[HISTORY: Adopted 27 Del. Laws, c. 216; amended in its entirety 78 Del. Laws, c. 267]
The limits and boundaries of the City of New Castle shall be as previously fixed and established or hereafter altered according to law and shall be marked and defined according to maps and plots now of record or hereafter recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in and for New Castle County pursuant to lawful annexation proceedings. Such maps and plots, when so made and approved by the City Council of the City of New Castle, and signed by the President of Council and City Clerk, and sealed with the City seal and when recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds, in and for New Castle County, Delaware shall be deemed to be the true and correct maps and plots of the City and of all the streets, boundaries, lanes and alleys thereof, and the same, or the record thereof, or a duly certified copy of said record, shall be evidenced in all courts of law and equity in the State of Delaware.
The City of New Castle, and the inhabitants thereof, shall be and continue as a municipal corporation by the style and name of "The City of New Castle", and by that style and name it shall have perpetual succession and is hereby made able and capable in law to have, take, purchase, receive, possess, enjoy and retain to it and its successors, lands, tenements, hereditaments, goods, chattels and effects of whatever kind, nature and quality, and the same to sell, grant, pledge, hypothecate, demise, alien or dispose of, to sue, be sued, plead, and be impleaded, defend, and to be defended in all courts of law and equity, or any other place whatsoever, and also to have, make and use a common seal, and the same to break, later or renew at its pleasure, and generally shall have all the privileges and franchises incident to a corporation or body politic.
Consistent with Chapter 1, Title 22 of the Delaware Code, the City Council shall have the power to annex any contiguous territory, and to extend and apply thereto all laws, ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations in force within the State of Delaware and the City, so far as the same may be legally applicable.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
The officers of the municipal corporation consist of a Mayor, a Council to be composed of four Members, and a President of Council who shall be ex-officio a member and presiding officer of the Council. No person is eligible to any of the above offices who is not a citizen of the State and a resident of the City. The Mayor and the President and Members of Council must have resided in the City for at least 2 years before their election and at the time of their election be qualified voters of the City.
The City Council shall appoint an officer of the City who has the title of City Clerk. The City Clerk's duties are as determined from time to time by City Council. The City Clerk may be removed from office upon the affirmative vote of 4 members of City Council.
The City Council shall appoint an officer of the City who has the title of City Treasurer. The City Treasurer's duties are as determined from time to time by City Council. The City Treasurer may be removed from office upon the affirmative vote of 4 members of City Council.
The Council may, from time to time, by resolution appoint a City Solicitor who must be a licensed member in good standing of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware with a minimum of 5 years experience before the Delaware Bar. The Council may also, from time to time, by resolution appoint a City Engineer who must be duly licensed by The State of Delaware as a professional engineer in good standing with a minimum of 5 years experience as a licensed professional engineer in the State of Delaware. The Council, by ordinance or resolution, may establish such other offices and their respective duties, and may appoint and remove such other officers as Council may deem necessary.
Each Council member shall propose necessary and appropriate legislation and resolutions for Council's consideration; serve on committees designated by Council; attend public hearings on proposed legislation; be available and responsive to constituents, and perform all other duties as provided in the Charter and by Delaware law.
The Council shall determine the annual salary of the Mayor, the President of Council, and Council members by ordinance, but no ordinance increasing such salary may become effective until the date of commencement of the terms of the Mayor, the President of Council, and the Council members elected at the next regular election, provided that such election follows the adoption of such ordinance by at least six months. The Mayor, the President of Council, and members of Council must receive reimbursement for actual time and necessary expenses as supported by receipts incurred when on official business. The salaries, fees, or compensation of appointed officers must be fixed by resolution of Council.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
Election of the Mayor, the President of Council, and other Council members must occur at biannual elections on the second Saturday of April (except when such date falls on Easter week-end, then on the third Saturday of April). Commencing with the election to be held in calendar year 2013 the terms of Mayor, the President of Council, and other Council members must be staggered. At the election to be held in calendar year 2013, the Mayor and 2 Council members must be elected for a 2 year term while the President of Council and the remaining 2 Council members must be elected to a 4 year term. The 2 successful Council member candidates receiving the largest number of votes must be elected to 4 year term seats on Council. The 2 successful Council member candidates receiving the least number of votes must be elected to 2 year seats on Council. Thereafter, in all odd numbered years, 2 Council members and either the Mayor or the President of Council (depending on whose term has expired) must be elected for 4 year terms. Each officer shall hold office until the biannual election when his or her term expires and until his or her successor has been elected and qualified.
