Part A. Charter Lawscharter Of The City Of Jacksonville, Florida  


Article 1. Government And Ethics
Article 2. General And Urban Services Districts
Article 3. Powers Of Consolidated Government
Article 4. Division Of Powers
Article 5. The Council
Article 6. The Mayor
Article 7. Departments
Article 8. Sheriff
Article 9. Supervisor Of Elections
Article 10. Property Appraiser
Article 11. Tax Collector
Article 12. Judiciary
Article 13. Duval County School Board
Article 14. Finance And Taxation
Article 15. Removal Of Officers
Article 16. Retirement And Pension Benefits
Article 17. Civil Service
Article 18. Miscellaneous Provisions
Article 19. Employee Relations
Article 20. Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority
Article 21. Jea
Article 22. Jacksonville Police And Fire Pension Board Of Trustees
Article 23. Offsite Commercial Billboard Ban
Article 24. Reserved
Article 25. Minimum Standards For Tree Protection, Conservation And Mitigation During Development
Article 26. Reserved
Appendix 1. Council Districts
Appendix 1-A. Jacksonville City Council At-Large Residency Areas
Appendix 2. School Board Districts
§ 1. Council District composition of School Board Districts
§ 2. Repeal of Special Acts Relating to the Charter
§ 3. Directions to City Council
§ 4. Conflicting laws.
§ 5. Constitutionality.
§ 6. Repeal and amendment.
§ 7. When effective.
§ 1. Readoption of charter

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The Charter of the City of Jacksonville is set out herein as readopted by Chapter 92-341, Laws of Florida. Formerly, the Charter of the City of Jacksonville was derived from Chapter 67-1320, Laws of Florida, adopted by the Legislature of the State of Florida at its regular session in 1967, as amended. The first legal step to consolidated city-county government for Jacksonville occurred in 1934 when the Florida Constitution was amended to permit merger of Duval County and all of its cities. That government matured only after a legislative-directed study commission drafted a Charter with widespread public approval which was adopted as the Charter in 1967. The government was not the metropolitan form of Miami-Dade County, which had retained the county government, nor was it the chartered-county form later permitted by the Florida Constitution when it was revised in 1968. It essentially eliminated two governments (city and county) and replaced it with one.

Smaller communities in Duval County-the three beaches cities and the town of Baldwin-were reconstituted as urban services districts: they were permitted elements of local control but they henceforth would look to the new City of Jacksonville for the former functions of county government, and could draw on essential urban services such as police and fire from the central government. Through judicial and legislative action, these communities were restored to their municipal status: today the City of Jacksonville stands in the relationship of a county government to them, and they continue to function as municipal governments.

To conform to the traditional organization of Florida state government, Jacksonville retained the offices of Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections and Clerk of the Circuit Court. But these officers are now considered not only as county officers but as officers of the Consolidated Government, and as such play an important role in its operation. Certain special functions were allotted to independent agencies appointed by the Mayor or Governor, while a measure of centralized control was held by the City through approval of their budgets and by requiring their use of the central services of the City. Consistent with the Charter's home rule objectives, the Council was permitted to modify this requirement for use of central services.

Through the years, legislation by both the Legislature and the Council have added to and subtracted from the Charter, in an attempt to achieve both aims of the Consolidated Government: government by the broadest representation of its citizens (exercising their home rule powers under the Florida Constitution) and the efficient response to urban problems.

History notes following a particular section indicate the complete history of amendatory legislation enacted subsequent to Chapter 67-1320, Laws of Florida. The indexes appearing at the beginning of each article, notes appearing at the end of various sections or at the beginning of an article or chapter and section and subsection headings enclosed in brackets are added editorially.
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CHAPTER 92-341

House Bill No. 13-H

An act relating to the City of Jacksonville; readopting the Charter of the City of Jacksonville, chapter 67-1320, Laws of Florida, as amended; repealing certain special acts of the Legislature relating to the Charter of the City of Jacksonville; providing directions to the Council of the City of Jacksonville, in the event of home rule or referendum revisions or amendments to the Charter of the City of Jacksonville; providing an effective date.

WHEREAS, the Charter of the City of Jacksonville was created by the Legislature in chapter 67-1320, Laws of Florida, subject to approval by local referendum, and

WHEREAS, the electorate within Duval County, Florida, approved said charter in a local referendum held for that purpose, and

WHEREAS, provisions of said charter have been amended, repealed, and otherwise revised by the Legislature since adoption after electorate approval, and

WHEREAS, the Legislature, in chapter 78-536, Laws of Florida, amended said charter to provide for broad home rule powers in the Council of the City of Jacksonville, to amend said charter in the same manner as the Legislature, except for certain prohibited subjects, and

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Jacksonville has, from time to time, exercised such home rule power to amend, repeal, or otherwise revise portions of said charter, and

WHEREAS, by virtue of such actions by the Legislature and city council, said charter should be readopted in its current form, as amended, and all such special acts which have heretofore amended, repealed, or otherwise revised provisions of said charter should be repealed, in order to facilitate the use, review analysis, and other references to said charter, NOW, THEREFORE,

Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: