The question of disincorporation

As Rayville residents consider dissolving the village, two Missouri communities vote on the measure Nov. 8

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Shall the village of Rayville be dissolved?

That question may be on April’s ballot for Rayville village residents, if the petition circulating in the town of 223 reaches the county clerk’s office with the required number of signatures. At the Oct. 8 meeting, three of the five Board of Trustees members said they were in favor of disincorporation.

At least 50 percent of Rayville’s registered voters would need to sign the petition for it to become a ballot measure, according to state statute 80.570, which outlines the process of disincorporation. The statute says the election notice must include the petition and the names of the petitioners and be published for eight consecutive weeks – six more times than a regular election notice – in the nearest county newspaper. Those additional runs, plus to the cost of the special election, would cost the village around $1,800, Ray County Clerk Glenda Powell said, instead of her initial estimate of $950.

For disincorporation to pass, the ballot measure would need at least 60 percent of the vote, the statute says.


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