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123A.45 DETACHMENT AND ANNEXATION OF LAND.
    Subdivision 1. Detachment and annexation. The owner of land which adjoins any
independent district, and whose land is not in a special district may petition the county board of
the county in which the greater part of the area proposed for detachment and annexation lies to
detach all or any part of the land together with the intervening lands as defined in paragraph (b),
from the district it now is in, and to attach it, together with such intervening land, to the adjoining
district. For purpose of this section, land is adjoining a district if:
(a) The boundary of the area proposed for detachment and annexation is the same as the
district boundary to which attachment is sought at any point, including corners, or
(b) The area proposed for detachment and annexation is separated at any point from the
district to which annexation is sought by not more than one-half mile and the intervening land is
vacant and unoccupied or is owned by one or more of the following: The United States, or the
state of Minnesota or any of its political subdivisions, or an owner who is unknown or cannot
be found or
(c) The area proposed by a land owner for detachment and annexation is adjoining, as
defined in paragraphs (a) and (b), any land proposed for detachment from and annexation to
the same district in another pending petition.
    Subd. 2. Petition. The petition must contain:
(a) A correct description of the area proposed for detachment and annexation, including
supporting data regarding location and title to land to establish that the land is adjoining a district.
(b) The reasons for the proposed change with facts showing that the granting of the petition
will not reduce the size of any district to less than four sections, unless the district is not operating
a school within the district.
(c) Consent to the petition, if, at the time of the filing of the petition, any part of the area
proposed for detachment is part of a district which maintains and operates a secondary school
within the district. Before the hearing, the consent of the board of the district in which the area
proposed for detachment lies must be endorsed on the petition.
(d) An identification of the district to which annexation is sought.
(e) Other information the petitioners may desire to affix.
(f) An acknowledgment by the petitioner.
(g) A description of whether bonded indebtedness will be allocated according to subdivision
6, paragraph (b) or (c).
    Subd. 3. Filing petition. The petition must be filed with the auditor who shall present it to
the county board at its next meeting. At the meeting, the county board must fix a time and place
for hearing the petition. The hearing shall be not more than 60 nor less than ten days from the
date of the meeting. The auditor shall serve notice of the hearing on each district directly affected
by the petition, by mail addressed to the clerk. If any area affected by the petition is in another
county, the auditor shall mail a notice of hearing to the auditor of such county and shall also give
one week's published notice of the hearing in the county in which the hearing is to be held, and
ten days' posted notice in each school district affected. Such posted and published notice may
combine pending petitions. At the hearing on the petition, the county board must receive and hear
any evidence for or against the petition. The hearing may be adjourned from time to time.
    Subd. 4. Order. Within six months of the filing of the petition, the county board must issue
its order either granting or denying the petition. If any of the land area described in the petition is
included in a plat for consolidation or combination which has been approved by the commissioner,
then no order may be issued while consolidation or combination proceedings are pending. No
order shall be issued which results in attaching to a district any territory not adjoining that district,
as defined in subdivision 1, paragraph (a). No order shall be issued which reduces the size of any
district to less than four sections unless the district is not operating a school within the district. The
order may have a deferred effective date not later than July 1 immediately following its issuance.
If the petition is granted, the auditor shall transmit a certified copy to the commissioner. Failure to
issue an order within six months of the filing of the petition or termination of proceedings upon an
approved consolidation plat, whichever is later, is a denial of the petition.
    Subd. 5. Modification of records. Upon receipt of the order, the commissioner shall modify
the records and any plats and petitions and proceedings involving districts affected by such order
presently before the commissioner for action or record, to conform to the order.
    Subd. 6. Taxable property. (a) Upon the effective date of the order, the detachment and
annexation is effected. The bonded indebtedness must be assigned to the detached and annexed
land under either paragraph (b) or (c).
(b) Unless specified separately under paragraph (c), all taxable property in the area so
detached and annexed remains taxable for payment of any school purpose obligations already
authorized by or outstanding on the effective date of the order against the district from which
detached. The order does not relieve such property from the obligation of any bonded debt already
incurred to which it was subject prior to the order. All taxable property in the area so detached
and annexed is taxable for payment of any district obligations authorized on or subsequent to the
effective date of the order by the district to which annexation is made.
(c) Alternatively, if the school board of the district in which the area is proposed for
detachment and the school board of the district in which the area is proposed for annexation agree,
all taxable property in the area detached and annexed shall be taxable by the school district to
which the property is annexed. Detached and annexed property is relieved from the obligation of
any bonded debt already incurred by the district in which the area is detached and is obligated for
any bonded debt already incurred by the district to which the area is annexed.
History: Ex1959 c 71 art 3 s 5; 1965 c 225 s 1; 1969 c 364 s 1; 1975 c 162 s 10,41; 1977
c 447 art 7 s 15; 1986 c 444; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 6 s 2; art 16 s 13; 1998 c 397 art 5 s 5,104;
1Sp2001 c 5 art 3 s 5,6