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Under current law, a notice must be provided anytime a municipal management district is sought to be established.
This bill would effectively do two things. It requires that notice must also be given anytime the district territory is being expanded (including if a bill in the legislature is filed to create or expand the district). A notice to property owners about the filing of the legislation must include the appropriate bill number. Secondly, it would remove the qualifying criteria that a petition calling for the creation of the district be signed by at least 50 landowners in an area that has 50 or more landowners, making it so that the only way a petition can be accepted is if it is signed by a majority of the landowners within the area to be included in the district. For some districts this would effectively mean fewer landowners would have to sign the petition. For example, a proposed district affecting 60 landowners would only require a majority of 31 landowners to sign the petition rather than the 50 needed under current law. But in larger districts the threshold would be higher.