GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
Short Title: Kipling Incorporated.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. A Charter for the Town of Kipling is enacted to read:
"CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF KIPLING.
"ARTICLE I. INCORPORATION AND CORPORATE POWERS.
"Section 1.1. Incorporation and Corporate Powers. The inhabitants of the Town of Kipling are a body corporate and politic under the name 'Town of Kipling'. The Town of Kipling has all the powers, duties, rights, privileges, and immunities conferred and imposed on cities by the general laws of North Carolina.
"ARTICLE II. CORPORATE BOUNDARIES.
"Section 2.1. Town Boundaries. Until modified in accordance with law, the boundaries of the Town of Kipling are as follows:
"ARTICLE III. GOVERNING BODY.
"Section 3.1. Structure of Governing Body; Number of Members. The governing body of the Town of Kipling is the Mayor and Town Council, which shall have five members.
"Section 3.2. Temporary Officers. Until the organizational meeting after the initial election in 2001 provided for by Section 4.1 of this Charter, Jennifer Knight, Kathy Bradley, Dan LaReaux, Michael Novak, Earl Herring, and Rob Elsen are appointed Councilmen of the Town of Kipling, and they shall possess and exercise the powers granted to the governing body until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified pursuant to this Charter. If any person named in this section is unable to serve, the remaining temporary officers shall, by majority vote, appoint a person to serve until the initial municipal election is held in 2001.
"Section 3.3. Manner of Electing Town Council; Term of Office. The qualified voters of the entire Town shall elect the members of the Town Council and, except as provided in this section, they shall serve four-year terms. In 2001, the two candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes shall be elected to four-year terms and the three candidates receiving the next highest numbers of votes shall be elected to two-year terms. In 2003, and quadrennially thereafter, three members shall be elected to four-year terms. In 2005, and quadrennially thereafter, two members shall be elected to four-year terms.
"Section 3.4. Manner of Electing Mayor; Term of Office. The qualified voters of the entire Town shall elect the Mayor. In 2001, and quadrennially thereafter, the Mayor shall be elected for a term of four years.
"ARTICLE IV. ELECTIONS.
"Section 4.1. Conduct of Town Elections. Elections shall be conducted on a nonpartisan basis and results determined by a plurality as provided in G.S. 163-292.
"ARTICLE V. ADMINISTRATION.
"Section 5.1. Town to Operate Under Mayor-Council Plan. The Town shall operate under the Mayor-Council form of government as provided in Part 3 of Article 7 of Chapter 160A of the General Statutes."
SECTION 2. From and after the effective date of this act, the citizens and property in the Town of Kipling shall be subject to municipal taxes levied for the year beginning July 1, 2001. For that purpose the Town shall obtain from Harnett County a record of property in the area herein incorporated which was listed for property taxes as of January 1, 2001. The Town may adopt a budget ordinance for fiscal year 2001-2002 without following the timetable in the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act but shall follow the sequence of actions in the spirit of the act insofar as is practical. For fiscal year 2001-2002, ad valorem taxes may be paid at par or face amount within 90 days of adoption of the budget ordinance and thereafter in accordance with the schedule in G.S. 105-360. If the effective date of the incorporation is prior to July 1, 2001, the Town may adopt a budget ordinance for fiscal year 2000-2001 without following the timetable in the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act but shall follow the sequence of actions in the spirit of the act insofar as practical. No ad valorem taxes may be levied for the 2000-2001 fiscal year.
SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law.