CHARTER
CHARTER OF THE CITY OF GARDEN CITY, MICHIGAN ADOPTED 1975
Section
Article I: Incorporation, Boundaries, and Powers
   1.01   Incorporation
   1.02   Boundaries
   1.03   Powers of the city
   1.04   Intergovernmental relations
Article II:  City Council
   2.01   General powers and duties
   2.02   The Council
   2.03   The Mayor
   2.04   Qualifications
   2.05   Term of office
   2.06   Compensation and expenses
   2.07   Procedure
   2.08   Prohibitions
   2.09   Vacancies, removal from office, and filling of vacancies
   2.10   Judge of qualifications
   2.11   Audits
Article III:  City Manager
   3.01   Appointment, qualifications, compensation
   3.02   Acting City Manager
   3.03   Powers and duties of the City Manager
   3.04   Removal from office
Article IV:  Administrative Departments and Appointments
   4.01   Administrative departments
   4.02   Department directors; appointment, removal, powers, and duties
   4.03   Department of Police
   4.04   Department of Fire
   4.051   Department of the City Clerk
   4.052   Department of the City Treasurer
   4.06   Department of Public Services
   4.07   Department of Parks and Recreation
   4.08   Department of the Library
   4.09   City Attorney
   4.10   Boards, commissions, and advisory committees
   4.11   Personnel rules and regulations
Article V:  Legislation
   5.01   Legislative power
   5.02   Action requiring an ordinance
   5.03   Ordinance enactment
   5.04   Ordinance record
   5.05   Compilation or codification
   5.06   Penalties
   5.07   Time limit for prosecution
Article VI:  General Finance
   6.01   Fiscal year
   6.02   Submission of budget
   6.03   Budget message
   6.04   Budget
   6.05   Capital program
   6.06   Council action on budget
   6.07   Council action on capital program
   6.08   Public records
   6.09   Amendments after adoption
   6.10   Lapse of appropriations
   6.11   Administration of budget
Article VII:  Taxation
   7.01   Power to tax and secure revenue
   7.02   Subjects of taxation
   7.03   Tax rate limit
   7.04   Tax day
   7.05   Preparation of assessment roll
   7.06   Board of Review
   7.07   Endorsement of roll; validity
   7.08   Certification of tax levy
   7.09   City tax roll
   7.10   Certification for collection
   7.11   Tax liens
   7.12   Notification of taxes due
   7.13   Collection of city taxes
   7.14   Collection of delinquent taxes
   7.15   Protection of city lien
Article VIII:  Special Assessments
   8.01   General power
   8.02   Procedure
   8.03   Objection to improvement
   8.04   Installment payments
   8.05   Modification of assessment
   8.06   Special assessment accounts
   8.07   Limitation on suits and actions
   8.08   All real property liable for special assessments
   8.09   Collection of special assessments
   8.10   Postponement of payments
   8.11   Lien not destroyed by judgment
Article IX:  Municipal Borrowing Power
   9.01   General power
   9.02   Borrowing limit
   9.03   Special assessment bonds
   9.04   Bond issuance and records
Article X: Public Improvements, Contracts, and Franchises
   10.01   Public utility franchises
   10.02   Utility charges, collections, and liens
   10.03   Public works
   10.04   Purchasing and contracts
Article XI:  Nominations and Elections
   11.01   Qualified voters
   11.02   Election procedure
   11.03   Primary elections
   11.04   Regular elections
   11.05   Special elections
   11.06   Election code
   11.07   Election Commission
   11.08   Late candidate withdrawals
   11.09   Nominating petitions
   11.10   Eligibility
   11.11   Procedure after filing
   11.12   Board of Canvassers
   11.13   Voting hours
   11.14   Challengers
   11.15   Ballots for ordinances
   11.16   Recall
Article XII: Ordinance Initiative and Referendum
   12.01   Initiative
   12.02   Referendum
   12.03   Commencement of proceedings; petitioners' committee; affidavit
   12.04   Suspension of an enacted ordinance
   12.05   Petitions
   12.06   Procedure after filing
   12.07   Referendum petitions; suspension of effect of ordinance
   12.08   Action on petitions
   12.09   Results of election
   12.10   Limitations on amendment or repeal of initiatory or referendum ordinances
Article XIII: General Provisions
   13.01   Governmental ethics
   13.02   Prohibitions
   13.03   Amendment of Charter
   13.04   Separability
   13.05   Surety bonds
   13.06   City records
   13.07   Tense and headings
   13.08   Penalties
   13.09   Definitions and interpretations
Article XIV:  Retirement System
   14.01   Establishment
   14.02   Board of Trustees
   14.03   Duties of Board
   14.04   Officers of retirement system
   14.05   Membership of retirement system
   14.06   Credited service
   14.07   Age and service retirement
   14.08   Service pension
   14.09   Average final compensation defined
   14.10   Deferred retirement pension
   14.11   Pension options
   14.12   Total and permanent disability
   14.13   Funds of retirement system
   14.14   Management of funds
   14.15   Benefits unassignable
   14.16   Repeal provision
Article XV:  Transitional Provisions
   15.01   Purpose of transition article
   15.02   Submission to electors
   15.03   Form of ballot
   15.04   Canvass and adoption
   15.05   Effective date
   15.06   Election of Council
   15.07   City Manager
   15.08   Existing legislation and obligations
   15.09   Constable
   15.10   Boards and commissions
   15.11   Retirement system
   15.12   Supplemental transition legislation