§ 151.009  WORD USAGE AND CONSTRUCTION OF LANGUAGE.
   (A)   Meanings and intent.  All provisions, terms, phrases, and expressions contained in this chapter shall be construed according to the purpose and intent set out in § 151.005. See also written interpretations, § 151.057.
   (B)   Headings, illustrations, and text.  In case of any difference of meaning or implication between the text of this chapter and any heading, drawing, table, figure, or illustration, the text shall control.
   (C)   Lists and examples.  Unless otherwise specifically indicated, lists of items or examples that use terms such as “including”, “such as”, or similar language are intended to provide examples, not to be exhaustive lists of all possibilities.
   (D)   Computation of time.  The time in which an act is to be done shall be computed by excluding the first day and including the last day. If the last day is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday observed by the county, that day shall be excluded.
   (E)   References to other regulations, publications and documents.  Whenever reference is made to a resolution, ordinance, statute, regulation, or document, that reference shall be construed as referring to the most recent edition of the resolution, ordinance, statute, regulation, or document or to the relevant successor document, unless otherwise expressly stated.
   (F)   Delegation of authority.  Whenever a provision appears requiring the head of a department or another officer or employee of the county to perform an act or duty, that provision shall be construed as authorizing the department head or officer to delegate that responsibility to others over whom they have authority.
   (G)   Technical and non-technical terms.  Words and phrases shall be construed according to the common and approved usage of the language, but technical words and phrases that may have acquired a peculiar and appropriate meaning in law shall be construed and understood according to that meaning. (See also §§ 151.270 and 151.271.)
   (H)   Public officials and agencies.  All public officials, bodies, and agencies to which references are made are those of the county, unless otherwise expressly provided.
   (I)   Mandatory and discretionary terms.  The words “shall”, “will”, and “must” are mandatory. The words “may” and “should” are advisory and discretionary terms.
   (J)   Conjunctions.  Unless the context clearly suggests the contrary, conjunctions shall be interpreted as follows: “and” indicates that all connected items, conditions, provisions, or events apply; and “or” indicates that one or more of the connected items, conditions, provisions, or events may apply.
   (K)   Tenses and plurals.  Words used in one tense (past, present, or future) include all other tenses, unless the context clearly indicates the contrary. The singular includes the plural, and the plural includes the singular.
   (L)   Numerical calculations.  Unless otherwise specifically indicated, for standards involving the use of whole numbers, all calculations shall be rounded to the nearest whole number.
(Ord., § 1.9, passed 10-13-2009; Ord. passed - -)