Sec. 5. (a) Townships other than those described in section 3 of this chapter may be altered or abolished by the issuance of an order by the county executive on receipt of a petition signed by a majority of the freeholders of the affected township or townships. The alteration or abolition must conform to the terms of the petition.

     (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), the alteration or abolition becomes effective when the county executive files a copy of the order with:

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(1) the circuit court clerk; and

(2) the office of the secretary of state.

     (c) The alteration or abolition of a township may not take effect during the year preceding a year in which a federal decennial census is conducted. An alteration or abolition that would otherwise take effect during the year preceding a year in which a federal decennial census is conducted takes effect January 2 of the year in which a federal decennial census is conducted.

[Pre-Local Government Recodification Citations: 17-1-21-1; 17-4-4-1 part.]

As added by Acts 1980, P.L.212, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.5-1989, SEC.118; P.L.3-1997, SEC.467; P.L.123-2000, SEC.14.