SB 414 Changes provisions relating to townships
Sponsor: Purgason
LR Number: 1287S.02I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 4/18/2005 - Hearing Cancelled S Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee Journal Page:
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2005

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SB 414 - This act relates to counties with township organization.

SECTION 65.030 - This section provides that upon petition of 10% of the voters in the last general election, in any county of the third or fourth classification, the county commission must submit the question of adoption of township organization to the voters. Currently, 100 of the voters must petition.

SECTION 65.150 - This section requires that a person serving as a township official must remain a resident of the township for the duration of his or her term. Currently, this section only provides that a person must be a voter and resident of a township in order to be eligible for an office.

SECTION 65.180 - This section requires a person in a township office, who refuses to serve, to forfeit $100 for the use of the contingent fund. Currently, such person must forfeit $5.

SECTION 65.183 - This section provides that any person serving as a township official may be removed from the township board by a majority vote of the other board members for failing to attend two or more consecutive meetings of the board.

SECTION 65.190 - This section requires that any township officer who must take an oath of office, must forfeit $100 to the township before taking such oath. Currently, the section requires such individual to forfeit $20.

SECTION 65.200 - This section allows the township board to submit recommendations to the county commission to fill vacancies in a township office. Currently, this section allows the township board to fill such vacancies.

SECTION 65.220 - This section allows the township board to accept written, dated, and signed resignations from township officers. Currently, the section does not provide that the resignation must be written, dated, and signed.

SECTION 65.230 - This section provides that the township clerk, trustee, and members of the township board must received a maximum amount of $50 per day for the first meeting each month and a maximum of $20 per day for subsequent meetings during the month. Currently, the section provides for a lower amount of pay per day.

This section also provides that the township trustee as ex officio treasurer shall receive a compensation of 2% for receiving and disbursing all moneys for the first $50,000 received as ex officio treasurer. Currently, there is no $50,000 cap on receiving the 2% of compensation.

This section also allows township officials may receive an hourly wage set by the township board but cannot exceed the local prevailing wage limit. They cannot receive such compensation for attending monthly meetings or for performing duties of the office of treasurer.

SECTION 65.300 - This section requires the township board to meet on a quarterly basis or more frequently if the board deems it necessary. The meetings must be held at a location in the township that is accessible to the public. Currently, this section requires the board to meet at the township clerk?s office and on a triannual basis.

SECTION 65.610 - This section provides that upon petition of 10% of the voters in the last general election, in any county of the third or fourth classification, the county commission must submit the question of abolishing the township organization to the voters. Currently, 100 of the voters must petition.

SECTION 231.230 - This section requires the township board to present to the county commission a certified statement of the amount of money needed to construct a bridge that costs more than $4,500. Currently, such a statement is required if a bridge will cost more than $100,000.

This act is similar to certain provisions in CCS/SS/SCS/HCS/HB 58 (2005).

SUSAN HENDERSON