CHARTER
OF THE CITY OF
LOUISVILLE, OHIO
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Louisville Charter was approved by the voters at a special election October 4, 1960.  Dates appearing in parentheses following section headings indicate those sections were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.
      PREAMBLE
      ARTICLE I      INCORPORATION, FORM OF  GOVERNMENT AND POWERS
         Sec.  1      Incorporation.
         Sec.  2      Form of Government.
         Sec.  3      Powers of the City.
      ARTICLE II      THE COUNCIL
         Sec.  1.   Number, Selection and Term.  (5-8-84; 11-3-20)
         Sec.  2.   Qualifications.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  3      Salary.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  4      Presiding Officer, Mayor-Council Member. (11-2-99; 11-3-20)
         Sec.  5      Powers.  (11-4-80; 11-3-20)
         Sec.  6      Appointment of City Manager.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  7      Removal of the City Manager.  (11-2-99; 11-3-20)
         Sec.  8      Council Not to Interfere with Appointments or Removals.  (11-2-99)
         Sec.  9      Vacancies in Council.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  10   Creation of New Departments or Offices and Change of Duties.
         Sec.  11   City Clerk.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  12   Organizational Meeting; Meetings of Council (5-4-93; 11-3-20)
         Sec.  13   Council to be Judge of Qualifications of its Members.
         Sec.  14   Rules of Procedure, Journal and Expulsion of Members.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  15   Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions. (11-3-20)
         Sec.  16   Procedure for Passage of Ordinances and First Reading.  (11-2-65; 11-3-20)
         Sec.  17   Second Reading and Public Hearing.  (5-4-93; 11-3-20)
         Sec.  18   Further Consideration and Final Passage.  (5-4-93; 11-3-20)
         Sec.  19   Publication of Ordinances after Final Passage and Permissive Referendum.     (11-4-80)
         Sec.  20   Exception as to Newspaper Publication of Code Ordinances.
         Sec.  21   Emergency Ordinances.  (11-3-20)
      ARTICLE III      THE CITY MANAGER
         Sec.  1      The City Manager and Qualifications.  (11-2-99)
         Sec.  2      Powers and Duties.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  3      Assistant City Manager; Absence of City Manager.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  4      Administrative Departments.
         Sec.  5      Directors of Departments.
         Sec.  6      Departmental Divisions.
         Sec.  7      Salary.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  8      Reimbursement or Advance for Expenses.
      ARTICLE IV      BUDGET
         Sec.  1      Fiscal Year.
         Sec.  2      Preparation and Submission of Budget.
         Sec.  3      Budget Message and Current Operations.
         Sec.  4      Budget Message and Capital Improvements.
         Sec.  5      Capital Program.
         Sec.  6      Supporting Schedules.
      ARTICLE V      DEPARTMENT OF LAW
         Sec.  1      Director of Law and Appointment.
         Sec.  2      Qualifications.
         Sec.  3      Powers and Duties.  (11-3-20)
      ARTICLE VI      DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
         Sec.  1      Director of Finance and Appointment.
         Sec.  2      Surety Bond.
         Sec.  3      Powers and Duties.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  4      Work Programs and Allotments.
         Sec.  5      Allotments Constitute Basis of Expenditures and are Subject to Revision.
         Sec.  6      Transfers of Appropriations.
      ARTICLE VII   DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL
         Sec.  1      Merit Basis of Appointment.
         Sec.  2      Unclassified and Classified Service.  (11-2-99)
         Sec.  3      Civil Service Commission.  (11-4-80)
         Sec.  4      Control of Civil Service Commission.  (11-2-99)
         Sec.  5      Age Requirement for Police Officers and Fire Fighters.  (5-8-84; 11-3-20)
      ARTICLE VIII   PLANNING, ZONING AND HOUSING
         Sec.  1      Planning Commission and Organization.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  2      Term of Office and Vacancies.
         Sec.  3      Powers and Duties.
      ARTICLE IX      NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
         Sec.  1      Municipal Elections.
         Sec.  2      Regulation of Elections.
         Sec.  3      Nominations.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  4      Ballots.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  5      Election.
      ARTICLE X      GENERAL PROVISIONS
         Sec.  1      Initiative and Referendum.
         Sec.  2      Removal of Elective Officers.
         Sec.  3      Removal of Officers and Employees.
         Sec.  4      Right of City Manager and Other Officers in Council.
         Sec.  5      Investigation by Council.
         Sec.  6      Public Records.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  7      Interest in Contracts.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  8      Official Bonds.
         Sec.  9      Oath of Office.
         Sec.  10   Effect of this Charter on Existing Law.
         Sec.  11   Short Title.
         Sec.  12   Separability Clause.
         Sec.  13   Gender.  (11-2-99)
         Sec.  14   Amendments to the Charter.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  15.   Charter Review.  (11-3-20)
      ARTICLE XI      SUCCESSION IN GOVERNMENT
         Sec.  1      Assessment and Tax Collection in First Fiscal Year.
         Sec.  2      Rights of Officers and Employees Preserved.
         Sec.  3      Continuance of Present Officers.
         Sec.  4      Status of Officers and Employees Holding Positions When the Charter Takes Effect.
         Sec.  5      Transfer of Records and Property.
         Sec.  6      Continuity of Offices, Departments or Agencies.
         Sec.  7      Continuance of Contracts and Public Improvements.
         Sec.  8      Pending Actions and Proceedings.
         Sec.  9      When Provisions Take Effect.  (11-3-20)
         Sec.  10   General Laws, Ordinances, etc.  Shall Prevail.
         Sec.  11   Administrative Functions Not Assigned.
CHARTER
OF THE
CITY OF LOUISVILLE, OHIO