Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 81
Special Charter Cities and Towns

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Certain cities and towns declared cities and towns under specialcharter.

81.010. All cities and towns of this state operating under charters granted directly and specially by the general assembly prior to the adoption of the constitution of 1875 are hereby defined and declared to be cities and towns under special charter, and all laws now existing or which may hereafter be enacted relating or making reference to cities or towns under special charter or special charter cities or towns shall be deemed to and shall apply and be valid in relation only to cities and towns of this state defined and declared in this section to be cities and towns under special charter.

(L. 1945 p. 1289 § 6215b)

Amendment of charter, procedure.

81.013. If the charter of a city or town under special charter provides for amendment of the charter only by act of the general assembly of the state of Missouri or does not provide for amendment of the charter, the charter may be amended if a proposition to amend the charter is submitted to a vote of the qualified electors of the city or town and a majority of the qualified voters voting on the proposition vote in favor thereof. A proposition to amend the charter may be submitted to the qualified voters of the city or town at the next municipal election, or at a special election called for the purpose, by an ordinance adopted by the chief legislative body of the city or town; and a proposition to amend the charter shall be so submitted if a petition so to do signed by ten percent of the qualified voters of the city or town, as determined by the total number of votes cast in the city or town for governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election, is presented to the body or official in charge of municipal elections of the city or town.

(L. 1983 H.B. 76)

CROSS REFERENCE:

Amendment to city charter, Const. Art. VI § 20

Special charter cities may take census, when.

81.020. Any town or city within this state, now incorporated under and by virtue of any special or local law, and in which the citizens thereof desire incorporation as a city of any special class under the general laws of this state, and believe that since the taking of the last census, state or national, there has been sufficient increase in population to entitle it to be incorporated as a city of a higher class than they would be entitled to under said last census, may, by authority of an ordinance, and at the expense of such town or city, cause to be taken a census of its population; and should such census, when so taken, show that the town or city taking the same has the requisite population to entitle it to become a city of the class desired, then such town or city may proceed to secure such incorporation as its population may entitle it to under and by authority of the provisions of chapter 72.

(RSMo 1939 § 7435)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7282; 1919 § 8698; 1909 § 9576

Census, how taken--false return, misdemeanor (fourth class cities,special charter cities and towns).

81.030. 1. Any such city may at any time, by ordinance and at the expense of the city, cause an enumeration of its inhabitants to be made, and its population ascertained, and such census, when so taken, shall have like force and effect as a state or national census to authorize such city to proceed in securing such other incorporation as its population may entitle it to under the laws and constitution of this state, and for any other purpose that the laws may require, or have any other act or thing to be done making the population a basis thereof; and should the board of aldermen, councilmen or trustees fail or refuse to pass an ordinance for the taking of the census, when requested in writing to do so, then a petition may be presented to the board of aldermen, councilmen or trustees, signed by not less than twenty-five resident citizens of such city or town, asking the board to pass an ordinance providing for the taking of the census of such city, and the board shall then pass an ordinance providing for the taking of the census; and should the board of aldermen, councilmen or trustees fail or refuse to pass an ordinance providing for the taking of the census within thirty days from the date of filing said petition with the city clerk, then the mayor shall, by proclamation, order the city marshal to take the census of such city, and when taken by the city marshal, under the proclamation of the mayor, it shall have the same force and effect in law as if taken under an ordinance passed by the board of aldermen, city council or board of trustees.

2. Any person taking such census shall make return thereof, under oath, and file the same with the city clerk, and after said census is returned in either of the above modes, all courts of this state shall take judicial notice of the population of such city or town; provided, however, that the census shall not be taken in any city or town oftener than once every two years, unless the board of aldermen, councilmen or board of trustees shall be of the opinion that the public good demands and requires a new census, when they may provide for it.

3. Any person failing or refusing to comply with this section, or any person who shall make a false return, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by fine not less than ten dollars or more than one hundred dollars, and may be ousted from office.

4. This section shall apply to cities of the fourth class, and towns and villages, and cities and towns under special charters.

(RSMo 1939 § 7522)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7369; 1919 § 8783; 1909 § 9639

Street and sidewalk commissioner (special charter cities under10,000).

