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H.B. 164 Enrolled

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TOWN INCORPORATION PROCESS

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AMENDMENTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Melvin R. Brown

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Senate Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions relating to the incorporation of a town.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies the process of incorporating a town;
             14          .    limits the areas in counties of the first class that qualify as contiguous for purposes
             15      of a proposed incorporation of a town;
             16          .    requires at least five sponsors to be designated on a petition to incorporate an area
             17      as a town;
             18          .    prohibits the filing of a petition to incorporate an area as a town if the petition
             19      sponsors own more than 40% of the total area proposed to be incorporated;
             20          .    eliminates definitions of "base petition" and "qualifying petition";
             21          .    enacts definitions;
             22          .    modifies a requirement regarding county legislative body approval of a petition for
             23      the incorporation of a town if the petition meets certain signature requirements;
             24          .    clarifies that the value of property for purposes of determining incorporation
             25      petition requirements is assessed value;
             26          .    establishes a process for a public hearing on a proposed incorporation of a town
             27      before a petition to incorporate may be filed;
             28          .    requires a majority of registered voters to sign a petition to incorporate as a town;
             29          .    allows a county legislative body the option whether to commission a financial


             30      feasibility study with respect to a proposed incorporation of a town and provides a process for
             31      commissioning a financial feasibility study;
             32          .    establishes financial feasibility study criteria;
             33          .    requires the initial officers of a newly incorporated town to be elected rather than
             34      appointed by the county legislative body;
             35          .    modifies election provisions to allow the election of officers of a newly
             36      incorporated town to be conducted as a special election;
             37          .    provides for when newly elected town officers in a new town take office;
             38          .    provides that a previously filed petition is subject to the law in effect when the
             39      petition was filed; and
             40          .    modifies the date upon which a town is incorporated.
             41      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             42          None
             43      Other Special Clauses:
             44          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             45          This bill provides revisor instructions.
             46          This bill coordinates with S.B. 20, Municipal Government Amendments, by technically
             47      merging amendments.
             48      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             49      AMENDS:
             50          10-2-109, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Second Special Session, Chapter 3
             51          10-2-125, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 212
             52          20A-1-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 215
             53          20A-1-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 371
             54     
             55      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             56          Section 1. Section 10-2-109 is amended to read:
             57           10-2-109. Incorporation petition -- Requirements and form.


             58          (1) At any time within 18 months of the completion of the public hearings required
             59      under Subsection 10-2-108 (1), a petition for incorporation of the area proposed to be
             60      incorporated as a city may be filed in the office of the clerk of the county in which the area is
             61      located.
             62          (2) Each petition under Subsection (1) shall:
             63          (a) be signed by the owners of private real property that:
             64          (i) is located within the area proposed to be incorporated;
             65          (ii) covers at least 1/3 of the total private land area within the area; and
             66          (iii) is equal in value to at least 1/3 of the value of all private real property within the
             67      area;
             68          (b) indicate the typed or printed name and current residence address of each owner
             69      signing the petition;
             70          (c) describe the area proposed to be incorporated as a city, as described in the
             71      feasibility study request or modified request that meets the requirements of Subsection (3);
             72          (d) state the proposed name for the proposed city;
             73          (e) designate five signers of the petition as petition sponsors, one of whom shall be
             74      designated as the contact sponsor, with the mailing address and telephone number of each;
             75          (f) state that the signers of the petition appoint the sponsors, if the incorporation
             76      measure passes, to represent the signers in the process of:
             77          (i) selecting the number of commission or council members the new city should have;
             78      and
             79          (ii) drawing district boundaries for the election of commission or council members, if
             80      the voters decide to elect commission or council members by district;
             81          (g) be accompanied by and circulated with an accurate plat or map, prepared by a
             82      licensed surveyor, showing the boundaries of the proposed city; and
             83          (h) substantially comply with and be circulated in the following form:
             84          PETITION FOR INCORPORATION OF (insert the proposed name of the proposed
             85      city)


