City of Mount Vernon, MO
Lawrence County
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All City elections shall be conducted and held in conformance with the provisions of Chapter 115, RSMo.
A. 
A municipal election for the qualified voters of this City shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April of each year.
B. 
On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April of even-numbered years, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Mount Vernon shall be held for the purpose of electing a Mayor who shall hold his/her office for a term of two (2) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
C. 
On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April of odd-numbered years, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Mount Vernon shall be held for the purpose of electing one (1) Alderman from each ward who shall hold his/her office for a term of two (2) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
D. 
On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April of even-numbered years, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Mount Vernon shall be held for the purpose of electing one (1) Alderman from each ward who shall hold his/her office for a term of two (2) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
Any person who desires to become a candidate for an elective City office at the general City election shall file with the City Clerk, not prior to the hour of 8:00 A.M., on the 16th Tuesday prior to, nor later than 5:00 P.M., on the 11th Tuesday prior to the next City municipal election, a written declaration of his/her intent to become a candidate at said election. The City Clerk shall keep a permanent record of the names of the candidates, the offices for which they seek election, and the date of their filing, and their names shall appear on the ballots in that order.
A. 
No person shall qualify as a candidate for elective public office in the State of Missouri who has been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under the Federal laws of the United States of America or to a felony under the laws of this State or an offense committed in another state that would be considered a felony in this State.
B. 
Any person who files as a candidate for election to a public office shall be disqualified from participation in the election for which the candidate has filed if such person is delinquent in the payment of any State income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence, as stated on the declaration of candidacy, or if the person is a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the State.
C. 
Each potential candidate for election to a public office shall file an affidavit with the Department of Revenue and include a copy of the affidavit with the declaration of candidacy required under Section 115.349, RSMo. Such affidavit shall be in substantially the form as set out in Section 115.306, RSMo.
D. 
Upon receipt of a complaint alleging a delinquency of the candidate in the filing or payment of any State income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence, as stated on the declaration of candidacy, or if the person is a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the State, the Department of Revenue shall investigate such potential candidate to verify the claim contained in the complaint. If the Department of Revenue finds a positive affirmation to be false, the Department shall contact the Secretary of State, or the election official who accepted such candidate's declaration of candidacy, and the potential candidate. The Department shall notify the candidate of the outstanding tax owed and give the candidate thirty (30) days to remit any such outstanding taxes owed which are not the subject of dispute between the Department and the candidate. If the candidate fails to remit such amounts in full within thirty (30) days, the candidate shall be disqualified from participating in the current election and barred from refiling for an entire election cycle even if the individual pays all of the outstanding taxes that were the subject of the complaint.
The City Clerk shall, on or before the 16th Tuesday prior to any election at which City offices are to be filled by said election, notify the general public of the opening filing date, the office or offices to be filled, the proper place for filing, and the closing filing date of the election. Such notification may be accomplished by legal notice published in at least one (1) newspaper of general circulation in the City.
[R.O. 2004 § 105.050]
The form of said written declaration of candidacy shall be substantially as follows:
DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY
STATE OF MISSOURI
 
COUNTY OF LAWRENCE
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I, ____________________, being first duly sworn, state that I reside at ____________________, City of Mount Vernon, County of Lawrence, Missouri; that I am a qualified voter; that I do hereby declare myself a candidate for the office of ____________________, to be voted upon at the municipal election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, _____, and I meet all the qualifications required of a candidate for said office, and I hereby request that my name be printed upon the official ballot for said election for said office, and state that I will serve as such officer, if elected.
 Signed:
Subscribed and sworn to before me this ______ day of __________________, ______.
 City Clerk
 City of Mount Vernon
(SEAL)
A. 
