"We, the people of the City of Tacoma, a city of the first class of the State of Washington, pursuant to the authority granted by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Washington, and in order to avail ourselves of all powers granted such cities and to obtain the benefits of local self-government, do hereby enact this Charter."
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The City Charter was prepared by a board of fifteen freeholders elected March 11, 1952. It was submitted to and adopted by the qualified electors at a special election held November 4, 1952.
The Charter became effective June 1, 1953.
The Charter of the City of Tacoma has, in some instances, been superseded by the adoption of state laws subsequent to the effective date of the Charter. In this compilation, references are made to those sections of state law which supersede this Charter, setting forth the Revised Code of Washington citation and a brief statement of the effect of the law.
Footnote references to the Charter as contained herein, such as, "see TMC Chapter 1.02," refer to the Official Code of the City of Tacoma duly adopted pursuant to the laws of the State of Washington and ordinances of the City of Tacoma.
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