XENIA CITY CHARTER
   EDITOR’S NOTE:  The Charter of the City of Xenia was originally adopted by the electors at a special election held on August 30, 1917.  The Charter was re-adopted in its entirety by the voters at a general election held on November 3, 1998.  Dates appearing in parentheses following a section heading in the Table of Contents, or following a section in the text, indicate that the section was subsequently enacted, amended or repealed on the date given.
   TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREAMBLE
ARTICLE I:  NAME
      Section 1.01.   Name
ARTICLE II:  FORM OF GOVERNMENT
      Section 2.01.   Council-Manager Government
ARTICLE III:  POWERS OF THE CITY
      Section 3.01.   Application of General Laws
      Section 3.02.   Vested Rights and Liability of the City, and Limitations
      Section 3.03.   Future Rights and Liability of the City
      Section 3.04.   Eminent Domain
ARTICLE IV:  THE CITY COUNCIL
      Section 4.01.   Powers, Composition, Qualifications, and Term
      Section 4.02.   Mayor
      Section 4.03.   Salary of the Mayor and President of Council
      Section 4.04.   Salary of Members of Council and Adjustments
      Section 4.05.   Filling of Vacancies
      Section 4.06.   Excused Absences
      Section 4.07.   Expenses
      Section 4.08.   Prohibitions and Restrictions
      Section 4.09.   Vacancies, Forfeiture of Office
      Section 4.10.   Judge of Qualifications and Standards of Conduct
      Section 4.11.   City Clerk
      Section 4.12.   Inquiries
      Section 4.13.   Independent Audit
      Section 4.14.   Council Meetings: Organization, Meeting Frequency, Public Meetings, Rules and Journal, Quorum and Vote to Pass Legislation
ARTICLE V:  LEGISLATION
      Section 5.01.   Ordinances, Resolutions, and Motions
      Section 5.02.   Action Requiring an Ordinance or Resolution.
      Section 5.03.   Ordinances and Resolutions in General
      Section 5.04.   Emergency Ordinances and Resolutions
      Section 5.05.   Motions
      Section 5.06.   Signing and Authentication of Ordinances and Resolutions
      Section 5.07.   Publication of Ordinances and Resolutions
      Section 5.08.   Codes of Technical Regulations
      Section 5.09.   Codification
ARTICLE VI:  CITY MANAGEMENT
   A.   CITY MANAGER
      Section 6.01.   Appointment and Qualifications
      Section 6.02.   Powers and Duties of the City Manager
   B.   FINANCE DIRECTOR
      Section 6.03.   Appointment and Qualifications
      Section 6.04.   Powers and Duties of the Finance Director
   C.    LAW DIRECTOR
      Section 6.05.   Appointment and Qualifications
      Section 6.06.   Powers and Duties of the Law Director
   D.   EVALUATIONS OF APPOINTED OFFICIALS
      Section 6.07.   Annual Evaluations
   E.   ACTING MANAGER
      Section 6.08.   Appointment, Qualifications and Duties
ARTICLE VII:  ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
      Section 7.01.   Appointment of Department Heads
      Section 7.02.   Interference by Council
      Section 7.03.   Citizen Complaints
ARTICLE VIII:  BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
      Section 8.01.   Creation of Boards and Commissions
      Section 8.02.   Duties, Power and Composition
      Section 8.03.   Selection of Board and Commission Members and Compensation
      Section 8.04.   Terms of Appointment
      Section 8.05. Charter Review Commission (Enacted 11-6-2018)
ARTICLE IX:  FINANCIAL PROCEDURES
      Section 9.01.   Fiscal Year
      Section 9.02.   Submission of Budget and Budget Message
      Section 9.03.   Budget Message
      Section 9.04.   The Budget
      Section 9.05.   City Council Action on the Budget
      Section 9.06.   Appropriation Ordinances
      Section 9.07.   Amendments After Adoption
      Section 9.08.   Lapse of Appropriations
      Section 9.09.   Administration of the Budget
      Section 9.10.   Overspending of Appropriations Prohibited
      Section 9.11.   Capital Program
      Section 9.12.   City Council Action on the Capital Program
      Section 9.13.   Payment of Claims
      Section 9.14.   Certificate of Availability of Funds
      Section 9.15.   Availability of Money in the Fund
      Section 9.16.   Expenditures in Excess of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars
      Section 9.17.   Improvement by Direct Labor
      Section 9.18.   Gifts, Donations or Bequests to the City
      Section 9.19.   Collection of Debts
ARTICLE X:  HUMAN RESOURCE SYSTEM
      Section 10.01.   Basis for Employment
      Section 10.02.   Merit System
      Section 10.03.   Civil Service Commission; Composition, Term and Power
      Section 10.04.   Classification of Civil Service
ARTICLE XI:  ELECTIONS
      Section 11.01.   Rules for Elections
      Section 11.02.   Petition for Place on Ballot
      Section 11.03.   General Election Laws to Apply
      Section 11.04.   General Initiative and Referendum Laws to Apply
      Section 11.05.   General Recall Laws to Apply
ARTICLE XII:  UTILITY REGULATION; FRANCHISES
      Section 12.01.   Utility Regulation
      Section 12.02.   Franchises
ARTICLE XIII:  GENERAL PROVISIONS
      Section 13.01.   Activities Prohibited; Penalties
      Section 13.02.   Salaries and Bonds Fixed by Council
      Section 13.03   Ordinances and Resolutions Interchangeable
ARTICLE XIV:  CHARTER AMENDMENTS, RENUMBERING
      Section 14.01.   Charter Amendments
      Section 14.02.   Renumbering of Charter
ARTICLE XV:  SEPARABILITY AND VALIDITY; STATE AND MUNICIPAL LAWS
      Section 15.01.   Separability and Validity
      Section 15.02.   State and Municipal Laws
ARTICLE XVI:  SAFETY SERVICES  (Enacted 11-2-2010)