[Amended 80 Del. Laws, c. 3; 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
The responsibility for conducting all municipal elections in the City of New Castle is vested with the Board of Elections for the City of New Castle. Each member of City Council shall appoint 1 qualified elector, who is also a resident of the City of New Castle, to serve as a member of said Board. The term of all individuals so appointed is 4 years, commencing the day on which the appointment is made.
Should any member of the Board of Elections die or become unable to perform the required duties, at any time, a successor must be appointed to complete the remainder of the term in an open meeting of the City Council, by the Council Member, or their successor, who made the original appointment.
The Board of Elections for the City of New Castle has, subject to the formal approval by Ordinance, by majority vote of the City Council, the power, authority, and responsibility to establish or to amend all rules or regulations designed to do any of the following:
In the month of July in years preceding an election years, meet and elect from the members of the Board, a President and a Secretary; and
To provide for all such other matters related to the municipal election processes of the City of New Castle including compliance with all applicable State election laws.
Any member of the Board of Elections or any election officer appointed by them who is found guilty, by majority vote of the City Council, of either of the following shall immediately forfeit their position or employment:
The pay for all members of the Board of Elections, all election officers, and all election related materials, including polling place rental, must be fixed by City Council and paid out of City funds.
Any person desiring to become a candidate for the office of Mayor, the President of Council, or a member of Council shall file with the City his or her name, place of residence, and date, designating the office for which he or she seeks to become a candidate, no later than 5:00 p.m. local time, of the last Friday in the month of February in the year of the election.
Any candidate desiring to withdraw his or her candidacy shall do so by notifying the City in writing no later than March 20th in the year of the election or should March 20th fall on a weekend or federal holiday, the next business day thereafter.
At any municipal election of the City of New Castle all individuals who have attained the age of 18 at the time of the election who have been a resident of the City of New Castle for 30 days preceding said election are entitled to vote; provided, however, that said person is otherwise qualified to register to vote and has registered to vote as required by the Election Laws of the State of Delaware (15 Del. C. Chapter 75), 5 days prior to said election. The Board of Elections shall decide on the legality of the votes offered.
The Board of Elections shall determine the place or places for holding said election, subject to the approval of City Council and shall give notice of the time and places of holding said election by posting notice thereof in accordance with applicable Delaware State election laws governing municipal elections. The Board of Elections shall appoint sufficient election officers and an election Inspector under 15 Del. C. § 7556 to assist in overseeing and conducting elections.
On the day of the election, all polling places will open at 8:00 a.m., local time and close at 6 p.m., local time, for the purpose of voting.
Upon the closing of the polls under subsection (k) of this section, the Board of Elections shall count all the votes cast, publicly read the results, and certify said results to the President and members of City Council.
For the purpose of certifying the results to the Board of Elections, the election officers shall fill out 4 certificates of election, all of which are to be verified and signed by all of the election officers present at the closing of the polls. The Inspector and 1 election official must each retain, for 30 days following the day of election, 1 copy of the certificate of election. The third copy must be given to the President or the designee of the Board of Elections at the closing of the polling place and the fourth copy must be given to the President of City Council, at the closing of the polling place.
On the Monday evening following any such election, the City Council shall meet at 8:00 p.m., local time, for the purpose of canvassing said election. The President of the Board of Elections or the President's designee shall appear before City Council at that time and present the certificate of election retained by them. The City Council shall canvass the vote and, after ascertaining which candidates have received the greatest number of votes and have been thereby elected to the various offices, shall fill out, sign, and deliver certificates of election to all of the successful candidates.
In the event of a tie vote for election to any office, a special election for said office(s) must be held within 45 days following the election that resulted in the tie vote and the voter registration books must remain closed until the outcome of the special election is determined.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
As soon as may be conveniently be done after the result of an election under Section 6 has been ascertained by the City Council under Section 6(n), but no sooner than the seventh day following said election, each person elected as Mayor, President of Council, or member of Council shall take and subscribe, before any sitting judge or justice of any court of the State of Delaware, or any sitting Mayor, President of Council, Council member, or Delaware licensed attorney, an oath or affirmation that the individual will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Delaware and that the individual will perform the duties of the office with fidelity.
