SEC. 51-21-9. Creation of district.
The board of supervisors of any county which is part of the Lower Mississippi River Basin as defined in this chapter and which desires to create the district shall declare said board's intentions by adopting a resolution expressing its desire to have said district created and stating that its county desires to be a member thereof.
The said resolution shall be published once each week for three consecutive weeks in some newspaper published in the county and having a general circulation therein. If within twenty-one days after the date of the first publication of said resolution no petition signed by ten per cent (10%) or fifteen hundred (1500), whichever is less, of the qualified electors of the county is filed with the board of supervisors requesting the calling of an election on the question of the county's creation of the district, then the board of supervisors may proceed to certify to the governor of its creation and request appointment of the board of directors of said district. If within twenty-one days after the date of the first publication of said resolution a petition is filed, signed by at least ten per cent (10%) or fifteen hundred (1500), whichever is less, of the qualified electors of said county requesting an election on the proposition of said county's creating the proposed district, then said election shall be held and conducted as now provided by law for such election. If such an election is held and a majority of those voting therein vote for the proposition, the board shall, by appropriate resolution, create the district. If the majority of those voting in such election shall vote against the proposition, then the county shall not create the district, and no further election shall be so conducted until the lapse of two years after the last election.
If there is no objection or if the issue shall be carried in an election, the said district shall be created as an agency of the state and a body politic and corporate with all the powers granted to it by statute, at which time the governor shall appoint the directors.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 5956-325; Laws, 1966, ch. 259, Sec. 5, eff from and after passage (approved June 16, 1966).
SECTION 5. Sections 51-21-1, 51-21-3, 51-21-5, 51-21-7, 51-21-9, 51-21-11, 51-21-13 and 51-21-14, Mississippi Code of 1972, which establish legislative intent and policy for the Lower Mississippi River Basin Development District, authorize the organization of the district and specify which counties may become part of the district, and provide for a board of directors, creation of the district, powers and duties of the district and issuance of bonds and levy of special tax by the district, are repealed.
SOURCE: 1997 Laws, Chapter 403, Section 5, SB2937, Effective July 1, 1997.