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CITY CHARTER CODE REFERENCES ESTABLISHING D-DOT
The following 1997 Detroit City Charter, City Code references pertain to the establishment of the
Detroit Department Of Transportation (D-DOT).
(Established on July 4, 1974 - the effective implementation date of the former 1974 Detroit Home Rule Charter)
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CODE
City of DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Contains Charter, Executive Organization Plan,
City Code, Michigan State Constitution and
Home Rule Cities Inc.
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HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DETROIT*
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NOTE: The following Detroit City Charter Code references were eluded to in the above references.
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ARTICLE 8. PLANNING AND FINANCIAL PROCEDURES
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CHAPTER 4. PROPERTY TAXATION*
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*State law references:  Mandatory subject of taxation, MCL 117.3(f), MSA 5.2073(f); limit on taxation, MCL
117.5(a), MSA 5. 5.2084(a), see also Mich. Const. 1963, Art. VII, § 21.  
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Sec. 8-401. Power.
The city is authorized to levy property taxes at the rate of two percent (2%) of assessed value of all real and
personal property in the city or to such other maximum limit as may be permitted by law.
Included is the power to levy property taxes for public transportation and transit services to the maximum rate
permitted by law.
The subjects of taxation for municipal purposes shall be in accordance with state law.
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CHAPTER 5. BORROWING*
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*State law references:  Authority for city to provide for the borrowing of money on the credit of the city and issuing
bonds therefor, for any purpose within the scope of its powers, and establishing a limitation on the net bonded
indebtedness of the city, MCL 117.4, MSA 5.2074.  
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Sec. 8-503. Specific kinds of borrowing.
Included within the city's general power are the following specific kinds of borrowing:
4.   Bonds to finance transit facilities.  The city may borrow money for public transportation and rapid transit facilities
and may incur obligations and issue bonds therefor to the maximum extent permitted by law.

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CHAPTER 6. SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS
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Sec. 8-602. Special assessments to finance transit facilities.
Included within section 8-601 is the power to finance any local public improvement or repair for public transportation
or rapid transit facilities through special assessments to the maximum extent permitted by law.


* Municode.com editor's note:   The 1997 Home Rule Charter of the City of Detroit was adopted by the vote of the people on August 6,
1996, and became effective January 1, 1997. The 1997 Home Rule Charter supersedes and replaces the 1974 Home Rule Charter,
approved by the voters on Nov. 6, 1973, which was previously set out herein.  
A uniform system of capitalization has been employed and a section analysis has been added for the convenience of the user and
appropriate references have been inserted. Words added for clarity are enclosed by brackets. Otherwise, the Charter is set out herein
as originally adopted by the people.



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(The Department Of Transportation = Article 7, Chapter 14, Section 7-1401)
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ARTICLE 7. THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH: PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES*
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*State law references:  Authority to establish any department that city may deem necessary, MCL 117.4j(1), MSA
5.2083(1).  
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CHAPTER 14. TRANSPORTATION*
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*State law references:  Authority to establish and maintain a public transportation system, MCL 117.4f, MSA
5.2079.  
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Sec. 7-1401. Department.
The transportation department shall:
1.   Own, maintain, and operate a public transportation system above, on, or below the surface of the ground, or in
any combination thereof, utilizing technology known or to be developed;
2.   Operate the system within the city and to a distance outside the city as permitted by law;
3.   Exercise or recommend the exercise of other functions and powers provided by law or ordinance, including the
specific powers of the city to finance transportation under sections 8-401, 8-503(4), and 8-602 of the Charter.

Sec. 7-1402. Advisory commission.
An advisory commission for transportation, composed of at least five (5) members, shall be created under section
7-103.

Sec. 7-1403. Intelligence division.
The director of the transportation department may appoint an intelligence division, exempt from article 6, chapter 5.

Sec. 7-1404. Limitations.
The following limitations shall apply relative to transportation:
1.   The city may not sell or in any way dispose of any property needed to continue the operation of any city-owned
public utility furnishing transportation service, unless approved by majority of city voters voting on the question at a
regular or special election.
2.   The city may not grant any public utility franchise for transportation services which is not subject to revocation at
the will of the city council unless the proposition is first approved by three-fifths ( 3/5) of city voters voting on the
question at a regular or special election.
3.   All contracts, franchises, grants, leases or other forms of transfer in violation of this section shall be void and of
no effect against the city.