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12-1039. Manager plan, variations; procedure for adoption. (a) Any city may adopt the commission-manager, mayor-council manager or council manager form of government in the manner herein provided and shall thereafter be governed by the provisions of this act. A proposition to adopt such form of government must first be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors of the city at any primary or general election. The governing body of the city may submit the proposition by resolution and must submit it upon the filing of a petition signed by at least 10% of the qualified electors of the city. The petition shall be headed "Petition for an election of the city of ______________, Kansas, to vote on the adoption of the ______________ (commission-manager, mayor-council manager or council manager) form of government," and shall be addressed to the governing body of the city, and be filed with the election officer of the county in which the city is located. The petition shall conform to the requirements of article 36 of chapter 25 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, and its sufficiency shall be determined in the manner therein provided and shall be certified to the city clerk by the county election officer.

(b) The resolution or the petition shall establish the membership and terms of office of the governing body. Upon the adoption of a resolution or the certification of a petition as provided in this section, the governing body of the city shall submit the proposition at the next primary or general election. Notice thereof shall be published in the manner provided by K.S.A. 25-105, and amendments thereto.

(c) The form of the ballots to be used at the election shall be as follows:

"Shall the city of ______________ adopt the ______________ (commission-manager, mayor-council manager or council manager) form of government and become a city operating under such form of government?"

Yes ☐          No ☐

If a majority of the votes cast shall be in favor of adopting the commission-manager, mayor-council manager or council manager plan of government, then at the next regular city election the governing body of the city shall be elected as provided in the resolution or petition.

History: L. 2015, ch. 88, § 10; July 1.


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