CHARTER OF THE CITY OF TOLEDO, OHIO
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Toledo Charter was approved by the voters on November 3, 1914. Dates appearing in parentheses following section headings indicate that those provisions were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.
PREAMBLE
CHAPTER I
HOW AND WHEN CHARTER TAKES EFFECT - CONSTRUCTION
Sec.  1   When the Charter Shall Take Effect.
Sec.  2   Continuance of Legislation.
Sec.  3   Continuance of Present Officers and Employers.
Sec.  4   Continuance of Existing Contracts.
Sec.  5   Amending Charter. (11-7-00)
Sec.  6   Definitions. (11-6-56)
Sec.  7   Provisions General.
CHAPTER II
POWERS OF THE CITY
Sec.  8   General Power . (11-4-19; 10-6-59; 11-8-60; 9-9-69)
Sec.  8A   Provisions for the Conversion of The University of Toledo to a State University and for the Interim Availability and the Termination of Municipal Tax Support. (5-3-66)
Sec.  9   Appropriation of Property. (11-7-00)
Sec. 10   Enumeration Not Exclusive.
CHAPTER III
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Sec. 11   Election Authorities - City Election Date. (10-8-63)
Sec. 12   Non-Partisan Primary. (10-8-63; 5-3-66)
Sec. 13   Nominating Petitions. (11-7-00)
Sec. 14   Requirements of Petition - How Signed - Filing Date - Notification - Acceptance. (10-8-63)
Sec. 15   Selection of Candidates for Mayor and for Council. (11-3-92)
Sec. 15A   Elections to Fill Vacancies.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 16   No Party Designation on Ballot.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 17   Marking Ballots - Voting for Candidates Not Regularly Nominated. (11-7-00)
Sec. 18   Rotation of Names. (10-8-63)
Sec. 19   Counting of Ballots - Use of Mechanical Devices. (11-7-00)
Sec. 20   Who to be Declared Elected. (11-7-00)
Sec. 21   Recount of Votes. (10-8-63)
Sec. 22   Preservation of Ballots. (10-8-63)
Sec. 23   Deciding a Tie Vote. (11-7-16)
Sec. 24   Witnesses, Challenges and Inspectors. (10-8-63)
Sec. 25   Mode of Nomination and Election for Certain Officers. (10-8-63)
CHAPTER IV
LEGISLATIVE POWERS AND DUTIES.
Sec. 26   The Council. (11-3-92)
Sec. 27   Division of City Into Wards.
Sec. 27A   Apportionment Board (11-3-92)
Sec. 28   General Qualifications for Mayor and Council  (11-3-92)
Sec. 29   Interest of Mayor and Members of Council in City Contracts. (11-7-00)
Sec. 30   Council Member Shall Not Interfere With Administration. (11-3-92)
Sec. 31   Salary and Attendance of Council Members. (11-7-00)
Sec. 32   Meetings of Council. (11-3-92)
Sec. 32A   President of Council.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 33   Officers and Employees.
Sec. 34   Duties of Clerk.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 35   Rules. (11-7-00)
Sec. 36   Qualifications - Quorum.
Sec. 37   Action by Ordinance or Resolution - Yeas and Nays.
Sec. 38   Proposed Measures To Be in Writing or Printed.
Sec. 39   Reading and Passage - Suspension of Requirement.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 40   Votes Necessary to Pass Legislation. (11-3-81)
Sec. 41   When Measures Take Effect (11-3-92)
Sec. 42   Amended Ordinances.
Sec. 43   Emergency Measures - Limitation - Definition. (11-3-81)
Sec. 43A   Mayor's Veto Power.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 43B   Power of Council to Override.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 43C   Mayor's Right in Council.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 44   Expense of Special Elections.
Sec. 45   Mayor's Budget Estimate.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 46   Appropriation Ordinance - Hearings. (11-3-92
Sec. 47   Reversion of Unexpended Balances.
Sec. 48   Appropriations Not To Be Diverted. (11-3-92)
Sec. 49   Use of Current Revenue.
See. 50   Transfer of Funds.
Sec. 51   Public Ways and Places.
Sec. 52   Vacating Streets and Changing Street Names.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 53   Compensation of Officers and Employees - Fees.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 54   Official Bonds.
Sec. 54A   Negotiable Bonds. (11-4-19; 9-13-83)
Sec. 55   Maximum Hours of Work. (11-7-00)
Sec. 56   Presiding Officer to Sign.
Sec. 57   Filing and Publication of Ordinances.
