City of Sweeny, Texas

CITY CHARTER

Table of Contents



ARTICLE I.  INCORPORATION, FORM OF GOVERNMENT, AND POWERS
1.01 Incorporation
1.02 General powers
1.03 Form of government
1.04 Streets and public property
1.05 Street development and improvement
1.06 Change of boundaries and annexation of territory

ARTICLE II.  THE CITY COUNCIL
2.01 Number, selection, and term of office
2.02 Qualifications and limitations
2.03 Compensation
2.04 Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem
2.05 Vacancies
2.06 Powers of the City Council
2.07 Investigative body
2.08 Interference in personnel matters
2.09 City Secretary
2.10 Meetings of the City Council
2.11 Rules of procedure
2.12 Procedure to enact legislation
2.13 Publication of ordinances
2.14 Code of ordinances

ARTICLE III.  ELECTIONS
3.01 General elections
3.02 Regulation of election
3.03 Filing of candidates
3.04 Qualified voters
3.05 Canvassing election and declaring results
3.06 Election by plurality
3.07 Notification and qualifications of City officers
3.08 Special elections

ARTICLE IV.  INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, AND RECALL
4.01 Power of initiative
4.02 Power of referendum
4.03 Form of petitions
4.04 Filing, examination, and certification of petitions
4.05 City Council consideration and submission to voters
4.06 Results of election
4.07 Power of recall
4.08 Recall election
4.09 Results of recall election
4.10 Limitation on recall

ARTICLE V.  ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION
5.01 The City Manager
5.02 Powers and duties of the City Manager
5.03 Administrative departments
5.04 Directors of departments
5.05 Departmental organization
5.06 City Attorney

ARTICLE VI.  MUNICIPAL COURT
6.01 Municipal Court
6.02 Judge of the Municipal Court
6.03 Clerk of the Municipal Court
6.04 Costs, process, and procedure in the Municipal Court

ARTICLE VII.  FINANCE
7.01 Fiscal year
7.02 Budget preparation and adoption
7.03 Appropriation
7.04 Contingent appropriation
7.05 Borrowing in anticipation of property taxes
7.06 Depository
7.07 General obligation bonds
7.08 Revenue bonds
7.09 Sale of bonds
7.10 Purchase procedure
7.11 Independent audit

ARTICLE VIII.  TAXATION
8.01 Powers of taxation
8.02 Arrears of taxes offset to debt against City

ARTICLE IX.  FRANCHISES AND PUBLIC UTILITIES
9.01 Inalienability of control of public property
9.02 Power to grant franchise
9.03 Ordinance granting franchise
9.04 Transfer of franchise
9.05 Regulation of franchise
9.06 Regulation of rates

ARTICLE X.  GENERAL PROVISIONS
10.01 Interim government
10.02 Continuation of government
10.03 Effect of Charter on existing law
10.04 Official oath
10.05 Public records
10.06 Official newspaper
10.07 Tort liability
10.08 Assignment, execution and garnishment
10.09 Security or bond not required
10.10 Personal interest in City contracts
10.11 Nepotism
10.12 Health, life, and accident insurance for City employees
10.13 Boards, agencies, and commissions
10.14 Rearrangement and renumbering
10.15 Judicial notice
10.16 Construction of Charter
10.17 Severability clause
10.18 Submission of Charter to voters