Article XIV


14.01    New Charter – Effective Date

14.02    Effect Of Revised Charter – Savings Provisions

14.03    Ordinances, Resolutions And Regulations.

14.04    Governmental Bodies, Offices And Positions

14.05    Local Improvements – Completion

14.06    Special Assessments – Payment And Collection

14.01 New Charter – Effective Date

This Charter shall take effect on the 1st day of January in the year following its adoption, and, on that date, shall become the Charter of the City of Bellingham and the organic law thereof, superseding the existing Charter, pursuant to the laws of the State of Washington. All provisions of this Charter substantially identical with provisions of the Charter superseded hereby, shall be construed as continuation of such former provisions and not as new enactments: Provided; That Article VIII of this Charter, insofar as it pertains to the creation of the position of Finance Director and the duties therein prescribed, shall not take effect until January 1, 1974. Wherever the words Finance Director shall appear in this Charter, until January 1, 1974, it shall be assumed to mean Comptroller or Treasurer as their duties may be defined in the superseded Charter. The office of Comptroller and the office of Treasurer shall carry over until January 1, 1974 when the Finance Director takes office. The incumbent Comptroller and Treasurer shall remain in office until January 1, 1974. The Finance Director will be elected for a 2 year term at the municipal general election in 1973 so that the Finance Director’s election (which is to be for a 4 year term) will coincide with the election of the Mayor in 1975.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]

14.02 Effect Of Revised Charter – Savings Provisions

The adoption of this Charter shall not affect any right, obligation or liability, either in favor of or against the City, existing at the time of its effective date, nor any pending civil, criminal or administrative proceeding involving or relating to the City. All rights and property of every description and location which were vested in the City immediately prior to the effective date of this Charter, shall continue to be vested in the City, and all monies in the City treasury on the date this Charter takes effect shall be credited to the several funds to which they belong.

14.03 Ordinances, Resolutions And Regulations.

All ordinances, resolutions, rules, regulations or orders lawfully in force in the City on the effective date of this Charter shall, to the extent not inconsistent with or repugnant to this Charter, continue in full force and effect until amended, repealed, abrogated or rescinded pursuant to law, or until they expire by limitation.

14.04 Governmental Bodies, Offices And Positions

All governmental bodies, offices or positions not provided for by this Charter, together with the emoluments thereof, shall immediately cease to exist on the effective date of this Charter. Any new office or position created by or pursuant to this Charter shall be filled after its effective date in the manner provided by law and this Charter. Every elective officer of this City in an office not abolished or dispensed with by this Charter, on its effective date, shall continue in office for the remainder of the term and until a successor shall have qualified. Every appointive officer in an office not abolished or dispensed with by this Charter shall continue to hold and exercise that office under, and in accordance with, the terms, provisions and obligations of this Charter, until the appointment and qualification of a successor.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]

14.05 Local Improvements – Completion

All improvements of streets, alleys and public places in the City which were begun prior to, and remain uncompleted on the effective date of this Charter, shall be completed in accordance with the applicable laws and ordinances in effect at the time such improvements were ordered.

14.06 Special Assessments – Payment And Collection

All special assessments levied and remaining unpaid on the date this Charter takes effect shall be paid and be collected in accordance with the applicable laws and ordinances in effect at the time the same were levied.