It is the intention of Laws 1973, chapter 123, to simplify the statutes relating to municipal government by bringing the basic laws relating to all villages, boroughs and cities without home rule charters under a single code of statutes and to effect the transition with a maximum recognition of the desires of the citizens of such municipalities.
The legislature does not intend by Laws 1973, chapter 123:
(1) to affect, alter, repeal, or otherwise modify any law of special application other than special or general acts of incorporation and amendments thereto;
(2) to modify the application of other statutory codes relating to municipal government; or
(3) to impose new substantive powers and duties on cities, villages or boroughs.
Laws 1973, chapter 123, shall be interpreted liberally to carry out the intention set forth in this subdivision.