Upon taking such oath or affirmation, and the giving of such bond as is required by this Charter or applicable law, the person elected shall enter upon the duties of that office.
The City may cause a bond to the municipal corporation to be purchased which must cover the Treasurer in such amount as the Council may determine, and with surety, to be approved by the Council, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of the individual's office. The Treasurer shall, from time to time, prepare and present to Council such reports as may be required by Council. The Council may, by ordinance, or otherwise, require such other officers of the City to give bond in such manner and with such conditions as it may deem proper.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
The Mayor, President of Council, and members of Council hold their respective offices until their successors have been duly elected and qualified as provided by this Charter, and the failure to hold an election on the day fixed or the omission to execute any authority conferred by this Act does not dissolve the municipal corporation, but the authority of each officer continues until a new election can be legally held.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
In case of the death, resignation, refusal to act, forfeiture of office, disability, removal, or inability to be bonded under the provisions of this charter, of any person elected to the office of Mayor, President of Council, or member of Council, such office is deemed vacant. If such vacancy occurs less than 6 months before the next regularly scheduled City election, the office remains vacant until the next election and a successor is duly elected. If such vacancy occurs in excess of 6 months before the next regularly scheduled City election, a special election must be held to fill such vacancy, with the special election to be held no sooner than 60 days from the date of the vacancy, and no later than 90 days from the date of the vacancy as determined by City Council. Any individual desiring to become a candidate for the office of a vacated elective office must file with the City the individual's name, place of residence, and the date of this filing, designating the office for which the individual seeks to become a candidate, no later than 5:00 p.m. local time, on the fortieth day before the date of the scheduled election. Any individual desiring to withdraw the individual's candidacy shall do so by notifying the City in writing no later than the twentieth calendar day before the date of the scheduled special election. For purposes of this section, if the deadline to file or withdraw one's candidacy falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day thereafter.
The Mayor, President of Council, or any Council member immediately forfeits office if the individual ceases to be qualified under this Charter to hold office or is convicted of a non-appealable felony. If the Mayor, the President of Council, or any Council member fails to attend 3 or more consecutive regular monthly meetings of Council, or more than one-third of Council's regular monthly meetings in any consecutive 12 month period, the remaining Council members may, in their discretion, following notice and an opportunity to be heard, adopt a resolution removing the individual from office and declaring that office vacant.
Any inspector, judge or clerk of election, at any election held under this Charter, who shall knowingly and willfully take and receive or advise and consent to the taking and receiving of the vote of any person not entitled to vote at any such election, or shall knowingly and willfully reject or advise and concur in rejecting the vote of any person entitled to vote at such election, or shall use any fraud, falsehood, or deceit in doing or performing any of the duties, matters or things required of him or her, or shall refuse or willfully neglect to perform any of the said duties, matters or things, shall, for every such offense, upon conviction thereof in the Superior Court of State of Delaware, in and for New Castle County, forfeit and pay to the State a fine of Five Hundred Dollars for the use of the City of New Castle; and any person not entitled to vote, who shall vote or offer to vote at any such election, shall, upon conviction as aforesaid, forfeit and pay to the State a fine of One Thousand Dollars for the use of the City of New Castle.
