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Charlottesville, City of; amending charter, city organization.
Modernizes and reorganizes aspects of the charter of the City of Charlottesville. The bill updates and repeals various provisions to conform to state and federal law as well as current city organization.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That �� 1, 5, as amended, 5.1, as amended, 6, as amended, 7, 8, 9, as amended, 12, as amended, 14, as amended, 17, as amended, 19, 20, as amended, 25, 28, 29, as amended, 36 through 40, 42, 43, as amended, 45-a through 48, 50.1, as amended, 50.2, 50.3, 50.4, as amended, 50.5, 50.6, 50.7, and 51 of Chapter 384 of the Acts of Assembly of 1946 are amended and reenacted and that Chapter 384 of the Acts of Assembly of 1946 is amended by adding sections numbered 5.01 and 5.02 as follows:
A new charter is
hereby provided for the City of Charlottesville in the form and manner
politic and corporate name.
The inhabitants of the territory comprised within the present limits of the City of Charlottesville as hereinafter described, or as the same may be hereafter altered and established as provided by law, shall continue to be one body politic and corporate in fact and its name shall be the City of Charlottesville. The City of Charlottesville shall have and may exercise all the powers which are now or hereafter may be conferred upon or delegated to cities under the Constitution and the general law of the Commonwealth of Virginia as fully and completely as though said powers were specifically enumerated herein, and no enumeration of particular powers by this Charter shall be held to be exclusive. Additionally, the City of Charlottesville shall have, exercise, and enjoy all the rights, immunities, powers, and privileges and be subject to all the duties and obligations pertaining to and incumbent upon the City of Charlottesville as a municipal corporation, and the said City of Charlottesville, as such, shall have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued, may contract and be contracted with, and may have a corporate seal which it may alter, renew, or amend at its pleasure.
The present boundaries of the City of Charlottesville shall be as described in Chapter 384 of the Acts of the Assembly of 1946, as enlarged by subsequent orders of the Circuit Courts of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville or as otherwise provided by law.
� 5. Elective officers; qualifications and terms of certain officers; form of government; corporate powers vested in city council.
(a) The municipal authorities of the said city shall consist
of a council of five members, one of whom shall be mayor, as hereinafter set
forth, unless and until this form be changed in manner prescribed by law, a
clerk of the
corporation circuit court, a Commonwealths an attorney for the Commonwealth, a
treasurer, a sheriff, and a
commissioner of revenue, who shall be elected by the qualified voters of the
City of Charlottesville at elections held at the intervals and on the day
prescribed for such elections by the laws of the State. All persons who are
qualified voters of the City of Charlottesville shall be eligible to any of the
said offices. The terms of offices of all of said officers shall begin and
continue for such length of time as is prescribed by law ;
provided, that any of said officers shall be eligible to one or
more offices to which he may be elected or appointed by the council.
All the corporate powers of said city shall be exercised by said council, or
under its authority, except as otherwise provided herein.
(b) The form of government for said city shall be the city
manager plan as follows: All corporate powers
, and legislative and executive
authority vested in the City of Charlottesville by law shall be and are hereby
vested in a council of five members to be elected at large from the qualified
voters of the city, except as hereinafter provided.
(c) Each of said
councilmen councilors shall receive an
annual salary from the city for
their services to be set by the council , not
to exceed thirty-six hundred dollars each (except the president of said
council, who shall be mayor, and shall receive a salary not to exceed
forty-eight hundred dollars) from the city for their services in accordance with the general laws of the
(d) In accordance with the general laws of the Commonwealth,
the election of
councilmen councilors shall be held in May
November of 1972, 2021 and biennially
thereafter. At the election in May November of 1972 2021
there shall be elected three two members of council and at
the election in May November of 1974 2023,
there shall be elected two three members of council to
fill vacancies occurring on the first of July January in the respective years following the year in which
they are elected. The term of office of
the councilmen shall be
Councilors shall serve terms of four years. The members of
the council on the effective date of this charter amendment are hereby
confirmed in office until the first thirty-first day of July
December in the final year of the term of office for which
they were elected.
It shall be the duty
of the said The
council of five members to shall elect a city manager, at
the salary to be fixed by them the council, who shall serve
at the pleasure of the council. (f) Subject
to general control by the council as provided in subsection (b) hereof, the
city manager shall have full executive and administrative authority and shall
have the right to employ and discharge all employees under his control. All
departments of city government, including the fire department and police
department, shall be under the general supervision of the city manager. The
city manager shall give a bond for the faithful performance of his duties in
such sum as the council may require. Subject to the general power of the
council as provided in subsection (b) hereof and except as the council may by
ordinance otherwise provide, the city manager shall have the powers vested in
city managers by �� 15.1-926 and 15.1-927 of the Code of Virginia and general
laws amendatory thereof. (g) Said council shall
elect a director of finance who shall serve at the pleasure of the council and
who shall superintend the fiscal affairs of the city, and shall manage the same
in the manner required by the council.
In all other respects the said council shall have and be
vested with the same authority heretofore exercised by the council, and in all
other respects their duties and liabilities shall be regulated by the
general laws of the Commonwealth,
not in conflict therewith.
� 5.01. City manager.
Subject to general control by the council as provided in � 4 (b) hereof, the city manager shall have full executive and administrative authority and shall have the right to employ and discharge all employees under his control. All departments of city government, including the fire department and police department, shall be under the general supervision of the city manager. The city manager shall give a bond for the faithful performance of his duties in such sum as the council may require. Subject to the general power of the council as provided in � 5 (b) hereof and except as the council may by ordinance otherwise provide, the city manager shall have the powers vested in city managers in accordance with the general laws of the Commonwealth.
