2012 Wyoming Statutes
TITLE 22 - ELECTIONS
CHAPTER 29 - SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTIONS ACT
22-29-109. County commissioners' action on formation petition.
(a) A petition for formation of a district shall be filed with the county commissioners. Before the petition is filed, the county assessor and the department of revenue shall review, within sixty (60) days of receiving notice of the petition, the boundaries of the proposed district for any conflict, overlap, gap or other boundary issue and make written comments thereon to be submitted with the petition. Further, the petition shall be approved by any agency required by the principal act to approve the petition. If the petition satisfies all requirements of the principal act, the county commissioners shall:
(i) Set a date for a hearing on the petition. The hearing shall be held not less than forty-five (45) days nor more than ninety (90) days after the date the petition is filed;
(ii) The county commissioners shall cause notice of the hearing to be posted in at least three (3) public places and published by two (2) insertions in a newspaper of general circulation in that county or counties in which all or any part of the district is proposed to be located. The last of the notices shall be published at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing. The notice shall state:
(A) The purpose for which the district is to be formed;
(B) The name and boundaries of the proposed district;
(C) The time and place of the hearing on the petition; and
(D) That all interested persons may appear and be heard.
(b) Any person may appear at the hearing and shall be heard concerning any and all matters affecting the creation of the district, and a record of the proceedings shall be made and kept as a part of the public records of the board of county commissioners.
(c) At the time stated in the notice, the county commissioners shall hear the petition and determine if the area could be benefited by the formation of the district. It may adjourn the hearing from time to time, but not exceeding four (4) weeks in all unless additional notice is given. The county commissioners may alter the boundaries set forth in the petition to either include or exclude territory. In determining the boundaries of the proposed district, the board shall consider the benefit the proposed district will have within the territory in or out of the proposed district. The commissioners shall not modify the boundaries so as to exclude from the proposed district any land which could be benefited by its formation, nor shall there be included any land which will not, in the judgment of the board, be benefited. In no event shall property which may be subject to a district assessment be included in the boundaries of a district if the owner of the assessed property is precluded by applicable state or federal law, rule or regulation from using the services provided by the formation of the district.
(d) If the county commissioners determine, after consultation with the county assessor, that any land has been improperly omitted from the proposed district and that the owner has not appeared at the hearing, the commissioners shall continue the hearing and shall order notice given to the nonappearing owner requiring the owner to appear before it and show cause, if any, why the land of the owner should not be included in the proposed district. The notice shall be given either by posting and publication, in the same manner as notice of the original hearing and for the same period, or by personal service on each nonappearing owner. If notice is given by personal service, service shall be made at least ten (10) days prior to the date fixed for the further hearing.
(e) If within thirty (30) days after adjournment of the hearing, written protests, signed by the owners of at least thirty-five percent (35%) of assessed valuation of property included in the proposed district, are presented to the board of county commissioners, the proposal and the district shall fail.
(f) If the county commissioners approve the petition for formation, as presented or as modified, the county commissioners shall enter an order declaring its approval. The order shall set forth the name of the proposed district and a description of the boundaries. Upon the entering of this order, the commissioners shall direct that the question of formation of the district and the election of the initial directors be submitted to the electors of the proposed district to be held in their respective counties by mail ballot or on the next election date authorized under W.S. 22-21-103 which is at least sixty (60) days after the expiration of the thirty (30) day period described in subsection (e) of this section.
(g) Any errors or changes on the map or in the legal description shall be corrected, and the corrected version shall be displayed at the polls on election day or included in each mail ballot package. The map shall be developed after consultation with the county assessor for each affected county to ensure accuracy.
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