The Council of the City of New Castle, and its successors in office, shall be, and hereby is, vested with all the legislative powers of the municipal corporation, and shall have power to make and use a corporate seal and to change, alter and renew same. The said Council and its successors shall be able and capable:
To sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in all Courts in this State by the corporate name of "The Council of the City of New Castle;" and may have, take, purchase, possess, enjoy and retain, by lawful means, to it and its successors, within said City, or beyond the limits thereof, lands, tenements and hereditaments, goods, chattels and effects of whatsoever kind, nature and quality, necessary for municipal purposes; and the same to lien, sell, grant, demise, align or dispose of at pleasure;
To receive devises, bequests, gifts and donations of all kinds of property within said City and beyond the limits thereof, for its use and benefit, or in trust for charitable, benevolent, educational, or other public purposes, and to do all things necessary to carry out the purposes of such devises, bequests, gifts and donations;
To acquire or erect public buildings for municipal purposes, and to regulate and control the management of the same;
To lay out, establish and maintain or vacate public parks and squares;
To lay out, open, regulate, grade, extend, widen, improve or vacate streets and alleys, crossings and other highways;
To construct, maintain or vacate sewers, drains, gutters and other works for the disposition of sewage and drainage of said City, the jurisdiction and control over the squares, streets and alleys, sidewalks, crossings and highways to extend from building line to building line;
To supply said City and its inhabitants with water, and wastewater treatment facilities, and to protect the water to be used from contamination;
To provide for the acquisition or erection and maintenance of such works as may be necessary or convenient for supplying water, and to fix, alter, regulate and control the price and use of, water and wastewater treatment so supplied;
To provide for lighting the streets and all public places in said City, and for supplying the inhabitants thereof with electricity;
To provide for the acquisition or erection and maintenance of such works as may be necessary or convenient for supplying such electricity, and to fix, alter, regulate and control the price and use of electricity so supplied;
To grant to persons or corporations in such manner and upon such terms and conditions as it may prescribe, franchises and privileges to locate, construct, extend and operate any enterprise, in, upon, or through any public park, square, street or other highway, provided that such grant shall be subject to repeal or revocation for the abuse, misuse or nonuse of the franchises and privileges thereunder granted, and provided further that no ordinance granting any such franchise or privilege shall be passed unless it shall receive the affirmative votes of two-thirds of all the members of Council;
To regulate and control the storage, within said Town, of explosives, oils, compounds, or any other dangerously combustible matter;
To grant licenses or permits for any lawful purpose, and to define the purposes for which licenses or permits shall be required;
To make and enforce sanitary regulations;
To define, abate and remove nuisances, injurious to the public health or dangerous to the inhabitants of said City, and to prevent the introduction of infectious or contagious diseases, for which said purpose its jurisdiction shall extend to any point within one mile beyond the limits of said City;
To regulate and control the erection of buildings within said City, and to require licenses or permits to be taken out before the erection or repair of any building;
To prohibit the going at large of any animal, except under regulations prescribed by it;
To lay and collect fines on the owner or harborer of animal found going at large in violation of such regulations; and to provide for the registration of dogs in said City;
To make and enforce within said City such fire, police and other regulations as may be deemed expedient to protect persons and property, maintain the public peace, prevent crimes and promote the public morals;
To establish, direct and administer police and fire departments and to appoint such police, fire prevention and other suitable personnel to enforce the City's laws, ordinances and regulations and the laws of the State of Delaware as same may be amended from time to time, and to otherwise preserve the peace within the limits of the City, said police personnel having full right to pursue and arrest beyond the limits of the City any violator of the laws or ordinances of the City;
To borrow money for municipal purposes on the credit of the corporation and to issue bonds therefore in the manner and under the restrictions hereinafter provided;
To provide for the payment of the legitimate expenses of the corporation, and for the annual payment, through the medium of a reserve fund, or otherwise, of a portion of its bonded indebtedness, now existing, or hereafter to be created:
To prescribe the extent of steps, porches, cellar doors and other outlets to buildings;
To regulate the construction and repair of chimneys, and to regulate party walls:
To prescribe the violations of ordinances by fine or imprisonment, as determined by Council by ordinance.
To make general assessments of property in said City, and assess and collect taxes and other rates and charges thereon, for municipal uses and purposes; and to make and collect special assessments of said property for the costs of any local or general improvement and to enforce the payment of such taxes and other rates and charges and special assessments; and
To exercise all municipal powers necessary to the proper administration of the municipal government, and for the wellbeing of the inhabitants of said City, whether said powers be expressly enumerated herein or not.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
