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19-270.Special benefit districts; creation or enlargement; approval of board of county commissioners, required. (a) (1) A special benefit district shall include any:

(A) Sewer district;

(B) water district, rural water district and water supply district;

(C) fire district;

(D) improvement district;

(E) industrial district; and

(F) drainage district.

(2) The fringe area of a city means the area of unincorporated territory lying outside of but within three miles of the nearest point on the city limits of a city which has adopted subdivision regulations under K.S.A. 12-749, and amendments thereto.

(b) No special benefit district shall be created, within the fringe area of any city unless approved by at least a 3/4 majority vote of the board of county commissioners of the county in which the city is located. The boundaries of any such district shall not be extended within the fringe area of the city unless approved by at least a 3/4 majority vote of the board of county commissioners of the county in which the city is located. If the boundaries of the district cross county lines and if the district to be created or the boundaries to be extended would be located within the fringe area of a city, the board of county commissioners of each county in which such a city is located shall be required to approve the creation of the district within the fringe area of the city or the extension of the boundaries of the district within the fringe area of the city by at least a 3/4 majority vote of the board. If a hearing is not already required to be held prior to the creation or expansion within the fringe area of a city of a special benefit district, the board of county commissioners shall call and hold a hearing on the proposed action. Notice of the hearing shall be published once in the official county newspaper. The notice shall be published at least seven days prior to the date of the hearing.

At the hearing, the board shall receive testimony from the city, township, county or regional planning commission having jurisdiction over any of the affected land area. Such testimony shall address any incompatibilities between the creation or expansion of the district within such fringe area and any adopted land use or comprehensive plans. The governing body of the city may present testimony of any proposed annexation of the affected land area. Any interested person may present testimony before the board. As a guide in determining the advisability of authorizing the creation or change in boundaries of a special benefit district within the fringe area of a city, the board's considerations shall include, but not be limited to, any testimony offered at the public hearing concerning: (1) The size and population of such city; (2) the city's growth in population, business and industry during the past 10 years; (3) the extension of its boundaries during the past 10 years; (4) the probability of its growth toward the territory during the ensuing 10 years, taking into consideration natural barriers and other reasons which might influence growth toward the territory; (5) the willingness of the city to annex the territory and its ability to provide city services in case of annexation; and (6) the general effect upon the entire community, all of these and other considerations having to do with the overall orderly and economic development of the area and to prevent an unreasonable multiplicity of independent municipal and special district governments. The board shall approve or disapprove the creation or change in boundaries of the special benefit district within 30 days of the hearing. Any person or city aggrieved by the decision of the board of county commissioners may appeal from the decision of the board within 30 days following the rendering of the decision to the district court of the county in which the affected area is located. The appeal shall be taken in the manner provided by K.S.A. 19-223, and amendments thereto. Any city so appealing shall not be required to execute the bond prescribed therein.

History: L. 1986, ch. 70, § 1; L. 1995, ch. 57, § 1; L. 1997, ch. 143, § 1; May 8.



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