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Title XIV ROADS AND WATERWAYS

Chapter 233

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  233.295.  Dissolution of road district — petition — notice — disincorporation of district (Christian, Jasper and Barry counties). — 1.  Whenever a petition, signed by the owners of a majority of the acres of land, within a road district organized under the provisions of sections 233.170 to 233.315 shall be filed with the county commission of any county in which such district is situated, setting forth the name of the district and the number of acres owned by each signer of such petition and the whole number of acres in such district, the county commission shall have power, if in its opinion the public good will be thereby advanced, to disincorporate such road district.  No such road district shall be disincorporated until notice is published in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the county where the district is situated for four weeks successively prior to the hearing of such petition.

  2.  In any county with a population of at least thirty-two thousand inhabitants which adjoins a county of the first classification which contains a city with a population of one hundred thousand or more inhabitants that adjoins no other county of the first classification, whenever a petition signed by at least fifty registered voters residing within the district organized under the provisions of sections 233.170 to 233.315 is filed with the county clerk of the county in which the district is situated, setting forth the name of the district and requesting the disincorporation of such district, the county clerk shall certify for election the following question to be voted upon by the eligible voters of the district:

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Shall the ______ incorporated road district organized under the provisions of sections 233.170 to 233.315, RSMo, be dissolved?
☐ YES ☐ NO

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If a majority of the persons voting on the question are in favor of the proposition, then the county commission shall disincorporate the road district.

  3.  The petition filed pursuant to subsection 2 of this section shall be submitted to the clerk of the county no later than eight weeks prior to the next countywide election at which the question will be voted upon.

  4.  Notwithstanding other provisions of this section to the contrary, in any county of the first classification with more than one hundred four thousand six hundred but less than one hundred four thousand seven hundred inhabitants, any petition to disincorporate a road district organized under sections 233.170 to 233.315 shall be presented to the county commission or similar authority.  The petition shall be signed by the lesser of fifty or a majority of the registered voters residing within the district, shall state the name of the district, and shall request the disincorporation of the district.  If a petition is submitted as authorized in this section, and it is the opinion of the county commission that the public good will be advanced by the disincorporation after providing notice and a hearing as required in this section, then the county commission shall disincorporate the road district.  This subsection shall not apply to any road district located in two counties.

  5.  Notwithstanding other provisions of this section to the contrary, in any county of the third classification without a township form of government and with more than thirty-four thousand but fewer than thirty-four thousand one hundred inhabitants, any petition to disincorporate a road district organized under sections 233.170 to 233.315 shall be presented to the county commission or similar authority.  The petition shall be signed by the lesser of fifty or a majority of the registered voters residing within the district, shall state the name of the district, and shall request the disincorporation of the district.  If a petition is submitted as authorized in this section, and it is the opinion of the county commission that the public good will be advanced by the disincorporation after providing notice and a hearing as required in this section, then the county commission shall disincorporate the road district.  This subsection shall not apply to any road district located in two counties.

  6.  Notwithstanding other provisions of this section to the contrary, in any county of the second classification with more than fifty-four thousand two hundred but fewer than fifty-four thousand three hundred inhabitants, any petition to disincorporate a road district organized under sections 233.170 to 233.315 shall be presented to the county commission or similar authority.  The petition shall be signed by the lesser of fifty or a majority of the registered voters residing within the district, shall state the name of the district, and shall request the disincorporation of the district.  If a petition is submitted as authorized in this section, and it is the opinion of the county commission that the public good will be advanced by the disincorporation after providing notice and a hearing as required in this section, then the county commission shall disincorporate the road district.  This subsection shall not apply to any road district located in two counties.

  7.  Notwithstanding other provisions of this section to the contrary, in any county, any petition to disincorporate a road district organized under sections 233.170 to 233.315 shall be presented to the county commission or similar authority.  The petition shall be signed by the lesser of fifty or a majority of the registered voters residing within the district, shall state the name of the district, and shall request the disincorporation of the district.  If a petition is submitted as authorized in this section, and it is the opinion of the county commission that the public good will be advanced by the disincorporation after providing notice and a hearing as required in this section, then the county commission shall disincorporate the road district.  This subsection shall not apply to any road district located in two counties.

  8.  Notwithstanding other provisions of this section to the contrary, in any county, a petition to disincorporate a road district located in two counties organized under sections 233.170 to 233.315 shall be presented to the county commission or similar authority in each county in which the road district is located.  Each petition shall be signed by the lesser of fifty or a majority of the registered voters residing within the district and county, shall state the name of the district, and shall request the disincorporation of the district.  If a petition is submitted as authorized in this section, and it is the opinion of the county commission in each county in which the road district is located that the public good will be advanced by the disincorporation after providing notice and a hearing as required in this section, then the county commission in each county in which the road district is located shall disincorporate the road district.  A road district located in two counties shall not be disincorporated until it is disincorporated in each county in which it is located.

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(RSMo 1939 § 8731, A.L. 1994 H.B. 940, A.L. 2004 H.B. 895 merged with S.B. 769, A.L. 2005 H.B. 58 merged with S.B. 210)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 8082; 1919 § 10853

(1955) Where some of signers of a petition to dissolve special road district (i.e. owners of sufficient land so that remaining petitioners did not own a majority of acres in the district) were denied permission to withdraw their names by trial court on appeal, trial court would not be prohibited from proceeding to determine appeal on ground court had no jurisdiction. State ex rel. Weston Spcl. Rd. Dist. v. Maughmer (A.), 275 S.W.2d 385.

(1956) Where one of three judges of county court signed petition for disincorporation of road district as property owner and assisted in circulating the petition, and then participated in the decision thereon, the order of disincorporation was invalid.  In re Weston Benefit Road District of Platte Co. (A.), 294 S.W.2d 353.


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