Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 2. Operation of Consolidated Units of Local Government

Operation Of Self-Government Consolidated Units Of Local Government

7-5-201. Operation of self-government consolidated units of local government. (1) Except as provided in 7-3-1105(2) and 7-3-1222(6), whenever existing law contains different provisions and procedures for the functioning of counties and municipalities, including but not limited to such areas as election procedures, issuance of bonds, adoption of budgets, creation of special districts, levying of taxes, and provision of services, the governing body of a self-government consolidated unit of local government which contains at least one county and one municipality shall by ordinance adopt either the county or municipality provisions. The ordinance may provide for necessary changes in the statutes to accommodate the structure of the consolidated unit. This subsection applies to self-government consolidated units only in those areas where the units are subject to state law under 7-1-111 through 7-1-114.

(2) A combination of county and municipal offices in a self-government consolidated unit may be accomplished by ordinance whenever a combination is necessary for carrying out a duty assigned by state law to the local government. Whenever state law imposes a duty upon a specific official or employee of a self-government consolidated unit of local government and the local government under its adopted alternative form of government does not have that official or employee, the governing body may by ordinance assign that duty to the appropriate official or employee of the local government. The governing body of any self-government consolidated unit of local government may by ordinance assign responsibility to carry out any function or provide any service required by state law to one or more departments, officers, or employees of the local government notwithstanding the fact that the state law may assign the function or service to a specific office.

History: En. 47A-3-108 by Sec. 11, Ch. 477, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 47A-3-108; amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 466, L. 2003.