81.040. The council of any such city or town mentioned in section 88.804 may provide by ordinance for the appointment by the council of a street and sidewalk commissioner, which may be made by ordinance a separate office, and he shall give bond as such for the faithful discharge of such duties as the council may by ordinance or entry of record prescribe, and fix his compensation.

(RSMo 1939 § 7449)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7296; 1919 § 8711; 1909 § 9589

Election and terms of officers (cities of 1,000 and less than 3,000).

81.050. At the next municipal election in all cities and towns under special charters having one thousand inhabitants and less than three thousand inhabitants, and every two years thereafter, there shall be elected the officers as specified in said charters to be elected, each of whom shall hold his office until his successor is elected and qualified; except that any such city may provide by ordinance that two councilmen shall be elected each year for a term of two years. At the first election held after the passage of any such ordinance the two councilmen receiving the highest number of votes shall hold office for two years each and the two receiving the next highest number of votes shall hold office for one year each; and thereafter two councilmen shall be elected each year for terms of two years each.

(RSMo 1939 § 7448, A.L. 1959 H.B. 53, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7295; 1919 § 8710; 1909 § 9588

Notice of claim for damages on account of injury shall be given, when(cities of 500 to 3,000).

81.060. No action shall be maintained against any city or town organized and existing under special charter in this state, which city shall contain more than five hundred and less than three thousand inhabitants, on account of any injuries growing out of any defect or unsafe condition of or on any bridge, boulevard, street, sidewalk or thoroughfare, in said city or town until notice shall first have been given in writing to the mayor of said city or town, within ninety days of the occurrence for which said damage is claimed, stating the place where, the time when such injury was received, and the character and circumstances of the injury, and that the person so injured will claim damages therefor from such city or town.

(RSMo 1939 § 7524)

Election of certain officers (cities of 3,000 to 10,000), exceptions.

81.070. 1. At the next municipal election in all cities and towns under special charters and having three thousand inhabitants and not more than ten thousand inhabitants, except as allowed in subsection 2 of this section, and at each municipal election thereafter, there shall be elected a mayor, a councilman at large, one councilman from each ward, a constable, an attorney, a treasurer, who shall be, by virtue of the treasurer's office, collector of the revenue of such city, an auditor, and a clerk, who shall hold their respective offices for two years, and until their successors are elected and qualified. And the city council shall provide by ordinance for the election for the election or appointment of the following officer, to wit: An assessor; except that the governing bodies of cities in counties of the first class under a charter form of government which have attained a population of more than three thousand and less than ten thousand inhabitants subsequent to the granting of its special charter, may by ordinance provide that the terms of its original special charter relating to municipal officers, their election and terms shall continue in force notwithstanding the provisions of this section.

2. At the next municipal election in all cities and towns under special charters with at least three thousand inhabitants and not more than ten thousand inhabitants and located in a county of the first or second classification that adjoins a county of the first classification with a charter form of government, the city council may place the question of whether the city council shall be allowed to appoint municipal offices, other than a mayor, a councilman at large and one councilman from each ward. The city council shall provide by ordinance the ballot language to be submitted to the voters. Upon approval by a majority of the qualified voters in such city or town voting on the question, the city council shall be allowed to appoint the specified offices.

(RSMo 1939 § 7447, A.L. 1953 p. 297, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971, A.L. 1997 H.B. 711)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7294; 1919 § 8709; 1909 § 9587

Officers--elections (cities attaining 3,000 to 10,000 after grantof charter in certain counties).

81.075. At the next municipal election in all cities and towns under special charter, located in counties of the first class under a charter form of government, which have attained a population of three thousand inhabitants and not more than ten thousand inhabitants subsequent to the granting of their special charter, and at each municipal election thereafter, there shall be elected a mayor, a police judge and two councilmen from each ward, each of whom shall hold his respective office* for four years and until his successor is elected and qualified; provided that at the next municipal election there shall be elected one councilman from each ward, who shall serve for a term of four years, and the year next following such an election, at the time of holding the general election for municipal officers, there shall be elected one councilman from each ward, who shall serve for a term of one year, after which election there shall be elected at each succeeding municipal election one councilman from each ward, who shall serve for a period of four years.

