CHARTER
   Section
   1.   Abolishment of present municipality
ARTICLE I:  INCORPORATION: FORM OF GOVERNMENT: POWERS
   2.   Incorporation
   3.   Voting districts
   4.   Form of government
   5.   General powers
ARTICLE II:  THE COMMISSION
   6.   Office of Commissioner and Mayor-at-large
   7.   Qualifications and disqualifications
   8.   Salary
   9.   Mayor as Presiding Officer; selection of Vice-Mayor by City Commission; vacancies
   10.   Powers
   11.   Appointment of City Manager
   12.   Removal of City Manager
   13.   Commission not to interfere in appointments or removals
   14.   Vacancies in the City Commission
   15.   Employment
   16.   Induction of Commission into office; meeting of Commission
   17.   Special meetings; how called
   18.   (Reserved)
   19.   Legislative procedure
   20.   Commission to be judge of qualifications of its members
   21.   Rules of procedure; journal
   22.   Ordinances and resolutions
   23.   Effective date of ordinances and resolutions
   24.   Authentication; publication
   25.   Independent annual audit
   26.   Contracts, materials and supplies with city
ARTICLE III:  ADMINISTRATION - CITY MANAGER
   27.   Qualifications
   28.   Powers and duties
   29.   Absence of the City Manager
   30.   Internal Auditor
   31.   Directors of departments
   32.   Active participation in political campaign
   33.   Employees prohibited from holding elected public office; employees seeking public office required to take leave of absence
ARTICLE IV:  DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
   34. - 42.   (Reserved)
ARTICLE V:  CITY CLERK
   43.   City Clerk
ARTICLE VI:  POLICE DEPARTMENT
   44.   Police Department
ARTICLE VII:  FIRE DEPARTMENT
   45.   Fire Department
ARTICLE VIII:  DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
   46. - 51.   (Reserved)
ARTICLE VIII A:  DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING
   51.1   Department of Engineering
ARTICLE IX:  BUILDING DEPARTMENT
   52.   Building Department
ARTICLE X:  DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL
   53.   Civil service merit system
   54.   Pension and retirement plans
ARTICLE XI:  MUNICIPAL COURT AND CITY ATTORNEY
   55. - 61.  (Reserved)
   62.   City Attorney; appointment and qualifications
   63.   Salary of City Attorney
   64. - 64.1 (Reserved)
ARTICLE XII:  ELECTIONS
   65.   Elections
   66.   Electors
   67.   (Reserved)
   68.   Nominations
   69.   (Reserved)
   70.   Elections; general
   70.1   Political affiliation and advertisement
   71.   (Reserved)
   72.   Elections; governed by the state law or ordinance
   73.   Absentee voting
   74.   Elections; canvass of returns
   75.   Elections; special
   76.   Elections; advertising
   76.1.   Early voting
ARTICLE XIII:  RECALL
   77.   Recall petition
   78.   Notice
   79.   Recall election
   80.   Ballots
   81.   Filling of vacancies
   82.   Counting the vote
   83.   Effect of resignation
   84.   Miscellaneous provisions
   85.   Offenses relating to petitions
   85.05   Initiative petition of proposed ordinances; required signatures, etc.
ARTICLE XIV:  BUDGET
   86.   Fiscal year
   87.   Preparation and submission of budget
   88.   Budget meetings; publication of notice of public hearing
   89.   Public hearing on budget
   90.   Further consideration of budget
   91.   Adoption of the budget
   92.   Date of final adoption; want or invalidity of budget
   93.   Effective date of budget; certification; copies made available
   94.   Budget; establishes appropriations; amendments as to surpluses authorized at certain times
   95.   Budget establishes amount to be raised by property tax; certification to taxing authority
   96.   Budget Message
   97.   Budget
   98.   Anticipated revenues
   99.   Anticipated revenues compared with other years
   100.   Surplus
   101.   Proposed expenditures
   102.   (Reserved)
   103.   Budget summary
   104.   Carry-over of unencumbered appropriations
ARTICLE XV:  TAX ADMINISTRATION
   105. - 124. (Reserved)
ARTICLE XVI:  PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING TAX DEEDS
   125. - 148. (Reserved)
ARTICLE XVII:  FORECLOSURE OF TAX SALE CERTIFICATES
   149. - 157. (Reserved)
ARTICLE XVIII:  BONDS
   158.   Authorized to issue
   159.   Vote for bonds
   160.   (Reserved)
   161.   State law
   162.   Form of bonds
   163.   Registered or coupon bonds
   164.   Recital of compliance
   165.   More than one improvement may be included
   166.   Advertising for bids
   167.   Other requirements
   167.1.   Fiscal agent
   168.   Refunding bonds
   169.   Terms of refunding bonds
   170.   Validity of refunding bonds
   171.   Sale or exchange of refunding bonds
ARTICLE XIX:  REVENUE BONDS OR CERTIFICATES AND EXCISE TAX BONDS OR CERTIFICATES
   172.   Revenue bonds or certificates; how issued
