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performance of their respective duties, or malfeasance in office,
SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, That the said City Council
shall have power to make, ordain, establish and execute for Powers of City
Taxes for im
provement may be applied to ward collected from.
Loans and bonds.
the salary or other compensation of the Mayor, and all other officers of the city or employees of the Council; and to do and regulate any other matter or thing that may tend to promote the peace, health, welfare, prosperity and morals of the said city. For carrying into effect the aforesaid powers the said City Council shall have the right to impose penalties for breaches of its ordinances by fine and imprisonment in the city jail and enforce the same by attachment summarily against the property or person of the delinquents, if the same can be found. And in addition to the powers herein before enumerated the said City Council shall have all the powers and perform all the duties imposed upon them by the laws of Florida now in force or which may hereafter be enacted, providing for the creation and government of cities and towns. And the Mayor, Marshal, Clerk, Treasurer, Tax Assessor and Tax Collector shall have all the powers, and perform all the duties conferred and imposed upon them by the statutes in such case made and provided.
SEC. 8. Be it further enacted, That the City Council shall have the power to provide that the taxes collected in any one ward of the city aforesaid for local improvements shall be ap plied exclusively to the benefit and improvement of said ward.
SEC. 9. Be it further enacted, That the City Council shall have power to negotiate loans and issue bonds therefor whenever by a majority the voters of the city determine that the same is necessary for the benefit or improvement of the city; Provided, That the amount of bonded indebtedness shall never exceed twenty per cent. of the appraised value of the property of said city.
SEC. 10. Be it further enacted, That all ordinances of the Mayor to sign city shall be signed by the President of the Council, and approved by the Mayor, or passed over his veto by a two-thirds vote of the Council, and shall be published for thirty days in some newspaper published in said city of Tampa.
Ordinances of former goverti
SEC. 11. Be it further enacted, That the City Council shall have power to establish a fire limit in the said city; Provided, That the fire limit as at present established shall remain as such fire limit until changed by the City Council.
SEC. 12. Be it further enacted, That all ordinances now in force in the town of Tampa shall remain in force until repealed ent to reata or modified by the City Council to be elected under the provi sions of this charter; and that all laws now in force or that may hereafter be enacted for the government of cities and towns, except in so far as they may conflict with the provisions of this charter, shall apply to the said municipality and the officers thereof, and the officers of the towns of Tampa and
North Tampa shall hold their respective offices and perform the several functions thereof until their successors provided for in this act are elected and qualified. The City Council shall Existing inprovide for the payment at as early a day as possible of all the debtedness existing indebtedness of the towns of Tampa and North Tampa.
SEC. 13. This act shall take effect immediately upon its ap- Act to take proval by the Governor.
Approved June 2, 1887.
CHAPTER 3780-[No. 100.]
AN ACT to Revoke and Abolish the Present Municipal Government of the Town or City of Palatka, and to Reorganize a City Government for the said Town or City.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
SECTION 1. That within fourteen days after this act becomes
effect at once.
a law the City Council of the city of Palatka shall divide the Palatka to be said city into four wards, and shall make record thereof and divided into declare and publish the same in some newspaper published in said city for the space of ten days, and thereafter all voters within said wards respectively shall be allowed to vote at all municipal elections only in the wards where they reside. The Mayor shall appoint three Inspectors of Election for each ward Mayor to apin the same manner in which Inspectors are now appointed for tors of election. point Inspeccity elections.
SEC 2. That at the next annual election to be held in said city there shall be chosen two Aldermen from each ward, and Aldermen, how the voters of each ward shall vote only for two Aldermen from and when electheir ward respectively, and the Aldermen so chosen shall be residents of the wards from which they are elected. At the same time there shall be chosen by all the voters of said city one Alderman at large to be voted for by all the voters without regard to wards. Of the Aldermen elected by the several wards at the first election under this act the one receiving the highest vote in each ward shall hold his office for the term of Terms of alder two years, and the one receiving the next highest shall hold his men. office for the term of one year, and at all subsequent annual elections there shall be chosen one Alderman by each ward who shall hold his office for the term of two years. The Alderman at large shall be elected annually, and shall hold office To constitute for one year. The Aldermen so elected shall constitute the City Council. City Council of said city.
