§ 17.13. Definitions

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  • (a) "Appropriation" means a unit of funding provided for by the assembly in the municipal budget. An appropriation may be specific as to particular expenditures or general as to an entire department or agency, as the assembly deems appropriate.

    (b) "Categories" means actual proposed expenditures to be made from an appropriation.

    (c) "Emergency" means an unforeseen occurrence or condition which results or apparently will result in an insufficiency of services or facilities substantial enough to endanger the public health, safety or welfare.

    (d) "Initiative" means the process of enacting an ordinance or resolution by vote of the people without assembly action.

    (e) "Interest in lands" means any estate in real property or improvements thereon excluding revocable permits or licenses, rights-of-way, or easements which the assembly finds to be without substantial value to the municipality.

    (f) "Law" means this Charter, the ordinances and resolutions preserved by this Charter, or enacted pursuant to it, and those portions of the statutes of the State of Alaska and the constitutions of the State of Alaska and of the United States which are valid limitations on the exercise of legislative power by home rule governments.

    (g) "Municipality" means the unified municipality of Anchorage created upon ratification of this Charter.

    (h) "Publish" means to cause to be posted on a municipal website designated for public notices the matter required by law to be published. Unless otherwise provided by the assembly, posting shall be maintained for seven consecutive days. The assembly shall provide for additional modes of dissemination.

    (i) "Referendum" means the process of repealing an ordinance or resolution by vote of the people without assembly action.

    (j) "Resident" means a person whose habitual, physical dwelling place is within the area in question and who intends to maintain the person's dwelling place in that area.

    (k) "Utility" or "municipal utility" means a utility which belonged to a former government and whose rates are subject to regulation by the Alaska Public Utilities Commission on the date this Charter becomes effective.

(AO No. 79-144, prop. 11, 10-2-79; AO No. 2012-11, prop. 6, 1-31-12, election of 4-3-12; AO No. 2013-93, prop. 8, 4-1-14)


Sec. 3 of AO No. 2012-11 states with certification of voter approval in the regular election of April 3, 2012, the ballot proposition shall become effective as of May 1, 2012. Because Municipal Code already allows electronic publication to the extent allowed by law, no further action by the Assembly is required to implement the charter amendment.