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For the purposes of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ADVISORY OPINION. A written opinion offering the board’s advice to the requestor in conjunction with its interpretation of the city charter and ordinances on a matter submitted for that purpose. ADVISORY OPINIONS may be requested by person(s), subject to §§ 35.025 through 35.036, seeking advice about his or her current conduct or an anticipated future behavior or activity.
BUSINESS. A corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, firm, enterprise, franchise, association, organization, self-employed individual, holding company, joint stock company, receivership, trust, activity or entity.
CITY AGENCY. Any authority, advisory board, body, commission, committee, department, unit, division or office of the city.
COMPLAINT. A formal accusation against a person(s) alleging unethical or improper actions, behavior or conduct as defined by city charter or city and state law.
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. All information, including information described in this chapter whether transmitted verbally or in writing, which is not, at the time, a public record pursuant to law.
FINANCIAL INTEREST. An expectation of receiving a pecuniary benefit. A FINANCIAL INTEREST of a person includes any FINANCIAL INTEREST of a member of that person’s immediate family. A person has a FINANCIAL INTEREST in an organization in which that person has an ownership interest, or is a director, officer or employee. A person has a FINANCIAL INTEREST in a decision if a financial interest of that person will vary with the outcome of the decision. A FINANCIAL INTEREST does not include the following:
(1) A personal or FINANCIAL INTEREST which is not of the magnitude that would exert an influence on an average, reasonable person;
(2) A personal or FINANCIAL INTEREST of a type which is generally possessed by the public or a large class of persons to which that official or employee belongs; or
(3) An action or influence which would have an insignificant or conjectural effect on the matter in question.
IMMEDIATE FAMILY. Any person related to an officer or employee within the first degree of consanguinity and includes a spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or an individual claimed by that individual or the spouse as a dependent for federal income tax purposes.
INCOME. Any money or thing of value received or to be received as a claim on future services, whether in the form of a fee, salary, expense, allowance, forbearance, forgiveness, interest, dividend, royalty, rent, capital gain and shall include all INCOME from whatever source derived.
OFFICER or EMPLOYEE. Any person appointed to, or employed or retained by, any public office or public body of the city, whether paid or unpaid and whether temporary, part-time or full-time.
(1992 Code, § 12.5-15) (Ord. 24-09, passed 3-16-2009; Ord. 03-11, passed 1-18-2011; Ord. 57-12, passed 8-7-2012)