             86          To the Honorable County Legislative Body of (insert the name of the county in which
             87      the proposed city is located) County, Utah:
             88          We, the undersigned owners of real property within the area described in this petition,
             89      respectfully petition the county legislative body to submit to the registered voters residing
             90      within the area described in this petition, at a special election held for that purpose, the
             91      question of whether the area should incorporate as a city. Each of the undersigned affirms that
             92      each has personally signed this petition and is an owner of real property within the described
             93      area, and that the current residence address of each is correctly written after the signer's name.
             94      The area proposed to be incorporated as a city is described as follows: (insert an accurate
             95      description of the area proposed to be incorporated).
             96          (3) A petition for incorporation of a city under Subsection (1) may not be filed unless
             97      the results of the feasibility study or supplemental feasibility study show that the average
             98      annual amount of revenue under Subsection 10-2-106 (4)(a)(ix) does not exceed the average
             99      annual amount of cost under Subsection 10-2-106 (4)(a)(viii) by more than 5%.
             100          (4) A signature on a request under Section 10-2-103 or a modified request under
             101      Section 10-2-107 may be used toward fulfilling the signature requirement of Subsection (2)(a):
             102          (a) if the request under Section 10-2-103 or modified request under Section 10-2-107
             103      notified the signer in conspicuous language that the signature, unless withdrawn, would also be
             104      used for purposes of a petition for incorporation under this section; and
             105          (b) unless the signer files with the county clerk a written withdrawal of the signature
             106      before the petition under this section is filed with the clerk.
             107          Section 2. Section 10-2-125 is amended to read:
             108           10-2-125. Incorporation of a town.
             109          [(1) As used in this section:]
             110          [(a) "Base petition" means a petition under this section proposing the incorporation of a
             111      town and signed by the owners of private real property that:]
             112          [(i) is located within the area proposed to be incorporated;]
             113          [(ii) covers at least a majority of the total private land area within the area proposed to


             114      be incorporated; and]
             115          [(iii) is equal in value to at least 1/3 but not more than 1/2 of the value of all private
             116      real property within the area proposed to be incorporated.]
             117          [(b) "Qualifying petition" means a petition under this section proposing the
             118      incorporation of a town and signed by the owners of private real property that:]
             119          [(i) is located within the area proposed to be incorporated;]
             120          [(ii) covers at least a majority of the total private land area within the area proposed to
             121      be incorporated; and]
             122          [(iii) is equal in value to more than 1/2 of the value of all private real property within
             123      the area proposed to be incorporated.]
             124          (1) As used in this section:
             125          (a) "Assessed value," with respect to agricultural land, means the value at which the
             126      land would be assessed without regard to a valuation for agricultural use under Section
             127      59-2-503 .
             128          (b) "Financial feasibility study" means a study to determine:
             129          (i) the projected revenues for the proposed town during the first three years after
             130      incorporation; and
             131          (ii) the projected costs, including overhead, that the proposed town will incur in
             132      providing governmental services during the first three years after incorporation.
             133          (c) "Municipal service" means a publicly provided service that is not provided on a
             134      countywide basis.
             135          (d) "Nonurban" means having a residential density of less than one unit per acre.
             136          (2) (a) (i) A contiguous area of a county not within a municipality, with a population of
             137      at least 100 but less than 1,000, may incorporate as a town as provided in this section.
             138          (ii) An area within a county of the first class is not contiguous for purposes of
             139      Subsection (2)(a)(i) if:
             140          (A) the area includes a strip of land that connects geographically separate areas; and
             141          (B) the distance between the geographically separate areas is greater than the average


