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City of Gatesville
Spur Capital of Texas


City of Gatesville


Home Rule Charter

Table of Contents


Article 1          Form of Government and Boundaries


                        Section 1.01    Form of Government

                        Section 1.02    The Boundaries

                        Section 1.03    Extension of Boundaries

                        Section 1.04    Contraction of Boundaries


Article 2          Powers of the City


                        Section 2.01    General

                        Section 2.02    General Powers Adopted

                        Section 2.03    Eminent Domain


Article 3          The City Council


                        Section 3.01    Number, Selection and Term

                        Section 3.02    Qualifications

                        Section 3.03    Council to be Judge of Election Qualifications

                        Section 3.04    Compensation

                        Section 3.05    Mayor Pro-Tem

                        Section 3.06    Vacancies

                        Section 3.07    Powers of the City Council

                        Section 3.08    City Council Not to Interfere In Appointments

                        Section 3.09    Meetings of the City Council

                        Section 3.10    Rules of Procedure

                        Section 3.11    Procedures for Passage of Ordinances

                        Section 3.12    Official Bonds for City Employees

                        Section 3.13    Investigation by the City Council

                        Section 3.14    Audit and Examination of City Books and Accounts


Article 4          Administrative Services


                        Section 4.01    City Manager

                        Section 4.02    Department of Police

                        Section 4.03    City Secretary

                        Section 4.04    Corporation Court

                        Section 4.05    City Attorney

                        Section 4.06    Department of Health and Sanitation

                        Section 4.07    Other Departments



Article 5          Nominations and Elections


                        Section 5.01    Elections

                        Section 5.02    Regulation of Elections

                        Section 5.03    Filing for Office

                        Section 5.04    The Official Ballot

                        Section 5.05    Election by Plurality

                        Section 5.06    Laws Governing City Elections

                        Section 5.07 Conducting and Canvassing Elections

                        Section 5.08    Oath of Office


Article 6          Recall of Officers


                        Section 6.01    Scope of Recall

                        Section 6.02    Petitions for Recall

                        Section 6.03    Form Of Recall Petition

                        Section 6.04    Various Papers Constituting Petition

                        Section 6.05    Presentation of Petition To City Council

                        Section 6.06    Public Hearing to Be Held

                        Section 6.07    Election to Be Called 

                        Section 6.08    Ballots in Recall Election

                        Section 6.09    Result of Recall Election

                        Section 6.10    Recall Restricting Thereon

                        Section 6.11    Failure of City Council to Call an Election


Article 7          Legislation by the People, Initiative and Referendum


                        Section 7.01    General Power

                        Section 7.02    Initiative

                        Section 7.03    Referendum

                        Section 7.04    Voluntary Submission of Legislation by the Council

                        Section 7.05    Form of Ballots

                        Section 7.06    Publication of Proposed and Referred Ordinances

                        Section 7.07    Adoption of Ordinances

                        Section 7.08    Inconsistent Ordinances

                        Section 7.09    Ordinances Passed by Popular Vote,

                                                 Repeal or Amendment

                        Section 7.10    Further Regulations by City Council

                        Section 7.11    Franchise Ordinances


Article 8          Municipal Planning and Zoning


                        Section 8.01    Platting of Property

                        Section 8.02    Development of Property

                        Section 8.03    Planning Commission


Article 9          Municipal Finance


                        Section 9.01    Fiscal Year

                        Section 9.02    Preparation and Submission of Budget

                        Section 9.03    Anticipated Revenues Compared with

                                                 Other Years in Budget

                        Section 9.04    Proposed Expenditures Compared with Other Years

                        Section 9.05    Budget a Public Record

                        Section 9.06    Notice of Public Hearing on Budget

                        Section 9.07    Public Hearing on Budget

                        Section 9.08    Proceedings on Budget after Public Hearing

                        Section 9.09    Vote Required for Adoption

                        Section 9.10    Date of Final Adoption

                        Section 9.11    Effective Date of Budget; Certification;

                                                 Copies Made Available

                        Section 9.12    Budget Establishes Appropriations

                        Section 9.13    Budget Establishes Amount to be Raised

                                                by Property Tax

                        Section 9.14    Contingent Appropriation

                        Section 9.15    Estimated Expenditures Shall Not

                                                 Exceed Estimated Resources

                        Section 9.16    Other Necessary Appropriations

                        Section 9.17    Department of Taxation

                        Section 9.18    Power to Tax

                        Section 9.19    Property Subject to Tax: Method of Assessment

                        Section 9.20    Board of Equalization: Appointment, Qualifications

                        Section 9.21    Powers of Board of Equalization

                        Section 9.22    Duties of the Board of Equalization

                        Section 9.23    Records of Board of Equalization

                        Section 9.24    Taxes, When Due and Payable

                        Section 9.25    Tax Liens

                        Section 9.26    Issuance of Bonds

                        Section 9.27    Borrowing in Anticipation of Property Taxes

                        Section 9.28    City Treasurer


            Article 10        Franchises and Public Utilities


                        Section 10.01  Powers of the City

                        Section 10.02  Franchise: Power of City Council

                        Section 10.03  Franchise Value Not to be Allowed

                        Section 10.04  Right of Regulation

                        Section 10.05  Grant Not to be Exclusive

                        Section 10.06  Consent of Property Owners

                        Section 10.07  Extensions

                        Section 10.08  Other Conditions

                        Section 10.09  Accounts of Municipally Owned Utilities

                        Section 10.10  Sales of Electricity, Gas, Water and Sewer Services

                        Section 10.11  Regulation of Rates and Service


Article 11        General Provisions


                        Section 11.01  Publicity of Records

                        Section 11.02  Personal Interest

                        Section 11.03  Nepotism

                        Section 11.04  Provisions Relating to Assignment,

                                                Execution and Garnishments

                        Section 11.05  City Not Required to Give Security or Execute Bond

                        Section 11.06  Special Provisions Covering Damage Suits, Etc.

                        Section 11.07  Rearrangement and Renumbering

                        Section 11.08  Judicial Notice

                        Section 11.09  Construction of Charter

                        Section 11.10  Accepting Gifts, Etc.

                        Section 11.11  Power to Remit Penalties

                        Section 11.12  Property Not Exempt From Special Assessments

                        Section 11.13  No Lien on Public Property; Contractors, Etc.

                        Section 11.14  Disaster Clause

                        Section 11.15  Separability Clause

                        Section 11.16  Effect of This Charter on Existing Law

                        Section 11.17  Interim Municipal Government

                        Section 11.18  Applicability of General Law

                        Section 11.19  Amending the Charter

                        Section 11.20  Charter Review Commission

                        Section 11.21  Retirement System and Social Security; Group Insurance

                        Section 11.22  Special Powers under Article 1175:19

                        Section 11.23  City Depository

                        Section 11.24  Tax Debt Arrearages

                        Section 11.25  Submission of Charter to Voters







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