ARTICLE VI. GENERAL PROVISIONS


Section 6.01 Initiative and Referendum

        Nothing in this Charter shall be construed to diminish any rights of initiative and referendum granted by Maine law.

Section 6.02 Charter Amendments

(a)     Amendments to the Charter, which may be appropriate due to changed circumstances, may be initiated either by the municipal officers, or by petition of the voters of the Town pursuant to Maine law. All amendments shall be acted upon by referendum vote.

(b)     Charter amendments adopted by the voters take effect on the date determined by the Municipal Officers, but not later than the first day of the next municipal year, as set forth in Title 30-A M.R.S.A., Section 2105(4).

        (c)     No proposed change to this Charter, which has been unfavorably acted upon, shall be re-considered on its merits by the legislative body within one (1) year after the date of such unfavorable action.

Section 6.03 Elected or Appointed Officers

        Any officer shall serve for his/her prescribed term or until his/her successor is elected or appointed whichever occurs first, except as provided in Section  3.03 or Article VII.

Section 6.04 Swearing in Officers

        Every town officer or official shall be sworn to the faithful discharge of the duties incumbent upon him/her  according to the Constitution and laws of the State of Maine and the Charter and ordinances of the Town and shall be sworn to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Maine.

Section 6.05 Conflict of Interest

        (a)     Any official or employee who has a financial interest, direct or indirect or by reason of ownership of stock in any corporation, in any contract with the Town or in the sale of any land, material, supplies or services to the Town shall make known that interest and shall refrain from voting upon or otherwise participating in his capacity as an official or employee in the making of such sales or in the making or performance of such contract. Violation of this section, with knowledge expressed or implied by the person or corporation contracting with or making a sale to the Town, shall render the contract or sale voidable by the Board of Selectmen. Official means any elected or appointed member of a municipality, quasi-municipal corporation, board, commission or committee. Employee means any person, employed by the Town of Buxton, either full-time or part-time.

        (b)     No Municipal official or Town employee nor the spouse of either of the aforementioned shall knowingly act as agent for the purpose of contracting sales or employment for or to the municipality during the official or employee’s term of service and for a period of up to one year after termination of service to the municipality.

        (c)     Any person found in violation of this section, or any ordinance enacted pursuant to this section, by a court of competent jurisdiction, shall immediately forfeit his/her office or position and shall be ineligible for the period of five (5) years thereafter to hold any town office or employment.

Section 6.06 Prohibitions

        (a)     No person shall be appointed to or removed from or in any way favored or discriminated against with respect to any Town employment or appointive position because of race, gender, color, ethnic origin, age, physical handicap, military status, or political or religious opinions or affiliations unless related to bona fide occupational qualifications.

        (b)     No person shall willfully make any false statement, certificate, mark, rating or report in regard to any test, certification or appointment under the provisions of this Charter or the rules and regulations made hereunder, or in any manner commit or attempt to commit any fraud preventing the impartial execution of such provisions, rules and regulations.

        (c)     No person shall, directly or indirectly, give, render, pay, offer, solicit, or accept any money, service, or other valuable consideration for any appointment, proposed appointment, promotion or proposed promotion to, or any advantage in, a position in the municipal services.

        (d)     No person who holds a compensated Town position shall solicit any assessments, contributions, or service for any political party from any employee in the municipal service.

        (e)     Nothing herein contained shall affect the right of any person to hold membership in, or support, a political party, to vote as he chooses, to express privately and publicly his opinions on all political subjects and candidates, to maintain political neutrality, and to attend political meetings.

        (f)     Any person found in violation of this section, or any ordinance enacted pursuant to this section, by a court of competent jurisdiction, shall immediately forfeit his/her office or position and shall be ineligible for the period of five (5) years thereafter to hold any town office or employment.

        (g)     No Board of Selectmen, other Boards, Committees or Commissions shall adopt policies that are contradictory to this Charter or tends to circumvent its stated purpose.