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Article 1
Sec. 1.01. Incorporation.
The inhabitants of the City of Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Texas, residing within its corporate limits, are a municipal body politic under the name of the "City of Sugar Land."
(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 1.02. Form of Government.
The City government shall be known as the council-manager form of government. All City powers are vested in an elected city council. The council shall appoint a city manager, who shall execute the laws and administer City government.
(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 1.03. General Powers.
The City shall have all powers possible for a home-rule city to have under the Texas Constitution, the laws of the State of Texas, and this Charter, as fully and completely as though they were specifically enumerated in this Charter, including the power: 
    (a) To annex an area for full or limited purposes as provided in this Charter and to disannex land. 
    (b) To borrow money on the faith and credit of the City by the issuance and sale of bonds, notes, or other debt instruments; 
    (c) To enact ordinances for the safety, health, and general welfare of the citizens; 
    (d) To assess the owners of real property abutting upon a public highway or street for street improvements made thereon,
    in accordance with State law; 
    (e) To the full extent allowed by law, to require that any person, utility, or company making use of the city's streets or
    property to provide any service to the public first obtain the written consent of the city by license, permit, franchise,
    ordinance or otherwise. A franchise shall not be valid for more than fifty (50) years; and 
    (f) To the full extent allowed by law, to regulate the rates, charges, fees, operations, and services of any person, utility, or
    entity providing water, wastewater, electricity, natural gas, telephone, telecommunications, cable television, taxicab, bus,
    solid waste, transportation, or similar service to the public within the city.
(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99; Ordinance No. 1190, § 1, 8-3-99; Ordinance No. 1448, 5-25-04)

Sec. 1.04. Garnishment and Execution. 
    (a) Except as otherwise provided for by State or Federal law, City funds are not subject to garnishment and the City is not
    required to answer in any garnishment proceeding. 
    (b) City property is not subject to any kind of execution.
(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 1.05. Charter Commission.
The council shall appoint a charter commission as often as it deems necessary, but not less than every five years, to review the operations of city government under the Charter and determine whether revisions should be made. At the conclusion of its review, the commission shall make a written report of its recommendations of changes, if any, to the city council. The city council may submit the recommended changes, as it deems appropriate, to the voters for approval.
(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 1.06. Severability.
If any section or part of a section of this charter shall be held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such holding shall not affect the remainder of this charter nor the context in which such section or part of section so held invalid may appear, except to the extent that an entire section or part of section may be inseverably connected in meaning and effect with section or part of section to which such holding shall directly apply.
(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 1.07. Non-Substantive Revisions. 
    (a) The City Council may, without approval of the voters, adopt an ordinance that makes the following types of revisions to
    the Charter: 
        (1) Renumbering, revising titles, and rearranging parts thereof; 
        (2) Correcting errors in spelling, grammar, cross-references, and punctuation; and 
        (3) Revising language to reflect modern usage and style. 
    (b) A revision adopted under this section is not intended to and is not to be interpreted as making any substantive change in
    any Charter provision.
(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99; Ordinance No. 1448, 5-25-04)

Sec. 1.08. Full-Purpose Annexation.
The City may by ordinance annex an area lying outside its corporate limits for the purpose of exercising therein all of its municipal powers to the fullest extent allowed by law and, upon annexation, the area so annexed and the inhabitants thereof will be a part of the City for all purposes.
(Ordinance No. 1448, 5-25-04)

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