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Michigan Compiled Laws, Chapter 123. Local Government § 123.1012

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Sec. 12.  (1) Proceedings for consolidation may be initiated by the filing of a petition with the commission signed by a number of registered electors who are residents of 1 or more of the affected municipalities at least equal to 5% of the total population of the affected municipalities:

Provided, however, That no new city may be created by the consolidation process unless at least 1 of the municipalities to be consolidated is an incorporated city.

(2) Any township having a common boundary that is contiguous with a city or village proposed for consolidation may be included in the consolidation if no village is incorporated within the territorial boundaries of the township or, if 1 or more villages are incorporated within the territorial boundaries of the township, then such village or villages shall be included within the consolidation.  When any township is included in a consolidation, the term “municipality” as used in sections 12 to 17   1 shall include the township and the procedures set forth in such sections shall be altered as may be necessary to provide for the township.

(3) The petition shall name the municipalities proposed to be consolidated and shall request the commission to take the proceedings necessary for consolidation under this act.  The commission shall reject a petition for consolidation if a proposition to consolidate the identical municipalities has been voted on within the 2 years immediately preceding the filing of the later petition.  This shall not prevent the consolidation of 2 or more municipalities, which were included in a proposed consolidation voted on in the preceding 2 years, with or without additional territory, if the prior proposition included 1 or more municipalities which are not included in the later proposition.

(4) If the commission finds that a petition does not conform to the provisions of this act, Act No. 278 of the Public Acts of 1909, as amended,  2 or of Act No. 279 of the Public Acts of 1909, as amended,  3 to the extent that provisions thereof are not superseded by this act, or to the rules promulgated by the commission, the commission shall return the petition to the person from whom it was received together with a certified copy of its reasons for rejecting the petition.  If the commission finds that the petition is proper it shall proceed in the manner specified for the processing of petitions which propose incorporation.

1  M.C.L.A. §§ 123.1012 to 123.1017.
2  M.C.L.A. § 78.1 et seq.
3  M.C.L.A. § 117.1 et seq.

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