STL City Charter 📜
Article I - INCORPORATION
Section 1 - Body corporate; seal; enumeration of powers.
Section 2 - Enumeration not exclusive; scope of grant of power.
Section 3 - Wards.
Section 4 - Earnings tax.
Article II - ELECTIONS
Section 1 - When general elections held.
Section 2 - Mayor and comptroller.
Section 3 - Alderman.
Section 4 - General ticket required for elective officers.
Section 5 - Elections on initiative, referendum or recall—When held.
Section 6 - Same—Notice to be given.
Section 7 - Conduct of elections.
Section 8 - Expense of elections on initiative, referendum or recall.
Section 9 - Municipal elections.
Article III - RECALL OF ELECTIVE OFFICERS
Section 1 - By whom exercised.
Section 2 - Petition—Percentage of voters required.
Section 3 - Same—How signatures affixed.
Section 4 - Same—Contents.
Section 5 - Same—Filing and certification.
Section 6 - Notification to officer.
Section 7 - Form of ballot.
Section 8 - Propositions to be separately submitted.
Section 9 - Limitations on use.
Article IV - BOARD OF ALDERMEN
Section 1 - Composition.
Section 2 - Qualifications and salary.
Section 3 - President.
Section 4 - Absence from meetings.
Section 5 - Vacancies.
Section 6 - Vice-president, clerk and other officers and employees.
Section 7 - Board to be judge of qualifications of members; quorum.
Section 8 - Rules of procedure; punitive powers; attendance of witnesses; journal; publication of proceedings.
Section 9 - General and special sessions.
Section 10 - Enacting style of ordinances.
Section 11 - Ordinances to be passed by bill; limitation on amendment.
Section 12 - Revival, amendment and re-enactment of ordinances.
Section 13 - Bills to contain single subject; exception.
Section 14 - How committees discharged.
Section 15 - Amendments to be engrossed.
Section 16 - Adoption of ordinances.
Section 17 - Approval or disapproval of ordinances by mayor; reconsideration by board.
Section 18 - How vote determined; entry in journal.
Section 19 - Effective date of ordinances.
Section 20 - Emergency ordinance defined.
Section 21 - Ordinances to be numbered and published.
Section 22 - Revision of ordinances.
Section 23 - Legislative and administrative powers of board.
Section 24 - Fines and imprisonment.
Section 25 - Expenditures to be pursuant to ordinance; recommendations required.
Section 26 - Limitations on powers of board.
Article V - INITIATIVE
Section 1 - Use authorized.
Section 2 - Petition required.
Section 3 - Procedure employed in recall to be followed.
Section 4 - Certification of petition; submission of proposed ordinance to voters.
Section 5 - Form of ballot; adoption of ordinance; publication.
Section 6 - Amendment or repeal of initiated ordinance.
Article VI - REFERENDUM
Section 1 - When to be exercised.
Section 2 - Petition required; reconsideration of ordinance; submission to voters.
Section 3 - Procedure employed in recall to be followed.
Section 4 - How petition executed.
Section 5 - What ordinance to prevail where conflict occurs.
Section 6 - Filing and publication of statements relating to initiative or recall propositions.
Article VII - MAYOR
Section 1 - Powers and duties; compensation.
Section 2 - Qualifications.
Section 3 - Devolution of duties in event of disability or absence.
Section 4 - Removal from office.
Section 5 - By whom vacancy in office filled.
Article VIII - CITY OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
Section 1 - Appointments to be made by mayor; tenure.
Section 2 - Residence requirement.
Section 3 - Oath of office.
Section 4 - When official bond required; payment of premiums; failure to qualify.
Section 5 - Liability of department heads for subordinates.
Section 6 - Vacancies in elective offices.
Section 7 - Salaries and fees generally.
Section 8 - Payment of salaries; maximum established; additional compensation or employment; interest in city contracts; political activity.
Section 9 - Suspension and removal from office.
Section 10 - Reports by executive boards and heads of departments.
Section 11 - Mayor to determine questions as to division of officers' powers.
Section 12 - Devotion of entire times to duties.
Article IX - REGISTER
Section 1 - Powers and duties; bond; compensation.
Section 2 - Attestation and issuance of licenses and forms.
Article X - LAW DEPARTMENT
Section 1 - Composition.
Section 2 - Powers and duties of city counselor; compensation.
Section 3 - Qualifications of city counselor and appointees.
Article XI - CITY MARSHAL
Section 1 - Salary; duties; deputies.
Section 2 - Abolition of office.
Article XII - CITY COURTS
Section 1 - Judges.
