2016 Mississippi Code
Title 51 - Waters, Water Resources, Water Districts, Drainage, and Flood Control
Chapter 39 - Storm Water Management Districts
§ 51-39-9. Publication of resolution; referendum on creation of district upon filing of protest
(1) A certified copy of the adopted resolution or ordinance shall be published in a newspaper having a general circulation within the proposed district once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks before the date specified in the resolution or ordinance as the date upon which the governing body intends to create the district. The first publication of the notice shall be made not less than twenty-one (21) days before the date specified, and the last publication shall be made not more than seven (7) days before the date.
(2) If twenty percent (20%) or fifteen hundred (1500), whichever is less, of the qualified electors within the geographic boundaries of the proposed district file a written petition with the governing body before the date specified in the resolution or ordinance under Section 51-39-7(2) protesting the creation of the district, the governing body shall call an election on the question of the creation of the district. The election shall be held and conducted by the election commissioners of the county or municipality as nearly as may be in accordance with the general laws governing elections. The election commissioners shall determine which of the qualified electors of the county or municipality reside within geographic boundaries of the proposed district, and only those qualified electors as reside within the geographic boundaries of the proposed district shall be entitled to vote in the election. Notice of the election setting forth the time, place or places, and purpose of the election shall be published by the clerk of the board of supervisors or the municipal clerk, as the case may be. The notice shall be published for the time and in the manner provided in subsection (1) of this section. The ballot to be prepared for and used at the election shall be in substantially the following form:
"FOR CREATION OF DISTRICT: ( )
AGAINST CREATION OF DISTRICT: ( )"
Voters shall vote by placing a cross mark (x) or check mark ([checkmark]) opposite their choice.
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