             142      width of the strip of land connecting the geographically separate areas.
             143          (b) [(i)] The population figure under Subsection (2)(a) shall be [derived from the most
             144      recent official census or census estimate of the United States Bureau of the Census. (ii) If the
             145      population figure is not available from the United States Bureau of the Census, the population
             146      figure shall be derived from the estimate from] determined:
             147          (i) as of the date the incorporation petition is filed; and
             148          (ii) by the Utah Population Estimates Committee within 20 days after the county clerk's
             149      certification under Subsection (5) of a petition filed under Subsection (4).
             150          (3) (a) The process to incorporate an area as a town is initiated by filing a [petition]
             151      request for a public hearing with the clerk of the county in which the area is located.
             152          (b) Each request for a public hearing under Subsection (3)(a) shall:
             153          (i) be signed by the owners of at least five separate parcels of private real property,
             154      each owned by a different owner, located within the area proposed to be incorporated; and
             155          (ii) be accompanied by an accurate map or plat depicting the boundary of the proposed
             156      town.
             157          (c) Within ten days after a request for a public hearing is filed under Subsection (3)(a),
             158      the county clerk shall, with the assistance of other county officers from whom the clerk
             159      requests assistance, determine whether the petition complies with the requirements of
             160      Subsection (3)(b).
             161          (d) If the clerk determines that a request under Subsection (3)(a) fails to comply with
             162      the requirements of Subsection (3)(b), the clerk shall reject the request and deliver written
             163      notice of the rejection to the signers of the request.
             164          (e) (i) If the clerk determines that a request under Subsection (3)(a) complies with the
             165      requirements of Subsection (3)(b), the clerk shall:
             166          (A) schedule and arrange for a public hearing to be held:
             167          (I) (Aa) at a public facility located within the boundary of the proposed town; or
             168          (Bb) if there is no public facility within the boundary of the proposed town, at another
             169      nearby public facility or at the county seat; and


             170          (II) within 20 days after the clerk provides the last notice required under Subsection
             171      (3)(e)(i)(B); and
             172          (B) subject to Subsection (3)(e)(ii), give notice of the public hearing on the proposed
             173      incorporation by:
             174          (I) posting notice of the public hearing on the county's Internet website, if the county
             175      has an Internet website; and
             176          (II) (Aa) publishing notice of the public hearing at least once a week for two
             177      consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the proposed town; or
             178          (Bb) if there is no newspaper of general circulation within the proposed town, posting
             179      notice of the public hearing in at least five conspicuous public places within the proposed town.
             180          (ii) The posting of notice required under Subsection (3)(e)(i)(B)(I) and, if applicable,
             181      Subsection (3)(e)(i)(B)(II)(Bb) and the first publishing of notice required under Subsection
             182      (3)(e)(i)(B)(II)(Aa), if applicable, shall occur no later than ten days after the clerk determines
             183      that a request complies with the requirements of Subsection (3)(b).
             184          (iii) Each public hearing under Subsection (3)(e)(i)(A) shall be conducted by the chair
             185      of the county commission or council, or the chair's designee, to:
             186          (A) introduce the concept of the proposed incorporation to the public;
             187          (B) allow the public to review the map or plat of the boundary of the proposed town;
             188          (C) allow the public to ask questions and become informed about the proposed
             189      incorporation; and
             190          (D) allow the public to express their views about the proposed incorporation, including
             191      their views about the boundary of the area proposed to be incorporated.
             192          (4) (a) At any time within three months after the public hearing under Subsection
             193      (3)(e), a petition to incorporate the area as a town may be filed with the clerk of the county in
             194      which the area is located.
             195          (b) Each petition under Subsection [(3)] (4)(a) shall:
             196          (i) be signed by:
             197          (A) the owners of private real property that:


             198          [(A)] (I) is located within the area proposed to be incorporated;
             199          [(B)] (II) covers a majority of the total private land area within the area; [and]
             200          [(C)] (III) is equal in assessed value to [at least 1/3] more than 1/2 of the assessed value
             201      of all private real property within the area; and
             202          [(ii) state the legal description of the boundaries of the area proposed to be
             203      incorporated as a town;]
             204          (IV) consists, in number of parcels, of at least 1/3 of the number of all parcels of
             205      private real property within the area proposed to be incorporated; and
             206          (B) a majority of all registered voters within the area proposed to be incorporated as a
             207      town, according to the official voter registration list maintained by the county on the date the
             208      petition is filed;
             209          [(iii)] (ii) designate [up to] as sponsors at least five [signers] of the property owners
             210      who have signed the petition [as sponsors], one of whom shall be designated as the contact
             211      sponsor, with the mailing address of each owner signing as a sponsor;
             212          [(iv)] (iii) be accompanied by and circulated with an accurate map or plat, prepared by
             213      a licensed surveyor, showing a legal description of the [boundaries] boundary of the proposed
             214      town; and
             215          [(v)] (iv) substantially comply with and be circulated in the following form:
             216          PETITION FOR INCORPORATION OF (insert the proposed name of the proposed
             217      town)
             218          To the Honorable County Legislative Body of (insert the name of the county in which
             219      the proposed town is located) County, Utah:
             220          We, the undersigned owners of real property and registered voters within the area
             221      described in this petition, respectfully petition the county legislative body for the area described
             222      in this petition to be incorporated as a town. Each of the undersigned affirms that each has
             223      personally signed this petition and is an owner of real property or a registered voter residing
             224      within the described area, and that the current residence address of each is correctly written
             225      after the signer's name. The area proposed to be incorporated as a town is described as follows:


