MUNICIPALITIES ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

Preliminary

   2   Interpretation

 

Establishment of Municipality

   3   Establishment of Municipality

 

Objects and Functions of Municipality

   4   Objects and functions of Municipality

   5   Non-applicability of certain provisions of Parish Councils Act and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Act

 

General Provisions for Staff

   6   Appointment of officers and employees

   7   Employment of Chief Administrative Manager

 

Financial Provisions, Accounts and Reports

   8   Funds and resources of Municipality

   9   Expenses of the Municipality

   10   Application of Loans (Local Authorities) Act

   11   Accounts

   12   Audit of accounts

   13   Reports and Estimates

   14   Minister to approve estimates

 

Directions, Regulations, and By-laws

   15   Policy directions

   16   By-laws

   17   Power to make regulations

   18   Publication of by-laws, etc, and Minister's overriding powers

   19   Penalties

 

Miscellaneous

   20   Dissolution

Transitional

   21   Saving of rights of staff, etc

   22   Transfer of property, liability, etc

   23   Amendment of the Parochial Rates and Finance Act

      SCHEDULE

 

THE MUNICIPALITIES ACT

[Date of Commencement: 22nd May, 2003]

Act 19 of 2003.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Municipalities Act.

Preliminary (section 2)

2   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "the Corporation" means the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation;

   "functions" includes powers and duties;

   "Municipal Council" means the Municipal Council of a Municipality;

   "Municipality" means a Municipality established under section 3;

   "relevant local authority" means the Parish Council or the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, as the case may be, in the parish in which a Municipality is or is to be established.

Establishment of Municipality (section 3)

3   Establishment of Municipality

   (1) The Minister may, in accordance with subsection (3)-

   (a)   by order, declare the inhabitants of any area specified in the order to be a Municipality bearing such name as shall be specified in the order; and

   (b)   grant a Charter for the governance of the Municipality.

   (2) An order made under subsection (1) shall be subject to affirmative resolution:

   Provided that this subsection shall not apply to an order made in respect of Portmore.

   (3) Subject to subsection (4), the Minister may make an order under subsection (1) upon the presentation to the Minister of-

   (a)   a petition signed by-

         (i)   not less than seven per cent of the inhabitants of the area of the proposed Municipality whose names are at the time of signature on the official list of electors for the House of Representatives; and

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