SEC. 3. There shall be a City Marshal who shall be ap- Marshal, how pointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. appointed, sal
Can be suspended.
He shall receive a salary of nine hundred dollars ($900) per annum, payable at such time and in such manner as the Council may determine. The Marshal so appointed may be removed or suspended for proper cause, at the pleasure of the Mayor. Should the Mayor at any time remove or suspend the Marshal he shall give immediate notice thereof to the Conncil, together with his reasons for the same.
SEC. 4. The Mayor shall receive a salary of five hundred dolSalary of Mayor lars ($500) per annum, payable at such time and in such manner as may be determined by Council, and all fines, forfeitures and costs imposed and collected by him shall be turned into the city treasury.
SEC. 5. The City Council shall have power to levy taxes annually upon the property, real and personal, within the city to the extent of two per cent. of the assessed value thereof and
SEC. 6. The City Council of the city shall have power, with Bonds, how is the approval of a majority of the registered voters of the city actually voting, to issue bonds for sanitary and municipal purposes; Provided, however, That no bond issued by said city shall ever bear a greater rate than the legal rate of interest under the laws of the State of Florida.
This act not to deprive Palatka
of benefits of general law.
SEC. 7. The City Assessor shall assess all the property within the city limits for city purposes equally at its fair and reasonable valuation, and the City Council shall have power to act as a Board of Equalization, under such rules and in such lawful manner as they may adopt.
SEC. 8. Nothing in this act shall be so construed as to deprive the city of Palatka of its rights, powers and privileges now allowed by law under the general incorporation act for cities and towns in this State, but all the provisions of said general incorporation law not inconsistent with this act shall apply to said city of Palatka.
SEC. 9. The Mayor shall have a general supervision and control over all city officers, but not over members of [the] Mayor over city City Council, and may examine into the condition of their offices, the books, papers and records therein, and the manner of conducting their official business, and may call for information relating to their official business; and shall rep rt to the City Council all violations or neglect of duty on the part of any city official that may come to his knowledge.
Ordinances to be signed.
SEC. 10. Every ordinance passed by the City Council, before becoming a law, shall be presented to the Mayor; if he approves, he shall sign it; but if not, he shall return it, with his objections in writing, to the next regular meeting of the City Council for its reconsideration, and if the City Council shall pass the ordinance by a two-thirds vote of the members
present, it shall become a law; and he may veto some parts of the ordinance and approve the residue.
SEC. 11. The Mayor shall communicate from time to time to the City Council such information and recommend such meas- Mayor to reures as may tend to the interests of the city, and shall report measures to violations and neglect of duty on the part of any city officer council. which may come to his knowledge; and he shall take care that
all the laws and ordinances of the city are duly respected and To report offiobserved, and shall perform such other duties as the ordi- cers. nances of the City Council may require of him.
SEC. 12. The Mayor may be impeached by the City Council
for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, and for Impeachment
SEC. 13. In case of the death or the absence of the Mayor from the city, or of his inability by sickness or from any cause, President of to discharge the duties of Mayor, the President of the Board Council to act of Council, or in his absence the acting President of the Board of Council, shall discharge the duties of Mayor pro tem., or until the office of Mayor shall be filled by law, as may be pro
THE CITY COUNCIL.
SEC. 14. The City Council shall be composed of not more than ine Councilmen, who shall be elected for a term of two who to comyears at a general election by the qualified electors of the city, pose council. but not more than two residing in any one ward shall be eligible, and one from the city at large shall be eligible. At the first election under this charter four of the Councilmen shall be elected for one year, and the remainder for two How elected, Thereafter there shall be stated elections, and may be years. special elections to fill vacancies. The four receiving the highest number of votes at the first election shall hold for the long term, and those receiving the next highest number of votes at said election shall hold for the shortest term. The members shall elect one of their number to be President of the City Council, and he shall have power to enforce such rules as may be adopted by the Board for its own government, and in the absence of the President the members may choose or elect one of their number President pro tempore.
SEC. 15. The City Council shall judge of the qualifications, elections and returns of its own members. It may choose its Council to judge election rules of proceedings and prescribe a penalty for non-attend- and qualification of its own ance of its members and for their disorderly conduct, and members.