             226      (insert an accurate description of the area proposed to be incorporated).
             227          (c) A petition under this [section] Subsection (4) may not describe an area that includes
             228      some or all of an area proposed for annexation in an annexation petition under Section
             229      10-2-403 that:
             230          (i) was filed before the filing of the petition; and
             231          (ii) is still pending on the date the petition is filed.
             232          [(4) Section 10-2-104 applies to a petition for incorporation as a town in any county,
             233      except that the notice under Subsection 10-2-104 (1) shall be sent within seven calendar days
             234      after the filing of a petition under Subsection (3).]
             235          (d) A petition may not be filed under this section if the private real property owned by
             236      the petition sponsors, designated under Subsection (4)(b)(ii), cumulatively exceeds 40% of the
             237      total private land area within the area proposed to be incorporated as a town.
             238          (e) A signer of a petition under this Subsection (4) may withdraw or, after withdrawn,
             239      reinstate the signer's signature on the petition:
             240          (i) at any time until the county clerk certifies the petition under Subsection (6); and
             241          (ii) by filing a signed, written withdrawal or reinstatement with the county clerk.
             242          (5) (a) If a petition is filed under Subsection (4)(a) proposing to incorporate as a town
             243      an area located within a county of the first class, the county clerk shall deliver written notice of
             244      the proposed incorporation:
             245          (i) to each owner of private real property owning more than 1% of the assessed value
             246      of all private real property within the area proposed to be incorporated as a town; and
             247          (ii) within seven calendar days after the date on which the petition is filed.
             248          (b) A private real property owner described in Subsection (5)(a)(i) may exclude all or
             249      part of the owner's property from the area proposed to be incorporated as a town by filing a
             250      notice of exclusion:
             251          (i) with the county clerk; and
             252          (ii) within ten calendar days after receiving the clerk's notice under Subsection (5)(a).
             253          (c) The county legislative body shall exclude from the area proposed to be incorporated


             254      as a town the property identified in the notice of exclusion under Subsection (5)(b) if:
             255          (i) the property:
             256          (A) is nonurban; and
             257          (B) does not and will not require a municipal service; and
             258          (ii) exclusion will not leave an unincorporated island within the proposed town.
             259          (d) If the county legislative body excludes property from the area proposed to be
             260      incorporated as a town, the county legislative body shall send written notice of the exclusion to
             261      the contact sponsor within five days after the exclusion.
             262          (6) Within 20 days after the filing of a petition under Subsection (4), the county clerk
             263      shall:
             264          (a) with the assistance of other county officers from whom the clerk requests
             265      assistance, determine whether the petition complies with the requirements of Subsection (4);
             266      and
             267          (b) (i) if the clerk determines that the petition complies with those requirements:
             268          (A) certify the petition and deliver the certified petition to the county legislative body;
             269      and
             270          (B) mail or deliver written notification of the certification to:
             271          (I) the contact sponsor;
             272          (II) if applicable, the chair of the planning commission of each township in which any
             273      part of the area proposed for incorporation is located; and
             274          (III) the Utah Population Estimates Committee; or
             275          (ii) if the clerk determines that the petition fails to comply with any of those
             276      requirements, reject the petition and notify the contact sponsor in writing of the rejection and
             277      the reasons for the rejection.
             278          (7) (a) (i) A petition that is rejected under Subsection (6)(b)(ii) may be amended to
             279      correct a deficiency for which it was rejected and then refiled with the county clerk.
             280          (ii) A valid signature on a petition filed under Subsection (4)(a) may be used toward
             281      fulfilling the signature requirement of Subsection (4)(b) for the same petition that is amended


