CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COOKEVILLE, TENNESSEE 1
1   Priv. Acts 1961, ch. 223, is the current basic charter act for the City of Cookeville, Tennessee. The text of the basic charter act set out herein includes all its amendments through the 2012 session of the Tennessee General Assembly. Sections of the charter which have been amended contain at the end of those sections the citation to the official private act or acts constituting the amendment or amendments. No other changes have been made to the charter except the addition of a table of contents to facilitate its use. A list of all the private acts including the basic charter appears at the end of the charter. Acts which did not expressly or in effect amend any particular section or part of the basic charter, but which supplemented it, have been placed after the basic charter act as "Related Private Acts." Acts of a temporary nature with no general or continuing application, such as bond authorization and validation acts have not been included in this compilation.
CHAPTER NO. 223
House Bill No. 816
(By Dero Brown)
   AN ACT to amend the Charter of Cookeville, Tennessee, being Chapter 542 of the Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee of 1903, and all Acts amendatory thereto.
   TABLE OF CONTENTS
Article I.
Amending Provision, Boundaries, Form of Government, Corporate Powers
   1.01.   Amendment of charter
   1.02.   City of Cookeville
   1.03.   Corporate boundaries
   1.04.   Form of government
   1.05.   Corporate powers
Article II.
Mayor and Council
   2.01.   Number, selection, term
   2.02.   Qualifications
   2.03.   Compensation
   2.04.   Presiding officer; mayor
   2.05.   Powers
   2.06.   Appointment of city manager
   2.07.   Removal of city manager
   2.08.   Council not to interfere in appointments or removals
   2.09.   Vacancies in council
   2.10.   Creation of new departments or offices
   2.11.   City clerk
   2.12.   Induction of council into office; meetings of council
   2.13.   Rules of procedure; journal
   2.14.   Ordinances
   2.15.   City legislation
   2.16.   Permissive referendum; effective date of ordinances
   2.17.   Independent annual audit
Article III.
The City Manager
   3.01.   The city manager; qualifications
   3.02.   The city manager; powers and duties
   3.03.   Absence of city manager
   3.04.   Administrative departments
   3.05.   Directors of departments
   3.06.   Departmental divisions
   3.07.   Merit basis of appointment
Article IV.
Fiscal Administration
   4.01.   Fiscal year
   4.02.   City manager to submit annual budgets
   4.03.   Contents of budgets
   4.04.   Capital improvement budget
   4.05.   Appropriation and additional revenue ordinances
   4.06.   Copies of budget message and budgets
   4.07.   Public hearing
   4.08.   Action by city council
   4.09.   Additional appropriations
   4.10.   Appropriations to lapse
   4.11.   Allotments
   4.12.   Budgetary reports to council
   4.13.   Penalty for unauthorized contract or expenditure
   4.14.   Annual audit
   4.15.   Centralized purchasing
   4.16.   Allotments required; advance authorization for emergency purchases
   4.17.   Powers and duties of purchasing agent
   4.18.   Stocking supplies, materials, and equipment
   4.19.   Who may make expenditures and contracts; bids
   4.20.   Bonds for public works contracts
   4.21.   Bid records to be preserved
   4.22.   Exception to purchase governmental materials
   4.23.   Sale of city property
   4.24.   Official depository
Article V.
Taxation
   5.01.   Property taxes; assessment date
   5.02.   Property taxes on public service companies
   5.03.   Responsible officers
   5.04.   City may use county assessment or make assessment
   5.05.   Procedure if county assessment is used
   5.06.   Procedure if city assessment is made
   5.07.   Powers and duties of the city assessor
   5.08.   Board of equalization
   5.09.   Procedure for review of assessments
   5.10.   Tax levy
   5.11.   Tax bills; failure to send does not invalidate tax
   5.12.   When property taxes due and payable; penalty and interest
   5.13.   Collection of delinquent taxes
   5.14.   Lien for taxes
   5.15.   Collection of merchants ad valorem taxes
   5.16.   Mistakes or technicalities not to invalidate assessments; corrections
Article VI.
