CHARTER
OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
SEBRING, OHIO
TABLE OF CONTENTS
   EDITOR’S NOTE:  The Sebring Charter was approved by the voters on November 6, 1979.  Dates appearing in parentheses following a section heading indicate those provisions were subsequently adopted or amended on the date given.
   PREAMBLE
ARTICLE I      GENERAL ORGANIZATION
Sec. 1.01   Name and Boundaries.
Sec. 1.02   Form of Government.
ARTICLE II      GOVERNMENTAL POWERS GRANTED
Sec. 2.01   Powers of Municipal Government.
Sec. 2.02   Manner of Exercise of Municipal Powers.
Sec. 2.03   Construction of the Charter.
ARTICLE III      COUNCIL AND MAYOR-PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL
Sec. 3.01   Number and Term.
Sec. 3.02   Qualifications.  (11-2-99)
Sec. 3.03   Removal. (11-5-85)
Sec. 3.04   Mayor-President of Council. (11-7-89)
Sec. 3.05   Clerk of Council. (11-8-94)
Sec. 3.06   Authority to Hire Consultants.
Sec. 3.07   Organization of Council.
Sec. 3.08   Powers of Council.
Sec. 3.09   Regular Council Meetings.
Sec. 3.10   Special Council Meetings.
Sec. 3.11   Meetings to be Open to the Public. (11-8-94)
Sec. 3.12   Quorum.
Sec. 3.13   Rules of Council.
Sec. 3.14   Vacancies in Office of Council or Mayor-President of Council. (11-8-94)
ARTICLE IV      LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE, ORDINANCES, AND RESOLUTIONS
Sec. 4.01   Action to be Taken by Ordinance or Resolution.
Sec. 4.02   Introduction of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 4.03   Style of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 4.04   Subject of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 4.05   Reading of Non-Emergency Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-8-94)
Sec. 4.06   Vote Required for Passage of Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions.
Sec. 4.07   Emergency Ordinances or Resolutions; Procedure. (11-8-94)
Sec. 4.08   Effective Date of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 4.09   Authentication of Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-2-99)
Sec. 4.10   Recording of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 4.11   Amendment of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 4.12   Referral of Zoning Ordinances to Planning Commission.
Sec. 4.13   Public Hearing on Zoning Ordinances or Resolutions.
Sec. 4.14   Adoption of Technical Codes by Reference.
Sec. 4.15   Codification of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 4.16   Publication of Ordinances and Resolutions.
ARTICLE V      MANAGER
Sec. 5.01   Appointment and Removal of Manager.  (11-4-14)
Sec. 5.02   Qualifications.  (11-4-14)
Sec. 5.03   Acting Manager.
Sec. 5.04   Powers and Duties of the Manager.
Sec. 5.05   Council-Manager Relations.
Sec. 5.06   Manager May Act as Department Head.
ARTICLE VI      ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
Sec. 6.01   Creation of Departments.
Sec. 6.02   Department of Law; Solicitor. (11-2-99)
Sec. 6.03   Powers and Duties of the Solicitor.
Sec. 6.04   Department of Finance; Director of Finance. (11-5-85)
Sec. 6.05   Powers and Duties of the Director of Finance.
Sec. 6.06   Department of Public Service.  (11-2-04)
Sec. 6.07   Department of Public Safety.
Sec. 6.08   Organization of Departments and Divisions.
ARTICLE VII   BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Sec. 7.01   Planning Commission; Membership.
Sec. 7.02   Planning Commission; Powers and Duties.
Sec. 7.03   Civil Service Commission; Membership.
Sec. 7.04   Civil Service; Classified and Unclassified Service.
Sec. 7.05   Civil Service Commission; Powers and Duties.
Sec. 7.06   Park and Recreation Board; Membership.  (11-5-19)
Sec. 7.07   Park and Recreation Board; Powers and Duties. (11-2-04)
Sec. 7.08   Charter Review Commission.
Sec. 7.09   General Provisions.  (11-4-14)
Sec. 7.10   Vacancy on Boards or Commissions.
Sec. 7.11   Removal of Members of Boards and Commissions.  (11-5-19)
ARTICLE VIII   NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS AND RECALL
Sec. 8.01   General Elections.
Sec. 8.02   Primary Elections.
Sec. 8.03   Petitions for Candidacy.
Sec. 8.04   Nominations.
Sec. 8.05   Ballots.
Sec. 8.06   General Provisions.
Sec. 8.07   Recall.
ARTICLE IX      INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
Sec. 9.01   Initiative.
Sec. 9.02   Referendum. (11-2-99)
ARTICLE X      FINANCES, TAXATION, AND DEBT
Sec. 10.01   General Provisions.
Sec. 10.02   Limitation on Tax Rate.
Sec. 10.03   Limitation of Debt.
Sec. 10.04   Salaries and Bonds.
Sec. 10.05   Contracts and Purchasing.
ARTICLE XI      GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 11.01   Succession.
Sec. 11.02   Effect of Charter on Existing Laws and Rights.
Sec. 11.03   Amendments to Charter.
Sec. 11.04   Conflict of Interest.
Sec. 11.05   Separability of Sections.
Sec. 11.06   Interpretation of Charter.
Sec. 11.07   Fiscal Year.  (11-5-85)
Sec. 11.08   Public Health.
Sec. 11.09   Oath of Office.
Sec. 11.10   Political Activity.
ARTICLE XII   TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 12.01   Effective Date of Charter.
Sec. 12.02   Continuance of Present Officials; Abolishment of Offices.
Sec. 12.03   Continuance of Employees.
CHARTER
OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
SEBRING, OHIO