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6 AN ACT RELATING TO COUNTIES; MODIFYING THE PROCEDURE FOR ADOPTING AN
7 OPTIONAL FORM OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT; ADDING AN ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL
8 FORM; CLARIFYING OPTIONAL PLAN REQUIREMENTS; PROHIBITING AN OPTIONAL
9 PLAN FROM INCLUDING CERTAIN FEATURES; MAKING CONFORMING CHANGES;
10 AND MAKING TECHNICAL CHANGES.
11 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
13 17-5-101, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 147, Laws of Utah 1994
14 17-5-103, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 147, Laws of Utah 1994
15 17-5-201, as renumbered and amended by Chapters 146 and 147, Laws of Utah 1994
16 17-16-2, as last amended by Chapter 38, Laws of Utah 1993
17 17-35a-204, as last amended by Chapter 265, Laws of Utah 1999
18 17-35a-401, as enacted by Chapter 369, Laws of Utah 1998
19 17-35a-402, as enacted by Chapter 369, Laws of Utah 1998
21 17-35a-205, Utah Code Annotated 1953
22 17-35a-505, Utah Code Annotated 1953
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 17-5-101 is amended to read:
25 17-5-101. County commissioners -- Number.
27 Section 17-35a-505 , each county that operates under a county commissioner form of government
28 shall have a board of county commissioners consisting of three members.
29 Section 2. Section 17-5-103 is amended to read:
30 17-5-103. Term of office -- Multiple vacancies in same election.
31 (1) County commissioners shall:
32 (a) be elected for a four-year term in each county at the general election before the
33 expiration of the term of office of incumbents; and
34 (b) hold office for the term for which elected and until a successor is elected and has
36 (2) (a) [
37 election, they are designated "county commissioner A," [
38 on as necessary for the number of vacant positions.
39 (b) At the time a candidate for the county commission files a declaration of candidacy for
40 a county commission position when there are [
41 shall designate on the declaration of candidacy form [
42 commissioner seat for which the candidate is a candidate [
44 (c) No person may file a declaration of candidacy for, be a candidate for, or be elected to
46 (3) County commissioners-elect shall take office on the first Monday in January following
47 their election.
48 Section 3. Section 17-5-201 is amended to read:
49 17-5-201. Chair -- Oaths -- Quorum.
50 Each county legislative body shall elect one of their number chair. The chair shall preside
51 at all meetings of the county legislative body, and in case of [
52 to act the members present [
53 number to act as chair temporarily. Any member of the county legislative body may administer
54 oaths to any person when necessary in the performance of [
55 less than [
56 and no act of the county legislative body shall be valid or binding unless [
57 members present when a quorum is present concur therein.
58 Section 4. Section 17-16-2 is amended to read:
59 17-16-2. County officers enumerated.
60 (1) The officers of a county are: [
61 (a) (i) in a county operating under a county commission form of government under Chapter
62 5, Part 1, County Commission Form of Government, or the expanded county commission form of
63 government under Section 17-35a-505 , county commissioners[
64 (ii) in a county operating under one of the optional forms of county government under
65 Chapter 35a, Optional Forms of County Government Act, other than the expanded county
66 commission form of government, county legislative body members and the county executive;
67 (b) a county treasurer, a sheriff, a county clerk, a county auditor, a county recorder, a
68 county attorney, a district attorney in a county which is part of a prosecution district, a county
69 surveyor, and a county assessor[
70 (c) any others provided by law[
71 (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), in counties having a taxable value of less than
72 $100,000,000 the county clerk shall be ex officio auditor of the county and shall perform the duties
73 of the office without extra compensation.
74 Section 5. Section 17-35a-204 is amended to read:
75 17-35a-204. Election on proposed optional plan -- Procedure.
76 (1) Subject to Section 17-35a-203.5 , the county legislative body shall hold an election if
77 an optional plan is proposed:
78 (a) by a resolution adopted under Subsection 17-35a-202 (2)(e);
79 (b) in a petition filed under Subsection 17-35a-203 (2)(a) that is certified under Subsection
80 17-35a-203 (4)(a)(ii)(A); or
81 (c) in a study committee report filed under Subsection 17-35a-303 (3)(d).
82 (2) Each election under Subsection (1) shall be held at the next regular general or
83 municipal general election that is no less than two months after the county clerk's receipt of the
84 attorney general statement under Section 17-35a-203.5 .
85 (3) The county legislative body shall prepare the ballot for each election under Subsection
86 (1) so that the question on the ballot:
87 (a) clearly, accurately, and impartially presents the proposition to be voted on; and
88 (b) does not constitute an argument or create prejudice for or against the proposition.