The Mayor of the City is the executive officer thereof, and is hereby constituted a conservator of the peace within the said City, and is authorized, empowered, and required to exercise within said City, all the authority which justices of the peace in and for the County of New Castle may exercise under the laws of this State, and the Mayor is further invested with authority in all lawful cases of commitment to commit persons guilty of a breach of the peace to the appropriate correctional facility. The Mayor must faithfully execute the laws and ordinances of said City and for that purpose has the power and authority to arrest and hold to bail all persons accused of a breach of said ordinances, and fine and imprison all persons found guilty of a breach of said ordinances. Such power and authority must be exercised upon complaint duly made under oath and hearing of the party accused, and for that purpose, the Mayor has the power to issue the ordinary process for the arrest of parties and for the attendance of witnesses, and the power to punish for contempt now possessed by justices of the peace. Provided, that the Mayor does not have jurisdiction in any civil matter other than to carry out the provisions of this charter, or the regulations and ordinances adopted for the government of said City by the powers herein authorized to adopt the same, and that all fines imposed and collected, must be paid to the City of New Castle.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
All the legislative powers of the corporation are vested in the Council. Council may adopt rules for the government of their own body and the transaction of business. The President of Council is the presiding officer and a member of the Council and has the authority to designate another member of Council to preside at any meeting of Council in the President's absence. The Council shall meet for the transaction of business no less frequently than monthly at such times as the said Council may determine, and a majority of the whole number of members constitutes a quorum to do business. All meetings of the Council are public, except meetings for the transaction of executive business in accordance with the Delaware Freedom of Information Act, 29 Del.C. §§ 10001 et seq., as amended. No ordinance can pass the Council unless the ordinance has the concurrence of a majority of all the members of the Council and has had at least one reading at a previous meeting thereof. No ordinance may be repealed other than by an ordinance duly passed. On the final passage of an ordinance the vote must be taken by yeas and nays and the names of the persons voting for and against the same must be entered on the minutes. The yeas and nays on any questions may, at the desire of any Council member, be entered on the minutes. No ordinance authorizing the borrowing of money and the issuing of bonds therefor can pass the Council without the concurrence of at least two-thirds of all the members. Every ordinance after it has passed the Council, must be signed by the President of Council and the Clerk of Council in authentication of its passage, and on the next day thereafter presented to the Mayor. If the Mayor approves it, the Mayor shall sign it; but if not, the Mayor shall return it with written objections to the Council who shall enter the objections on the minutes and proceed to reconsider it. If two-thirds of all the members of the Council agree to pass the same, it becomes an ordinance of the City; otherwise it is inoperative. Every ordinance that is not returned to the Council by the Mayor within 5 days after receipt, becomes an ordinance of the City in like manner as if the Mayor had signed it. All ordinances of the City must be preserved in the permanent records of the City.
The streets, sidewalks, lanes, alleys, pavements, curbs, gutters, light, power, sewer, and water, in the City of New Castle shall be under the supervision, management and control of the Council.
Whenever Council shall deem it expedient and needful for the public good and convenience that any sidewalk or street or portion thereof within said City should be paved or repaved or that any curbing should be laid or reset or repaired, the Council shall have the power to cause the sidewalk or street or portion thereof to be paved or repaved, repaired or re-laid, and to cause the curbing or gutters to be laid, reset, or repaired with such material or materials and according to such specifications as it shall determine. Council may, by ordinance, require that such work be undertaken and/or paid for by the owners of adjacent property and may impose a lien on such property owners if such costs are not timely paid. Whenever Council shall deem it expedient and needful for the public health and welfare that any sewers, mains and pipes be laid or installed on any property or on any street or alley in said City or any public road adjoining or extending to said City, the said Council shall have the power and it is hereby authorized to proceed with the laying and installing of said sewers, mains and pipes in the manner hereinbefore provided pertaining to the improvements and repairs to sidewalks, streets, curbs and gutters, and to cause same to be done and costs recovered as therein provided. In addition, whenever Council shall so determine, it may in like manner cause any property in the City to be connected with the water and sewer mains and to recover the costs therefore after like notice and in like manner as hereinbefore provided for the improvements and repairs to streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
If any person or persons or entity shall hereafter set up a business for manufacturing, industrial, office or other commercial purposes within the limits of said City and the Council shall determine that such business will furnish continuous employment for a sufficient number of persons to materially benefit the City of New Castle generally, the Council shall have power to remit, in whole or in part, the levying of taxes imposed thereon for City purposes for a period not exceeding ten years; but such remission of taxes shall remain in the discretion of Council and may be conditioned in the discretion of Council.
No circus, menagerie, theatrical or minstrel company, or exhibition of any kind shall be exhibited, or bills posted, or street parade had therefore within the limits of said City; nor shall any person or persons, or corporation, open or set up, or attempt to open or set up therein, any temporary or transient business, for the purpose of selling or offering for sale by auction or otherwise, goods, wares, or merchandise; or peddle, take orders for the delivery of goods, wares and merchandise within the limits of said City, without first having obtained permission of Council, which shall have power to issue license or permit therefore, the charge for which shall remain in its discretion. For purposes of this Section, the phrase "temporary or transient business" shall be defined as set forth in 6 Del. C. § 4702 as same may be amended from time to time, and, in addition, shall not include any individual business that operates at a permanent location if all of the businesses which operate at the location, taken together, would not be considered a temporary or transient business.