� 5.02. Director of finance; audit.
The council shall appoint a director of finance, who shall serve at the pleasure of the council. The director of finance shall have general management and control of the fiscal affairs of the city, including the citys accounting, purchasing, collection, risk management, debt management, financial reporting, and real estate assessment functions. The city manager shall provide supervision of the director of finance.
The director of finance shall contract with a certified public accountant to conduct an audit of the citys and each constitutional officers accounts and records by June 30 of each year in accordance with standards established by the Commonwealths Auditor of Public Accounts. The certified public accountant shall provide a detailed written report of the citys audit to the council by December 1 of each year. A copy of the audit shall be available for inspection by the public.
� 5.1. The council shall have authority to order, by
resolution directed to the
corporation circuit court of the city or the judge thereof in vacation,
the submission to the qualified voters of the city for an advisory referendum
thereon any proposed ordinance or amendment to the city charter. Upon the
receipt of such resolution, the corporation circuit court of the city or the judge thereof in vacation
shall order an election to be held thereon not less than thirty nor more than
sixty days after the receipt of such resolution. The election shall be
conducted and the result thereof ascertained and determined in the manner
provided by law for the conduct of general elections and by the regular
election officials of the city. If a petition requesting the submission of an
amendment to this charter, set forth in such petition, signed by qualified
voters equal in number to ten per centum of the largest number of votes cast in
any general or primary election held in the city during the five years
immediately preceding submission of the
petition, each signature to which has been witnessed by a
person whose affidavit to that effect is attached to the petition, is filed
with the clerk of the corporation circuit court of the city he, they
shall forthwith certify that fact to the court or
judge thereof in vacation. Upon the certification of such
court of the city or the judge thereof
in vacation, shall order an election to be
held not less than thirty nor more than sixty days after such certification, in
which such proposed amendment shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the
city for their approval or disapproval. Such election shall be conducted and
the result thereof ascertained and determined in the manner provided by law for
the conduct of general elections and by the regular election officials of the
city. If a majority of those voting thereon at such election approve the
proposed amendment such result shall be communicated by the clerk of the corporation circuit court of the city to
the two houses of the General Assembly and to the representatives of the city
therein with the same effect as if the council had adopted a resolution
requesting the General Assembly to adopt the amendment.
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as
affecting the provisions of � 14
of this charter.
and clerks elected by council. Clerk of council;
minutes; ordinance book.
The council shall elect a clerk of council to serve at the pleasure of the council. The clerk of the council shall attend the meetings of the council, shall keep a record of its proceedings, and shall have custody of the seal of the city.
At each regular meeting of the council, the minutes of the last regular meeting and all intervening called meetings shall be presented by the clerk of council, and thereupon be corrected, if erroneous, and signed by the mayor. The clerk shall record the minutes in the councils journal of proceedings.
The council shall also require to be kept by its clerk a separate book, termed the General Ordinance Book, in which shall be recorded all ordinances and resolutions of a general and permanent character, properly indexed and open to public inspection. Other documents or papers in the possession of the clerk of the council that may affect the interest of the city shall not be exhibited nor copies thereof furnished, except as may be required by the general laws of the Commonwealth.
There may be elected by the council
such additional officers and clerks
as said the
council deems proper and necessary, who shall serve at the pleasure of council,
and any one or more of said offices may be held and exercised by the same
person. It may be competent for the council, in order to secure the services of
a suitable person, to elect non-residents, but such officer, other than the
clerk of the council, shall reside in the city during his the officers tenure of
� 7. Oaths of office and qualification of officers; failure to qualify.
councilmen councilors, and other officers
elected by the people shall each, before entering upon the duties of their
offices, take the oaths prescribed for all other officers by the general laws of Virginia the
Commonwealth, and qualify before the
court of said city , or the judge thereof
in vacation, and in the cases of the mayor and councilmen
councilors a certificate of such oaths having been taken , shall be filed by them,
respectively, with the clerk of the council, who shall enter the same upon the journal
thereof; but if any or either of said officers shall fail to qualify, as
aforesaid, for ten days after the commencement of the term for which he, or they, were said officer was elected, or
shall neglect for a like space of time to give such bond as may be required of him, his said
officer or said officers office or their offices shall be
� 8. Vacancy in office of mayor or
councilmen councilor; vacation of
Whenever, from any cause, a vacancy shall occur in the office
it shall be filled by the
council and a
shall elect one of its members as mayor for the remainder of the term. A
vacancy in the office of councilmen councilor shall be filled by
that body at its next regular meeting from the qualified
electors of said city, and the officer thus elected shall hold his office for
the term for which his predecessor was elected, unless sooner vacated by death,
resignation, removal, or from other causes in accordance with the general laws of the
Commonwealth. An entry of said election shall be made in
the record book journal of proceedings and the General Ordinance
If the mayor
of said city
or a councilman a councilor
shall remove from the city limits, such removal shall operate to vacate his such
mayors or councilors
� 9. Council--
President Mayor and vice-president vice-mayor.
At its first meeting in
July, 1972, January 2022 and biennially
thereafter, the council shall elect one of its members to act as president
mayor, who shall preside at its meetings and continue in
office two years. Or if If a vacancy occur
occurs in the office of mayor
before the end of his their term, such vacancy shall
be filled as provided in � 8.
