Counties and County Officers

"LCN" is an abbreviation for a legal newspaper of the county, a phrase used in 25 O.S. 106


SUBJECT AND CITATION

NUMBER OF TIMES PUBLISHED

WHERE PUBLISHED

WHEN PUBLISHED

1. Proposed charter or amendments to existing charter. 19 OS 8.3
On at least two occasions
LCN

At least seven days shall elapse between the first and last day of publication; the first date of such publication shall be within 45 days of date commission submits proposed charter
2.
Publication of notice of filing audit report by State Auditor and Inspector.
19 OS 174.1
One in each LCN in every county where filed
Every LCN in every county where filed
Immediately upon receipt from State Auditor and Inspector
3.
Notice by county clerk of special sessions of county commissioners if board shall have adjourned before last business day of any month.
19 OS 326
One
LCN
At least five days prior to meeting date giving time and object of meeting
4.
County of larger than 500,000, determining general curfew, public notice of same.
19 OS 336.1
Once weekly for a period of four continuous weeks
LCN
After curfew established
5.
Notice of hearing to vacate, alter or relocate highway adjoining state owned land.
19 OS 339
One
LCN in county or counties where road is located
At least 15 days prior to such hearing
6.
Notice of sale of any unused town lots or parcels of ground not needed for county jails or courthouse purposes. (Resolution authorizing sale must be published with other proceedings of Board.)
19 OS 342 & 343
Two successive
weekly issues

LCN
Within 10 days of board adoption of resolution
7.
Publication of detailed annual fiscal statement.
19 OS 345
One
LCN or, if not one, at usual place after holding sessions
After statement made out on first Monday of July annually in one LCN
8.
Designation by county commissioners and county excise boards of holidays county offices will be closed during year.
19 OS 350
One   
LCN   
Between 1st and 20th of January every year
9.
Hearing on petition to convert corporate fire department to county fire department.
19 OS 351
One     LCN where proposed county fire department located
   
Prior to date of hearing
10.
Submitting question to the people where the tax of a higher rate should be authorized when county warrants error at depreciated value.
19 OS 382, 383
At least
four weeks   
LCN   
Prior to the date of the election
11.
Submission at regular or special election question involving extraordinary expenditures, whether to construct courthouses or other public buildings, construct roads or bridges, or aid any enterprise designed for county. (Notice must contain time question will be voted on and the form of the question.)
19 OS 383
At least four weeks
   
LCN     At least four weeks prior to
election
12.
Notice of sale of county tools, apparatus, machinery or equipment.
19 OS 421.1
   

Two successive
weekly issues

LCN
The Board of County
Commissioners shall meet to open the bids at the next regular
meeting at least 15 full days after the first publication
13.
Full and complete report of all official proceedings of each regular and special meeting of county commissioners. (Salaries paid to employees may be omitted from the monthly publication but, in any event, must be published annually. Clerk must transmit report to publisher within 10 days from time of proceedings with approval of board of county commissioners and publisher must publish within 10 days after receipt thereof.)
19 OS 444, 445 and 446
One
LCN
To be transmitted to publisher by county clerk within 10 days from time such proceedings were had with approval of Board of County Commissioners and published within 10 days of receipt; annual publication of employee salaries shall be published in the month of February
14.
Notice of submitting tax levy to provide for construction or repair of courthouses, jails or other county buildings.
19 OS 731
At least one in each LCN
At least two LCN — if only one LCN in county, publication in this LCN sufficient
For not less than 30 days immediately prior to said election; “For not less…” may mean each time possible for 30 days, but see 25 OS 103, reprinted on p. 4
15.
Notice of advertisement for bids for erection of courthouses, jails, or other county buildings. (Include where plans are available, when bids opened, time for completion.)
19 OS 733
Period of at least 30 days
LCN and such other newspapers in state as board deems advisable


Continuous publication at least 30 days prior to date set for opening of bids


16.
Notice of election upon questions of issuing bonds for courthouses, jails, or other county buildings.
19 OS 736
One
Two weekly LCN published in county seat — if only one such weekly, publication in that one shall be sufficient
At least 30 days prior to election
17.
Notice by county treasurer that money is available to pay warrants against estimated proceeds of tax levy.
19 OS 740
One
LCN
As soon as possible
18.
Publication of proclamation where tax rolls have been destroyed requesting persons holding tax receipts to present the same to the county treasurer.
19 OS 765

Three successive issue of weekly newspaper LCN   
Prerequisite for preventing delinquent tax notices to taxpayers
19.
Notice of bond election to purchase sites, construct or alter county hospitals.
19 OS 782   


