Montana Code Annotated 1995

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     7-2-4601. Annexation by petition. (1) The boundaries of any incorporated city or town may be altered and new areas annexed as provided in this part.
     (2) The council or other legislative body of a municipal corporation, upon receiving a written petition for annexation containing a description of the area to be annexed and signed by not less than 33 1/3% of the registered electors of the area proposed to be annexed, shall without delay submit to the electors of the municipal corporation and to the registered electors residing in the area proposed by the petition to be annexed the question of whether the area should be made a part of the municipal corporation.
     (3) (a) The governing body of a municipality need not submit the question of annexation to the qualified electors as provided in subsection (2) if it has received a written petition containing a description of the area requested to be annexed and signed by:
     (i) more than 50% of the resident electors owning real property in the area to be annexed; or
     (ii) the owner or owners of 50% of the real property in the area to be annexed.
     (b) The governing body may approve or disapprove a petition submitted under the provisions of subsection (3)(a) upon its merits. When the governing body approves the petition, it shall pass a resolution providing for the annexation.

     History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 168, L. 1945; R.C.M. 1947, 11-506(1); amd. Sec. 293, Ch. 571, L. 1979; (3)En. Sec. 1, Ch. 641, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 279, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 10, Ch. 66, L. 1995.

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