CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DAVISON, MICHIGAN
EDITOR'S NOTE:  The original Charter of the City of Davison was adopted on March 13, 1939.  The present Charter of the City of Davison, codified herein, was adopted by the voters at a special election held on August 3, 1999, and became effective September 1, 1999.  Dates appearing in parentheses following an article or section heading in the Table of Contents, and following a section in the text, indicate that the article or section was enacted, amended or repealed on the date given.
ARTICLE I - INCORPORATION; ORGANIZATION AND POWERS
   Section 1.1.   Corporation and Boundaries.
   Section 1.2.   Form of Government.
   Section 1.3.   Powers.
ARTICLE II - THE CITY CHARTER
   Section 2.1.   Penalty.
   Section 2.2.   Effect of Illegality of Any part of Charter.
   Section 2.3.   Amendments.
   Section 2.4.   Familiarity of City Officials With the City Charter.
ARTICLE III - INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENTS
   Section 3.1.   Intergovernmental Agreements.
ARTICLE IV - ELECTIONS
   Section 4.1.   Election Districts.
   Section 4.2.   Qualifications of Electors.
   Section 4.3.   Election Procedure.
   Section 4.4.   Regular Elections. (Amended 11-7-2006; 11-10-2014)
   Section 4.5.   Special Elections.
   Section 4.6.   Notice of Elections.
   Section 4.7.   Voting Hours.
   Section 4.8.   Nominating Petitions. (Amended 11-7-2006; 11-10-2014)
   Section 4.9.   Approval of Petitions.
   Section 4.10.   Public Inspection of Petitions.
   Section 4.11.   Nominations to Fill Vacancy in Elective Office.
   Section 4.12.   Names on Ballots.
   Section 4.13.   Election Commission.
   Section 4.14.   Canvass of Votes.
   Section 4.15.   Tie Vote.
   Section 4.16.   Recount.
ARTICLE V - ELECTIVE OFFICERS OF THE CITY; GENERAL
   Section 5.1.   Elective Officers.
   Section 5.2.   Qualifications.
   Section 5.3.   Term of Office. (Amended 11-7-2006; 11-10-2014)
   Section 5.4.   Oath of Office.
   Section 5.5.   Notice of Election and Qualifying to Serve.
   Section 5.6.   Surety Bonds.
   Section 5.7.   Vacancy Defined.
   Section 5.8.   Vacancies.
ARTICLE VI - ELECTIVE OFFICERS OF THE CITY; DUTIES
   Section 6.1.   The Council.
   Section 6.2.   Mayor.
   Section 6.3.   Mayor Pro Tempore.
   Section 6.4.   Compensation.
   Section 6.5.   Regular Meetings.
   Section 6.6.   Special Meetings.
   Section 6.7.   Quorum.
   Section 6.8.   Rules.
   Section 6.9.   Meetings of Council to be Public.
   Section 6.10.   Discipline and Attendance.
   Section 6.11.   Limitations on the Powers of the Council.
   Section 6.12.   Investigations.
ARTICLE VII - APPOINTIVE OFFICERS OF THE CITY; GENERAL
   Section 7.1.   Statement of Policy.
   Section 7.2.   Appointive Officers.
   Section 7.3.   Appointment and Qualifications.
   Section 7.4.   Terms of Office.
   Section 7.5.   Compensation.
   Section 7.6.   Notice of Appointment.
   Section 7.7.   Oath of Office.
   Section 7.8.   Books, Records and City Property.
   Section 7.9.   Vacancy Defined.
   Section 7.10.   Filling Vacancies.
ARTICLE VIII - APPOINTIVE OFFICERS OF THE CITY; DUTIES
   Section 8.1.   City Manager.
   Section 8.2.   Removal of City Manager.
   Section 8.3.   Functions of the City Manager.
   Section 8.4.   Clerk.
   Section 8.5.   Functions of the City Clerk.
   Section 8.6.   Treasurer.
   Section 8.7.   Functions of the City Treasurer.
   Section 8.8.   Police Chief.
   Section 8.9.   Functions of the Police Chief.
   Section 8.10.   Assessor.
   Section 8.11.   Attorney.
   Section 8.12.   Board of Review.
   Section 8.13.   Other Appointive Officers.
   Section 8.14.   Fees.
ARTICLE IX - RECALL; INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
   Section 9.1.   Recall.
   Section 9.2.   Initiative and Referendum.
   Section 9.3.   Petitions.
   Section 9.4.   Council Procedure.
