COUNTIES AND COUNTY LAW
CHARTER FORM OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT
31-5802. Election of charter commission — Charter submitted to electors. (1) The charter to be submitted to the electors shall be drafted by a charter commission to be elected upon the approval of a petition or resolution to elect a charter commission as provided in subsection (2) of this section.
(2) The question of whether a charter commission shall be elected shall be submitted to the voters upon a petition or resolution initiated as provided in section 31-5004(1), Idaho Code. The petition or resolution to elect a charter commission shall contain a statement of the anticipated costs and expenditures of the charter commission and a description of the revenue sources intended to meet those costs and expenditures.
(3) The question of electing a charter commission shall be submitted as follows:
Shall a charter commission, comprised of (state number) commissioners, be elected to draft a charter for (name county)?
(4) Any county approving the election of a charter commission shall continue to operate under its existing form of government until a charter has been approved by the electors. If a charter has not been adopted by the electors within four (4) years of the election of a charter commission, the charter commission shall be deemed dissolved by operation of law. Any subsequent question of whether a charter commission should be elected to draft a proposed charter for the county must be resubmitted to the electors as provided in this chapter.
(5) The charter commission shall submit a proposed charter to the electors at a general election. If the charter commission submits a charter to the electors, the question shall be submitted as follows:
Vote for one:
In favor of retaining the (name current form of government) form of county government.
In favor of adopting the charter proposed for (name county).
(6) Any amendment to a charter must be approved by a majority of the electors of the county voting at a general election. Amendments may be submitted upon a majority vote of the governing body, or upon a petition to amend the charter, the requirements for which shall be specified in the charter.
[31-5802, added 1996, ch. 129, sec. 1, p. 448.]