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S.F. No. 246 - Authorizing Mille Lacs County to Appoint the Auditor-Treasurer
Author: Senator David M. Brown
Prepared By: Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
Date: March 3, 2015


S.F. No. 246 provides a process to change the Mille Lacs County auditor-treasurer from elected positions to appointed positions.

Section 1, subdivision 1, authorizes the county board to adopt a resolution that changes the county auditor-treasurer from an elected position to an appointed position.

Subdivision 2 provides that after the office becomes an appointed position, the duties of the office are discharged by the county board acting through an appointed department head.

Subdivision 3 requires that the person currently elected to the position be allowed to finish their term.  The position does not become appointive until the incumbent completes his or her term or leaves the office for other reasons.

Subdivision 4 provides that before the county board adopts a resolution to appoint the specified office, the board must publish the proposed resolution.  There must also be a public hearing prior to adoption of the resolution.  The resolution must be approved by at least 80 percent of the members of the county board.  Within 60 days of the adoption of the resolution, a petition requesting a referendum may be filed with the county auditor-treasurer.  The petition must be signed by at least ten percent of the registered voters of the county. If the petition meets the stated requirements, the question of appointing the positions must be placed on the ballot at a regular or special election. If a majority of voters voting on the question vote in favor of appointment, the resolution may be implemented.

The bill is effective the date after local approval.


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