ARTICLE I. Name
The name of this organization shall be the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, Inc. The league is a nonpartisan, nonprofit and non-stock Maryland corporation.
ARTICLE II. Object
The object of the league is to arouse, stimulate and mobilize public interest and support for appropriate actions to achieve greater efficiency and economy in the government of Montgomery County and tax equity for Montgomery County taxpayers and communities. The League will direct its actions to County and State government matters which are of county-wide significance and likely to impact a significant segment of county taxpayers.
ARTICLE III. Members
Section 1. Individuals residing in Montgomery County, Maryland, become members upon payment of the annual dues, unless dues are suspended by order of the Board of Directors, in which case the President or, at the President’s direction, the Secretary shall use a list of past paid up members or past meeting attendees as the current membership list. All those on the President’s list shall be deemed members for purposes of voting in elections and for purposes of voting on any matter that the President or the Board of Directors shall bring before the membership for a vote.
Section 2. The annual dues, unless suspended by the Board of Directors, shall be $25.00 per household, payable at the beginning of the fiscal year July 1. Dues paid after April 1 shall cover dues for the following year.
ARTICLE IV. Board of Directors
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of six League members serving three-year overlapping terms. In the initial election which takes place in 2009, six Directors shall be elected. Two Directors shall be elected for a one-year term, two for a two-year term and two for a three-year term. Thereafter, two Directors shall be elected each year at the annual meeting, or at a time designated by the President, for a three-year term. The Immediate Past president, and all newly elected officers while they are in office, shall also be board members.
Section 2. At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors, a Nominating Committee of three League members shall be selected by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors or, at the option of the President, selected by the Board. It shall be the duty of this committee to nominate candidates for the offices to be filled at the annual meeting, or at a special meeting called by the President or by the Nominating Committee, or to be filled by a mail or email ballot circulated to the membership list by the President or by the Board. The report of the committee shall be included with the notice for the annual meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.
Section 3. A Board vacancy shall be filled by the Board of Directors. Directors so elected shall serve for the remaining term of the vacant office.
Section 4. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall normally be held once a month at the call of the President. A quorum of the Board of Directors shall consist of any 4 members of the Board, and Board members may participate in a quorum in person, by telephone or by email.
Section 5. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President, or may be called upon the written request of four members of the Board of Directors.
Section 6. The Board of Directors shall have all power and authority over the affairs of the League. All public positions taken by the League shall first be approved by either a quorum of the Board of Directors or a quorum of the membership, which quorum shall consist of at least fifty percent of the then current membership list. Either vote may be at a meeting or by email vote.
ARTICLE V. Officers
Section 1. The officers of the League shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the League. The officers shall also automatically become members of the Board of Directors and shall be in addition to the six Directors to which Article IV, Section 1 refers.
Section 2. The Board of Directors, and any members present, at the annual meeting or at any special meeting called by the President or the Board of Directors for the purpose of electing officers, shall elect officers for one year terms. Alternatively, the President with the approval of the Board of Directors can hold elections using an email ballot, in which case, the full membership, including the Board of Directors, shall elect officers for one year terms. If more than one candidate is on the ballot for a given office, then the winning candidate must have a plurality of the votes cast for that office.
Section 3. The President, or a spokesperson designated by the President, or the Board of Directors, is the only person authorized to speak for the League.
Section 4. The President shall be a member ex officio of all committees including the Nominating Committee, if the President is not a candidate for the next year.
ARTICLE VI. Meetings
Section 1. Meetings of the membership of the League shall be held at the call of the President or a quorum of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. The annual membership meeting shall be held before the end of the fiscal year to receive annual reports of officers, elect directors and transact other business. Written notice of the annual meeting shall be sent to the League members at least 15 days in advance. Email notice shall be deemed to be written notice. The meeting shall be open for the transaction of any business within the power of the League without special notice of such business except in cases in which special notice is required by statute , by the Articles of Incorporation or by the bylaws.
ARTICLE VII. The Executive Committee
Section 1. The officers of the League shall constitute the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the League between the meetings of the Board of Directors. It is subject to the orders of the Board and performs such other duties as are specified in these bylaws.
Section 3. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at the call of the President or at least two members of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VII. Committees
Section 1. An Auditing Committee shall be appointed by the Board at the last meeting of the Board before the annual meeting, to audit the treasurer’s accounts and to report at the annual meeting.
Section 2. Such other committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the President.
ARTICLE IX. Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern the League in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.
ARTICLE X. Amendments to the Bylaws
These bylaws can be amended at any duly called meeting of the Board of Directors by a two-thirds vote of the Directors present and voting, provided there is at least a quorum of Directors present and voting., and that the amendments have been submitted in writing, or by email, with the call of the meeting.
Adopted: October 29, 2009.