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Amended effective as of October 3, 2011

PREAMBLE
We, the people of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, under the constitution and the laws of the state of Iowa, in order to secure the benefits of local self-government and to provide for the peace, prosperity and security of our citizens, do hereby adopt this charter. By this charter, we achieve the benefits of home rule and affirm the values of representative democracy, professional management, strong political leadership, and citizen participation by recognizing that our quality of life is based on community and regional cooperation, innovation, and greater opportunities for all our citizens.

ARTICLE I - POWERS OF THE CITY
Section 1.01. POWERS OF THE CITY.
The city shall have all powers possible for a city to have under the constitution and laws of the state of Iowa as fully and completely as though they were specifically enumerated in this charter.

Section 1.02. CONSTRUCTION.
The powers of the city under this charter shall be construed liberally in favor of the city, and the specific mention of particular powers in the charter shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general power granted in this article.

Section 1.03. INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS.
The city may participate by contract or otherwise with other governmental entities in this state or other states or the government of the United States in the performance of any activity that one or more of such entities has the authority to undertake. As stated in the Preamble of this charter, the citizens of this city wish to further and support regional cooperation.

Section 1.04. SAVINGS CLAUSE.
If any of the provisions of this charter, or the application of this charter to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this charter.

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