Section 2 - Powers of board of aldermen; substitute judges; places of holding court.
Section 3 - Jurisdiction.
Section 4 - Clerk.
Article XIII - BOARD OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Section 1 - Creation and composition.
Section 2 - Qualifications of certain members.
Section 3 - Designation of deputies.
Section 4 - Meetings; quorum; proceedings.
Section 5 - Powers and duties.
Section 6 - Organization of departmental divisions.
Section 7 - Departmental relations; distribution of powers and duties.
Section 8 - Employment of specialists.
Section 9 - Department of the president.
Section 10 - Department of public utilities—Powers and duties.
Section 11 - Department of public utilities—Water division.
Section 12 - Accounts of city-owned utilities to be segregated.
Section 13 - Department of streets.
Section 14-A - Department of welfare.
Section 14-B - Department of parks, recreation and forestry.
Section 14-C - Department of health and hospitals.
Section 15 - Department of public safety.
Article XIV - ART MUSEUM AND ZOOLOGICAL PARK
Section 1 - Authorized.
Article XV - DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Section 1 - Composition.
Section 2 - The comptroller.
Section 3 - Designation of subordinate to affix comptroller's signature.
Section 4 - Composition of assessment division.
Section 5 - Assessor.
Section 6 - Deputy assessors.
Section 7 - Bonds to be given state.
Section 8 - Assessments to be made.
Section 9 - Assessment books.
Section 10 - Board of equalization—Members; oath; compensation.
Section 11 - Powers and duties.
Section 12 - Notice of availability of assessment books and time of sessions.
Section 13 - Meetings; evidence; appeals.
Section 14 - Who may appeal.
Section 15 - Abstract of books, extension of taxes and issuance of tax bills.
Section 16 - Erroneous assessments; duties of comptroller as to taxes.
Section 17 - Payment of expenses of assessment.
Section 18 - Abstracts to be delivered by recorder of deeds.
Section 19 - Composition of collection division.
Section 20 - Collector—Qualifications, compensation, powers and duties.
Section 21 - Bond.
Section 22 - Enforcement of payment of taxes.
Section 23 - Composition of treasury division.
Section 24 - Treasurer.
Section 25 - Depositaries of city funds.
Section 26 - Composition of supply division.
Section 27 - Supply commissioner.
Section 28 - Board of standardization.
Section 29 - How supplies, equipment and materials are leased and purchased.
Section 30 - Public printing and publishing.
Article XVI - BOARD OF ESTIMATE AND APPORTIONMENT
Section 1 - Composition; records; secretary.
Section 2 - Statements and estimates to be furnished board.
Section 3 - Annual budget and tax rate.
Section 4 - How appropriations to be set up.
Section 5 - Limitations on appropriations.
Section 6 - Disposition of unappropriated revenue and transfer of appropriated funds.
Section 7 - Reversion of unexpended appropriations.
Section 8 - Fiscal year.
Article XVII - CITY BONDS
Section 1 - Purposes for which bonds may be issued.
Section 2 - How payment to be made.
Section 3 - Elections authorizing issues.
Section 4 - Annual tax levy; sinking fund.
Section 5 - Payment of "St. Louis Water Bonds."
Section 6 - Administration of sinking funds.
Section 7 - Warrants for payment of bonded indebtedness.
Article XVIII - CIVIL SERVICE
Section 1 - Definitions.
Section 2 - Purpose and basic requirements of this article.
Section 3 - Scope of civil service rules.
Section 4 - Ordinances to be enacted.
Section 5 - Department of personnel.
Section 6 - Civil service commission.
Section 7 - Commission powers and duties.
Section 8 - Director of personnel—Appointment; qualifications; compensation.
Section 9 - Director's powers and duties generally; removal from office.
Section 10 - Selection of examiners and assistants; qualifications of employees.
Section 11 - Offices and facilities to be provided; unauthorized compensation.
Section 12 - Status of persons employed by city when article takes effect.
Section 13 - Liability of officers and sureties for payment of unauthorized compensation.
Section 14 - Examinations for licenses.
Section 15 - Unlawful conduct relating to examinations.
Section 16 - Racial, political and religious discrimination forbidden.
Section 17 - Political assessments and contributions.
Section 18 - Promises of official influence to affect political action.
Section 19 - Political activity of classified employes.
Section 20 - Leave to be granted for purpose of voting.
Section 21 - False statements under oath.
Section 22 - Penalties for violation.
Section 23 - Compliance with article and civil service rules.
Section 24 - Legal remedies for payment of unauthorized compensation.
Section 25 - Investigatory powers of director; payment of witnesses.
