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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.424

Introduced by Representative Hunt of Essex

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Municipal government; villages; towns; separation

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow a village located within a town to separate from the town if a majority of the voters of the town rejects a plan to merge the village and the town.

AN ACT RELATING TO SEPARATION OF VILLAGES FROM TOWNS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  24 V.S.A. chapter 50 is added to read:

Chapter 50.  SEPARATION OF VILLAGES FROM TOWNS

§ 1501.  SEPARATION OF VILLAGE FROM TOWN

(a)  A village, of which the majority of its voters has approved a plan of merger pursuant to section 1485 of this title, may separate from an adjoining town if the majority of the voters of the town has rejected the same plan of merger pursuant to section 1485 of this title.

(b)  A village may separate from an adjoining town by a majority vote of the village at a meeting duly warned for that purpose.

(c)  When approved by Australian ballot by the voters of the village and approved by the general assembly under section 2645 of Title 17, the village shall be a separate corporate entity.

§ 1502.  NOTICE AND HEARING

Not less than 30 days prior to the meeting referred to in section 1501 of this title, a notice of the villages intending to separate from the town shall be posted in three or more public places in the village.  Two public hearings on the proposed plan to separate shall be held at intervals of two weeks in the village.  The later hearing shall be held not less than five days before the meeting referred to in section 1501 of this title.  Notices of the hearings shall be advertised in at least three issues of a newspaper of general circulation in the village.  The last advertisement shall appear not later than three days before the final public hearing.

§ 1503.  NOTICE TO SECRETARY OF STATE

The clerk of the village, of which a majority of its voters has approved a plan to separate from the town, shall notify the secretary of state within 10 days following the meeting at which separation was approved.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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