At the same time the council shall elect one of its members to
a vice-president vice-mayor, who shall preside
at such meetings in the absence of the president mayor, and who, when the president
mayor shall be absent or unable to perform the duties of his
their office, by reason of sickness, or other cause, shall perform
any and all duties required of, or entrusted to, the
mayor, or the vice-president vice-mayor, when authorized,
as above stated, to act, shall have power at any time to call a meeting.
The mayor, or vice-mayor when performing the duties of the mayor, shall be entitled to a vote on all questions as any other councilor, but in no case shall they be entitled to a second vote on any question.
� 12. Same--
meetings; journal of proceedings; general ordinance book; inspection of
documents and papersCouncil meetings and
The council shall fix by ordinance the time for holding their stated meetings, and no business shall be transacted at a special meeting, unless by unanimous consent, except that for which it shall have been called, and every call for a special meeting shall specify the object thereof. Three councilors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the council.
The council shall have authority to adopt such rules
and to appoint such officers and clerks
as it may deem proper for the regulation of its proceedings, and for the
convenient transaction of business, to compel the attendance of absent members,
to punish its members for disorderly behavior, and by vote of two-thirds of all
the members elected to it, expel a member for malfeasance or misfeasance in
office. The council shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and its meetings
shall be open, except when it votes to hold an executive or closed session pursuant
to the general law. The council shall also
require to be kept by its clerk a separate book, termed "the general
ordinance book," in which shall be recorded all ordinances and resolutions
of a general and permanent character, properly indexed and opened to the public
inspection. Other documents or papers in the possession of the clerk of the
council which may affect the interest of the city shall not, be exhibited nor
copies thereof furnished, except as may be required by law laws of the Commonwealth.
Same--Powers Council powers enumerated.
The council of the city, except as hereinbefore provided,
shall have the power within said city to control and manage the fiscal and
municipal affairs of the city and all property, real and personal, belonging to
said city; they shall have power to provide a revenue for the city, and
appropriate the same to its expenses, also to provide the annual assessments of
taxable persons and property in the city, and it may make such ordinances,
orders, and by-laws relating to the foregoing powers of this section as it
shall deem proper and necessary.
They The council shall likewise also
have power to make such ordinances, by-laws, orders and regulations as it may
deem desirable to carry out the following powers which are hereby vested in
First. Streets and Sidewalks
-- Generally. To close, extend, widen, narrow, lay out,
grade, improve and otherwise alter streets and public alleys in the said city,
and have them properly lighted and kept in good order, and it may make or
construct sewers or ducts through the streets or public grounds of the city,
and through any place, or places whatsoever, when it may be deemed expedient by
the said council. The ownership of any land included in any street that is
closed shall be in accord with the
of the Commonwealth. The said council Council may have over any
street or alley in the city, which has been, or may be ceded to the city, like
authority as over streets or alleys, and may prevent or remove any structure,
obstruction or encroachment over, or under, or in a street or alley, or any
Second. Obstructions; cleaning sidewalks. To prevent the cumbering of the streets, avenues, walks, public squares, lanes, alleys, or bridges in any manner whatsoever; to compel the occupant or owner of buildings or grounds to remove snow, dirt or rubbish from the sidewalks in front thereof.
Third. Fires and fire prevention. To extinguish and prevent fires, prevent property from being stolen, and to compel citizens to render assistance to the fire department in case of need, and to establish, regulate and control a fire department for said city; to regulate the size of materials, and construction of buildings hereafter erected, in such manner as the public safety and convenience may require; to remove, or require to be removed, any building, structure, or addition thereto which, by reason of dilapidation, defect of structure, or other causes, may have, or shall, become dangerous to life or property, or which may be erected contrary to law; to establish and designate from time to time fire limits, within which limits wooden buildings shall not be constructed, removed, added to or enlarged, and to direct that all future buildings within such limits shall be constructed of stone, natural or artificial, concrete, brick or iron.
Fourth. Breadth of tires on vehicles. To regulate and prescribe the breadth of tires upon the wheels of wagons, carts, and vehicles of every kind and description used upon the streets of said city.
Fifth. Preservation of health; hospitals; births and deaths. To provide for the preservation of the general health of the inhabitants of said city, make regulations to secure the same, prevent the introduction of spreading of contagious or infectious diseases, and prevent and suppress diseases generally; to provide and regulate hospitals within or without the city limits, and to enforce the removal of persons afflicted with contagious or infectious diseases to hospitals provided for them; to provide for the appointment and organization of a board of health or other board to have the powers of a board of health for said city, with the authority necessary for the prompt and efficient performance of its duties, with power to invest any or all the officials or employees of such department of health with such powers as the officers of the city have; to regulate the burial, cremation, or disposition of the dead; to compel the return of births and deaths to be made to its health department, and the return of all burial permits to such department.
To acquire by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, either within or without
the city, lands to be appropriated, improved and kept in order as places for the
interment of the dead, and may charge for the use of the grounds in said places
of interment, and may regulate the same; to prevent the burial of the dead in
the city, except in public burying grounds; to regulate burials in said
grounds; to require the keeping and return of bills of mortality by the keepers
(or owners) of all cemeteries, and shall have power within the city to acquire
by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, such lands, and in such quantity as it
may deem proper or necessary for the purpose of burying the dead; provided,
however, that no part of such cemeteries, when established or enlarged, shall
be within one hundred feet of any residence without the consent of the owner of
the legal and equitable title of such residence, and provided further that the
Chapter one hundred
and seventy-six of the Code of Virginia the
general laws of the Commonwealth, as now existing or
hereafter amended, for condemnation of land thereunder so far as applicable
shall apply to condemnation proceedings by the city hereunder.
