CHARTER OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND
(Adopted by the voters of Frederick County, Maryland, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.)
PREAMBLE
ARTICLE 1.
General Provisions
   101.   Body Corporate and Politic
   102.   Exercise of Powers
   103.   Name and Boundaries
   104.   Definitions
ARTICLE 2.
County Council
   201.   Composition
   202.   Powers
   203.   Council to Act as a Body
   204.   Election
   205.   Qualifications
   206.   Term of Office
   207.   Salary
   208.   Forfeiture of Office
   209.   Vacancies
   210.   Officers
   211.   Investigations by the Council
   212.   Non-interference
   213.   Council Assistance
   214.   Redistricting
ARTICLE 3.
Legislative Process
   301.   Legislative Powers
   302.   Legislative Sessions
   303.   Non-legislative Sessions
   304.   Legislative Procedure
   305.   Enactment of Legislation
   306.   Executive Veto
   307.   Effective Date of Laws
   308.   Referendum
   309.   Publication of Laws
   310.   Compilation of Laws
ARTICLE 4
Executive
   401.   Composition
   402.   County Executive Powers and Duties
   403.   Election of the County Executive
   404.   Term of the County Executive
   405.   Qualifications of the County Executive
   406.   Compensation of the County Executive
   407.   Forfeiture of Office by the Executive
   408.   Vacancy in the Office of County Executive
   409.   Temporary Absence
   410.   Chief Administrative Officer
   411.   County Attorney
   412.   Appointment and Removal of Department Heads and Others
   413.   Temporary Administrative Appointments
   414.   Plan of Organization
ARTICLE 5.
Budget and Finance
   501.   Establishment of Position of Director of Finance
   502.   Fiscal Year and Tax Year
   503.   Preparation of the County Budget
   504.   Budget Message
   505.   Public Budget Hearing
   506.   Action on the Budget by the Council
   507.   Tax Levy and Balanced Budget
   508.   Borrowing Limitations
   509.   Transfer of Appropriations
   510.   Supplemental Appropriations
   511.   Emergency Appropriations
   512.   Lapsed Appropriations
   513.   Amendment to Capital Budget after Adoption of the Budget
   514.   Composition and Limitation upon County Funds
ARTICLE 6.
Land Use
   601.   Adoption of Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland
ARTICLE 7.
Miscellaneous
   701.   Charter Amendments
   702.   Termination of Charter
   703.   Charter Review Commission
   704.   Independent Auditor
   705.   Right to Organize, Collectively Bargain, and Binding Arbitration for Career Fire Fighters
ARTICLE 8
Transitional Provisions
   801.   Nature of This Article
   802.   Time Certain Articles Become Effective
   803.   First Election
   804.   Existing Laws
   805.   Reference in State Constitution and Laws to County Commissioners
   806.   Existing Officers and Employees
   807.   Existing Members of Boards and Commissions
   808.   Office of the County Commissioner Abolished