Sec. 58   Investigations by Council. (11-7-00)
Sec. 59   Power to Compel Witnesses to Testify. (11-7-00)
Sec. 60   Audits by Certified Accountants.  (11-7-00)
CHAPTER V
EXECUTIVE POWERS AND DUTIES
Sec. 61   Executive and Administrative Powers.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 61A   Succession to Mayor - Acting Mayor.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 62   Certain Officers to Hold Over.
Sec. 63   Appointments to Vacancies.
See. 64   Oath of Officers and Employees. (11-7-00)
Sec. 65   Interest in Contracts or Supplies. (11-7-00)
Sec. 66   The Mayor. (11-3-92)
Sec. 67   Salary of Mayor and President of Council.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 68   General Powers and Duties of Mayor. (11-6-34)
Sec. 69   Removals by the Mayor.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 70   Seats in Council.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 71   Investigation by the Mayor.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 72   Succession to Mayor. (11-6-34)
Sec. 73   Vice-Mayor - His Duties. (11-3-92)
Sec. 74   Succession to Vice-Mayor. (11-6-34)
CHAPTER VI
INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
Sec. 75   Ordinances May be Initiated.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 76   Duty of Council When Petition Sufficient. (11-7-00)
Sec. 77   Proceedings for Referendum When Council Amends. (11-7-00)
Sec. 78   Ordinance to Repeal May be Initiated.
Sec. 79   Compulsory Referendum of Certain Measures - Franchises. (9-11-01)
Sec. 80   Duty of Clerk to Request Election Thereon.
Sec. 81   Referendum on Petition.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 82   Ballots on Referendum. (11-4-19)
Sec. 83   Elections on Referendum and Initiative Petitions.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 84   Effect of Approving Vote.
Sec. 85   Emergency Measures Subject to Referendum.
Sec. 86   Power of the Council to Amend or Repeal. (11-2-15)
Sec. 87   Recall of Officer by Petition. (11-6-34)
Sec. 87A   Removal of Officer by Recall Petition.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 87B   Ballots.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 87C   Filling of Vacancies Created by Recall.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 87D   Term Limitations.  (11-7-00; 11-7-06)
Sec. 88   Validity of Recall Petitions. (11-6-34)
Sec. 89   Proceeding When Petition Sufficient. (11-6-34)
Sec. 90   Conduct of Election - Candidates - Ballots. (11-6-34)
Sec. 91   Limitations on Recall Elections. (11-6-34)
Sec. 92   Requirements of Petition. (11-7-00)
Sec. 93   Uniformity of Petition Papers.
Sec. 94   What the Petition Shall Show.
Sec. 95   Clerk to Determine Sufficiency of Petition. (11-7-00)
Sec. 96   Supplementing Certain Insufficient Petitions.
Sec. 97   Effect of Clerk's Decision.
Sec. 98   Duty of Clerk When Petition Sufficient. (11-7-00)
Sec. 99   Notice of Election
Sec. 100   Publication of Initiated Ordinances.
CHAPTER VII
ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS AND DIVISIONS
Sec. 101   Administrative Departments and Divisions. (11-7-00)
Sec. 102   Change in Departments and Divisions.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 103   How Council May Act Therein.
Sec. 104   Directors of Departments - Powers and Duties.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 105   Divisions and Commissioners Thereof. (11-6-34)
Sec. 106   Advisory Boards. (11-7-00)
Sec. 107   Reports by Directors of Departments.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 108   When a Deputy Director May Act.
Sec. 109   The Director of Law. (11-7-00)
Sec. 110   Shall Be Police Prosecutor. (11-7-00)
Sec. 111   Shall Prosecute and Defend in Behalf of the City. (11-7-00)
Sec. 112   Shall Advise Officers.
Sec. 113   Application for Injunction.
Sec. 114   Application for Forfeiture or for Specific Performance.
Sec. 115   Application for Mandamus.
Sec. 116   Action by Taxpayer. (11-7-00)
Sec. 117   Action To Enjoin Contract.
Sec. 118   Power of the Court on Hearing. (11-7-00)
Sec. 119   Director of Law To Be City Solicitor. (11-7-00)
Sec. 120   Duties of Finance Director. (11-7-00)
Sec. 121   Proposed Bond Issue - Duty of Director. (11-3-92)
Sec. 122   Report on Bonded Indebtedness. (11-3-92)
Sec. 123   Waiver by Bidder on Bond Issues. (11-7-00)
Sec. 124   Accounting Systems To Be Maintained.