The title to any land acquired by condemnation hereunder shall vest in the City of Charlottesville.
Seventh. Quarantine. To establish a quarantine ground within or without the city limits, and such quarantine regulations against infectious and contagious diseases as the said council may see fit, subject to the laws of the State, and of the United States.
Eighth. Nuisances, etc. To require and compel the abatement and removal of all nuisances within the said city, or upon any property owned by said city, without its limits, at the expense of the person or persons causing the same, or the occupant or owner of the ground whereon the same may be; to prevent and regulate slaughter houses, and soap and candle factories within said city, or the exercise of any dangerous, offensive or unhealthy business, trade or employment therein; to regulate the transportation of all articles through the streets of the city; to compel the abatement of smoke and dust; to regulate the location of stables, and the manner in which they shall be constructed and kept.
Ninth. Stagnant water or
offensive substances on property. If any ground in the said
city shall be subject to be covered by stagnant water, or if the owner or
occupant thereon shall permit any offensive or unwholesome substance to remain
or accumulate thereon, the said council may cause such ground to be filled up,
raised, or drained, or may cause such substance to be covered or removed
therefrom, and may collect the expense of so doing from the said owner or
occupant by distress or sale, in the same manner in which taxes levied upon
real estate for the benefit of said city are authorized to be collected;
provided, that reasonable notice shall be first given to the said owner or
their agent. In case of nonresident owners, who have no
agent in said city, such notice may be given by publication for not less than
ten days, in any newspaper published in said city, such publication to be at
the expense of said owner, and cost thereof to be collected as a part of the
expense hereinbefore provided for.
Tenth. Explosives and flammables; carrying concealed weapons. To direct the location of all buildings for storing gunpowder or other explosives or combustible substances; to regulate or prohibit the sale and use of dynamite, gunpowder, firecrackers, kerosene oil, gasoline, nitroglycerine, camphene, burning fluid, and all explosives or combustible materials, the exhibition of fireworks, the discharge of firearms, the use of candles and lights in barns, stables and other buildings, the making of bonfires and the carrying of concealed weapons.
Eleventh. Animals and fowl generally. To prevent the running at large in said city of all animals and fowls, and to regulate and prohibit the keeping or raising of the same within said city, and to subject the same to such confiscation, levies, regulations and taxes as it may deem proper.
Twelfth. Use of streets; abuse
of animals. Insofar as not prohibited by the general
of the Commonwealth, to prevent the riding or driving of
animals at improper speed, to regulate the speed and manner of use upon the
streets of said city of all animals or vehicles; to prevent the flying of
kites, throwing of stones, or the engaging in any employment or sport in the
streets or public alleys, dangerous or annoying to the public, and to prohibit
and punish the abuse of animals.
To restrain and punish
drunkards, vagrants, mendicants and street beggars. [Repealed.]
Fourteenth. Offenses generally. To prevent vice and immorality; to preserve public peace and good order, to prevent and quell riots, disturbances and disorderly assemblages; to suppress houses of ill-fame, and gaming houses; to prevent lewd, indecent or disorderly conduct or exhibitions in the city, and to expel from said city persons guilty of such conduct.
Sixteenth. Ordinances necessary for general welfare; effect on other powers. And the said council shall also have power to make such other and additional ordinances as it may deem necessary for the general welfare of said city; and nothing herein contained shall be construed to deprive said city of any of the powers conferred upon it, either by general or special laws of the State of Virginia, except insofar as the same may be inconsistent with the provision of this charter.
Seventeenth. Official bonds. Said council shall have power to require and take from such officers and employees, as they may see fit, bonds with security and in such penalty as they may prescribe, which bonds shall be made payable to the city by its corporate name, and conditioned for the faithful discharge of their duties; such bonds shall be filed with the clerk of the council.
Eighteenth. Gas works, water works, and electric light works. Said council shall have power to erect, or authorize or prohibit the erection of gas works, waterworks, or electric light works in or near the city, and to regulate the same.
Nineteenth. Pollution of water. To prohibit the pollution of water which may be provided for the use of the city.
Twentieth. Additional and incidental powers; jurisdiction beyond corporate limits. To pass all by-laws, rules and ordinances, not repugnant to the Constitution and laws of the State, which they may deem necessary for the good order and government of the city, the management of its property, the conduct of its affairs, the peace, comfort, convenience, order, morals, health, and protection of its citizens or their property, including authority to keep a city police force; and to do such other things, and pass such other laws as may be necessary or proper to carry into full effect any power, authority, capacity, or jurisdiction, which is, or shall be granted to, or vested in said city, or officers thereof, or which may be necessarily incident to a municipal corporation; and to enable the authorities of said city more effectually to enforce the provisions of this section, and any other powers conferred upon them by this charter, their jurisdiction, civil and criminal, is hereby declared to extend one mile beyond the corporate limits of said city.
create a floating debt not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars when, by a
vote of the total membership of the council, the council has passed a
resolution declaring it expedient to do so, and when the creating of the
floating debt thereby provided for is for the purpose of installing, or
extending, one or more public utilities, which constitute an asset, or assets,
at least equal in value to the amount expended thereon, which utility, or
utilities, shall materially add to the service rendered by the city to its
taxpayers and other citizens; and it shall be the duty of the council to
provide in the next bond issue for the bonding of the floating debt thus
created, and failure to do this shall suspend this clause. [Repealed.]
