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 city ordinance on a matter submitted for that purpose. ADVISORY OPINIONS may be requested only by city council members seeking advice about his or her current conduct or an anticipated future behavior or activity(ies).
   BENEFIT.  Anything reasonably regarded as economic gain or economic advance, including BENEFIT to any other person in whose welfare the beneficiary is interested, but does not include a contribution or expenditure made and reported in accordance with law.
   BUSINESS ENTITY.  A sole proprietorship, partnership, firm, corporation, holding company, joint stock company, receivership, trust or any other entity recognized by law through which business is conducted.
   CITY COUNCIL MEMBER.  For the purposes of this subchapter, means all members of the city council, including the mayor.
   COMPLAINT.  A formal accusation against a city council member alleging unethical or improper actions, behavior or conduct as defined by city charter or city and state law.
   CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. Privileged statements or communications, whether expressed or implied, oral or written, between the city council member, city employees and their attorneys; work product of the city attorney, or other attorneys representing the city, its council member, officers and employees; and city records, documents and other information not subject to public disclosure or dissemination by law.
   FINANCIAL INTEREST. An expectation of receiving a pecuniary benefit. A FINANCIAL INTEREST of an official 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. An official 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 belongs; and
      (3)   An action or influence which would have an insignificant or conjectural effect on the matter in question.
   HOLDING OTHER OFFICE.  Holding another elected public office during the term for which the member was elected to the city council, or holding a full-time position with the city as an employee of the mayor and his or her administration.
   IMMEDIATE FAMILY.  Any person related to a city council member within the first degree of consanguinity and includes a spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or an individual claimed by that individual or their spouse as a dependent for federal income tax purposes.
   OFFICIAL(S).  When referenced in this subchapter, means the mayor or any other member of the city council.
(1992 Code, § 12.5-29)  (Ord. 24-09, passed 3-16-2009; Ord. 03-11, passed 1-18-2011; Ord. 57-12, passed 8-7-2012)