§11-8-9. Meetings of local levying bodies.

     (a) Each local levying body shall hold a meeting or meetings between the seventh and twenty-eighth days of March for the transaction of business generally and particularly for the business herein required.

     (b) When a levy is placed on the ballot for consideration during a primary election, each local levying body may extend its time to meet as a levying body until the first day of June of that year.

     (c) The State Auditor shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the purposes of this subsection. The proposed rules shall include a procedure for a local levying body to apply for permission to extend the time to meet as a levying body, requiring the local levying body to cite the reason a timely meeting was not held and that the meeting, if approved by the State Auditor, be held in compliance with article nine-a, chapter six of this code relating to open governmental proceedings at a time set by the State Auditor.

     (1) The State Auditor shall require all levying bodies to file a report of their meetings as required in this article with the State Auditor on or before the first day of April.

     (2) The State Auditor shall notify any levying body, which has not filed a report of their meetings to the State Auditor by the first day of April, that the levying body must meet and file a report of that meeting no later than the fifteenth day of April.

     (3) For any meeting after the fifteenth day of April, the State Auditor, may allow a late meeting and late report on or before the first day of May, if the State Auditor finds good cause to so allow a meeting and report to be filed after the fifteenth day of April and not later than the first day of May.