CITY CHARTER
for
THE CITY OF CHARLEVOIX
(Elected April 3, 1978)
EFFECTIVE JUNE 5,1978
QUO-NOJ-WON AN-DAH-NOO-KEE-ING BAA-KAD-BEH-NOT-ZEE-ING.
KEEN-NAH-WEH-SAH AN-DAH-NOO-KEE-ING 
SHANG-GWOK-O-ZEE-BEENG
BOK-SAN-DAH-NEH-CHEE-ISH-PAN-DAH-MONG 
O-GEH-MA-WIN.                           (OTTAWA)
Nature achieves beauty through order.  The Citizens of Charlevoix desire to insure beauty in their lives through the good order of their government.
               Submitted by:
               The Charter Commission
               City of Charlevoix, Michigan
               Elected April 7, 1975
 
               AMENDED
               November 4, 1980
               November 3, 1981
               December 6, 1982
               November 5, 1991
               April 6, 1992
               February 18, 2004
               November 7, 2006
               July 18, 2011
               August 5, 2014
               November 7, 2017
               November 3, 2020
Article I
Establishment of City Government
1.1   City Boundaries
1.2   Ward Boundaries - Alteration Thereof
1.3   Powers - General
1.4   Powers - Scope of
1.5   Powers - Intergovernmental
1.6   Public Welfare
Article II
Form of Government
2.1   Council - Manager Plan
2.2   Council - Membership
2.3   Council - Qualifications
2.4   Council  - Terms
2.5   Council - Definition of Vacancy
2.6   Council - Fillings of Vacancies
2.7   Council - Judge of Qualifications
2.8   Council - Oath - Filing Thereof
2.9   Deputy Mayor - Election of
2.10   Mayor - Deputy Mayor - Duties
2.11   Council - Compensation
2.12   Council - Reimbursement
2.13   Council - Property
2.14   Elected Officials - Recall
2.15   Council - Meetings - Minutes and Notices Thereof
2.16   Council - Powers and Limitations
2.17   Council - Investigations
2.18   Council - Overall Control of Municipal Operations
Article III
Administration
3.1   Administration Officials
3.2   Administration Officials - Appointment - Promotion - Compensation
3.3   City Manager - Appointment
3.4   City Manager - Removal
3.5   City Manager - Filling Vacancy
3.6   City Manager - Temporary Absence
3.7   City Manager - Power and Duties
3.8   City Clerk - Appointment - Duties
3.9   City Attorney - Appointment - Duties
3.10   City Treasurer - Appointment - Duties
3.11   City Assessor - Appointment - Duties
3.12   Police Chief - Appointment - Duties
3.13   Fire Chief - Appointment - Duties
3.14   Employee Contracts - Severance Payments
Article IV
Registration, Nominations and Elections
4.1   Electors
4.2   General Election
4.3   Primary Election
4.4   Nomination of Mayor
4.5   Nominations of Council Members
4.6   Primary Election, Number of Candidates
4.7   Election of Mayor
4.8   Election of Council Members
4.9   Elections, Ties
4.10   Special Elections
Article V
Ordinances and Resolutions
5.1   Legislative Power
5.2   Legislation
5.3   Ordinances - Composition - Hearings - Publications
5.4   Ordinances - Emergency
5.5   Ordinance - Penalty
5.6   Ordinance - Effective Date
5.7   Ordinance - Codification
Article VI
Initiative and Referendum
6.1   General Authority
6.2   Commencement of Proceedings
6.3   Petitions
6.4   Procedure after Filing
6.5   Referendum Petitions - Suspension of Effect of Ordinance
6.6   Action on Petitions
6.7   Results of Election
Article VII
General Finances
7.1   Fiscal Year
7.2   Capital Budget
7.3   Previous Capital Budgets
7.4   Publication of Capital Budget
7.5   Adoption of Capital Budget
7.6   Operating Budget
7.7   Summary of Operating Budget
7.8   Public Hearing
7.9   Review of Annual Operating Budget
7.10   Transfer of Appropriations
7.11   Remaining Fund Balances
7.12   Emergency Appropriations
7.13   Expenditure of Funds
7.14   Deposits
7.15   Audits
7.16   System of Accounts
7.17   Contracts and Bids
Article VIII
Taxation
8.1   Taxation - Limit - Collection
8.2   Taxation - Subjects - Rights
8.3   Taxation - Power and Exemptions
8.4   Tax Assessment
8.5   Board of Review
8.6   Board of Review - Powers and Duties
8.7   Board of Review - Notice of Meetings
8.8   Assessment - Notice of Change to Owners
8.9   Board of Review - Meetings
8.10   Board of Review - Appeals
8.11   Board of Review - Second Meeting
8.12   Board of Review - Endorsement of Roll
8.13   Certification to Assessor
8.14   Spreading of the Taxes
8.15   Taxes -  Collection of
8.16   Taxes - Due - Liens
8.17   Taxes - Power of Treasurer
8.18   Taxes - Penalties
8.19   Taxes - Payment of
8.20   Tax Roll - Return to County Treasurer
8.21   Protection of Tax Lien
8.22   Tax Collection - County, School and State
8.23   Changes - Additions
Article IX
Special Assessments
9.1   Determination
9.2   Procedure
9.3   Confirmation
9.4   Refund
9.5   Liens
9.6   Changes - Additions
Article X
Borrowing Power
10.1   Scope of Power
10.2   Bonds - Special Assessments
10.3   Bonds - Issuance of
10.4   Indebtedness Limits
10.5   Use of Bonds - Statement
10.6   Unissued Bonds
Article XI
Franchises
11.1   Franchises - Granting of
Article XII
Utility Franchises and Municipal Ownership
12.1   General Powers
12.2   Management
12.3   Rates
12.4   Disposal of Utility Plants and Property
12.5   Granting of Public Utility Franchises
12.6   Conditions of Public Utility Franchises
12.7   Regulation of Rates
12.8   Use of Public Places by Utilities
12.9   Sale and Assignment of Franchises
Article XIII
Planning and Zoning
13.1   Planning Commission
13.2   Zoning
13.3   Zoning Variances
Article XIV
Transition
14.1   Purpose
14.2   Effective Date
14.3   Initial Election and Terms of Office
14.4   Vacancies
14.5   Terms of Public Officials
14.6   Continuation of Rights - Claims - Contracts, etc
14.7   Continuation of Ordinances, Resolutions and Rules
14.8   Continuation of Boards, Committees and Commissions
14.9   Status of Taxes and Assessments
14.10   Transition Authority
14.11   Submission to Voters; Form of Ballot