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The boundaries of counties may be changed by taking territory from a county and attaching
it to an adjoining county, and new counties may be established out of territory of one or more
existing counties. A new county shall contain at least 400 square miles and have at least 4,000
inhabitants. A proposed new county must have a total taxable market value of at least 35 percent
of (i) the total taxable market value of the existing county, or (ii) the average total taxable market
value of the existing counties, included in the proposition. The determination of the taxable
market value of a county must be made by the commissioner of revenue. An existing county shall
not be reduced in area below 400 square miles, have less than 4,000 inhabitants, or have a total
taxable market value of less than that required of a new county.
No change in the boundaries of any county having an area of more than 2,500 square miles,
whether by the creation of a new county, or otherwise, shall detach from the existing county any
territory within 12 miles of the county seat.
History: (602) RL s 380; 1913 c 337 s 1; 1917 c 359; 1919 c 458; 1985 c 109 s 1; 1988 c
719 art 5 s 84; 1989 c 329 art 13 s 20; 1990 c 480 art 9 s 12; 2001 c 198 s 1