FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 493
95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES SCAVUZZO (Sponsor), SHIVELY, QUINN, RUCKER, TODD, YAEGER, KUESSNER, HUGHES, HOLSMAN, ROORDA, HOSKINS (121), GRILL, LeVOTA, DUSENBERG, BROWN (50) AND MOLENDORP (Co-sponsors).
1199L.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 247.031, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to public water supply districts.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 247.031, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 247.031, to read as follows:
247.031. 1. Territory included in a district that is not being served by such district may be detached from such district provided that there are no outstanding general obligation or special obligation bonds and no contractual obligations of greater than twenty-five thousand dollars for debt that pertains to infrastructure, fixed assets or obligations for the purchase of water. If any such bonds or debt is outstanding, and the written consent of the holders of such bonds or the creditors to such debt is obtained, then such territory may be detached in spite of the existence of such bonds or debt, except such consent shall not be required for special obligation bonds if the district has no water lines or other facilities located within any of the territory detached. Detachment may be made by the filing of a petition with the circuit court in which the district was incorporated. The petition shall contain a description of the tract to be detached and a statement that the detachment is in the best interest of the district or the inhabitants and property owners of the territory to be detached, together with the facts supporting such allegation. The petition may be submitted by the district acting through its board of directors, in which case the petition shall be signed by a majority of the board of directors of the district. The petition may also be submitted by voters residing in or by landowners owning land in the territory sought to be detached. If there are more than ten voters and landowners in such territory, the petition shall be signed by five or more voters or landowners within the territory; if there are less than ten voters and landowners within such territory, the petition shall be signed by fifty percent or more of the voters and landowners within the territory. In the event there are no voters living within such territory proposed to be detached, then the petition may be submitted by owners of more than fifty percent of the land in the territory proposed to be detached, in which case said petition shall be signed by the owners so submitting the petition. In the event the petition is not submitted by the district acting through its board of directors, the petitioner shall serve a copy of the petition upon the district by certified or registered mail with a return receipt requested within ten days of the filing of the petition.
2. Such petition shall be filed in the circuit court having jurisdiction and the court shall set a date for hearing on the proposed detachment and the clerk shall give notice thereof to the district by certified or registered mail with a return receipt requested if the district is not the petitioner, and by notice in three consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper in each county in which any portion of the territory proposed to be detached lies, or in lieu thereof, in twenty consecutive issues of a daily newspaper in each county in which any portion of the tract proposed to be detached lies; the last insertion of the notice to be made not less than seven nor more than twenty-one days before the hearing. Such notice shall be substantially as follows:
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
.................. COUNTY, MISSOURI
NOTICE OF THE FILING OF A PETITION FOR
TERRITORIAL DETACHMENT FROM
PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT NO. ........
OF ................... COUNTY, MISSOURI.
To all voters and landowners of land within the boundaries of the above-described district:
You are hereby notified:
1. That a petition has been filed in this court for the detachment of the following tracts of land from the above-named public water supply district, as provided by law:
(Describe tracts of land).
2. That a hearing on said petition will be held before this court on the ..... day of ........, 20 ..., at ...., ....m.
3. Exceptions or objections to the detachment of said tracts from said public water supply district may be made by any voter or landowner of land within the district from which territory is sought to be detached, provided such exceptions or objections are in writing not less than five days prior to the date set for hearing on the petition.
4. The names and addresses of the attorneys for the petitioner are:
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
........................... County, Missouri
3. The court, for good cause shown, may continue the case or the hearing thereon from time to time until final disposition thereof.
4. Exceptions or objections to the detachment of such territory may be made by any voter or landowner within the boundaries of the district, including the territory to be detached, and if the petition is not submitted by the district acting through its board of directors, the district may file exceptions or objections. The exceptions or objections shall be in writing and shall specify the grounds upon which they are made and shall be filed not later than five days before the date set for hearing the petition. If any such exceptions or objections are filed, the court shall take them into consideration when considering the petition for detachment and the evidence in support of detachment. If the court finds that the detachment will be in the best interest of the district and the inhabitants and landowners of the area to be detached will not be adversely affected or if the court finds that the detachment will be in the best interest of the inhabitants and landowners of the territory to be detached and will not adversely affect the remainder of the district, it shall approve the detachment and grant the petition.
5. If the court approves the detachment, it shall make its order detaching the territory described in the petition from the remainder of the district, or in the event it shall find that only a portion of said territory should be detached, the court shall order such portion detached from the district. The court shall also make any changes in subdistrict boundary lines it deems necessary to meet the requirements of sections 247.010 to 247.220. Any subdistrict line changes shall not become effective until the next annual election of a member of the board of directors.
6. A certified copy of the court's order shall be filed in the office of the recorder and in the office of the county clerk in each county in which any of the territory of the district prior to detachment is located, and in the office of the secretary of state. Costs of the proceeding shall be borne by the petitioner or petitioners.