Section 26 - Effect of established titles and rates of pay.
Section 27 - Partial invalidity of provisions.
Section 28 - Repeal of inconsistent provisions.
Section 29 - Powers and duties of efficiency board vested in personnel board.
Section 30 - Effective date.
Section 31 - Fire department.
Article XIX - FRANCHISES
Section 1 - Limitations on grant; powers reserved to city; ordinances required; incidental regulations.
Section 2 - Control of public utilities.
Section 3 - Conditions of grant or renewal.
Section 4 - Maintenance of streets by street railroads.
Section 5 - Use of tracks of one street railroad by another.
Article XX - LICENSES TAXES
Section 1 - Subjects of taxation.
Section 2 - Tax on branch establishments.
Section 3 - Uniform tax for each class.
Article XXI - EMINENT DOMAIN
Section 1 - Initiation of proceedings.
Section 1-A - Information to be filed by board of public service.
Section 2 - Issuance and service of summons.
Section 3 - Commissioners, appointment, duties.
Section 4 - Determination of damages; liability of benefited property.
Section 5 - Property to be viewed; establishment of benefit or taxing district; publication of boundaries; report of assessment.
Section 6 - Rights of city upon payment of damages into court.
Section 7 - Exceptions, review by court.
Section 8 - Entry of judgment; payment of damages; collection where city fails to pay.
Section 9 - Cost of litigation, compensation of commissioners.
Section 10 - Limitation on subsequent action where proceedings dismissed.
Section 11 - Effect on abutting property of establishment of boulevards and parkways; power of city.
Section 12 - Procedure in condemnations for miscellaneous purposes.
Section 13 - When assessment for benefits to equal amount of damages.
Section 14 - Acquisition of property by private purchase; vacation of streets, etc.
Section 15 - When assessments may be paid in installments; issuance of bonds in anticipation of unpaid installments.
Section 16 - Appropriation of private property in excess of actual requirements.
Section 17 - Payment of benefits in installments; issuance of anticipation bonds.
Section 18 - Sale of unpaid judgments for benefit assessments.
Section 19 - Division of assessment against joint owners.
Section 20 - Application of amendment to prior proceedings.
Article XXII - PUBLIC WORKS AND IMPROVEMENTS
Section 1 - Ordinance initiating public works—Recommendations required.
Section 2 - Ordinance—Contents; authorization for subsequent appropriations.
Section 3 - Establishment of benefit, taxing and sewer districts, etc.
Section 4 - How contracts to be let.
Section 5 - Form of contracts.
Section 6 - Contracts for sewers to contain provisions for connections.
Section 7 - Complaints as to execution of contract.
Section 8 - Separate contracts for grading and improvement.
Section 9 - City to pay assessments where property exempt.
Section 10 - How cost of work or improvement levied and assessed—In general.
Section 11 - Alleys.
Section 12 - Sidewalks.
Section 13 - When reconstruction costs to be borne by city.
Section 14 - Classification of sewers.
Section 15 - Location and connection of sewers.
Section 16 - Levy and assessment of special tax for sewers.
Section 17 - Acquisition of private sewers by city.
Section 18 - Special tax bills to be issued on completion of work.
Section 19 - Reconstruction or alteration of district and joint-district sewers.
Section 20 - Construction, repair and maintenance of private sewers.
Section 21 - Public improvements by individuals—Permit required.
Section 22 - Utilization by city of material put into improvement.
Section 23 - Insufficient and excessive assessments.
Article XXIII - SPECIAL TAX BILLS
Section 1 - Preparation, certification and delivery.
Section 2 - Installments authorized; maturity.
Section 3 - Service of notice of issuance; return.
Section 4 - Effect as evidence of liability.
Section 5 - Lien; priority; legal remedies for collection.
Section 6 - Right of acceleration; interest on judgment.
Section 7 - Assignment and change of place of payment.
Section 8 - Receipt of payments by collector; bills to be marked satisfied; expiration of lien.
Section 9 - Ordinance ratifying irregularities.
Section 10 - New assessment to be made and tax bills issued where original assessment invalid.
Section 11 - Amendment of assessment and tax bills.
Section 12 - Additional provisions authorized.
Article XXIV - IMPROVEMENT BONDS AND FUNDS
Section 1 - Issuance; source of payment; provisions to be supplied by ordinance.
Section 2 - Appropriations for payment from general revenue.
Section 3 - Local improvement fund authorized.
Section 4 - Appropriation of fund for payment as work progresses.
Section 5 - Special tax bills issued under provisions of this article.
Article XXV - MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Section 1 - Changes in administrative provisions.
