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The construction of all ordinances of Jasper County shall be by the following rules, unless such construction is plainly repugnant to the intent of the legislative body or of the context of the same ordinances.

A. “And” or “Or.” Either conjunction shall include the other as if written “and/or,” if the sense requires it.

B. Acts by Assistants. When a statute requires an act to be done which, by law, an agent or deputy as well may do as the principal, such requisition shall be satisfied by the performance of such act by an authorized agent or deputy.

C. Gender – Singular and Plural – Tenses. Words denoting the masculine gender shall be deemed to include the feminine and neuter genders; words in the singular shall include the plural, and words in the plural shall include the singular; the use of a verb in the present tense shall include the future, if applicable.

D. General Term. A general term following specific enumeration of terms is not to be limited to the class enumerated unless expressly so limited.

E. Joint Authority. Words importing joint authority to three or more persons shall be construed as authority to a majority of such persons, unless otherwise declared in the law giving such authority. (See IC 1-1-4-1.) [Code 1988 § 10.08.]