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Charter for Columbus, Georgia (1)
ARTICLE I. - CREATION, FORM, BOUNDARIES AND SERVICES OF
CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT
ARTICLE II - POWERS AND DUTIES
ARTICLE III - LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
ARTICLE IV - EXECUTIVE BRANCH
ARTICLE V - JUDICIAL BRANCH
ARTICLE VI - ELECTION AND RECALL
ARTICLE VII - REVENUE AND FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION
ARTICLE VIII - GENERAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE IX. - RESERVED
APPENDIX ONE - RESERVED
APPENDIX TWO - CODE OF ETHICS AND PROHIBITED PRACTICES
CHARTER COMPARATIVE TABLE
(1) Editor's note-- Printed herein is the Charter, as approved by the Governor on April 5,
1993, numbered Act. No. 279 (H.B. 634). Amendments to the Charter are indicated by
parenthetical history notes following amended provisions. The absence of a history note
indicates that the provision remains unchanged from the original Charter. Obvious
misspellings have been corrected without notation. For stylistic purposes, a uniform
system of headings, catchlines and citations to state statutes has been used. Additions
made for clarity are indicated by brackets.
Sec. 1-100. - Consolidation of city and county; creation of consolidated government;
name.
The governmental and corporate powers, duties and functions now vested in the City of
Columbus, a municipal corporation created by an Act of the General Assembly approved
December 19, 1928 (Ga. L. 1828, p. 153), as amended, and particularly but not in
limitation as amended by an Act of the General Assembly approved August 5, 1921 (Ga.
L. 1921, p. 800), as amended, are hereby consolidated with the governmental and
corporate powers, duties and functions of the County of Muscogee, such consolidation of
the governments of the City of Columbus and the County of Muscogee being pursuant to
constitutional power granted by Article XI, Section I, Paragraph VII of the Constitution
of Georgia of 1945, as amended, particularly by an amendment ratified at the general
election held on November 5, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 1508), and in accordance with an Act
of the General Assembly approved April 25, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3571). Said
consolidation shall result in the establishment of a single county-wide government with
powers and jurisdiction throughout the territorial limits of Muscogee County, which
single government shall supersede and replace the governments of the City of Columbus
and the County of Muscogee and, to the extent provided in this Charter, shall also
supersede and replace any public authorities and special service districts located and
operating within Muscogee County. All areas of Muscogee County outside of Bibb City
and the Fort Benning Reservation are hereby annexed as a part of the City of Columbus
and shall become hereby a part of the City of Columbus which is hereby consolidated
with Muscogee County, and the single government hereby created shall be considered for
all purposes as being a consolidation of the governments of Columbus as defined hereby
with the County of Muscogee, and the single government which supersedes and replaces
the governments of the City of Columbus and County of Muscogee shall be considered as
a consolidation of the City of Columbus with boundaries to the Muscogee County line
with the exception of Bibb City and the Fort Benning Reservation. It is the express
intention of the General Assembly in enacting this provision to declare as a city and as a
part of the City of Columbus all the area of Muscogee County with the exception of Bibb
City and the Fort Benning Reservation. Said county-wide government shall be a new
political entity, a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the State, to be
known as "Columbus, Georgia, " (herein at times called "the consolidated government")
having all of the governmental and corporate powers, duties and functions heretofore
held by and vested in the City of Columbus and Muscogee County, and also the powers,
duties and functions provided in this Charter. The consolidated government shall be a
public corporation; shall have perpetual succession; shall, without the necessity or
formality of a deed, bill of sale or other instrument of transfer, own, possess and hold all
the properties (of whatsoever kind or nature), assets, contracts, franchises, things, rights,
privileges, immunities, real and personal property theretofore owned, possessed, enjoyed
or held by the City of Columbus and the County of Muscogee; and by the name of
Columbus, Georgia shall be able to contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued as
provided by this Charter, plead and be impleaded, in all courts of this State, and do all
other acts relating to its corporate capacity; and shall be able in law and equity to
purchase, have and hold, receive, enjoy, accept, possess and retain for the use and benefit
of said Columbus, Georgia, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates
(real or personal), lands, tenements, hereditaments of whatsoever kind or nature within or
without the territorial limits of the consolidated government, as may be devised,
bequeathed, sold or by any manner conveyed or dedicated to or otherwise acquired by the
consolidated government, and to use, manage, and improve, sell and convey, rent or lease
same; and to have and use a common seal. From and after the effective date of the
Charter, the political subdivision known as Muscogee County, Georgia, and the
municipal corporation known as the City of Columbus, Georgia shall be merged into the
said new political entity herein created.
Sec. 1-101. - Form of government.
The consolidated government provided by this Charter shall be known as the mayor-
council-city manager form of government. The mayor shall be aided by a city manager,
who, in the performance of his or her duties, shall be responsible to the mayor.
Sec. 1-102. - Boundaries of the consolidated government.
The territory embraced in the consolidated government shall be the total area of
Muscogee County, as the same may be now or hereafter fixed and established by law.
Sec. 1-103. - Taxing districts.
(1)
The consolidated government shall, within the geographic limits thereof comprise two (2)
or more taxing districts, (herein called "services districts"), wherein taxes shall be
assessed, levied, and collected by the consolidated government in accordance with the
kind, character, type, degree, and level of services provided by said government within
said services districts, and the rate and manner of taxation may vary in any one (1)
district from that in another or other districts. The powers, authority, duties, liabilities,
and functions of the consolidated government may vary in any district from that in
another or other districts, as provided by ordinance.
(2)
The Council of the consolidated government shall, pursuant to the applicable provisions
of Article IX, Section 9-102 hereof divide the territory of the consolidated government
into two (2) or more taxing districts (herein called "services districts"); provided,
however, at least one (1) of such districts shall be known as the general services district
and shall consist of the total area of Muscogee County as fixed and established on the
effective date of this Charter or as thereafter modified according to law; and provided,
further, the council shall establish at least one (1) or more urban services districts which
shall embrace such territory or territories for which provision is made by the Council for
additional or higher levels of services than are provided uniformly throughout the
territory of the consolidated government on the effective date of this Charter. In the