Borrowing and Bonds
   6.01.   Notes in anticipation of current tax collections
   6.02.   Purposes for which bonds may be issued
   6.03.   Serial bonds
   6.04.   Sinking funds
   6.05.   Bond ordinance
   6.06.   Title of bond ordinance; two or more projects may be included
   6.07.   Procedure for adoption of bond ordinance; publication of notice
   6.08.   Effective date of bond ordinance
   6.09.   Period of limitations to challenge bond ordinance
   6.10.   Determinations in bond ordinance conclusive
   6.11.   Bonds may be callable
   6.12.   Term of bonds not be exceed life of improvements
   6.13.   Election required except for certain bonds
   6.14.   Public sale
   6.15.   Property tax levy to retire voted bonds
   6.16.   Cancellation of retired bonds and paid interest coupons
   6.17.   Supplementary nature of title VI
ARTICLE VIA.
Public Parking Facilities
   6A.01.   Definitions
   6A.02.   Provisions in this article are supplementary
   6A.03.   Resolution for the project, notice of public hearing, etc
   6A.04.   Public hearing; when referendum is required
   6A.05.   Construction may be on bids or by city forces
   6A.06.   Bond resolution
   6A.07.   Bids for bonds
   6A.08.   Disposition of bond funds
   6A.09.   Bonds, bond security, etc
   6A.10.   Basis of assessments
   6A.11.   Assessments against public property
   6A.12.   Payment of assessments; penalties and interest for delinquency
   6A.13.   Assessments to constitute liens
   6A.14.   Special fund for assessments
   6A.15.   Disposition of collected assessments; calculation of annual assessments, etc
   6A.16.   Additional bonds or funds to cover deficiency
   6A.17.   Refunding bonds
   6A.18.   Use of parking facilities; disposition of revenues
   6A.19.   Severability clause
   6A.20.   Approval required
   6A.21.   Date of effect
Article VII.
City Judge and City Court; City Attorney
   7.01.   City court established; jurisdiction
   7.02.   Appeals
   7.03.   Warrant for each offense; exception
   7.04.   Other officers may decide lesser traffic offenses
   7.05.   Clerk of court and other employees
   7.06.   Court docket
   7.07.   City attorney
Article VIII.
Utilities
   8.01.   Authority to own or operate public utility
   8.02.   Accounting system
   8.03.   Budgets and allotments
   8.04.   Other laws and ordinances may apply
   8.05.   Municipal utilities separate enterprises
Article IX.
Hospitals
   9.01.   Board of trustees
Article X.
Nominations and Elections
   10.01.   Municipal elections
   10.02.   Regulation of elections
   10.03.   Nominations
   10.04.   Council ballots
   10.05.   Voting machines
Article XI.
Initiative and Referendum
   11.01.   Power of initiative
   11.02.   Power of referendum
   11.03.   Form of petitions: committee of petitioners
   11.04.   Filing, examination and certification of petitions
   11.05.   Amendment of petitions
   11.06.   Effect of certification of referendum petition
   11.07.   Consideration by council
   11.08.   Submission to electors
   11.09.   Form of ballot for initiated and referred ordinances
   11.10.   Results of election
   11.11.   Repealing ordinances: publication
Article XII.
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Article XIII.
Succession in Government
   13.01.   Rights of officers and employees preserved
   13.02.   Continuance of present officers
   13.03.   Transfer of records and property
   13.04.   Continuity of offices, departments and agencies
   13.05.   Continuance of contracts and public improvement
   13.06.   Pending actions and proceedings
Article XIV.
Miscellaneous Provisions
   14.01.   Right of city manager and other officers in council
   14.02.   Investigations by council or city manager
   14.03.   Contracts extending beyond one year
   14.04.   Publicity of records
   14.05.   Conflicts of interest
   14.06.   Official bonds
   14.07.   Oath of office
   14.08.   Penalties
   14.09.   Repeal of laws in conflict
   14.10.   Severability
   14.11.   Local approval and date of applicability
   14.12.   Effective date