89 (4) The county legislative body shall:
90 (a) cause the complete text of the proposed optional plan to be published in a newspaper
91 of general circulation within the county at least once during two different calendar weeks within
92 the 30-day period immediately before the date of the election under Subsection (1);
93 (b) make a complete copy of the optional plan available free of charge to any member of
94 the public who requests a copy; and
95 (c) if the optional plan is proposed by a study committee report filed under Subsection
96 17-35a-303 (3)(d), make a complete copy of the study committee's report available free of charge
97 to any member of the public who requests a copy.
98 (5) If an optional plan proposed as a result of a process initiated by the county legislative
99 body and an optional plan proposed as a result of a process initiated by registered voters are both
100 scheduled for the same election:
101 (a) both proposals shall appear on the same ballot;
102 (b) a voter may vote for or against each proposal; and
103 (c) if both proposals receive a majority vote of those voting, the proposal with more votes
104 shall prevail and the other shall be considered rejected.
105 Section 6. Section 17-35a-205 is enacted to read:
106 17-35a-205. Election of officers under optional plan.
107 If an optional plan is adopted by voters at an election under Section 17-35a-204 held on
108 or after May 1, 2000, the elected county officers specified in the plan shall be elected according
109 to the regular primary election and regular general election procedure and schedule established
110 under Title 20A, Election Code, for the election of county officers.
111 Section 7. Section 17-35a-401 is amended to read:
112 17-35a-401. Contents of proposed optional plan.
113 (1) (a) [
114 this chapter shall:
116 government [
118 county government to the form proposed in the optional plan, including provisions relating to the:
120 of county government;
127 county budget, the county auditor's role is to be the budget officer and to project county revenues,
128 the county executive's role is to propose the budget, and the county legislative body's role is to
129 adopt the budget.
130 (b) Subsection (1)(a)(iii) does not apply to an optional plan that proposes the adoption of
131 the expanded county commission form of government under Section 17-35a-505 .
132 (2) Subject to Subsection (3), an optional plan may include provisions that are considered
133 necessary or advisable to the effective operation of the proposed optional plan.
134 (3) An optional plan may not include any provision that is inconsistent with or prohibited
135 by the Utah Constitution or any statute.
136 (4) Each optional plan proposing to change the form of government to a form under
137 Section 17-35a-501 , 17-35a-502 , 17-35a-503 , or 17-35a-504 shall:
138 (a) provide for the same executive and legislative officers as are specified in the applicable
139 section for the form of government being proposed by the optional plan;
141 (c) specify the number of county council members, which shall be an odd number from
142 three to nine;
144 districts, at large, or by a combination of at large and by district;
146 are to be staggered;
149 provisions of Sections 17-5-104 and 20A-1-508 ; and
151 prescribing and changing compensation.
152 (5) Each optional plan proposing to change the form of government to the expanded
153 county commission form under Section 17-35a-505 shall specify:
154 (a) the number of county commission members, which shall be an odd number from three
155 to seven;
156 (b) the terms of office for county commission members and whether the terms are to be
158 (c) whether members of the county commission are to be elected from districts, at large,
159 or by a combination of at large and from districts; and
160 (d) if any members of the county commission are to be elected from districts, the district
161 residency requirements for those commission members.
162 Section 8. Section 17-35a-402 is amended to read:
163 17-35a-402. Plan shall propose adoption of one of specified optional forms of county
164 government -- County executive -- Plan may propose change of structural form.
165 (1) [
166 government to:
168 County [
170 17-35a-501 ;
175 (vi) the expanded county commission form under Section 17-35a-505 .
176 (b) An optional plan may not:
177 (i) propose changing the form of county government to a form of government not included
178 in Subsection (1)(a);
179 (ii) provide for the nonpartisan election of elected officers; or
180 (iii) impose a limit on the number of terms or years an elected official may serve.
181 (2) (a) If an optional plan proposes changing the form of county government to a form that
182 has a county executive, the county executive may be:
183 (i) an individual elected at large in the county; or
184 (ii) a county executive body consisting of at least three members, elected at large or by
185 district or a combination of both, as provided in the optional plan.
186 (b) An optional plan that proposes changing to a form of government with an executive
187 body, as provided in Subsection (2)(a)(ii), may divide the executive duties among the members of
188 the executive body.
189 (3) In addition to proposing the adoption of any one of the optional forms of county
190 government under Subsection (1), an optional plan may also propose the adoption of any one of
191 the structural forms of county government provided under Chapter 35b, Part 3, Structural Forms
192 of County Government.
193 Section 9. Section 17-35a-505 is enacted to read:
194 17-35a-505. Expanded county commission form of county government.
195 A county operating under the form of government known as the "expanded county
196 commission" form shall be governed by a county commission, as provided under Chapter 5, Part
197 1, County Commission Form of Government, except that the number of commissioners may be
198 any odd number from three to seven.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-11-00 1:57 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.