Sec. 125   The City Auditor. (11-7-00)
Sec. 126   Examination of Accounts of Officers.
Sec. 127   When to Issue Warrants. (11-7-00)
Sec. 128   Appropriations Necessary to Expenditures. (11-7-00)
Sec. 129   Division of Treasury. (11-7-00)
Sec. 130   Duties of City Treasurer. (11-7-00)
Sec. 131   Division of Purchases and Supplies. (11-7-00)
Sec. 132   Handling Supplies.
Sec. 133   Division of Assessments and Licenses. (11-7-00)
Sec. 134   Department of Public Service. (11-7-00)
Sec. 135   Division of Engineering and Construction. (11-7-00)
Sec. 136   Division of Streets. (11-7-00)
Sec. 137   Division of Harbor and Bridges. (11-7-00)
Sec. 138   Division of Markets and Public Buildings. (11-7-00)
Sec. 139   Department of Public Safety. (11-7-00)
Sec. 140   Department of Police Operations. (11-7-00)
Sec. 141   Police Officers or other Officers. (11-7-00)
Sec. 142   Department of Fire and Resuce Operations. (11-7-00)
Sec. 143   Suspensions in Police and Fire Departments. (11-7-00)
Sec. 144   Appeal to Civil Service Commission. (11-7-00)
Sec. 145   Suspension of Chief of Police or Fire Departments.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 146   Classification - Police and Fire. (11-7-00)
Sec. 147   Relief of Police Officers and Firefighters. (11-7-00)
Sec. 148   Division of Inspection. (11-7-00)
Sec. 149   Division of Weights and Measures. (11-7-00)
Sec. 150   Department of Public Welfare. (11-7-00)
Sec. 151   Division of Health. (11-7-00)
Sec. 152   Division of Cemeteries. (11-7-00)
Sec. 153   Division of Playgrounds, Recreation and Amusements. (11-7-00)
Sec. 154   Division of Charities and Corrections. (11-7-00)
Sec. 155   Division of Labor. (11-7-00)
Sec. 156   Division of Parks and Boulevards. (11-7-00)
Sec. 157   Department of Public Utilities. (11-7-00)
Sec. 158   Division of Water. (11-7-00)
Sec. 159   Division of Light and Heat. (11-7-00)
Sec. 160   Division of Transportation. (11-7-00)
Sec. 161   Division of Communication. (11-7-00)
Sec. 162   Basis for Rates of Service. (11-7-00)
Sec. 163   Accounting System for Public Utilities. (11-7-00)
Sec. 164   Separate Accounts To Be Kept. (11-7-00)
Sec. 165   Council's Power Over Rates. (11-7-00)
Sec. 166   Establishment of Department. (11-7-00)
CHAPTER VIII
THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
Sec. 167   The Commissioners - Term - Appointment.
Sec. 168   Officers and Salaries.
Sec. 169   Records, Investigations and Reports.
Sec. 170   Character of Examinations.
Sec. 171   Classification of Service.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 172   Rules (11-4-86; 11-7-00)
Sec. 172A   Appeals to Civil Service Commission. (11-6-37)
Sec. 172B   Repeal. (11-6-37)
Sec. 173   Appointments.
Sec. 174   Present Civil Service Employees.
Sec. 175   Certification of Payrolls.
Sec. 176   Conduct of Investigation.
Sec. 177   Non-Partisan Appointment. (11-7-00)
Sec. 178   Political Activities.
Sec. 179   Abuse of Political Influence. (11-7-00)
Sec. 180   Violations and Penalties. (11-7-00)
Sec. 181   The Commission of Publicity and Efficiency. (9-9-75)
Sec. 182   The Secretary and Assistants. (9-9-75)
Sec. 183   Duties of the Commission. (9-9-75)
Sec. 184   The Toledo City Journal. (9-9-75)
Sec. 185   Duties of Officers. (9-9-75)
Sec. 186   Duty of Council. (9-9-75)
CHAPTER X
COMMISSIONERS OF THE SINKING FUND AND OF THE CITY PLAN COMMISSION
Sec. 187   Commissioners of the Sinking Fund. (5-8-84)
Sec. 188   Organization and Duties. (5-8-84)
Sec. 189   The City Plan Commission. (11-7-00)
Sec. 190   Authority and Duties.
Sec. 191   Duty of Council.
Sec. 192   Expenses.
CHAPTER XI
ASSESSMENTS AND IMPROVEMENTS
Sec. 193   Power of Council to Make Special Assessments.
