Ordinances and Resolutions
What is the difference between an Ordinance and a Resolution?
An Ordinance typically is a permanent rule or law adopted by City Council which appropriates City funds. Every Ordinance requires three separate readings and becomes effective thirty days after adoption. An exception is when an Ordinance is adopted as emergency legislation, stating a reason of necessity and approved by 5 members of City Council. Such legislation shall take effect immediately.
A Resolution represents action of a temporary nature or providing for the disposition of a particular item of business, such as approving a contract. Resolutions are read one time prior to action by City Council. Resolutions take effect immediately upon passage by a majority vote of City Council.