(L. 1959 H.B. 324 § 1, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971 merged with H.B. 1634)

Effective 8-13-78 (H.B. 971)

1-2-79 (H.B. 1634)

*Word "office" does not appear in original rolls.

Extension of limits, how--inclusion of another city, procedure(cities of 20,000 or less).

81.080. 1. Any city or town of less than twenty thousand inhabitants and having a special charter, after the taking effect of such charter, may at any time extend its limits by ordinance, specifying with accuracy the new line to which it is proposed to extend such limits. All courts of this state shall take judicial notice of the limits of such city when thus extended.

2. Provided, that should such city by such extension of its territorial limits include any portion of any incorporated city, town or village, such extension shall be made to include the whole territory of such incorporated city, town or village, and upon such extension being made, the corporate existence of such incorporated city, town or village so included in such extension shall, ipso facto, cease, and all property and rights of every kind and nature belonging to and vested in such incorporated city, town or village shall, by operation of law, at once pass to and vest in the city making such extension of its limits, and it shall be the duty of all officers and employees of such incorporated city, town or village having custody or control thereof to surrender and deliver the same to such city so extending its limits; and such city shall also, by operation of law, become liable to pay all debts and liabilities of such incorporated city, town or village; provided further, that before such city shall extend its limits so as to include an incorporated city, town or village, four-sevenths of the qualified voters of the incorporated city, town or village, voting at such election so desired to be included within the limits of such city, shall vote in favor of such proposition at an election, to be determined in the following manner, to wit: Whenever such city shall desire to include within its limits any incorporated city, town or village, the mayor of such city shall inform the mayor or other chief officer of the incorporated city, town or village proposed to be so taken in of its intention to include said city, town or village within the limits; the mayor thereof shall order the question to be submitted to determine the wish of said city, town or village. If four-sevenths of the voters voting on the question shall vote in favor of the proposed extension, the mayor shall certify the result to the mayor of such city, and such city may proceed to extend its limits as provided in this section.

(RSMo 1939 § 7514, A.L. 1953 p. 298, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7361; 1919 § 8775

CROSS REFERENCES:

Extension of limits to include other incorporated city, 82.090 to 82.170

Procedure for annexation of area to which objection is made, 71.015

Establishment and maintenance of city jail (cities of 10,000 or less).

81.090. Every city and town in this state having a special charter and containing ten thousand inhabitants or less shall have and is hereby granted power, authority and right to provide, by ordinance, for the erection, establishment and maintenance of a city jail.

(RSMo 1939 § 7467)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7314; 1919 § 8729; 1909 § 9608

Authorization for commitment of prisoners (cities of 10,000 or less).

81.100. Every such city or town shall have the same right, power and authority, by and through its properly constituted officers and courts, to commit prisoners to such city jail, and to confine therein persons apprehended for offenses against the laws of such city or town, as it had with reference to the jail specified in its special charter.

(RSMo 1939 § 7468)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7315; 1919 § 8730; 1909 § 9609

Construction of jail--bond (cities of 10,00 or less).

81.110. If such jail cannot be erected and paid for out of the general revenue and income provided for such city or town, then every such city or town shall have power and authority to issue its bonds, to an amount not exceeding the limit authorized by the constitution of the state, for the purpose of purchasing a site and erecting thereon a city jail for the use of such city or town.

(RSMo 1939 § 7469)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7316; 1919 § 8741; 1909 § 9610

Construction of levees--bond (cities of 10,000 or less).

81.120. Every city or town in this state having a special charter and now or hereafter containing ten thousand inhabitants or less, shall have and is hereby granted power, authority and right to issue its bonds, to an amount not exceeding the limit authorized by the constitution of the state, for the purpose of constructing and maintaining levees and acquiring the right-of-way therefor within the limits of such city or town.

(L. 1949 p. 383 § 7452A)

Farming lands, exclusion--procedure (cities of 20,000 or less).

