Chapter 6.16
GIFTS AND REQUIRED DISCLOSURE

Sections:

6.16.010    Improper gifts and required disclosures.

6.16.010 Improper gifts and required disclosures.

A. A public official may not solicit, accept, or receive, directly or indirectly, a gift, whether in the form of money, service, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, employment, promise, or in any other form, that is a benefit to his personal or financial interests, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift is intended to influence the performance of official duties, actions, or judgment or confer a benefit for past performance of official duties, actions or judgment.

B. For purposes of this section an occasional, unsolicited gift of $50.00 or less is presumed not to be given under circumstances in which it could be reasonably inferred that the gift is intended to influence the performance of official duties, actions, or judgment. For purposes of the disclosure requirements set forth in subsection (C) of this section, “gift” includes a series of gifts from the same donor within a 12-month period.

C. Notice of the receipt by public official of a gift valued at more than $50.00, including the name of the giver and a description of the gift and its approximate value, must be provided to the clerk’s office for inclusion in the public record, within 30 days after the date of its receipt:

1. If the public official may take or withhold official action that affects the giver;

2. If the gift is connected to the public official’s governmental status; or

3. If reasonable doubt exists as to whether the gift is intended to influence the performance of official duties, actions, or judgment.

D. The restrictions relating to gifts imposed by this section do not apply to a campaign contribution to a candidate for elective office if the contribution complies with laws and regulations governing elections and campaign disclosure.

E. A public official who knows or reasonably ought to know that a family member has received a gift because of the family member’s connection with the public official shall report the receipt of the gift by the family member to the clerk’s office if the gift would have to be reported under this section had it been received by the public official or if receipt of the gift by the public official would be prohibited under this section. (Ord. 2009-21 § 2, 2009. 2004 Code § 2.10.130.)