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This would eliminate one tool that a municipality has to manage growth. This is a far reaching bill and a significant reduction in the ability of cities or towns to manage activities immediately adjacent to municipal boundaries. This bill also creates a strange annexation notification requirement for a municipality. I am unclear what initiated such a broad proposal. I am also not clear how communities across the state will be impacted in terms of which communities are using this and how they are using this.

Language removed (15-3-202b))

(b) The mayor has such jurisdiction as may be vested in him by ordinance:

(i) Over all places within five (5) miles of the corporate limits of the city for the enforcement of health, or quarantine ordinance and regulation thereof; and

(ii) In all matters excepting taxation within one-half (1/2) mile of the corporate limits of the city.