Municipal Annexation
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Subject Matter:
Municipal Annexation  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
N/A

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should a majority vote be required before a municipality may annex territory?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
This initiative would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require a majority vote of residents in a proposed annexation area before a municipality could annex. If the municipal population or size would increase by more than 5%, a majority vote of the municipality's voters would also be required. If more than 70% of the area's land was owned by non-residents, owners of more than half of the land parcels would also be required to consent.

Initiative Petition:
N/A

Sponsor:
Kirk Fordice
Address:
PO Box 139
Jackson MS 39205-0139

Phone: (601) 359-3100

Status:
Expired

Town Meeting Location:
N/A

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 107,216 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 21,443 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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