Charter: Article XIX
Miscellaneous Provisions (cont.)

Section 19.8. Oath of office

Before entering upon the duties of his office, every officer shall file with the city clerk his certificate of election or appointment, and shall take and subscribe before, and file with the city clerk his oath or affirmation that he possesses all the qualifications for the office to which he is chosen, that he is not subject to any of the disqualifications set forth in this Charter, that he will support the constitution and laws of the United States and of the State of Missouri, and the Charter and ordinances of the City of Springfield, and that he will faithfully discharge the duties of his office.

Section 19.9. Official Bonds

The city manager, city clerk, director of finance, and all other officers and employees receiving, disbursing, or responsible for City funds, and such other officers and employees as the council by ordinance may designate shall, within such time after election or appointment as may be fixed by ordinance, and before entering upon the discharge of their duties, give bond to the City in such sums and with such sureties as shall be prescribed by ordinance, and subject to approval by the council, conditioned upon the faithful and proper performance of their duties and for the prompt accounting for and paying over to the City of all monies belonging to the City that may come into their hands. If any person elected or appointed to any office or employment shall fail to give bond as herein required; he shall forfeit his office or employment. The City shall pay the premiums on all such bonds. Unless otherwise provided by ordinance, the bond of the city clerk shall be filed with the mayor, and the bonds of all other officers and employees shall be filed with the city clerk.

Section 19.10. Notice of suits

No action shall be maintained against the City for or on account of any injury growing out of any defect in the condition of any bridge, boulevard, street, sidewalk or thoroughfare in this City, until notice shall have first been given in writing to the Mayor of the City within 90 days of the occurrence for which such damage is claimed, stating the place where and the time when such injury was received, the character and circumstances of the injury, and that the person so injured will claim damages therefor from the City.

Approved by vote of the people February 8, 1994.

Section 19.11. Judicial bonds

The City shall not be required to give bond in any judicial proceeding of appeal.

Section 19.12. Rate of taxation

The rates of taxation levied by the council shall be within the limits prescribed by the state law applicable to cities adopting constitutional charters.

Section 19.13. Security of deposits

The council shall require all funds of the City in any city depository to be adequately secured in an amount satisfactory to the council by the following types of securities:

  1. Obligations of the United States, the State of Missouri, this city; or
  2. In bonds, bills, notes, debentures or other obligations guaranteed as to payment of principal and interest by the government of the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof, the State of Missouri or this city; or
  3. In revenue bonds of this city.

Approved by vote of the people June 11, 1974.

Section 19.14. Remitting taxes prohibited

No general or special tax or assessment, or interest or penalty thereon, shall be remitted or abated, or the right to enforce payment thereof released, except in correction of errors.


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