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Senate Bill 0312

ARCHIVE (2008)

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DIGEST OF SB312 (Updated February 28, 2008 4:27 pm - DI 84)

Reorganization of county executive and legislative authority. Permits a county to reorganize its executive and legislative structure and powers so that all executive authority is exercised by a single elected county executive and all legislative and fiscal powers is exercised by the county council (as constituted under current law). Requires (1) the county executive to adopt an ordinance to reorganize the county executive and legislative powers; and (2) the reorganization to be approved by the voters of the county. Provides that such an ordinance may be adopted only in an even numbered year. Provides that if the county's voters vote in favor of the public question, the first single member county executive would be elected at the second general election that is held after the general election at which the voters approve the reorganization. Provides for transition from a three member county executive to the single member county executive. Provides that if a county adopts a single county executive form of government, the county council rather than the county executive is responsible for redistricting the county council. (In Lake County, the county redistricting commission would continue to redistrict county council districts.) Provides that the only reason that county council districts may be changed after the first redistricting after a decennial census is to conform the districts to statutory requirements. Eliminates the requirements for: (1) a political subdivision to hold a public hearing annually on its estimated budget and tax levies; and (2) the county auditor to annually mail a property tax information statement to taxpayers. Makes technical and other changes to conform the law to the substantive changes.
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