(Renumbered 11-3-1992 and 1-10-2012 based on added referendums)
So much of the previous Charter of the City and of laws passed in amendment or supplementary thereof, as is now in force relative to the constitution and bounds of its several wards, its school districts and sewer, lighting, and other special precincts and their government and affairs, to its water works, District Court, and to the borrowing of money in aid of its school districts, is hereby continued in force, with the exception of such provisions as are inconsistent with this Charter; but all special legislation relative to the government of the City, not herein expressly saved, is hereby repealed. All general laws relative to the government of cities shall remain in force in the City so far as the same can be applied consistently with the intents and purposes of this Charter, but shall be deemed superseded as to this City so far as inconsistent herewith. Existing ordinances and other municipal regulations shall remain in force so far as the same can be applied consistently with the intents and purposes of this Charter, but are hereby annulled so far as inconsistent herewith. In all existing laws, ordinances and regulations hereby saved, references to the city councils, board of mayor and aldermen, board of public works, or other bodies or officers hereby abolished and superseded, or to bodies or officers whose constitution or functions are hereby altered, shall be taken to mean the body or officer upon whom jurisdiction of the matter in questions is conferred by this Charter or by the administrative code. (RSA 49-C:34) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)
The incumbents when this Charter takes effect who are not elected by popular vote, of all municipal offices not hereby abolished or superseded, shall continue to hold the same until the expiration of their respective terms where a term of years exists, or until such offices are abolished or superseded by lawful ordinances. (RSA 49-C:27) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)
The sections of this Charter are separable. If any portion of this Charter, or if the application of this Charter to any person or circumstance, shall be invalid, the remainder thereof or the application of such invalid portions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected hereby. (RSA 49-C:34) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)
NOTE: Home Rule Referendum passed 3-9-1965 and 3-9-1971.