At least one in each LCN; if only one LCN then four consecutive weeks     In two daily or weekly LCN published at county seat—if only one weekly or daily, this is sufficient
 First publication at least 30 days prior to date for holding election
20.
Advertisement for bids for construction of county hospitals.
19 OS 788
Two consecutive
weekly issues   
LCN   
Prior to letting any contract
21.
Notice of existence and location of annual audit of financial books and records of county owned hospitals.
19 OS 794
Two   
LCN   
Immediately after receipt by persons designated in 19 OS 794 — no later than 120 days after fiscal year end
22.
Notice of public hearing on county planning and zoning matters.
19 OS 863.26
One   
LCN   
At least 15 days prior to date of hearing
23.
County Planning and Zoning — Notice re: adoption and amendment of plan
19 OS 865.58
One in each newspaper of general circulation in county
All newspapers of general circulation in county
Prior to date of hearing
24.
City-County Planning and Zoning — Counties with no cities larger than 200,000 population — Notice of proposed amendment of metropolitan comprehensive plan and hearing on termination of nonconforming use or amendment or repeal of zoning regulations.
19 OS 866.20

This is not strictly required by the statute but should be included anyway or the plan adopted or amended may not be constitutional.
One     LCN     At least 15 days prior to date of hearing

There is no period of notice called for in the statute. This is an appropriate guideline.
See 19 OS 865.66
25.
County Board of Adjustment — Notice of Hearing.
19 OS 866.29
One   
LCN   
At least 15 days prior to date of hearing
26.
Notice stating time, nature and place of hearing before County Planning Commission.
19 OS 868.5
Once a week for three consecutive weeks
   
LCN     Prior to the date
of hearing
27.
Notice of date when petition for sewer improvement district will be considered by board of county commissioners.
19 OS 872
One   
LCN   
At least 10 days before the time when petition will be considered
28.
Notice of when county commissioners will consider petition to change boundary of sewer improvement district.
19 OS 872.1
One   
LCN in the area sought to be next   
At least 10 days before the time when petition will be considered
29.
Notice of date when county commissions will consider petition to dissolve sewer improvement district.
19 OS 876
One   
LCN and LCN in the district   
At least 10 days before such petition is considered
30.
Advertise for sealed bids for professional engineer to work for district sewer 19 OS 880   
At least 2 successive weeks if published in a weekly newspaper; or at least 10 days if published in a daily paper   
LCN within the district   
Prior to opening the sealed bids
31.
Notice of special tax assessment for constructing subdistrict sewer lines.
19 OS 881
Two consecutive weeks   
LCN within said district   
Prerequisite to causing special assessment bonds to be issued against lots
32.
Bond election for lease improvements. Notice to specify time of holding election, amount of bonds proposed to be issued and the purpose.
19 OS 884
Once a week for at least two consecutive weeks    
LCN   
Prior to election stated in notice
33.
Notice of meeting of sewer improvement district acting as board of equalization to equalize assessment.
19 OS 888   

Two successive weeks  
LCN   
The meeting shall not be less than 10 no more than 20 days from date of first publication of notice, which should be immediately given upon receipt of the assessment book
34.
Call for bids for constructing district sewer lines, sewage disposal or treatment plant.
19 OS 893   
Three issues of a daily newspaper or two issues in a weekly newspaper
LCN   
The last publication to be at least 10 days prior to the date fixed for receiving bids
35.
Notice of Supreme Court hearing on sewer board application to approve issuance of bonds.
19 OS 896
   

One   
LCN   
Not less than 10 days prior to the date named for the hearing
36.
Hearing on petition for formation of Fire Protection District.
19 OS 901.2
Once a week for two consecutive weeks    LCN     Preceding the
date of hearing
37.
Notice of election relative to
formation of Fire Protection District
19 OS 901.3
Two successive weeks  
LCN   
Prior to date of election
38.
Publication of general regulations of Board of Directors of Fire Protection District.
19 OS 901.8
One (in same manner as town ordinances
11 OS 14-106)   
LCN   
Within 15 days after adoption of a general regulation
39.
Bond election for purchase and construction work in Fire Protection District.
19 OS 901.15
Three consecutive weeks   
LCN   
Preceding the date of election
40.
Sale of bonds —
Fire Protection District.
19 OS 901.17
At least 10 days if in daily — two weeks in weekly — or two times in daily provided they are published a week apart
LCN   
Before making any sale of bonds
41.
Annexation of additional territory in Fire Protection District.
19 OS 901.22
Once a week for two consecutive weeks
   