81.130. In all cases where farming lands, or lands not laid out in town or city lots, or used for town or city purposes, are included within the corporate limits of any town, city or municipality of this state now containing, or which may hereafter contain, twenty thousand inhabitants or less, existing or operating under a special charter, and where ten of the taxable inhabitants of said town, city or municipality shall petition the council of said town, city or municipality to become disincorporated or detached from the said municipal corporation, it shall be the duty of said council, by ordinance, to submit the question to the voters of the city, town or municipality; and if at said election a majority of the voters voting at said election, vote in favor of disincorporating or detaching said lands, then the council of said town, city or municipality shall declare the said land disincorporated or detached from the said municipality, and the same shall not thereafter be included in or be a part thereof; provided, however, that in all cases where the said town, city or municipality has any outstanding debts, liabilities or obligations, said lands shall not be disincorporated or detached until the owner or owners thereof shall have paid into the town, city or municipal treasury their just and proper proportion of such debts, liabilities or obligations.

(RSMo 1939 § 7441, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7288; 1919 § 8703; 1909 § 9581

Election and appointment of certain officers--tenure (cities of10,000 to 30,000).

81.140. At municipal elections in all cities and towns under special charters which have not less than ten thousand inhabitants nor more than thirty thousand inhabitants there shall be elected a mayor, a police judge or recorder, an attorney, a marshal or chief of police, and such other officers as the charter and ordinances of such city or town may provide, who shall hold their respective offices for a term of two years, provided, however, any such city may provide by ordinance that marshal, chief of police and attorney may be appointed by the mayor, subject to the approval of the city council, and such ordinance may further provide that all or any of such officers when so appointed and any of the other appointive officers of any such city, except the members of the board of public works, shall hold office for an indefinite term and during the pleasure of the mayor and city council of such cities.

(RSMo 1939 § 7470, A.L. 1953 p. 297, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971 merged with H.B. 1634)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7317; 1919 § 8732; 1909 § 9611

Effective 8-13-78 (H.B. 971)

1-2-79 (H.B. 1634)

Election of aldermen--tenure (cities of 10,000 to 30,000).

81.150. In all cities and towns under special charter which have not less than ten thousand inhabitants and not more than thirty thousand inhabitants, there shall be elected two aldermen from each ward, who shall hold office for a term of four years; provided, that at the next general election for municipal officers to be held in any such city or town there shall be elected one alderman from each ward, who shall serve for a term of four years, and in the year next following such election, at the time of holding the general election for municipal officers in such city or town, there shall be elected one alderman from each ward, who shall serve for a term of one year, after which election there shall be elected, at each succeeding general election for municipal officers in such city or town, one alderman from each ward, who shall serve for a term of four years.

(RSMo 1939 § 7471)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7318; 1919 § 8733; 1909 § 9612

Enactment of ordinances--additional power (cities of 10,000 to30,000).

81.160. All cities within this state having more than ten thousand and less than thirty thousand inhabitants, and having a special charter, in their corporate capacity are authorized and empowered to enact ordinances for the following purposes, in addition to the powers now conferred upon such cities by law.

(RSMo 1939 § 7480)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7327; 1919 § 8741

Condemnation of private property (cities of 10,000 to 30,000).

81.170. Any such city may condemn private property for public use for such purposes as they are now by law authorized to condemn the same and as provided by chapter 88.

(RSMo 1939 § 7481)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7328; 1919 § 8742

Acquired property--management, regulation (cities of 10,000 to30,000).

81.180. Any such city may procure by purchase, condemnation, gift or otherwise, within the city or beyond the limits thereof, property for the use of the city in and for the performance of its functions, and may manage and regulate the uses thereof and may sell, lease or otherwise dispose of the same.

(RSMo 1939 § 7482)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7329; 1919 § 8743

Acquisition of property--regulation of business (cities of 10,000 to30,000).

