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    Subdivision 1. Grounds. Whenever a duly incorporated city has, for two consecutive years,
failed to hold city elections as provided by law and one or more bonds or claims against the city
remain unpaid, any bondholder or claimant may proceed to secure dissolution of the city and
payment of the bonds and claims in accordance with this section.
    Subd. 2. Sheriff's certificate. Such claimant may apply to the sheriff of the county in which
the city lies for a certificate directed to the district court stating that the sheriff has been unable to
find more than two members of the city council residing within the city. On finding that the facts
so warrant, the sheriff shall execute such a certificate and deliver it to the claimant.
    Subd. 3. Proceedings before district court. Within 30 days after receiving the sheriff's
certificate, the claimant may petition the district court for a formal dissolution of the city and the
liquidation of its affairs, attaching the certificate to the petition. The court shall thereupon issue
an ex parte order providing for a hearing on the dissolution of the city and the liquidation of the
affairs of the city, and limiting the time within which bonds and claims against the city shall be
filed with the court. The court shall order such published notice to be given of the hearing and of
the time when bonds and claims must be filed, and shall provide for such other notice to parties
interested as it may deem proper.
    Subd. 4. Determination by court. At the time and place specified, the court shall hear
the evidence of all parties interested and consider the validity of bonds and claims against the
city filed within the time specified in the court order. If it determines that the city has ceased to
function and it is not in the public interest for the city to continue in existence, it shall order the
city dissolved on the day fixed in the order. At the same time, or at a subsequent time fixed by the
court, it shall examine, adjust and allow, in whole or in part, all bonds and claims filed within
the time prescribed, and shall appoint the county auditor of the county in which the former city
was situated as receiver to make the necessary tax levies, pay the bonds and claims allowed by
the court, collect any debts owing to the city, and generally to liquidate the affairs of the city.
A copy of the court's order shall be sent to the county auditor.
    Subd. 5. Tax levy. The court shall provide for the spreading of a tax levy on all the taxable
property within the former city over such period of years, not exceeding 30, as the court directs,
taking into account the amount of the bonds and claims and the total taxable net tax capacity
of the property to be taxed.
    Subd. 6. Collection and disposition of taxes. The county auditor shall spread a levy against
the property in the former city in accordance with the order of the court. The county treasurer shall
deposit the proceeds of such tax, when collected, in a special account in the county treasury. After
paying the cost of the dissolution proceedings, the county auditor shall apply the proceeds of the
tax after each tax apportionment to the payment of principal and interest of outstanding bonds of
the city until all such bonds and interest thereon shall have been paid in full. Thereafter the county
auditor shall apply the proceeds of the tax after each tax apportionment to the various other
creditors in proportion to their several claims until all have been discharged, but interest on any
such claim shall be allowed and paid only from the date of the court order allowing such claim.
    Subd. 7. Property and rights of statutory city. All city property and all rights of the city
shall upon dissolution inure in the town as the legal successor to the city. If the city lies in more
than one town, surplus cash assets shall be distributed to the respective towns in proportion to
the net tax capacity of that portion of the city lying in each; and the court shall determine the
disposition of other unsold city property in such cases.
History: 1959 c 433 s 1-7; 1973 c 123 art 2 s 1 subd 2; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 719 art 5 s
84; 1989 c 329 art 13 s 20