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    Subdivision 1. Submission to electors. Except as provided in subdivision 2, the town board
may, and upon a petition signed by electors equal in number to at least 15 percent of the electors
voting at the last previous town election shall, submit to the electors at an annual town election
the question of adopting option A, B, C, or D.
    Subd. 2. Mandatory submission of option A in urban towns. The town board of a town
exercising the powers of a statutory city pursuant to section 368.01 or a special law granting
substantially similar powers shall submit the adoption of option A to the electors at the annual
town meeting next following June 3, 1975. The town board of any town that subsequently
qualifies under section 368.01 or receives substantially similar powers pursuant to a special law
adopted after June 3, 1975, shall submit the adoption of option A to the electors at the annual
town election next following the grant of powers.
    Subd. 3. Notice of question. When the adoption of a specific option is to be voted on at the
annual election, the town clerk shall include notice of the question in the notice of the annual
    Subd. 4. Election; form of ballot. The proposals for adoption of the options shall be stated
on the ballot substantially as follows:
"Shall option A, providing for a five-member town board of supervisors, be adopted for the
government of the town?"
"Shall option B, providing for the appointment of the clerk and treasurer by the town board,
be adopted for the government of the town?"
"Shall option C, providing for the appointment of a town administrator by the town board,
be adopted for the government of the town?"
"Shall option D, providing for combining the offices of clerk and treasurer, be adopted
for the government of the town?"
If a proposal under option B is to appoint only the clerk or only the treasurer, or if it is to
appoint the combined clerk-treasurer following the adoption of option D or when submitted
simultaneously with the ballot question for option D, the ballot question shall be varied to read
appropriately. If an option B ballot question is submitted for the combined clerk-treasurer office at
the same election in which option D is also on the ballot, the ballot must note that the approval
of option B is contingent on the simultaneous approval of option D. In any of these cases, the
question shall be followed by the words "Yes" and "No" with an appropriate square before each in
which an elector may record a choice.
    Subd. 5. Adoption by affirmative vote. If a majority of the votes cast on the question of
adoption of option A, B, C, or D is in the affirmative, the option voted upon shall be adopted in
the town. It shall remain in effect until abandoned by a similar majority at a subsequent annual
town election at which the question of abandonment is submitted.
    Subd. 6. Abandonment of options; three-year limitation. At any time more than three
years after the adoption of an option, the question of its abandonment may be submitted to the
electors, in the same manner provided for the submission of the question of adoption, except that
in the statement of the question on the ballot, the word "abandoned" shall be substituted for the
word "adopted." If a majority of the votes cast on the question is in favor of abandonment, the
plan shall be abandoned. Subject to the provisions for transition back to the regular form of town
government, the form of town government existing prior to adoption of the abandoned option
shall be resumed in the town.
    Subd. 7. Report by town clerk. When the question of adoption or abandonment of an option
is submitted, the town clerk shall promptly file with the county auditor and the secretary of state a
certificate stating the date of the election, the question submitted, and the vote on the question.
History: 1975 c 274 s 2; 1976 c 41 s 2; 1984 c 562 s 38; 1986 c 327 s 3; 1986 c 444; 1988 c
639 s 4; 1989 c 24 s 1-4; 1990 c 401 art 1 s 1; 2003 c 60 s 3