81.190. Any such city may acquire, by condemnation, purchase, gift, lease or otherwise, property, real and personal, within such city or beyond the limits thereof, and establish, construct, maintain, add to, equip, improve, own, control, regulate and operate libraries, art galleries, museums, parks, places of recreation, auditoriums, convention halls, refrigerating plants, fountains, bathing places, watering troughs, public toilets, markets, market houses, abattoirs, medical dispensaries, laboratories, infirmaries, hospitals, poorhouses, charitable institutions, employment agencies, pawnshops, jails, city halls, engine houses, houses of correction, reform schools, workhouses and work farms, detention homes, morgues, cemeteries, crematories, garbage collection and garbage disposal and reduction plants and equipments, street cleaning and sprinkling plants and equipment, gas plants, telephone systems, telegraph systems, electric light systems, electric or other heat systems, electric or other power systems, electric or other railways, ferries and transportation systems of any kind; waterworks, quarries, wharves, docks, waterways, canals, streets, avenues, alleys, lanes and all other public buildings, places, works, equipment and institutions, and all other public utilities, not herein enumerated and everything required therefor; and to sell, convey and encumber the same, to sell water, gas, electric current and all products of any utilities operated by the city; and to lease to corporations or to individuals when authorized by a vote of a two-thirds majority of the voters of the city, voting at any general city election, for the purpose of maintenance and operation and for a term not exceeding ten years, any public utility owned by the city, but no sale of any utility shall be made, unless the same shall be authorized by a two-thirds vote of the voters of said city at a general city election thereof.

(RSMo 1939 § 7483)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7330; 1919 § 8744

Officers, terms (cities of 30,000 to 250,000 in certain counties).

81.195. In all cities and towns under special charter, located in counties of the first class under a charter form of government, which have attained a population of more than thirty thousand inhabitants but less than two hundred fifty thousand inhabitants subsequent to the granting of their special charter, and every four years thereafter, there shall be elected a mayor, police judge and two councilmen from each ward, who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified.

(L. 1961 p. 202, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971 and 1634)

Effective 8-13-78 (H.B. 971)

1-2-79 (H.B. 1634)

Extension of limits (cities of 20,000 and less than 250,000).

81.200. Any city now containing, or which may hereafter contain, more than twenty thousand and less than two hundred and fifty thousand inhabitants, organized under special or local laws, may extend its limits by an ordinance specifying with accuracy the new line or lines to which it is proposed to extend such limits. All courts of this state shall take judicial notice of the limits of said city when thus extended, and of all the steps in the proceedings leading thereto.

(RSMo 1939 § 7513)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7360; 1919 § 8774; 1909 § 9631

Changes of wards by ordinance (cities of 20,000 and less than250,000).

81.210. Whenever the corporate limits of any city now coming or which may hereafter come under the operation of section 81.200 of this chapter shall hereafter be altered or extended, and whenever the population of any such city, or of any ward or wards thereof, has been or may be so increased or diminished as to render, in the opinion of the common council, a division or redistricting of the corporation into wards, or a change in the boundary of any ward or wards necessary, the same may be done by ordinance at some regular meeting of the common council.

(RSMo 1939 § 7515)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7362; 1919 § 8776; 1909 § 9632

Notice of proposed change--when to take effect (cities of 20,000 andless than 250,000).

81.220. Upon any ordinance for such purpose being introduced into the common council, the latter shall, before the passage thereof, by resolution, require the city clerk to publish a copy of the ordinance in at least one daily newspaper published in the city, to be designated in the resolution, for at least three weeks within the four weeks next after the passage of said resolution. After such publication, proof thereof shall be made and filed with the city clerk, and, if the common council shall be satisfied that such publication has been made, it shall, by vote, so find, and the city clerk shall make a record of such finding in the book for record of the current proceedings of the common council, which record shall be conclusive evidence of the truth of the facts so found. If such ordinance be passed by the common council at the first or second regular meeting after such publication and finding, and not later, and duly approved by the mayor, the same shall thereafter be in force until repealed or altered. Any such ordinance shall be subject to amendment before such publication, but not after.

(RSMo 1939 § 7516)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7363; 1919 § 8777; 1909 § 9633

Disposition of acquired territory--qualified voters (cities of 20,000and less than 250,000).

