days after the filing of such petition, the ordinance be not repealed or amended as requested, the city commission shall provide for submitting the proposed repeal or amendment to a vote of the electors, provided a majority of the committee named in the petition to represent the petitioners shall, by writing filed with the clerk of the city commission within twenty days after the expiration of the said thirty days, so require.
SEC. 65. Recall Petition.-Any or all members of the city commission may be removed from office by the electors by the following procedure.
A petition for the recall of the commissioner or commissioners designated, signed by at least five hundred of the electors of the city, and containing a statement in not more than two hundred words of the grounds of the recall, shall be filed with the city auditor, who shall forthwith notify the commissioner or commissioners sought to be removed, and he or they, within five days after such notice, may file with such auditor a defensive statement in not exceeding two hundred words. The city auditor shall at once upon the expiration of said five days cause sufficient printed or typewritten copies of such petitior, without the signatures, to be made, and to each of them he shall attach a printed or typewritten copy of such defensive statement, if one is furnished him within the time provided. He shall cause one copy of such petition to be placed on file in his office, and provide facilities for there signing the same, and he shall also cause one copy to be placed in each of the several fire engine houses of the city, where the same shall be in the custody of the captain of the house, who shall provide facilities for there signing the same. The city auditor shall immediately cause notice to be published in some newspaper of general circulation in the city of the placing of such copies of such petition.
Such copies of such petition shall remain on file in the several places designated for the period of thirty days, during which time any of them may be signed by any elector of the city in person; but not by agent or attorney. Each signer of any of such copies shall sign his name in ink or indelible pencil, and shall place thereafter his residence by voting precinct, and by street and number.
SEC. 66. Notice.—At the expiration of the said period of thirty days the city auditor shall assemble all of said copies in his office as one instrument, and shall examine the same and ascertain and certify thereon whether the signatures thereto amount to at least fifteen per cent of the registered voters of the city. If such signatures do amount to such per cent, he shall at once serve notice of that fact upon the commissioner or commissioners designated in the petition, and also deliver to
the election authorities a copy of the original petition with his certificate as to the percentage of registered voters who signed the same, and a certificate as to the date of his last mentioned notice to the commissioner or commissioners designated in the petition.
SEC. 67. Recall Election.-If the commissioner or commissioners, or any of them, designated in the petition, file with the clerk of the city commission within five days after the last mentioned notice from the city solicitor, his or their written resignation, the clerk of the city commission shall at once notify the election authorities of that fact; and such resignation shall be irrevocable, and the city commission shall proceed to fill the vacancy. In the absence of any such resignation the election authorities shall forthwith order and fix a day for holding a recall election for the removal of those not resigning. Any such election shall be held not less than thirty nor more than sixty days after the expiration of the period of five days last mentioned, and at the same time as any other general or special election held within such period; but if no such election be held within such period the election authorities shall call a special recall election to be held within the period aforesaid.
Sec. 88. Investigations.—The city commission, or any committee thereof, the city manager and any advisory board appointed by the commission for such purpose, shall have power at any time to cause the affairs of any department or the conduct of any officer or employee to be investigated; and for such purpose shall have the power to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and other evidence; and for that purpose may issue subpoenas or attachments which shall be signed by the president or chairman of the body or by the officer making the investigation, and shall be served by any officer authorized by law to serve such process. The authority making such investigation shall also have power to cause the testimony to be given under oath to be administered by some officer authorized by general law to administer oaths; and shall also have power to punish as for contempt any person refusing to testify to any fact within his knowledge, or to produce any books, or papers under his control, relating to the matter under investigation,
Sec. 92. Amendment of Charter.—Amendments to this charter may be submitted to the electors of the city by a twothirds vote of the city commission, and, upon petition signed
by ten percent of the electors of the city setting forth any such proposed amendment, shall be submitted by such city commission. The ordinance providing for the submission of any such amendment shall require that it be submitted to the electors at the next regular municipal election if one shall occur not less than sixty nor more than one hundred and twenty days after its passage; otherwise it shall provide for the submission of the amendment at a special election to be called and held within the time aforesaid. Not less than thirty days prior to such election the clerk of the city commission shall mail a copy of the proposed amendment to each elector whose name appears upon the poll or registration books of the last regular municipal or general election. If such proposed amendment is approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon it shall become a part of the charter at the time fixed therein.
SEC. 93. Saving Clause. If any section or part of a section of this charter proves to be invalid or unconstitutional, the same shall not be held to invalidate or impair the validity, force or effect of any other section or part of a section of this charter, unless it clearly appears that such other section or part of a section is wholly or necessarily dependent for its operation upon the section or part of a section so held unconstitutional or invalid.
Sec. 94. When Charter Takes Effect. For the purpose of nominating and electing officers and all purposes connected therewith and for the purpose of exercising the powers of the city as provided therein, this charter shall take effect from the time of its approval by the electors of the city. For the purpose of establishing departments, divisions and officers, and distributing the functions thereof, and for all other purposes it shall take effect on the first day of January, 1914.