In City elections, the City Clerk shall notify the County Clerk prior to 5:00 P.M. on the 10th Tuesday prior to any City election except as noted in Section 115.125, RSMo. The notice shall be in writing, shall specify that the Board of Aldermen is calling the election, the purpose of the election, the date of the election, and shall include a certified copy of the legal notice to be published, including the sample ballot. The notice and any other information required by Section 115.125, RSMo., may, with the prior notification to the election authority receiving the notice, be accepted by facsimile transmission prior to 5:00 P.M. on the 10th Tuesday prior to the election, provided that the original copy of the notice and a certified copy of the legal notice to be published shall be received in the office of the election authority within three (3) business days from the date of the facsimile transmission.
B. 
The written notice shall be executed on behalf of the Board of Aldermen by the Mayor of the Board and shall include the attestation of the City Clerk and shall have affixed thereto the Seal of the City of Mount Vernon.
[R.O. 2004 § 105.060]
[R.O. 2004 § 105.070; Ord. No. 1.112 §§ 2 — 6, 10-13-1981; Ord. No. 1.257 § 1, 11-8-2010]
A. 
For City and corporate purposes, the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, shall be and hereby is divided into four (4) wards to be designated and known as "Ward Number One, Ward Number Two, Ward Number Three, and Ward Number Four."
1. 
Ward Number One shall be composed of all that portion of the corporate limits of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, lying and situated within and West of a line described as follows: Beginning with the western edge of the northern boundary of the Southwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 28 North, Range 27 West; thence East along said northern boundary of the Southwest Quarter of said Section 24 to Missouri Highway 39; thence South to Highway 174; thence East along Highway 174 to its intersection with Business 39/Main Street; thence South on Main Street to North Vine Street; thence South on Vine Street to Center Street; thence East on Center Street to McCanse Street; thence South on McCanse Street to Cherry Street; thence West on Cherry Street to Main Street; thence South on Main Street to Sloan Street; thence West on Sloan Street to West Street; thence North on West Street to Cherry Street; thence West on Cherry Street to Spring Park Boulevard; thence South on Spring Park Boulevard to Mount Vernon Boulevard/Business Loop I-44; thence Mt. Vernon Boulevard/Business Loop I-44 west to the City limits.
2. 
Ward Number Two shall be composed of all that portion of the corporate limits of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, lying South of Ward Number One and situated within and South of a line described as follows: Beginning at a point located at the West edge of the City limits at its intersection with Mount Vernon Boulevard/Business Loop I-44; thence East along Mount Vernon Boulevard/Business Loop I-44 to Spring Park Boulevard; thence North on Spring Park Boulevard to Cherry Street; thence East on Cherry Street to West Street; South on West Street to Sloan Street; thence East on Sloan Street to Hickory Street; thence South on Hickory Street to Alice Street; thence East on Alice Street to McCanse Street; thence South on McCanse Street to the City limits.
3. 
Ward Number Three shall be composed of all that portion of the corporate limits of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, lying East and South of a line described as follows: Beginning at the intersection of McCanse Street and Hayward Drive; thence North on McCanse Street to Alice Street; thence West on Alice Street to Hickory Street; thence North on Hickory Street to Sloan Street; thence West on Sloan Street to Main Street; thence North on Main Street to Cherry Street; thence East on Cherry Street to King Street; thence East on King Street to East Street; thence North on East Street to McVey Street; thence East on McVey Street to the Outer Road of Interstate 44 and the City limits.
4. 
Ward Number Four shall be composed of all that portion of the corporate limits of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, lying North and East of a line described as follows: From a point at the intersection of the Northwest corner of the City limits and Lawrence 2100; thence South along said City limits until the boundaries of the City limits turn East; thence along said boundary line of the City limits until their boundary with Highway 39; thence South on Highway 39 to Highway 174; thence East on Highway 174 to Main Street; thence South on Main Street to North Vine Street; thence South on Vine Street to Center Street; thence East on Center Street to McCanse Street; thence South on McCanse Street to Cherry Street; thence East on Cherry Street to King Street; thence East on King Street to East Street; thence North on East Street to McVey Street; thence East on McVey Street to the Outer Road of Interstate 44 and the City limits.