81.230. When territory is annexed to any city pursuant to section 81.200, the common council shall, by ordinance, organize the same into a new ward or wards, or attach the same to some existing ward or wards long enough before the next ensuing municipal election to enable voters in such annexed territory to register, and all other proper steps to be taken according to law, so that the voters of such annexed territory may have full opportunity to register and vote at such election. Actual residents of any territory at the time of annexation thereof to any city as provided in section 81.200 shall, if otherwise qualified, be voters of the city, and be eligible to any office therein at the next municipal election following such annexation. In case of redistricting or division of the city into wards, creation of any new ward or wards, or change of boundary in any ward or wards, every voter residing in any ward at any municipal election next thereafter, duly registered, shall be a voter of such ward, and nothing in this chapter contained shall be so construed as to prevent any voter from voting or being eligible to any office by reason merely of such redistricting or division or creation of any new ward or wards, or change in the boundary of any ward or wards.

(RSMo 1939 § 7517, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7364; 1919 § 8778; 1909 § 9634

Change not to be made, when (cities of 20,000 and less than 250,000).

81.240. Territory shall not be annexed to any such city within four months next preceding any municipal election, nor shall there be a redistricting or division of the city into wards, or change of boundaries of any ward or wards, or creation of any new ward or wards, within two months next preceding any municipal election.

(RSMo 1939 § 7518, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7365; 1919 § 8779; 1909 § 9635

Numbering wards--territory (cities of 20,000 and less than 250,000).

81.250. All wards which may hereafter be established shall be composed of adjacent and compact territory, and the several wards at the time of redistricting shall contain as nearly an equal number of inhabitants as may be practicable. The wards shall be numbered consecutively from one up to the highest number thus established.

(RSMo 1939 § 7519)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7366; 1919 § 8780; 1909 § 9636

Election of aldermen (cities of 20,000 and less than 250,000).

81.260. Whenever any change in the number of wards or alteration in the boundaries of any ward shall be made, or new wards shall be established, there shall be no election of aldermen for such wards until the general election for corporation officers.

(RSMo 1939 § 7520)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7367; 1919 § 8781; 1909 § 9637

Change in wards not to affect aldermen (cities of 20,000 and less than250,000).

81.270. Nothing in sections 81.200 to 81.260 contained shall be construed to limit or abridge the term of office which any alderman shall be elected to fill, but every alderman shall be deemed and taken to be for the residue of the term for which he may have been elected an alderman of that ward in which his actual residence and place of abode may be at the time of any division of the city into wards, creation of any new ward or wards, or change in the boundaries of any ward or wards.

(RSMo 1939 § 7521)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7368; 1919 § 8782; 1909 § 9638

Elective officers--terms--appointment--offices combined--section tobe effective after vote (cities of 7,500 to 100,000 in certaincounties).

81.280. 1. At municipal elections in all cities and towns under special legislative charters, located in a county containing a city, or a part of a city, of over four hundred thousand population, which have attained a population of seven thousand five hundred inhabitants, and not more than one hundred thousand there shall be elected one alderman from each ward for a four-year term; at municipal elections there shall be elected a mayor for a four-year term; and there shall be elected an attorney, a treasurer, who shall be, by virtue of his office, collector of revenue of the city, an auditor, a municipal judge, and a clerk, each of whom shall hold his respective office for a term of two years, and their successors shall be elected accordingly, except that any such city may provide by ordinance that the attorney, treasurer, municipal judge, and clerk be appointed by the mayor, subject to the approval of the city council, and the ordinance may further provide that all or any of such officers when so appointed and any of the appointive officers of any such city, except the members of any board created by statute, shall hold office for an indefinite term and at the pleasure of the mayor and city council. In addition to the above officers the city council shall provide by ordinance for the appointment of an assessor and a chief of police, whose duties shall be prescribed by ordinance.

2. The city council may by ordinance combine the offices of clerk and treasurer. When so combined, this office may be filled by election at municipal elections or may be made appointive by ordinance under the same provisions applying to the offices separately.

3. The provisions of this section shall apply only after a majority of the voters voting thereon at a municipal election approve the effectiveness of this section for such city or town. The question shall be placed upon the ballot by a petition signed by a number of voters of the city or town equal to five percent of the total number of votes cast for mayor at the last election, or by a resolution of the board of aldermen of the city or town.

(L. 1965 p. 194 § 1, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971 merged with H.B. 1634)

Effective 8-13-78 (H.B. 971)

1-2-79 (H.B. 1634)


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