Section 2 - Taxation of raw materials and finished products, tools and machinery, and sales.
Section 3 - Assessments for planting shade trees and removal of snow, ice, rubbish and weeds.
Section 4 - Approval of official bonds; faithful performance required.
Section 5 - When additional official bond required.
Section 6 - Mayor's contingent fund.
Section 7 - Construction of title "board of election commissioners."
Section 8 - Appeals by city in judicial proceedings.
Section 9 - Execution of city's contracts.
Section 10 - City records to be open to mayor, comptroller and board of aldermen.
Section 11 - City surveyors.
Section 12 - Where city's notices, etc., published.
Section 13 - City marshal to execute process for boards and officers.
Section 14 - Maximum work day and minimum wage for mechanics and laborers.
Section 15 - Construction of word "office."
Section 16 - Construction of words "person" or "persons."
Section 17 - Ordinances in aid of state law.
Article XXVI - CITY PARKS PROTECTION
Section 1 - Real estate for use as a public park.
Section 2 - Intention of board of aldermen.
Schedule - (TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS)
Section 1 - Preservation of status quo.
Section 2 - Ordinances and proceedings as to public works validated.
Section 3 - Assessment for taxation preserved.
Section 4 - New titles to be read for former titles.
Section 5 - Ordinances imposing fines validated.
Section 6 - Legality of action by former boards and officers preserved.
Section 7 - Disposition of records, etc., of former boards and commissions.
Section 8 - Municipal assembly continued.
Section 9 - Terms of office not saved to be abolished.
Section 10 - Officers continued in new offices.
Section 11 - Officers continued in office.
Section 12 - Continuance of terms of city surveyors.
Section 13 - Office of auditor abolished.
Section 14 - Temporary law department.
Section 15 - Status of offices created by ordinance.
Section 16 - Boards, commissions and officers abolished; exceptions.
Section 17 - Renewal and substitution of bonds.
Section 18 - Oath of office required of officers continued in office.
Scheme - FOR THE SEPARATION AND REORGANIZATION OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS AND THE ADJUSTMENT OF THEIR RELATIONS
Section 1 - Boundaries of the City of St. Louis; territory of St. Louis County.
Section 2 - City and county declared separated; authority of county court annulled.
Section 3 - Election of officers for St. Louis County; judicial and representative districts established; county seat.
Section 4 - Present county court to order election November, 1876; duties and responsibilities of court in connection with separation.
Section 5 - Election of sheriff, coroner and public administrator for city; duties and compensation.
Section 6 - City marshal to assume duties of former county marshal.
Section 7 - County sheriff ex-officio collector; county clerk ex-officio recorder; present recorder to continue in office; election of city recorder.
Section 8 - Assessment and collection of taxes under scheme.
Section 9 - County court to transfer public buildings, moneys, etc., to city; employees to continue; mayor may retain or discharge appointees of court.
Section 10 - Title to public buildings, parks, etc., transferred to city; assumption of county debt by city.
Section 11 - Municipal assembly to provide for payment of county debt.
Section 12 - City officers to qualify under charter; election of municipal assembly; city offices to be filled April, 1877.
Section 13 - Ascertainment of county's financial condition; settlement of accounts.
Section 14 - Metropolitan police.
Section 15 - Justices of the peace and constables; bonds of constables and notaries.
Section 16 - City and county surveyors.
Section 17 - Notaries public.
Section 18 - Powers of sheriffs of city and county; duties of city marshal.
Section 19 - Judges of election for November, 1876; returns, etc.
Section 20 - Public officers to assist in carrying out scheme.
Section 21 - City may hold real estate in county.
Section 22 - Salaries of judicial officers.
Section 23 - Tax bills on property intersected by city limits.
Section 24 - Authority of county court conferred on municipal assembly.
Section 25 - Admission to poorhouse, insane asylum, etc.
Section 26 - Prosecuting attorneys and clerks of eighth judicial district continued in office.
Section 27 - Grand jurors—How selected and summoned.
Section 28 - Same—How paid.
Section 29 - Costs in criminal cases.
Section 30 - Petit jurors—How selected and summoned.
Section 31 - Same—How paid.
Section 32 - Collections payable into city treasury; payments into county treasury; appropriations by municipal assembly.
Section 33 - Power of former county collector vested in sheriff of county.
Section 34 - Authority of municipal assembly as to revenue.
Section 35 - Regulations as to animals running at large.
Section 36 - School districts interested by city limits.
Section 37 - School property transferred to St. Louis public schools.
Section 38 - Enumeration of children within school age; division of school property.
Section 39 - Expenses of board of freeholders.