� 17. Enactment of ordinances, etc.; punishment for violation;
enjoining violation; use of county jail; appeal to
To carry into effect the powers herein enumerated, and all
other powers conferred upon said city and its council by the laws of Virginia,
said council shall have power to make and pass all proper and needful orders,
by-laws, and ordinances not contrary to the Constitution and laws of said
State, and to prescribe reasonable fines and penalties, including imprisonment
in the city jail, which fines, penalties or imprisonment shall be imposed,
recovered and enforced by
and under the civil
and police justice (judge of the municipal court) the courts of the Commonwealth.
The city may maintain a suit to restrain by injunction, the violation of any
ordinance, notwithstanding such ordinance may provide punishment for its
violation. In all cases where a fine or imprisonment is
imposed by the civil and police justice (judge of the municipal court), or by
the council, the party or parties so fined or imprisoned shall have the right
of appeal to the corporation court of said city. All fines
imposed for the violation of the city charter, by-laws, or ordinances, shall be
paid into the city treasury.
Budget Fiscal year; budget; levy of
taxes. At least thirty days
prior to the time when the annual tax levy or any part thereof is made, the
council shall cause to be prepared a budget containing a complete itemized and classified
plan of all proposed expenditures and all estimated revenues and borrowing for
the ensuing appropriation year. Opposite each item of the proposed expenditures
the budget shall show in separate parallel columns, the amount appropriated for
the preceding appropriation year; the amount expended during that year, the
amount appropriated for the current appropriation year and the increases and
decreases in the proposed expenditures for the ensuing year as compared to the
appropriation for the current year. This budget shall be accompanied by an
itemized and complete financial balance sheet at the close of the last
preceding appropriation year. A brief synopsis of the
budget shall be published in a newspaper published in the City of
Charlottesville and notice given of at least one public hearing at least
fifteen days prior to the date set for the hearing, at which any citizen of the
said City of Charlottesville shall have the right to attend and state his views
thereon. After such hearing is had, the council shall by appropriate order
adopt and enter on the minutes thereof a synopsis of a budget covering all
expenditures for the next appropriation year hereinbefore required. The said
council shall order a city levy of so much money as in its discretion shall be
sufficient to meet all just demands against the city The citys
fiscal year shall begin on July 1 of every year and conclude on June 30 of the
The city manager shall prepare and submit to the council a budget. The budget shall serve as a financial plan for the city, and the city manager in the budget message shall describe the important features of the budget, indicate any major changes from the current financial and expenditure policies, and include such other material as the city manager deems desirable or as the council may from time to time require. The budget shall show all estimated income, indicating the property tax levy, and all proposed expenditures, including debt service and capital program, and shall be in a form the manager deems desirable or the council may require. The total of proposed general fund expenditures shall not exceed the total of estimated general fund income.
A brief synopsis of the budget shall be published in a newspaper or newspapers having general circulation in the city, and notice shall be given of a public hearing as provided for by the general laws of the Commonwealth. After the conclusion of the public hearing, the council may insert new items of expenditures or may increase, decrease, or strike out items of expenditure in the budget.
Prior to the end of each fiscal year, the council shall pass an appropriation ordinance, which shall be based on the budget submitted by the city manager, and shall levy such taxes for the ensuing fiscal year as may be necessary to meet the appropriations made and all sums required by law to be raised for account of the city debt. The total amount of appropriations shall not exceed the estimated revenues of the city.
� 20. In order to execute its powers and duties and to meet the wants and purposes of the city, the council is hereby vested with power and authority to levy taxes upon persons, property, real and personal, privileges, businesses, trades, professions and callings and upon such other subjects of taxation and in such amounts as the council shall deem necessary and proper to provide such sums of money as they shall deem expedient without limitation as to subject, except such as may be expressly provided by general laws or Constitutional provision and without limitation as to rate except such as may be provided by the Constitution of this State.
Taxes assessed against real estate subject to taxes shall be a lien on the property and the name of the person listed as owner shall be for convenience in collection of taxes. The lien for taxes shall not be limited to the interest of the person assessed but shall be on the entire fee simple estate. There shall be no lien when for any year the same property is assessed to more than one person and all taxes assessed against the property in one of the names have been paid for that year.
When taxes are assessed against land in the name of a life
tenant or other person owning less than the fee or owning no interest, the land
may be sold
under the provisions of �� 58-1014 to 58-1020,
58-1101 to 58-1108, 58-762, Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, or other laws
for the sale of land for delinquent taxes provided the owner of record or his
heirs be made parties to the proceeding for sale which may be instituted
anytime after December fifth of the year in which the taxes are assessed pursuant to the general laws of the Commonwealth.
Refunding bonds Borrowing. The council of said
City of Charlottesville is hereby authorized to make and issue the registered
or coupon bonds of said corporation, payable not exceeding forty years after
their date, bearing interest at not more than five per centum per annum,
payable semi-annually; said bonds to be used exclusively in paying off and
discharging the principal and interest of the present bonded debt of the
corporation of Charlottesville. The said council shall not be authorized to
dispose of such bonds at less than par value, except by a recorded affirmative
vote of all the members elected to the council. Said registered and coupon
bonds shall be regularly numbered, signed by the mayor, clerk and treasurer of
the city, and recorded in a book kept for that purpose. The council may, in the name and for the use of
the city, incur indebtedness by issuing its negotiable bonds or notes.
Bonds, and notes in anticipation of bonds when the issuance of bonds has been authorized as hereinafter provided, may be issued for any purpose for which cities are authorized to issue bonds by the Constitution of Virginia or general laws of the Commonwealth.
Notes in anticipation of collection of revenue may be issued, when authorized by council, at any time during the fiscal year, provided the notes shall mature not later than twelve (12) months after date of issue, and in an amount not in excess of the revenues anticipated.