No road tax shall be levied upon any of the property within the limits of said City by any other taxing authority within the State of Delaware than the Council of said City, which shall levy all taxes necessary for the maintenance of the streets, lanes and alleys of said City.
The Council shall, on or before the first Monday in each July, meet and ascertain, as near as may be, the amount necessary to cover the net expenses of the government of said City for the current fiscal year, including, but not limited to, the maintenance of streets, police assessment, collection of taxes and cost of trash collection; and shall make up a budget containing the items and estimated amounts necessary to cover each and every branch and item of said City government. And immediately after the assessment and valuation shall have been finally settled and adjusted under the provisions of this Act, the said Council shall proceed to levy a tax on the real property, thus valued and assessed, in just and equal portions and rates, sufficient to cover the aggregate of said budget.
The provisions of Chapter 29, Title 25 of the Delaware Code, as amended, with reference to tax liens are deemed and held to apply to all taxes laid and imposed under the provisions of this Charter. In addition, liens on real property arise in favor of the City whenever the following charges are imposed by the City or the City's Municipal Services Commission relating to any parcel of real estate:
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
Service charges for maintenance or use of water and electrical systems, including penalty and interest thereon;
Charges for the costs of securing, razing, or demolition of buildings done through public expenditure;
Charges for duly authorized improvements or maintenance to the exteriors of buildings or property done through public expenditure;
Assessments for the installation of electrical lines, water mains, sidewalks and curbing, including penalty and interest thereon;
Fees imposed by law or ordinance of the City for registration of ownership of any vacant buildings located within the political subdivision, the imposition of which fees is final and non-appealable;
Charges for the costs of removing weeds, grasses, refuse, rubbish, trash or other waste material done through public expenditure; and
As authorized by ordinance.
Debt Action. The City may recover the amount of the tax or other charge due in an action of debt against the delinquent taxpayer or property owner in any court of competent jurisdiction and it shall be sufficient to set forth that the action is to recover a specified sum of money, being a tax or other charge assessed against property owned by defendant, in whole or in part, together with such description of the property as will be sufficient to identify the same and the year for which the taxes were levied. The right of appeal shall be the same as in other civil actions.
In addition to all existing methods and authority for collection of taxes or other charges due to the City or its Municipal Services Corporation, the City may file or cause to be filed a praecipe in the Office of the Prothonotary of the Superior Court in and for New Castle County.
The name of the person in whose name the assessment was made;
The description of the property as the same shall appear upon the assessment rolls;
The year or years for which the taxes are due and payable;
The date of filing of such praecipe; and
The amount of the judgment, the same being the amount set forth in the praecipe.
Remedies Cumulative. The remedies herein provided are cumulative and, if two or more proceedings are pending to recover the amount due for taxes or other charges upon the same property for any year, neither proceeding shall be pleaded in bar or in suspension of other proceedings. However, when the full amount due for taxes upon the property for the year or other charges shall have been paid to the plaintiff in any proceeding, together with all costs in all proceedings then pending, plaintiff shall enter upon the records thereof discontinuances thereof.
Establishment of Collection Methods. Specifics procedures for the collection of delinquent taxes and other charges generally provided under this and the preceding Sections, where not otherwise provided for, shall be set by the Council by ordinance. All other procedures not covered by this and the preceding Sections shall be the same as are provided by law.
Fees and Costs. The fees and costs to be fixed in all monition proceedings and all other delinquent tax recovery methods under this and the preceding Sections, where not otherwise provided for, shall be set by the Council by ordinance. All other charges not covered by this and the preceding Sections shall be the same as are provided by law.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
Whenever the needs of the City require more money than is, at the time, in the City treasury from current receipts, the Council is authorized and empowered to anticipate current revenue by borrowing such amounts as are needed. The aggregate amount of outstanding principal from any such borrowing or borrowings under this paragraph may not exceed $500,000.00. Any borrowings under this paragraph must, by their terms, be repayable in full within 13 months of the date of each such borrowing or the maximum time period permitted under Federal tax law, whichever greater.
