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12-3913. Same; procedure; resolution, publication; election, when; effective date; initial mill levy of new district. (a) The resolution creating a consolidated fire district as provided by this act, shall be published at least once each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the area subject to the proposed consolidation. If within 60 days following the last publication of the resolution, a petition in opposition thereto, signed by not less than 5% of the registered voters residing within each of the two or more areas proposed for consolidation is filed with the county election officer, the board shall order an election to be called and held within the areas proposed to be consolidated within 90 days after the filing of such petition in the manner provided for the calling and holding of elections under the general bond law. If a majority of the electors voting at such election shall approve the consolidation of such areas the board of county commissioners, by resolution, shall provide for the consolidation of such areas and define the boundaries of the area as consolidated. Any such consolidation shall be made prior to July 1 of any year to take effect on January 1 of the succeeding year.

(b) Any resolution creating a consolidated fire district shall provide for the dissolution or disorganization of the fire districts as they existed prior to the effective date of the creation of a consolidated fire district. The resolution creating a consolidated fire district also shall fix the amount of tax, not to exceed 15 mills, that may be levied by the governing body of the consolidated fire district.

History: L. 1996, ch. 226, § 4; L. 2008, ch. 163, § 17; July 1.


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