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House Bill 1186


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House Bill 1186

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DIGEST OF HB 1186 (Updated April 17, 2013 2:09 pm - DI 84)

Incorporation of towns. Provides that proceedings for the incorporation of a town may be initiated by filing a written petition with the county executive of the county that contains all or a majority of the area of the proposed town. Requires that the petition must be signed by at least 10% of the owners of land in the area of the proposed town. Provides that if a city's consent to the incorporation is required before an incorporation may proceed, the city must consent or deny consent to the request for incorporation not later than 90 days after receiving the request or the city is considered to have consented to the request. Requires the county executive to set forth in writing and with specificity the manner in which a petition fails to meet the statutory requirements. Provides that if the county executive finds that the petition satisfies the statutory requirements, the county executive may do any of the following: (1) Adopt an ordinance incorporating the town. (2) Deny the petition. (2) Adopt a resolution to place a public question concerning incorporation on the ballot. Requires petitioners to publish notice of the contents of the petition. Allows only registered voters residing within the area of the proposed town to vote on the public question. Provides that if a majority of voters vote "yes" on the public question, the county executive of each county in which the proposed town is located shall adopt an ordinance to incorporate the area as a town. Prohibits another petition for incorporation from being filed within two years after: (1) A petition is denied by the county executive; or (2) the date of the election at which a majority of voters vote "no" on the public question concerning incorporation.
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