To exercise the power under paragraph (a) of this section, the Council must adopt a resolution to that effect, which resolution must be by roll call and require the affirmative vote of at least a two-thirds majority of all members of the Council. The indebtedness created under this provision must be secured by a promissory note or notes or other evidence of indebtedness of the City, and the full faith and credit of the City may be deemed to be pledged thereby, and no officer nor Council member is personally liable for the payment of such notes because it is signed by them as officers of the City, and is authorized by a resolution of the Council. Such short-term debt must not be considered as part of the bonded debt of the City when limitations under indebtedness, as set forth elsewhere in this Charter, are computed.
The Council of the City of New Castle may borrow upon the full faith and credit of said City, a sum or sums not to exceed one and two-tenths percent (1.2%) of total assessed value of the real estate in said City in principal amount outstanding at any one time, for capital expenditures, pursuant to a resolution following public hearing, passed by a two-thirds majority of all members of Council, and give its obligation therefore, subject to a twenty percent (20%) borrowing limitation set forth in Section 21(b). All obligations or bonds authorized by this Section must be signed by the President of Council and countersigned by the Treasurer, and sealed with the corporate seal. The Council of the City of New Castle shall determine the form of the bonds or certificates of indebtedness authorized under this section, if any, the time or times of payment, the interest rate, the classes, the series, the maturity, the registration, any callable or redeemable feature, the denomination, the name thereof, and any other relative or appurtenant matter pertaining thereto. All bonds or other kinds or forms of certificates of indebtedness issued by the City pursuant to the provisions in this Section, and the interest thereon, are exempt from taxation from the State of Delaware or any political subdivision thereof. The aggregate principal amount of debt outstanding from any such borrowing or borrowings under Section 21(a) may at no time exceed one and two-tenths (1.2) percent of total assessed value of the real estate in said City.
[Amended 81 Del. Laws, c. 414]
The Council of the City of New Castle may borrow money for municipal purposes of any character whatsoever, upon the full faith and credit of said City, secured by revenues pledged to secure and repay such indebtedness, or both, and issue bonds or other evidence of indebtedness, but in no case shall the total indebtedness of every kind (including amounts borrowed pursuant to Section 21(a), but exclusive of amounts payable solely from revenues or borrowed pursuant to Section 20) exceed twenty percent (20%) of the then last assessed value of all real estate in said City. Before borrowing any sums (other than sums borrowed pursuant to Section 20 or Section 21(a) hereof) the Council shall submit to the qualified voters of said City the question of borrowing such sum or sums of money, and such borrowing shall not be authorized unless first approved by a majority of the votes cast at a special election to be held for that purpose. Notice of such special election stating the amount proposed to be borrowed (which may be stated as a not-to-exceed amount) and, when borrowed, what the aggregate of the municipal indebtedness will be, and the purpose to which the loan will be applied, shall be posted according to Delaware law at least ten (10) days prior to said special election.
At such special election, any person who is entitled to vote in the annual City election, if it were held on that day, shall be entitled to vote. The said election shall be by ballot or voting machine, if required by State law, and under like provisions and by like officers as herein provided for holding general municipal elections. The ballots shall be printed 'For Bond Issue' or 'Against Bond Issue' (or if for multiple projects, 'For' or 'Against' a Bond Issue in an aggregated stated principal amount for a stated project. If a majority of the votes cast be 'For the Bond Issue' (or if multiple projects, For Bond issue in the aggregate principal amount for a stated project), then the Council shall have the authority to borrow the sum or sums of money and issue the bonds therefore, pledging the full faith and credit of said City.
If revenue bonds are issued, each such bond shall recite in substance that said bond, including interest therein, is payable from the revenue pledged to the payment thereof, and that said bond does not constitute a debt of the City of New Castle within the meaning of the bonded indebtedness limitation contained in Section 21(b) above provided, however, that in the event of some emergency, the City may temporarily borrow, advance or loan such amount as is necessary to meet current interest on outstanding bonds, such advance or loan to be repaid to the City of revenue subsequently received from the undertaking. If revenue bonds are issued, the Council shall prescribe and have collected reasonable rates, fees or charges for the service, facilities and accommodations of said undertaking and shall revise such rates, fees or charges from time to time whenever necessary so that such undertaking shall be and always remain self-supporting. The rates, fees or charges prescribed shall be such as will procure revenue at least sufficient to pay, when due, all bonds and interest thereon the payment of which such revenue is or shall have been pledged, charged or otherwise encumbered, including reserves therefore, and to provide for all expenses of operation and maintenance of such undertaking, payments in lieu of taxes, depreciation and other reserves. Any bonds or indebtedness secured by both revenues and the full faith and credit of the City, shall be subject to the limitations contained in Section 21(b).
