The Home Rule Village Act (Excerpt) Act 278 Of 1909

Published: 2015

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Act 278 of 1909

78.12 Village charter; rejection; effect; president de facto; resubmission; revert to prior status.Sec. 12.

(1) If the proposed charter is rejected at an election, the election of officers is void, except that the elector who receives the highest number of votes cast for the office of president shall be a de facto officer of the village until a president for the village is elected and qualified pursuant to a charter which the electors have approved. The president elected shall, after the lapse of 10 days within which petitions for the selection of a new charter commission may be filed, if a petition has not been filed with him or her, by notice, require the charter commission to reconvene and upon notice the charter commission shall reconvene and, within 60 days after the notice, provide any revision, amendment, or amendments to the original draft of the charter previously prepared by the commission as the commission considers necessary.

(2) The proposed charter, with amendment or amendments, shall be resubmitted to the qualified electors of the village in the same manner and with the same notice and proceedings as required in the first instance, which proceedings shall continue until the qualified electors of the village have, by a majority vote, approved a charter for the village.

(3) Any proposed charter, as originally submitted or resubmitted with any amendment or amendments, shall not be submitted more than 3 times to the qualified electors of the village, and if rejected 3 times, or in the event that a charter is not adopted by the electors of the village during a period of 3 years following the election on the question of the incorporation of the village, the township clerk of the township in which the village is located, or of that township having the largest portion of the population thereof, shall certify that fact to the secretary of state and to the county clerk, register of deeds, and circuit court of the county in which the village is located. The territory of the village shall thereupon revert to the status existing prior to the filing of the petition required by section 2, and the office of each charter commissioner and de facto officer of the village shall terminate and cease to exist.

History: 1909, Act 278, Eff. Sept. 1, 1909


CL 1915, 2854


CL 1929, 1774


CL 1948, 78.12


Am. 1952, Act 20, Eff. Sept. 18, 1952


Am. 2008, Act 418, Imd. Eff. Jan. 6, 2009

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