2002 Regular Session
To: County Affairs; Environment Prot, Cons and Water Res
By: Senator(s) Chamberlin, Farris, Chaney
AN ACT TO EMPOWER THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WITH DRAINAGE POWERS SIMILAR TO DRAINAGE POWERS OF MUNICIPALITIES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) The board of supervisors of any county shall have the power to establish, alter and change the channels of streams or other water courses, and to bridge the same, whenever so to do will promote the health, comfort and convenience of the inhabitants of such county.
(2) The board of supervisors of any county shall also have the power and authority to incur costs and pay necessary expenses in providing labor, materials and supplies to clean or clear drainage ditches, creeks or channels, whether on public or private property, and to incur costs and pay necessary expenses in providing labor, materials and supplies in order to prevent erosion where such erosion has been caused or will be caused by such drainage ditches, creeks or channels. This section shall not impose any obligation or duty upon the county and shall not create any additional rights for the benefit of any owner of public or private property.
(3) No additional taxes shall be imposed for the works authorized under subsections (1) and (2) of this section until the board of supervisors shall adopt a resolution declaring its intention to levy the taxes and establishing the amount of the tax levies and the date on which the taxes initially will be levied and collected. This date shall be the first day of a month but not earlier than the first day of the second month from the date of adoption of the resolution. Notice of the proposed tax levies shall be published once each week for at least three (3) weeks in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality. The first publication of the notice shall be made not less than twenty-one (21) days before the date fixed in the resolution on which the board of supervisors proposes to levy the taxes, and the last publication of the notice shall be made not more than seven (7) days before that date. If, within the time of giving notice, fifteen percent (15%) or two thousand five hundred (2,500), whichever is less, of the qualified electors of the county file a written petition against the levy of the taxes, then the taxes shall not be levied unless authorized by three-fifths (3/5) of the qualified electors of the county voting at an election to be called and held for that purpose.
(4) This section shall stand repealed on July 1, 2004.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2002.