             282      under Subsection (7)(a)(i) and then refiled with the county clerk.
             283          (b) If a petition is amended and refiled under Subsection (7)(a)(i) after having been
             284      rejected by the county clerk under Subsection (6)(b)(ii):
             285          (i) the amended petition shall be considered as a newly filed petition; and
             286          (ii) the amended petition's processing priority is determined by the date on which it is
             287      refiled.
             288          [(5)] (8) (a) (i) The legislative body of [each] a county with which a [base] petition is
             289      filed under [this section shall] Subsection (4) may, at its option and upon the petition being
             290      certified under Subsection (5), commission and pay for a financial feasibility study [as
             291      provided in Section 10-2-103 ].
             292          (ii) If the county legislative body chooses to commission a financial feasibility study,
             293      the county legislative body shall:
             294          (A) within 20 days after the incorporation petition is certified, select and engage a
             295      feasibility consultant; and
             296          (B) require the feasibility consultant to complete the financial feasibility study and
             297      submit written results of the study to the county legislative body no later than 30 days after the
             298      feasibility consultant is engaged to conduct the financial feasibility study.
             299          [(ii) If ] (b) The county legislative body shall approve a petition proposing the
             300      incorporation of a town and hold an election for town officers, as provided in Subsection (9),
             301      if:
             302          (i) the county clerk has certified the petition under Subsection (6); and
             303          (ii) (A) (I) the county legislative body has commissioned a financial feasibility study
             304      under Subsection (8)(a); and
             305          (II) the results of the financial feasibility study [under Subsection (5)(a)(i) meet the
             306      requirements of Subsection 10-2-109 (3) , the county legislative body shall grant the petition.]
             307      show that the average annual amount of revenues described in Subsection (1)(b)(i) does not
             308      exceed the average annual amount of costs described in Subsection (1)(b)(ii) by more than
             309      10%; or


             310          (B) the county legislative body chooses not to commission a financial feasibility study.
             311          [(iii) If] (c) (i) If the county legislative body commissions a financial feasibility study
             312      under Subsection (8)(a) and the results of the financial feasibility study [under Subsection
             313      (5)(a)(i) do not meet the requirements of Subsection 10-2-109 (3)] show that the average annual
             314      amount of revenues described in Subsection (1)(b)(i) exceeds the average annual amount of
             315      costs described in Subsection (1)(b)(ii) by more than 10%, the county legislative body may:
             316          (A) deny the petition, subject to Subsection (8)(c)(ii), if the results of the financial
             317      feasibility study show that the average annual amount of revenues described in Subsection
             318      (1)(b)(i) exceeds the average annual amount of costs described in Subsection (1)(b)(ii) by 25%
             319      or more;
             320          [(B) grant the petition; or]
             321          (B) approve the petition and hold an election for town officers, as provided in
             322      Subsection (8); or
             323          (C) (I) with the consent of the petition sponsors[, grant the petition, after]:
             324          [(I) imposing] (Aa) impose conditions to mitigate the fiscal inequities identified in the
             325      financial feasibility study; or
             326          [(II) altering] (Bb) alter the boundaries of the area proposed to be incorporated as a
             327      town to approximate the boundaries necessary to [meet the requirements of Subsection
             328      10-2-109 (3).] prevent the average annual amount of revenues described in Subsection (1)(b)(i)
             329      from exceeding the average annual amount of costs described in Subsection (1)(b)(ii); and
             330          (II) approve the incorporation petition and hold an election for town officers, as
             331      provided in Subsection (9).
             332          (ii) A county legislative body intending to deny a petition under Subsection (8)(c)(i)(A)
             333      shall deny the petition within 20 days after the feasibility consultant submits the written results
             334      of the financial feasibility study.
             335          [(iv)] (d) Each town that incorporates pursuant to a petition [granted] approved after
             336      the county legislative body imposes conditions under Subsection [(5)(a)(iii)(C)(I)]
             337      (8)(c)(i)(C)(I) shall comply with those conditions.


