CHARTER
OF THE
CITY OF FAIRBORN, OHIO
EDITOR’S NOTE:  A Charter was first adopted by the electors of the Village of Osborn at the general election held in November, 1946, effective January 1, 1948.  In the November, 1948, election, the Village of Osborn voted to annex the Village of Fairfield and to change the name of the Village to Fairborn, effective January 1, 1950.  The Village of Fairborn became a City on August 20, 1951.  The Charter set forth below was adopted by the electorate on November 2, 1971.  Dates appearing in parentheses following a section heading indicate that the section was amended or adopted on the date given.  On May 3, 2011, the electorate voted to amend the Charter by making it gender neutral.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
   PREAMBLE
   ARTICLE I      POWERS OF THE CITY
      1.01      Incorporation.
      1.02      Form of Government.
      1.03      Construction.
      1.04      Intergovernmental Relations.
   ARTICLE II      CITY COUNCIL
      2.01      Composition, Eligibility, Election and Terms.
      2.02      Mayor.  (5-7-19)
      2.03      Consecutive Terms.  (5-7-19)
      2.04      Compensation and Expenses.
      2.05      General Powers and Duties.
      2.06      Prohibitions.
      2.07      Vacancies:  Forfeiture of Office:  Filling of Vacancies:  Recall.  (11-8-88; 5-3-11)
      2.08      Judge of Qualifications.
      2.09      City Clerk.
      2.10      Investigations.
      2.11      Independent Audit.
      2.12      Procedure.
      2.13      Action Requiring an Ordinance.
      2.14      Ordinances in General.  (11-8-88)
      2.15      Emergency Ordinances.
      2.16      Codes of Technical Regulations.
      2.17      Ordinances and Resolutions:  Authentication, Recording, Codification, and Availability.
   
   ARTICLE III      CITY MANAGER
      3.01      Appointment; Qualifications; Compensation.
      3.02      Removal.  (5-3-11)
      3.03      Acting City Manager.
      3.04      Powers and Duties of the City Manager.
   ARTICLE IV      ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
      4.01      General Provisions.
      4.02      Personnel System.  (11-7-95)
      4.03      City Solicitor.
      4.04      Oath of Office.
   ARTICLE V      FINANCIAL PROCEDURES
      5.01      Budget Procedure.
      5.02      Submission of Budget and Budget Message.
      5.03      Budget Message.
      5.04      Budget Format.
      5.05      Capital Program.
      5.06      Council Action on Budget.  (11-8-88)
      5.07      Amendments After Adoption.
      5.08      Lapse of Appropriations.
      5.09      Administration of Budget.
      5.10      Purchases and Contracts.
      5.11      Public Records.
   ARTICLE VI      PLANNING
      6.01      City Planning Board.
      6.02      Comprehensive Plan.
      6.03      Implementation of the Comprehensive Plan.
      6.04      Board of Appeals.
   ARTICLE VII   -   NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
      7.01      City Elections.  (11-6-79)
      7.02      Nominations.  (11-6-79; 5-7-19)
      7.03      Council Ballots.  (11-6-79)
      7.04      Witnesses and Challengers.  (11-6-79)
      7.05      Determination of Election Results.  (11-6-79)
      7.06      Ballots for Ordinances and Charter Amendments.  (11-6-79)
      7.07      Voting Machines.  (11-6-79)
   ARTICLE VIII   INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
      8.01      State Laws to Apply.  (11-8-88)
   ARTICLE IX      GENERAL PROVISIONS
      9.01      Personal Financial Interest.
      9.02      Prohibitions.
      9.03      Charter Amendment.
      9.04      Separability.
   
   ARTICLE X      TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
      10.01      Officers and Employees.
      10.02      Departments, Divisions and Agencies.
      10.03      Pending Matters.
      10.04      State and Municipal Laws.
      10.05      Effective Date.
THE CHARTER
OF THE
CITY OF FAIRBORN, OHIO
   We, the people of the City of Fairborn, Ohio, in order to obtain the benefits of local self-government, and otherwise to promote our common welfare, do adopt the following as the Charter of our City.