   Section 9.5.   Submission to Electors.
   Section 9.6.   General Provisions.
ARTICLE X - LEGISLATION
   Section 10.1.   Prior Legislation.
   Section 10.2.   Official Actions.
   Section 10.3.   Ordinances.
   Section 10.4.   Ordinance Record.
   Section 10.5.   Zoning Ordinances Public Hearing Notice.
   Section 10.6.   Publication of Notices; Proceedings and Ordinances.
   Section 10.7.   Compilation and Revision.
ARTICLE XI - GENERAL FINANCE; BUDGET PROCEDURE
   Section 11.1.   Fiscal Year.
   Section 11.2.   System of Accounts.
   Section 11.3.   Budget Procedure.
   Section 11.4.   Budget Document.
   Section 11.5.   Budget Hearing.
   Section 11.6.   Adoption of Budget; Tax Limit. (Amended 11-4-2003; 5-8-2007)
   Section 11.7.   Transfer of Appropriations.
   Section 11.8.   Budget Control.
   Section 11.9.   Depository.
   Section 11.10.   Independent Audit.
ARTICLE XII - GENERAL FINANCE; GENERAL TAXATION
   Section 12.1.   Subjects of Taxation.
   Section 12.2.   Taxation Procedure.
   Section 12.3.   Preparation of the Assessment Roll.
   Section 12.4.   Meeting of the Board of Review.
   Section 12.5.   Meeting; Notice of Meeting.
   Section 12.6.   Endorsement of Assessment Roll.
   Section 12.7.   Certify Tax Levy to Assessor.
   Section 12.8.   City Treasurer to Collect.
   Section 12.9.   Taxes; When Due.
   Section 12.10.   Return to County Treasurer.
   Section 12.11.   State, County, School, and Library Taxes.
ARTICLE XIII - GENERAL FINANCE; BORROWING POWER
   Section 13.1.   General Borrowing.
   Section 13.2.   Special Assessment Bonds.
   Section 13.3.   Mortgage Bonds.
   Section 13.4.   Other Bonds.
   Section 13.5.   Preparation and Record.
ARTICLE XIV - SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS
   Section 14.1.   Council Resolution.
   Section 14.2.   Special Assessment Roll.
   Section 14.3.   Review.
   Section 14.4.   Notice.
   Section 14.5.   Objections to Improvement.
   Section 14.6.   Additional Assessment; Refunds.
   Section 14.7.   Liens and Collection.
   Section 14.8.   Procedure.
ARTICLE XV - UTILITIES
   Section 15.1.   General Powers Respecting Utilities.
   Section 15.2.   Appropriation of Private Property.
   Section 15.3.   Control of Utilities.
   Section 15.4.   Improvements.
   Section 15.5.   Rates.
   Section 15.6.   Utility Charges; Collections.
   Section 15.7.   Accounts.
   Section 15.8.   Disposal of Plants.
ARTICLE XVI - FRANCHISES; CONTRACTS; PERMITS
   Section 16.1.   General.
   Section 16.2.   Public Utility Franchises.
   Section 16.3.   Right of Regulation.
   Section 16.4.   Regulation of Rates.
   Section 16.5.   Purchases; Condemnation.
   Section 16.6.   Revocable Permits.
   Section 16.7.   Use of Streets by Utilities.
   Section 16.8.   Contracts for City Improvements.
ARTICLE XVII - STREETS AND ALLEYS; WATERS AND WATERCOURSES
   Section 17.1.   Streets.
   Section 17.2.   Water and Watercourses.
ARTICLE XVIII - PARKS; PUBLIC PLACES; CEMETERIES
   Section 18.1.   General.
   Section 18.2.   Land Use Restrictions.
   Section 18.3.   Land Trusts.
   Section 18.4.   Platting of Cemeteries.
   Section 18.5.   Regulatory Powers.
ARTICLE XIX - MISCELLANEOUS
   Section 19.1.   Plats.
   Section 19.2.   Public Records.
   Section 19.3.   Surety Bonds.
   Section 19.4.   Purchases.
ARTICLE XX - ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMISSION
   Section 20.1.   Ordinance Review Commission.
ARTICLE XXI - TRANSITION SCHEDULE
   Section 21.1.   Purpose and Status of Schedule Article.
   Section 21.2.   Carry over of Officers and First Election.
   Section 21.3.   Form of Ballot.
   Section 21.4.   Election of Charter.
   Section 21.5.   Effective Date of Charter.