Article 9 — General Provisions

Section 9.05 Nondiscrimination

In the exercise of its powers and in the performance of its duties, the county shall ensure that no person is discriminated against in violation of state or federal anti-discrimination law, or on any other basis not reasonably related to the accomplishment of a legitimate governmental purpose and shall take whatever action necessary to accomplish this purpose as defined in the state and federal constitutions and applicable court interpretations.

(Added during General Election, Nov. 5, 1996, Eff date Nov. 30, 1996; Amended during General Election, Nov. 8, 2016, Eff date Dec. 9, 2016).

Section 9.10 Purchasing, Contracts, Claims, and Bonds

The county council shall by ordinance establish procedures for purchasing supplies, services, materials and equipment, the awarding of contracts, the processing of claims, and the sale or refunding of bonds. The ordinance shall provide when bids shall be required and how invitations for bids shall be advertised.

All purchases, contracts and bonds subject to bid procedures shall be advertised and, unless all bids are rejected, shall be awarded on the basis of sealed bidding to the lowest responsible bidder.

Section 9.20 Franchises

All franchises granted by the county council shall be for a fixed term not to exceed twenty-five years and no exclusive franchise shall be granted for the use of any street, road or public place. All franchises shall be subject to the power of eminent domain and the right of the council or the people acting for themselves through the initiative or referendum to repeal, amend or modify the franchise in the interest of the public; and every ordinance granting a franchise shall contain a reservation of these rights. In any proceeding under eminent domain the franchise itself shall have no value.

Section 9.30 Public Disclosure and Ethics Ordinance

The county council shall by ordinance provide for the disclosure of financial interests by elected officials, a code of ethics for other officers and employees of the county and provide penalties for violations of the ordinance.

Section 9.40 Oath of Office and Bonds

An oath or affirmation to support the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Washington and the charter and ordinances of Snohomish county and to perform faithfully, impartially, and honestly the duties of office, shall be subscribed and filed with the officer in charge of recording public documents by each elected officer before entering upon the duties of office.

A surety bond shall be required for all elected officers and such county employees as may be designated by ordinance. Bonds shall be in the form and amount required by ordinance and the cost borne by the county.

Section 9.50 Rules of Construction

Unless otherwise specified, reference to "days" shall mean calendar days. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, references to the masculine gender shall include references to the feminine, the singular shall include the plural, and vice versa.

Section 9.60 Term of Office-Boards and Commissions

The term of office of any board or commission member shall not be longer than four years. Members of boards and commissions shall be limited to three, consecutive full terms.

Section 9.70 Severability

If any section, subsection, clause, word or phrase of this charter is for any reason held to be invalid, unconstitutional or inapplicable to any person by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity, unconstitutionality or inapplicability to any person shall not affect the validity or constitutionality or applicability to all other persons of the remaining portions of this charter.