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Each ordinance providing for (a) the appropriation of money, (b) an annual tax levy, and (c) improvements petitioned for by the owners of a majority of the foot frontage of the property benefited and to be specially assessed therefor, and (d) any emergency ordinance or resolution necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, shall take effect, unless a later time be specified therein, upon its signature by the Mayor, or upon the expiration of the time within which it may be disapproved by the Mayor, or upon its passage after disapproval by the Mayor, as the case may be. No ordinance, resolution or initiative petition that must be approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon, in accordance with the provisions of Article XIV of this Charter, regarding any addition or deletion of uses in a zoning district, or changes the zoning map of any property in the City shall go into effect until approved by a majority of electors voting thereon, and at that same election by a majority of the electors voting thereon in each ward where (i) property is located on which a zoning map change would occur, or (ii) there is a change in the uses in a zoning district located in any ward in the City, and the results of the election at which said vote is had are officially certified by the appropriate election authorities. Any ordinance adopted by the Council certifying an initiative to the Board of Elections for placement on the ballot shall take immediate effect upon adoption by a majority of Council, shall not be required to be signed by the Mayor, and shall not be subject to referendum, in order to carry out the Ohio constitutional right of initiative provided to the electors of the City. No other ordinance or resolution shall go into effect until 40 days after its final passage by the Council. Each emergency measure shall contain a statement of the necessity for such emergency action and shall require the affirmative votes of at least five members of the Council for its enactment. No action of the Council (a) providing for the surrender or joint exercise of any of its powers, (b) granting any franchise, or (c) contracting for the supply to the City or its inhabitants of the product or service of any utility, whether municipally owned or not, shall be taken as an emergency measure.
(Approved by voters 11-8-1977; 11-6-2012; 11-5-2019)