LCN   
Preceding date of election
42.
Hearing on proposed budget for Fire Protection Districts.
19 OS 901.42   


One     LCN     Board shall hold the hearing no later than 15 days prior to beginning of budget year; Notice to be published not less than five days before hearing
43.
Notice of mass meeting or convention to elect directors of rural road improvement district.
19 OS 902.21
Once a week for three consecutive weeks   
LCN where district located   
Prior to the date of the election
44.
Hearing on petition to create rural road improvement district. (Notice is to describe the proposed district, state time and place of hearing and state persons may appear to protect district and/or boundaries.)
19 OS 902.3
One day a week for two consecutive weeks
   
LCN   
Preceding date of hearing
45.
Notice of election for organization of rural road improvement district.
19 OS 902.4
One day a week for two consecutive weeks   
LCN   
Prior to election stated in notice
46.
Bond election by rural road improvement district.
19 OS 902.12
Once a week for three consecutive weeks
LCN   
Preceding date of election
47.
Notice of sale of bonds for work under rural road improvement district.
19 OS 902.14   

At least 10 days in daily, two weeks in weekly news-paper, or two times in daily published a week apart
LCN   
Prior to date of election specified in notice
48.
Notice of election to create jail trust authority.
19 OS 904.1  
Once a week for two consecutive weeks   
LCN  
Prior to the date of the election
49.
Notice of hearing on petition for incorporation of Rural Ambulance Service District.
19 OS 1205
Two consecutive weeks   
LCN in each county within area   
Prior to hearing
50.
Notice of hearing on petition to annex additional area in Rural Ambulance Service District.
19 OS 1212
Two consecutive weeks   
LCN in each county within area   
Prior to hearing
51.
Petition for consolidation of Rural Ambulance Service Districts.
19 OS 1221
Two consecutive weeks   

LCN in each county within area   
Prior to hearing
52.
Resolution adopting and approving plans for road improvement district.
19 OS 1234
Six consecutive issues of a daily or two consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper
LCN     After Board of County
Commissioners adopts resolution
53.
Notice of hearing on report of County Commissioners on appraisement or apportionment of benefits made by the road improvements district.
19 OS 1242
Six consecutive issues of daily newspaper or two consecutive issues of weekly newspaper
LCN   
Final publication may not be less than five days or more than 10 days prior to the date of hearing
54.
Notice of installment due of assessment made for road improvement district.
19 OS 1250   


Two successive issues of a daily newspaper or one issue of a weekly newspaper   
LCN   
Publication must be made by county clerk not less than 30 days nor more than 40 days before the maturity of the installment due date
55.
Notice of annexation to road improvement district.
19 OS 1264
One   
LCN   
At least 10 days prior to the date of hearing set forth in the notice
56.
Notice of election for issuance of water facility or reservoir general obligation bonds.
19 OS 1276
Once a week for
two consecutive weeks
   
LCN   
First publication must be at least 30 days prior to the date of election
57.
Notice of hearing of proposed county budget.
19 OS 1412   

One   
LCN   
Not less than five days before the date of the hearing; hearing to be held no later than 15 days prior to beginning of budget year
58.
County solicitation of bids from vendors for purchase, lease-purchase or rental of supplies, materials and equipment.
19 OS 1505
One   
LCN   
Notice to be published at least 10 days prior to date for opening of bids
59. 

Sale of bonds for emergency medical service district.
Okla. Const. art. X, § 9C(c) 

20 days


LCN within District

Prior to public sale of bonds.

60.
Hearing on proposed budget of emergency medical service district.
19 OS 1714; See also
Okla. Const. art. 9C ¶¶(c)(m)
   

One
LCN
The hearing must be set no later than 15 days prior to beginning of budget year and publication must be not less than five days before the date of the hearing
61. Election proclamation for emergency medical district.
Okla. Const. art. X, § 9C(n)
 One  LCN in each county involved in the area affected.  At least 10 days prior to election.
62.

Sale of bonds for solid waste management services.
Okla. Const. art. 10, §9D, ¶(F)

20 days LCN Sale after notice.
63. Bond sale to acquire vehicles equipment or to purchase landfill sites for Solid Waste.
Okla. Const. art. X § 9D(F)
One LCN Prior to public sale of bonds.
64. Election about solid waste mgmt services
Okla. Const. art. X § 9D(O)
One LCN 10 days prior to  election date.