Bonds and notes of the city shall be issued in the manner provided by the general laws of the Commonwealth. In the issuance of bonds and notes, the city shall be subject to the limitations as to amounts that are contained in Article VII, Section 10 of the Constitution of Virginia.
� 28. Sale of public utilities; approval by voters.
The rights of the city in its gas, water and electric works
and sewer plant, now owned, or hereafter acquired, shall not be sold
even after such action of the council as is
prescribed by � 3016 of the Code of Virginia of 1919,
until and except such sale shall have been approved by a majority of the
qualified voters of the city, voting on the question at a special election
ordered by the council and subject in other respects
to the provisions of �24 of this charter applicable to a special election as provided by the general laws of the
� 29. City sheriff.
The city sheriff shall attend the terms of the
corporation circuit court of said the
city and shall act as the officer thereof; the said
sheriff may appoint one or more deputies, who may be removed from office by the
sheriff, and may discharge any of the duties of the office of sheriff, but the
sheriff and his
their sureties shall be liable therefor. The city sheriff
shall also have all power and authority and perform all duties imposed by
general law upon sheriffs and constables
� 36. Granting franchises.
The regulation and restrictions for granting any franchise in
the city shall be
as are provided by the general law laws
of the Commonwealth.
� 37. Receipt and disbursement of moneys by treasurer.
All moneys belonging to said city shall be paid over to the
treasurer, and no money shall be
paid out by them except as the same
shall have been appropriated and ordered to be paid by the council, and the
said treasurer shall also pay the same upon warrants approved in such manner as
may be prescribed by ordinance of the council.
� 38. Recovery against treasurer and sureties.
If the said treasurer shall fail to account for and pay over
all of the moneys that shall come into
his their hands when thereto required by the
council, it shall be lawful for the council, in the corporate name of the city,
by motion before any court of record having jurisdiction in the City of
Charlottesville, to recover from the treasurer and his their sureties, or their
personal representatives, any sum that may be due from said treasurer to said
city on ten days notice.
� 39. Collection of fines.
All fines imposed for any violation of any city ordinance or
State law shall be collected by the clerk of the
civil and police justice
district court; and if said clerk shall fail to collect,
account for, and pay over all the fines in his their hands for collection, it
shall be lawful for the council to recover the same, so far as the same are
accruing to the city, by motion, in the corporate name of the city, before the corporation circuit court of said city,
against the said clerk, his their sureties on his
their said bond, or any or either of them, his the
clerk or their the sureties executors or
administrators, on giving ten days notice of the same.
� 40. Animals running at large.
The council shall have power to make such ordinances, by-laws,
orders and regulations as they may deem necessary to prevent dogs, hogs and
other animals from running at large in the limits of the city, and may subject
the owners thereof to such fines, regulations and taxes as the council may deem
proper, and may sell said animals at public auction to enforce the payment of
said fines and taxes; and may order such dogs, as to which there is default, to
killed by a policeman or constable euthanized as provided for by the general laws of
� 42. Encroachments upon streets.
In every case where a street in
said the city has been or shall be
encroached upon by any fence, building, or
otherwise, the city council may require the owner or owners, if known, and if
unknown the occupant or occupants of the premises so encroaching to remove the
same. If such removal shall not be made within the time ordered by the city
council, it may impose a penalty of five dollars for each and every day that it
is allowed to continue thereafter, and may cause the encroachment to be
removed, and collect from the owner all reasonable charges therefor, with cost,
for which there shall be lien on the premises so encroaching, which lien may be
enforced in a court of equity having jurisdiction of the subject. No
encroachment upon any street, however long continued, shall constitute an
adverse possession thereto, or confer any right upon the person claiming
thereunder as against said city.
� 43. Filing claim for damages condition precedent to action against city.
No action shall be maintained against the said city for
damages for a injury to any person or property alleged to have been sustained
by reason of the negligence of the city, or any officer, agent or employee
thereof, unless a written statement of the claimant,
his their agent or attorney, of
the nature of the claim and of the time and place at which the injury is
alleged to have occurred or been received shall have been filed, as provided by the general law laws
of the Commonwealth.
� 45-a. School board.
The City of Charlottesville shall constitute a single school
district. The school board of the city shall consist of seven members
to be appointed by the council and there shall be
at least one member from each ward of the city. The council shall appoint three
members of the board to serve for a term of three years, two members to serve
for a term of two years, and two members to serve for a term for one year from
July 1, 1948, and all subsequent appointments shall be for a term of three
years. Vacancies occurring otherwise than by expiration of the term of office
shall be filled by the council for the unexpired term. No member shall be
eligible to serve more than three successive full three year terms. In accordance with the
general laws of the Commonwealth, three of the school board members shall be
elected in November 2021 and four members shall be elected in November 2023 to
fill vacancies occurring on the first of January in the years following the
year in which they are elected. School board members shall serve terms of four
years. The members of the school board on the effective date of this Charter
are hereby confirmed in office until the thirty-first day of December in the
final year of the term of office for which they were elected.
The board shall have all powers and perform all duties granted to and imposed
upon school boards of cities by the
general law laws
of the Commonwealth.
� 46. Water supply and sewerage system.
That the corporate authorities of said city be, and they are
hereby, authorized and empowered to erect suitable dams and reservoirs, and to
lay suitable pipes to supply said city with an adequate supply of water, and to
establish and construct a sewerage system for said city; and for such purpose
to acquire, either by purchase or by condemnation, according to the provisions
of the general
law laws of the Commonwealth for
the condemnation of lands by incorporated cities, such lands and so much
thereof as may be necessary for the aforesaid purposes.