             338          [(b) The legislative body of each county of the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class
             339      with which a qualifying petition is filed shall grant the petition.]
             340          [(6) (a) Upon the granting of a petition filed under this section, the]
             341          (9) (a) The legislative body of the county in which the proposed new town is located
             342      shall [appoint a mayor and members of the town council from a list of qualified individuals
             343      approved by the petition sponsors] hold the election for town officers provided for in
             344      Subsection (8) within:
             345          (i) 45 days after the petition is certified, for an election under Subsection
             346      (8)(b)(i)(B)(II) or (8)(b)(ii);
             347          (ii) 45 days after the feasibility consultant submits the written results of the financial
             348      feasibility study, for an election under Subsection (8)(b)(i)(B)(I); or
             349          (iii) 60 days after the feasibility consultant submits the written results of the financial
             350      feasibility study, for an election under Subsection (8)(c).
             351          (b) The officers elected at an election under Subsection (9)(a) shall take office:
             352          (i) at noon on the first Monday in January next following the election, if the election is
             353      held on a regular general or municipal general election date; or
             354          (ii) at noon on the first day of the month next following the effective date of the
             355      incorporation under Subsection (12), if the election of officers is held on any other date.
             356          [(b) The officers appointed under Subsection (6)(a) shall hold office until the next
             357      regular municipal election and until their successors are elected and qualified.]
             358          [(7)] (10) Each newly incorporated town shall operate under the [six-member]
             359      five-member council form of government as described in Section 10-3-101 .
             360          [(8)] (11) (a) [Each mayor appointed under Subsection (6) shall, within] Within seven
             361      days [of appointment, file] after the canvass of the election of town officers under Subsection
             362      (9), the mayor-elect of the new town shall file at least three copies of the articles of
             363      incorporation of the new town with the lieutenant governor.
             364          (b) The articles of incorporation shall meet the requirements of Subsection
             365      10-2-119 (2).


             366          [(9) A town is incorporated upon the lieutenant governor's issuance of a certificate of
             367      entity creation under Section 67-1a-6.5 .]
             368          [(10) The legislative body of the new town shall comply with the notice requirements
             369      of Section 10-1-116 .]
             370          (12) A new town is incorporated:
             371          (a) on December 31 of the year in which the lieutenant governor issues a certificate of
             372      entity creation for the town under Section 67-1a-6.5 , if the election of town officers under
             373      Subsection (9) is held on a regular general or municipal general election date; or
             374          (b) on the last day of the month during which the lieutenant governor issues a
             375      certificate of entity creation for the town under Section 67-1a-6.5 , if the election of town
             376      officers under Subsection (9) is held on any other date.
             377          (13) For each petition filed before the effective date of this section:
             378          (a) the petition is subject to and governed by the law in effect at the time the petition
             379      was filed; and
             380          (b) the law in effect at the time the petition was filed governs in all administrative and
             381      judicial proceedings relating to the petition.
             382          Section 3. Section 20A-1-203 is amended to read:
             383           20A-1-203. Calling and purpose of special elections.
             384          (1) Statewide and local special elections may be held for any purpose authorized by
             385      law.
             386          (2) (a) Statewide special elections shall be conducted using the procedure for regular
             387      general elections.
             388          (b) Except as otherwise provided in this title, local special elections shall be conducted
             389      using the procedures for regular municipal elections.
             390          (3) The governor may call a statewide special election by issuing an executive order
             391      that designates:
             392          (a) the date for the statewide special election; and
             393          (b) the purpose for the statewide special election.


