UPDATE The bill is now "THE LAW"
The bill is now "THE LAW"The updated bill was signed by Govenor Ventura May 29, 2001.
The new LAW will be posted as soon as it is available. _______________________________________________
The following issues were addressed. We feel this is a fair updated law.
We invite comment from interested citizens.
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Donald Slama: 320-245-2797
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MS 370.20 - New Counties; tax levy.
When a new county has been, or may be, created and organized out of territory within the boundaries of one organized county in the state, the county board of the new county may, immediately or within 90 days after it's organization, levy a tax for county purposes for the current year, subject to the limitation now provided by law, and the county auditor shall extend the tax upon the auditor's tax books. The tax is due 30 days from the date of the levy.
MS 370.09 - SELECT CLERK - APPOINT OFFICERS
The new county commissioners shall elect one of them to act as clerk and shall also appoint the county officials, beginning with the auditor.
MS 370.11 - TO QUALIFY
Each Commissioner appointed shall not reside in any town which already has a member on the board.
MS 370.13 - ELECTIONS
At the next election (year 2002) a commissioner from each district (5 districts) shall be
voted on - odd numbered 2 year term - even numbered to hold a 4 year term.
Thereafter each will serve a 4 year term. (Staggered)
FOR 2 YEARS - NEW COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN NOT VOTE!!
You are stuck with their choice - The 5 names on that petition.......
The county board of the (new) county to which territory (from Pine County) is transferred shall pay for indebtedness by levying (placing) a tax at the time fixed by law for so doing, for the purpose of meeting any portion of the debts and providing for their necessary county expenses.
Does this tell you that your taxes will go down?
VOTE "NO" ON NOVEMBER 7th
The Board of the new county may issue bonds of it's county with coupons attached, for not more than $10,000 each to run for a period of not more then 10 years. At a rate of interest authorized by the state.