� 47. Elections.
All elections under this charter shall conform to the general
law of the State laws of the Commonwealth in
regard to elections by the people.
� 48. County property within city limits; arbitration; school
property in Charlottesville school district; Miller
Manual Labor School.
The property now belonging to the county of Albemarle within
the limits of the City of Charlottesville shall be within and subject to the
joint jurisdiction of the county and city authorities and officers, and shall
not be subject to taxation by the authorities of either county or city; and if
the county and city aforesaid cannot agree upon the terms of joint occupancy
and use of such property in regard to which settlements may not have already
been effected, the right of said city to such joint occupancy and use being
hereby recognized, then the board of arbitration herein provided for shall
determine the terms of such joint occupancy and use, and said board of
arbitration shall determine what rights, if any, the city aforesaid has in all
other county property; but this is subject to the recognition of the right of
the city, as well as the county (through the district school board or
otherwise) in the school property in Charlottesville school district; and
nothing herein contained shall affect the rights of the inhabitants of said
city to participate in the benefits of the Miller
Labor School in the Samuel Miller
district in said county.
� 50.1. The
powers set forth in ��
15.1-837 through 15.1-907 of the Code of Virginia as in force on January 1,
1970, are hereby conferred on and vested in the City of Charlottesville,
Virginia. Should the powers granted by this section conflict with any provision
contained in Chapter 384 of the Acts of Assembly of 1946, approved March 28,
1946, as amended, then the provisions contained in this section shall control, City of Charlottesville
shall have all powers granted to localities by the Constitution of
Virginia and the general laws of the Commonwealth,
provided, however, that in no event shall such
a conflict between the general laws of the Commonwealth and
this Charter be held to reduce or limit any powers
heretofore possessed by the City of Charlottesville pursuant to Chapter 384 of
the Acts of Assembly of 1946, approved March 28, 1946, as amended.
� 50.2. (a) Search warrants. In addition to the means and
conditions under which search warrants may be issued pursuant to provisions of
a justice of the peace magistrate, or a judge of any
court having jurisdiction of the trial of cases to whom complaint is made, if
satisfied that there is a reasonable probable cause therefor, shall
issue a warrant to search specified places for the following conditions:
violations of ordinances of the City of Charlottesville related to health and
safety, of persons and property including violations of ordinances concerning
minimum housing standards, health and sanitation regulations, and plumbing,
building, and fire prevention codes.
A search warrant issued pursuant to the authority granted in this charter section shall be directed to persons charged with the responsibility of enforcing State statutes and local ordinances relating to health and safety of persons and property and shall command such person to search the place or places described therein for violations of State statutes and local ordinances relating to health and safety of persons and property.
(b) Affidavit preliminary to issuance of search warrants. No search warrant shall be issued until there is filed with the officer authorized to issue the same an affidavit of some person reasonably describing the area, house, place, vehicle or baggage to be searched, the things or conditions to be searched for thereunder, alleging briefly material facts, constituting the probable cause for the issuance of such warrant and alleging substantially the offense or group of potential offenses in relation to which such search is to be made. Facts which may be pertinent are (1) department or board experience showing the need of periodic area inspections, (2) the pattern of the last inspections made, and (3) department or board judgment that an inspection is now needed, particularly in light of the time elapsed since the last inspection.
Such affidavit shall be certified by the clerk of the
corporation circuit court of the City of
Charlottesville and shall by said clerk be preserved as a record and shall at
all times be subject to inspection by the public. For the purposes of this
section, probable cause shall be satisfied upon the showing of the
reasonableness of a need to conduct periodic area-wide inspections with respect
to health and safety of persons and property.
� 50.3. Qualifications of members of advisory boards and commission.
General provisions of law notwithstanding, the planning
commission and members of boards or agencies appointed by city council, the
mayor, or by the city manager, who serve without pay and who serve only for the
purpose of making studies or recommendations, or advising or consulting with
city council, shall not be prohibited from such service merely because they
contract directly or indirectly with the city. Any such member of an advisory
board or agency who knows, or may reasonably be expected to know, that
he has they
have a material financial interest in any transaction in
which the agency of which he is they are an officer or
employee is or may be in any way concerned, shall disclose such interest and
themselves from voting or participating in any official
action thereon in behalf of such agency. If disqualifications in accordance
with this section leave less than the number required by law to act, the
remaining member or members shall have authority to act for the agency by
majority vote, unless a unanimous vote of all members is required by law, in which case authority to
act shall require a unanimous vote of remaining members.
� 50.4. Terms of Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority commissioners; authority of council.
provision of law to the contrary, the terms of all the commissioners of the Charlottesville
Redevelopment and Housing Authority shall terminate on June 30, 1978; and
thereafter there There
shall be not less than five nor more than seven members of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing
Authority Board of Commissioners.
Commissioners shall hold their offices at the pleasure of
council for terms not to exceed four years; provided, that the city council may
at any time, and from time to time, adopt an ordinance terminating the terms of
all the commissioners and designating one or more council members as
commissioners of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The
remaining members of the Board, if any, shall be appointed by council from the
public at large. The Board shall possess all powers and duties granted to or
imposed upon redevelopment and housing authorities by the
of the Commonwealth; provided that notwithstanding any
other provision of law to the contrary, a city council member shall receive no
compensation for serving as a commissioner of such Authority, nor shall he they
continue to serve as a commissioner after he
ceases they cease
to be a member of city council.