             394          (4) The Legislature may call a statewide special election by passing a joint or
             395      concurrent resolution that designates:
             396          (a) the date for the statewide special election; and
             397          (b) the purpose for the statewide special election.
             398          (5) (a) The legislative body of a local political subdivision may call a local special
             399      election only for:
             400          (i) a vote on a bond or debt issue;
             401          (ii) a vote on a voted leeway program authorized by Section 53A-17a-133 or
             402      53A-17a-134 ;
             403          (iii) an initiative authorized by Chapter 7, Part 5, Local Initiatives - Procedure;
             404          (iv) a referendum authorized by Chapter 7, Part 6, Local Referenda - Procedures;
             405          (v) if required or authorized by federal law, a vote to determine whether or not Utah's
             406      legal boundaries should be changed;
             407          (vi) a vote authorized or required by Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax Act; [or]
             408          (vii) a vote to elect members to school district boards for a new school district and a
             409      remaining school district, as defined in Section 53A-2-117 , following the creation of a new
             410      school district under Section 53A-2-118.1 [.]; or
             411          (viii) an election of town officers of a newly incorporated town under Subsection
             412      10-2-125 (9).
             413          (b) The legislative body of a local political subdivision may call a local special election
             414      by adopting an ordinance or resolution that designates:
             415          (i) the date for the local special election; and
             416          (ii) the purpose for the local special election.
             417          Section 4. Section 20A-1-204 is amended to read:
             418           20A-1-204. Date of special election -- Legal effect.
             419          (1) (a) The governor, Legislature, or the legislative body of a local political subdivision
             420      calling a statewide special election or local special election under Section 20A-1-203 shall
             421      schedule the special election to be held on:


             422          (i) the fourth Tuesday in June; [or]
             423          (ii) the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November[.]; or
             424          (iii) for an election of town officers of a newly incorporated town under Subsection
             425      10-2-125 (9), on any date that complies with the requirements of that subsection.
             426          (b) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(c), the governor, Legislature, or the legislative
             427      body of a local political subdivision calling a statewide special election or local special election
             428      under Section 20A-1-203 may not schedule a special election to be held on any other date.
             429          (c) (i) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (1)(b), the legislative body of a
             430      local political subdivision may call a local special election on a date other than those specified
             431      in this section if the legislative body:
             432          (A) determines and declares that there is a disaster, as defined in Section 63-5-2 ,
             433      requiring that a special election be held on a date other than the ones authorized in statute;
             434          (B) identifies specifically the nature of the disaster, as defined in Section 63-5-2 , and
             435      the reasons for holding the special election on that other date; and
             436          (C) votes unanimously to hold the special election on that other date.
             437          (ii) The legislative body of a local political subdivision may not call a local special
             438      election for the date established in Title 20A, Chapter 9, Part 8, Western States Presidential
             439      Primary, for Utah's Western States Presidential Primary.
             440          (d) Nothing in this section prohibits:
             441          (i) the governor or Legislature from submitting a matter to the voters at the regular
             442      general election if authorized by law; or
             443          (ii) a local government from submitting a matter to the voters at the regular municipal
             444      election if authorized by law.
             445          (2) (a) Two or more entities shall comply with Subsection (2)(b) if those entities hold a
             446      special election within a county on the same day as:
             447          (i) another special election;
             448          (ii) a regular general election; or
             449          (iii) a municipal general election.


             450          (b) Entities described in Subsection (2)(a) shall, to the extent practicable, coordinate:
             451          (i) polling places;
             452          (ii) ballots;
             453          (iii) election officials; and
             454          (iv) other administrative and procedural matters connected with the election.
             455          Section 5. Effective date.
             456          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             457      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             458      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             459      the date of veto override.
             460          Section 6. Revisor instructions.
             461          It is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General
             462      Counsel, in preparing the Utah Code database for publication, replace the phrase "the effective
             463      date of this section" in Subsection 10-2-125 (13) of this bill with the actual effective date of this
             464      bill.
             465          Section 7. Coordinating H.B. 164 with S.B. 20 -- Technically merging
             466      amendments.
             467          If this H.B. 164 and S.B. 20, Municipal Government Amendments, both pass, it is the
             468      intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in
             469      preparing the Utah Code database for publication, modify Subsection 10-2-125 (10), as
             470      amended in this bill, to read:
             471          "[(7)] (10) Each newly incorporated town shall operate under the [six-member]
             472      five-member council form of government as [described] defined in Section [10-3-101]
             473      10-3b-102 ."


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