Legislative action by City Council is made in the form of resolutions or ordinances. Resolutions are generally used when the legislation is of a temporary, information or ceremonial nature. Ordinances are generally used for legislation of a permanent nature.
Legislation may be introduced by any member of City Council at any regular or special meeting. The public hearing for a resolution shall be conducted at the time of the introduction. The public hearing of an ordinance shall be conducted at the next designated meeting subsequent to its introduction, unless otherwise specified by City Council. Once the public hearing is closed and subsequent to discussion by City Council, they may adopt the legislation (with or without amendment), reject it or table it.
All resolutions and the following ordinances shall take effect upon adoption, unless specified by City Council:
- Appropriation of money;
- Annual tax levies for current expenses;
- Improvements petitioned for by owners of the requisite majority of the front footage or of the area of the property benefited and to be assessed;
- Submission of any questions to the electorate or a determination to proceed with an election;
- Approvals of a revision, codification, recodification, rearrangement or publication of ordinances; and
- Emergency ordinances.
All other ordinances shall become effective 30 days after their adoption or at any later date specified by City Council.