   172.1.   Excise tax bonds or certificates; how issued
   173.   Sale of revenue bonds or certificates
   174.   Security of revenue bonds or certificates
   175.   Not general obligations
   176.   Fiscal agent
   177.   Duties of the municipality and officers
   178.   Additional powers and duties
   179.   Right to receivership upon default
   180.   Construction of article
   181.   Debt limit
   182.   Anticipation time warrants
ARTICLE XX:  SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS
   183.   Improvements authorized
   183.1.   Areas outside municipal limits
   184.   Certificates of indebtedness or revenue certificates
   185.   Resolution of necessity
   186.   Objections to improvements
   187.   Claims arising out of improvements
   188.   Resolution determining to proceed
   189.   Bids on public improvements
   190.   Cost of the improvement
   191.   Method of making special assessments
   192.   Assessment roll and notice
   193.   Assessments against United States or political subdivisions
   194.   Hearing; confirmation of assessment list
   195.   Setting aside special assessments
   196.   Suits, actions, writs, or special proceedings
   197.   Method of collection
   198.   Lien docket
   199.   Special assessment revolving fund
   200.   Assignment of assessment liens
   201.   Foreclosure by city
   202.   Foreclosure when liens assigned
ARTICLE XXI:  (RESERVED)
ARTICLE XXII:  (RESERVED)
ARTICLE XXIII:  (RESERVED)
ARTICLE XXIV:  FRANCHISE AND PUBLIC UTILITIES
   228.   Granting of franchises
   229.   Franchise notice and public hearing
   230.   Franchise, general provisions
   231.   Purchasing of public utilities
   232.   Financial provisions
   233.   Establishment of municipally owned and operated utilities
   233.01   Transfer of funds from the water fund or sewer fund prohibited
ARTICLE XXIV A:  ANNEXATION
   233.1-233.5  (Reserved)
ARTICLE XXIV B:  CONTRACTION OF TERRITORIAL LIMITS
   233.6   Procedure
ARTICLE XXIV C:  EXTENSION OF CORPORATE LIMITS
   233.7-233.13  (Reserved)
ARTICLE XXV:  GENERAL PROVISIONS
   234.   (Reserved)
   235.   Compensation of officers and employees
   235(a).   Travel expenses
   236.   Oath of office
   237.   Official bonds
   238.   Checks and warrants
   239.   Contracts
   240.   Fees and monies collected
   240.1   Records retention and destruction
   241.   Independent annual audit
   242.   Trustees of sinking fund
   243.   City depositories
   244.   Insurance reserve fund
   244.1   Disaster reserve fund
   245.   (Reserved)
   246.   Continuity of offices, boards, commission or agencies
   247.   Continuance of contracts and public improvements
   248.   Pending actions and proceedings
   249.   Continuity of ordinances
   250.   Leases
   251.   Contracts
   252.   Investigations
   253.   Sale of public property
   254.   Suits for damages
   255.   Effect of this charter on existing laws
   256.   Rights of officers and employees preserved
   257.   Continuance of present officers
   258.   Transfer of records and property
   259.   Title to property reserved to new municipality
   260.   Separability clause
   261.   Procedure for charter changes
   262.   This act to take effect upon its passage and approval by the governor or by its becoming a law without such approval
   263.   Rule of construction; gender
   264.-267. (Reserved)
Editor's note:
   This Charter is derived from Chapter 57-1754, Special Acts 1957, as amended.  All amendments are indicated by historical citations enclosed in parentheses following each amended section, and unless so indicated, the Charter remains unchanged from Ch. 57-1754. The official section numbers of the Charter Act have been retained and run from 1 through 262. However, where charter amendments have not maintained the numbering sequence, the editors have assigned point numbers, e.g., section 233.1, 233.2,  and the like.  Section catchlines have been changed or added where necessary. Sections 1-17 of Ch. 59-1763, specifically amended designated sections of the Charter and are set out herein.  Under sections 18 and 20 of the Act, the severability and repealing clauses have been omitted; section 19 providing for amendments to “this Act” reads as follows: “Section 19.  This Act, having been approved by referendum of the electors, may be amended, changed or added to at any time by a resolution passed by an affirmative vote of a majority of the City Commission, and ratified by a majority of the votes cast by the qualified electors of this City at a general or special election held for that purpose, after being advertised for at least thirty (30) days previously thereto.  Said referendum may be held prior to enactment of the amendment by the State Legislature or ratified subsequent to enactment of the amendment by the State Legislature.”