Sec. 194   Methods of Special Assessments.
Sec. 195   Preliminary Resolution.
Sec. 196   Plans of Proposed Improvements.
Sec. 197   Notice of Assessments. (11-7-00)
Sec. 198   Final Assessments.
Sec. 199   Special Assessments - When Payable.
Sec. 200   Board of Revision of Assessments.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 201   Claims for Damages - Waiver. (11-7-00)
Sec. 202   Damages Assessed Preliminary to Improvement.
Sec. 203   Damages Subsequently Assessed.
Sec. 204   Suit for Damages. (11-7-00)
Sec. 205   Lands Unallotted or Not on Duplicate.
Sec. 206   Interest on Assessment Bonds.
Sec. 207   Limitation on Assessments.
Sec. 208   City's Portion of Cost.
Sec. 209   Replacing Improvements.
Sec. 210   Rebate of Surplus or Supplementary Assessment.
Sec. 211   Sewer and Water Connections. (11-7-00)
Sec. 212   Sidewalks.
Sec. 213   City May Repair or Construct Sidewalks.
Sec. 214   Assessment Bonds.
CHAPTER XII
FRANCHISES
Sec. 215   Grants.
Sec. 216   Renewal of Grants.
Sec. 217   Rights Not Exclusive; Time Limitation.
Sec. 218   Termination of Grants.
Sec. 219   Value of Grant Not To Be Considered.
Sec. 220   Extensions of Appliances and Service.
Sec. 221   Supervision of the Council.
Sec. 222   Extension by Annexation.
Sec. 223   Reports to City by Grantee. (9-9-75)
Sec. 224   Forfeiture of Grant.
CHAPTER XIII
CONTRACTS
Sec. 225   Alterations or Modifications in Contract.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 226   Certification by Director of Finance. (11-4-30)
Sec. 227   What Shall Authorize Certification.
Sec. 228   Contracts and Purchases of Ten Thousand Dollars or More.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 229   Certain Contracts and Measures Void. (11-7-00)
Sec. 230   Public Improvements by Contract or Direct Labor.
CHAPTER XIV
SUBDIVISIONS AND DEDICATIONS
Sec. 231   Plat of Subdivision. (11-7-00)
Sec. 232   Vesting of Title in City.
Sec. 233   Platting Commissioner. (11-7-00)
Sec. 234   Effect of Platting.
Sec. 235   Dedication of Streets.
Sec. 236   Mode of Nomination for Certain Offices. (11-6-34)
Sec. 237   Effective Date of 1992 Charter Amendment.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 237A   Transition of Powers and Duties.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 237B   Continuance of Existing Contracts.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 238   Savings Clause.  (11-3-92)
Sec. 239   Charter Revision Committee.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 240   Disposition of Penal Facility. (11-7-95)
CHAPTER XV
REGIONAL WATER COMMISSION
Sec. 241   Regional Water Commission - Formation. (11-6-18)
Sec. 242   Regional Water Commission - Composition. (11-6-18)
Sec. 243   Regional Water Commission - Officers; Meetings; Voting. (11-6-18)
Sec. 244   Regional Water Commission - Powers and Duties. (11-6-18)
CHAPTER XVI
KEEP THE JAIL IN DOWNTOWN TOLEDO
Sec. 245.   Preamble. (2-26-19)
Sec. 246.   Statements of Law - A Requirement That All Jails Be Built Downtown. (2-26-19)
Sec. 247.   Statements of Law - Prohibitions Necessary to Secure the Bill of Rights. (2-26-19)
Sec. 248.   Enforcement. (2-26-19)
Sec. 249.   Enforcement - Corporate Powers. (2-26-19)
Sec. 250.   Effective Date and Existing Permit Holders. (2-26-19)
Sec. 251.   Severability. (2-26-19)
Sec. 252.   Repealer. (2-26-19)
CHAPTER XVII
LAKE ERIE BILL OF RIGHTS
Sec. 253.   Introduction. (2-26-19)
Sec. 254.   Statements of Law - A Community Bill of Rights. (2-26-19)
Sec. 255.   Statements of Law - Prohibitions Necessary to Secure the Bill of Rights. (2-26-19)
Sec. 256.   Enforcement. (2-26-19)
Sec. 257.   Enforcement - Corporate Powers. (2-26-19)
Sec. 258.   Effective Date and Existing Permit Holders. (2-26-19)
Sec. 259.   Severability. (2-26-19)
Sec. 260.   Repealer. (2-26-19)