� 50.5. Authority of city council to adopt and enforce a noise ordinance.
A. The city council by ordinance may prohibit or regulate loud, disturbing or excessive noises originating within its jurisdiction. Such ordinance may prescribe the decibel levels, degrees or types of sound which are unacceptable within the city limits, but the ordinance must exempt from its prohibitions during the daytime (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) the following:
1. Band performances or practices, athletic contests or practices and other school-sponsored activities on the grounds of public or private schools or the University of Virginia.
2. Athletic contests and other officially sanctioned activities in city parks.
3. Activities related to the construction, repair, maintenance, remodeling or demolition, grading or other improvement of real property.
4. Gardening, lawn care, tree maintenance or removal and other landscaping activities.
5. Church bells or carillons.
6. Religious or political gatherings and other activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
7. Activities for which the regulation of noise has been preempted by federal law.
8. Public and private transportation, refuse collection and sanitation services.
B. The decibel level of any such noise may be measured by the use of a sound level meter which measures sound pressure levels. Such measurements shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of the level of noise at issue in any court or legal proceeding. The accuracy of the sound level meter may be tested by a calibrator. In any court or legal proceedings in which the accuracy of the calibrator is in issue, the court shall receive as evidence a sworn report of the results of any test of the calibrator for accuracy. Such report shall be considered by the court or jury in determining guilt or innocence.
C. Any individual operating a sound level meter pursuant to the provisions of this section and the local noise ordinance shall issue a certificate which will indicate:
1. that the sound level meter used to take the decibel level reading was operated in accordance with the manufacturers specifications;
2. that the city has on file a sworn report which states that the sound level meter has been tested within the past twelve months and has been found to be accurate;
3. the name of the accused;
4. the location of the noise;
5. the date and the time the reading was made; and
6. the decibel level reading.
The certificate, as provided for in this section, when duly
attested by the operator taking the decibel level reading, shall be admissible
in any court in any criminal or civil proceeding as evidence of the facts
therein stated and of the decibel level reading. A copy of such certificate
shall be delivered to the accused upon
his or his attorneys the request of the accused or the accuseds attorney.
� 50.6. Authority of city council to impose civil penalties for wrongful demolition of historic buildings.
A. Notwithstanding the provisions of any state law which authorize civil penalties for the violation of a local zoning ordinance, city council may adopt an ordinance which establishes a civil penalty for the demolition, razing or moving of a building or structure without approval by the board of architectural review or city council, when such building or structure is subject to the citys historic preservation zoning ordinance. The penalty established by the ordinance shall be imposed on the party deemed by the court to be responsible for the violation and shall not exceed twice the fair market value of the building or structure, as determined by the city real estate tax assessment at the time of the demolition.
B. An action seeking the imposition of such a penalty shall be instituted by petition filed by the city in circuit court, which shall be tried in the same manner as any action at law. It shall be the burden of the city to show the liability of the violator by a preponderance of the evidence. An admission of liability or finding of liability shall not be a criminal conviction for any purpose. The filing of any action pursuant to this section shall preclude a criminal prosecution for the same offense, except where the demolition, razing or moving has resulted in personal injury.
C. The defendant may, within twenty-one days after the filing of the petition, file an answer and without admitting liability, agree to restore the building or structure as it existed prior to demolition. If the restoration is completed within the time agreed upon by the parties, or as established by the court, the petition shall be dismissed from the courts docket.
D. Nothing in this section shall preclude action by the zoning
under Virginia Code �
15.1-491 (d) or by the governing body under Virginia Code � 15.1-499, pursuant to the general laws of the Commonwealth
either by separate action or as a part of the petition seeking a civil penalty.
� 50.7. Powers relating to housing and community development.
In addition to the powers granted by other sections of this
charter and any other provision of
law the general laws of the Commonwealth,
the city shall have the power:
(a) To make grants and loans of funds to low- or moderate-income persons to aid in the purchase of any land, building, dwelling, or dwelling unit in the city; and to offer real estate tax deferral to low- or moderate-income persons who own any land, building, dwelling, or dwelling unit within the city. The city shall offer private lending institutions the opportunity to participate in local loan programs established pursuant to this subsection; and
(b) To make grants of funds to owners of dwellings or dwelling units in the city for the purpose of subsidizing, in part, the rental payments due and owing to any such owner by a low- or moderate-income person.
For purposes of this section, the phrase "low- or moderate-income persons" shall have the same meaning as the phrase "persons and families of low and moderate income" as that phrase is used in the Virginia Housing Development Authority Act, and shall be applied using the income guidelines issued by the Virginia Housing Development Authority for use in its single family mortgage loan program.
In addition to being able to exercise the above-mentioned powers with city funds, the city is authorized to participate in any state or federal program related thereto and to use state, federal, or private funds in the exercise of such powers.
The expenditure of any public funds as authorized in this section is hereby declared to be in furtherance of a public purpose.
� 51. Severability.
clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part portion of this act be held Charter
is declared unconstitutional, invalid, or illegal
by a court of last resort of this State in proper case such invalidity shall
not affect or invalidate any other clause, sentence, paragraph or part of this act Charter
but shall be confined exclusively to the portion so held invalid. All portions of this Charter
not expressly held to be unconstitutional, invalid, or illegal shall remain in
full force and effect.
2. That �� 2, 10, 11, 13, as amended, 14-b, 15, as amended, 18, 24, as amended, 26, 27, as amended, 31, 33, as amended, 35, and 45 of Chapter 384 of the Acts of Assembly of 1946 are repealed.
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