In connection with development plans, the Mayor and Council have the power to impose, upon new development or construction, upon first-time occupancy of new construction, or upon annexed property such 'impact fees' as are reasonably calculated to recover the proportionate cost of installing, enlarging, improving or expanding public or municipal improvements including sewer, water, electric, gas, roads, parking, police and parks and to contribute to the costs of operations of those volunteer fire companies and/or ambulance/paramedic companies providing services within the City.
Any bonds, notes or evidence of indebtedness issued pursuant to this Section and the interest thereon shall be exempt from taxation by the State of Delaware, its agencies and political subdivisions. The form of the bonds or certificates of indebtedness authorized under this Section, if any, the time or times of payment, the interest rate, the classes, the series, the maturity, the registration, any callable or redeemable feature, the denomination, the name thereof, and any other relative or appurtenant matter pertaining thereto shall all be determined by the Council of the City of New Castle, by resolution. Any such bonds, notes or evidences of indebtedness may be sold in a public or private sale as determined by the said Council.
If the City shall irrevocably deposit in trust with a Delaware bank or trust company that has offices in the State of Delaware, amounts sufficient, together with investment proceeds thereof, to pay principal and interest on indebtedness of the City when due and upon maturity or earlier redemption, such indebtedness shall not be deemed outstanding for purposes of the debt limitations contained herein. Any bonds or other debt instruments issued by the City to currently or advance refund-existing indebtedness shall not require a special election, provided that the refunding results in debt service savings to the City.
The Council of the City of New Castle shall have authority to provide for a reserve fund for the redemption of any and all bond issues now outstanding against said City, or which may be hereafter issued by the City, at or before their maturity.
This Act shall operate to amend, revise and consolidate, 'An Act to Re-incorporate the City of New Castle' being 67 Del. Laws, Chap. 30 (1989), as amended by 69 Del. Laws, Chap344, and the various amendments and supplements thereto, and to repeal all such parts of said Act and its amendments and supplements as are manifestly inconsistent with the provisions of this Act. All powers conferred upon or vested in the City of New Castle by any Act of Law of the State of Delaware not in conflict with the provisions of this Charter, are hereby expressly conferred upon, and vested in the City of New Castle and/or the Council of the City of New Castle, precisely as if each of the said powers was expressly repeated in this Charter.
All ordinances and resolutions heretofore lawfully enacted or adopted by the "The Mayor and Council of the City of New Castle," "The Council of the City of New Castle" or the "Mayor and Council of New Castle", and now in force, shall so remain until repealed, modified or altered by the Council of the City of New Castle" under provisions of this Charter; all the acts and doings of the Mayor and Council of New Castle or any officers or employees of the City of New Castle lawfully done or performed under the provisions of any law of this State, or of any ordinance of the City of New Castle prior to the approval of this Act, are hence ratified and confirmed; all taxes, debts, fines or penalties, assessments and forfeitures due the Mayor and Council of New Castle shall be deemed to be due to the City of New Castle and debts due from the Mayor and Council of New Castle shall be deemed to be due from the City of New Castle and the same shall remain unimpaired until paid; and the power, right and authority to collect taxes imposed under the provisions of this Act, and the process which may be employed hereunder, shall be deemed to apply and to extend to unpaid taxes imposed under the Charter of the City of New Castle and all amendments and supplements thereto; the bonds given by or account of the Mayor and Council of New Castle shall not be impaired by or affect by the provisions of this Act, but the City of New Castle shall succeed to all benefits of said bonds; all valid laws heretofore passed relating to or concerning the Mayor and Council of New Castle or authorizing the borrowing of money and issuing of bonds on the credit of the Mayor and Council of New Castle shall be and remain valid and good as heretofore, and shall be unaffected and unimpaired by this Act.
If any provision of this Act or the application thereof to any provision or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application; and, to that end, the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable.
In construing this Act, every word importing the masculine gender only may be extended to and include females as well as males.
The word "Council" shall be construed to mean the "Council of the City of New Castle". The word "City" shall be construed to mean the "City of New Castle".
The words "land" or "lands" or "real estate" shall be construed to include lands, tenements and hereditaments.
This Act shall be deemed and taken to be a public Act.