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12-302.Same; initiation of process; election; limitations. (a) Whenever the governing bodies of two or more cities desire to consolidate such cities, they may submit the question of consolidating such cities at elections called and held in the manner provided in subsection (b) or may adopt a joint resolution announcing their intent to consolidate the cities and publish such resolution at least once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the cities. Upon the expiration of 10 days after the date of the last publication of the resolution, the governing bodies of the cities shall have the power to consolidate the cities by joint ordinance unless prior thereto a protest petition signed by at least 5% of the qualified electors of any one of the cities is filed with the city clerk of such city. Cities which propose to consolidate and which do not receive such a protest petition shall request the city council of the largest city to fix a time for a joint session of the city councils of the cities to pass an ordinance consolidating them. If such a protest petition is filed, the governing body of such city shall call a special election to submit the question of consolidation in the manner provided in subsection (b). Joint resolutions announcing a proposed consolidation shall not be adopted more often than once a year.

(b) Whenever a petition signed by not less than 5% of the qualified electors of a city is presented to the governing body, requesting an election on the question of consolidation with another city or cities, or whenever the governing body of any city on its own motion elects to submit the question of consolidating with another city or cities, the mayor, within 20 days after the petition is filed or after such action is taken by the governing body, shall call such an election. Such election shall be held within 50 days after such petition is filed, or such action is taken by the governing body. A notice of the election shall be published not less than 30 days prior to the holding thereof. If a majority of the votes cast at such election favor consolidation, the governing body, at its next regular meeting, shall pass a resolution stating that the city desires to be consolidated with such other city or cities and become a part thereof. The governing body shall request the city council of the other city or cities to fix a time for a joint session of the city councils of the cities to pass an ordinance consolidating the same. At such meeting, the governing body of the city which has held an election at which a majority of the votes cast were in favor of such consolidation shall vote for the joint ordinance consolidating the cities. Elections under the provisions of this act shall not be held more often than once a year.

History: L. 1887, ch. 112, § 2; L. 1911, ch. 74, § 2; R.S. 1923, § 12-302; L. 1959, ch. 67, § 2; L. 1968, ch. 366, § 1; L. 1981, ch. 173, § 11; L. 2006, ch. 207, § 2; July 1.



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