New York Alternative County Government Law
1. Unless the proposal is for a variation or variations of an existing form, the first question submitted shall indicate by name the alternative form of county government proposed and shall be substantially in the form indicated below. Each variation proposed shall be separately stated and submitted and the form of the questions shall be substantially according to the following examples: “Shall the county of (name of county) adopt the (name of form) of government?” “If the (name of form) is adopted, shall the members of the common councils of cities within the county constitute the city supervisors on the county board of supervisors?” “If the (name of form) is adopted, shall the county have county assessment of property for the towns, villages, cities and school districts in the county?” “If county assessment of property for towns, villages, cities and school districts is adopted, shall the county have a board of assessors of five members?” “If the (name of form) is adopted, shall the county have county collection of all taxes and special assessments levied on real property in the county for city, town, village and school district purposes?” 2. The form of each question to be submitted shall be prepared by the clerk of the board of supervisors or under his direction. The clerk of the board of supervisors may also prepare or cause to be prepared a brief explanation of the effect of each proposal submitted. He shall transmit such questions and explanations, if any, forthwith to the board of elections of the county. Such board of elections, at least twenty days before the election, shall send two or more copies thereof to the clerk of every city, town or village in the county to be made a public record in his office and shall cause sufficient number of copies to be printed and made available to the electors at the time of registration or otherwise. In addition, such board of elections shall cause a sufficient number of copies to be delivered with the other election supplies and distributed to the electors at the election.
3. Expenses incurred in connection with the submission of any question under this chapter shall be a charge against the county.