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LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS_WHEN TAKING OR DAMAGING PROPERTY. 1. Amends Act of 1897 by adding section 42a.

$42a. When taking or damaging property

-assessments for damaged property included in first installmentwhen due and payable-interest,

manner of collection. (HOUSE BILL No. 677. APPROVED JUNE 23, 1915.) AN Act to amend an Act entitled, "An Act concerning local improve

ments," approved June 14, 1897, and in force July 1, 1897, as amended.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That an Act entitled, “An Act concerning local improvements," approved June 14, 1897, and in force July 1, 1897, as subsequently amended, be and the same is hereby amended by adding thereto a section to be known as "section 42-a," which shall read as follows:

§ 42-a. Whenever an ordinance provides for the making of a local improvement which comprises both the construction of an improvement and the taking or damaging of property therefor, and proceedings have heretofore been or shall hereafter be instituted under this Act for the confirmation of a special assessment or a special tax to defray the whole or any portion of the cost of such improvement, including the cost of the construction thereof and the compensation for the taking or damaging of property therefor, it shall be lawful to provide by the ordinance for such local improvement or by an ordinance passed at any time before the confirmation of the assessment roll, that the aggregate amount assessed and each individual assessment and also the assessment against the municipality on account of property owned by the municipality and for public benefits, be divided into installments not more than ten (10) in number, as follows: So much of the aggregate amount assessed as represents the cost of the construction of the improvement shall be divided into as many parts as there are installments, which parts shall be equal in amount and each a multiple of one hundred dollars, except that any fractional amounts of such cost of construction after division as aforesaid shall be apportioned to the first installment; so much of the aggregate amount assessed as represents the compensation for property to be taken or damaged, together with the cost of making and collecting the special assessment or special tax (in the case of such municipalities as may lawfully include such cost in special assessment or special tax proceedings) shall be apportioned to the first installment of the special assessment or special tax.

Within thirty (30) days after the entry of judgment of confirmation in such proceeding, the clerk of the court in which such judgment is rendered shall certify the assessment roll and judgment to the officer of the city, village or town authorized to collect such special assessment or tax; or, if there has been an appeal or writ of error taken on any part of such judgment, then he shall certify such part of the judgment as is not included in such appeal or writ of error, and such certification shall be filed by the officer receiving the same, in his office. With such assessment roll and judgment the clerk of such court shall also issue and

deliver a warrant for the collection of such assessment or tax. Upon the delivery of such warrant to the aforesaid officer the first installment of such assessment or tax shall become and be immediately due and payable; the second installment of such assessment or tax shall be due and payable on the second day of January next after the date of the first voucher issued on account of work done, if the uncollected portion of the first installment shall have been returned delinquent to the authorized county officer as provided in this act but if the same shall not have been so returned delinquent, then said second installment shall be due and payable one (1) year after said second day of January. The third and subsequent installments shall be due and payable respectively at successive annual periods after such second installment becomes due and payable. All installments shall bear interest until paid at the rate of five (5) per cent per annum. Interest on the first installment shall begin to run from the date when such first installment becomes due and payable, and interest on all subsequent installments shall begin to run from the date of the first voucher issued on account of work done. Interest on such first installment shall be due and payable and shall be collected at the same time as such first installment. Interest on the second and subsequent installments shall be due and payable and shall be collected with the installments respectively, as in this Act provided.

Such special assessment or special tax shall be collected in the manner prescribed in this Act for other special assessments and special taxes, except that the collection of the first installment of such special assessment or special tax, or any part thereof, may be enforced if necessary by the sale of the property against which the same is levied, notwithstanding that the improvement for which the same is levied may not have been completed.

The provisions of this section shall apply only to proceedings for a special assessment or special tax to defray the cost of a local improvement which comprises both the construction of an improvement and the taking or damaging of property therefor, and such proceedings shall also be governed by the other sections of this Act, so far as the same are applicable thereto, and not inconsistent with the provisions of this section.

APPROVED June 23d, 1915.

PARKS IN CITIES AND VILLAGES UNDER 50,000. 1. Amends Act of 1907 by amending the title

§ 2 Petition for election to submit and section 1 and adding sections 2 and 3.

proposition for additional tax

form of ballot.
§ 1. As amended, provides city or village
may levy three-mill tax, which,

$ 3. Emergency.
upon referendum, may be in
excess of the amount allowed by
law.

(SENATE BILL No. 452. APPROVED JUNE 29, 1915.) AN Act to amend an Act entitled, “An Act to authorize cities having

a population of less than 50,000 to establish and maintain by taxation public parks," approved May 13, 1907, in force July 1, 1907, as subsequently amended by Act approved June 26, 1913, by amending the title thereto and section one (1) thereof, and adding two sections.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That the title to an Act entitled, “An Act to authorize cities having a population of less than 50,000 to establish and maintain by taxation public parks,” approved May 13, 1907, in force July 1, 1907, as amended by Act approved June 26, 1913, and said Act be and the same is hereby amended by amending said title and section one (1) thereof and adding two sections so that said title and Act when amended shall read as follows: An Act to authorize cities and villages having a population of less than 50,000 to maintain by taxation public parks.

§ 1. That the city council of each incorporated city of this State having a population of less than 50,000 and the president and board of trustees of each village of this State having a population of less than 50,000, whether organized under the general law or a special charter, shall have power to maintain public parks for the use and benefit of the inhabitants of such city or village, and may levy a tax not to exceed three mills on the dollar annually for such purpose on all taxable property embraced in such city or village according to the valuation of the same as made for the purpose of State and county taxation by the last assessment, said tax to be levied and collected in the manner provided by law for the levy and collection of other city or village taxes in such cities and villages : Provided, that if the inhabitants of any city or village having a population of fifteen hundred (1,500) or more shall by vote so determine, said annual tax may be levied in addition to or in excess of taxes levied as limited by section one (1) of Article VIII of “An Act for the incorporation of cities and villages," approved April 10, 1872, and the amendatory Acts thereto or by any provision of any special charter under which any city or village in this State is now organized.

§ 2. Upon petition of a number of legal voters of any city or village equal to 1 per cent of the votes cast at the last preceding city or village election but in no case fewer than one hundred (100) legal voters, it shall be the duty of the proper election officers of such city or village to submit at the next regular or any special city or village election to be held prior to such regular election a proposition to levy additional taxes for park purposes as provided herein.

Upon the submission of such proposition the ballot shall be in substantially the following form:

For levying an annual tax of not exceeding. mills on the dollar on all taxable property within the (city) or (village) in addition to taxes levied as limited by section 1 of Article VIII of “An Act for the incorporation of cities and villages," approved April 10, 1872, and the amendatory Acts thereto, for the purpose of maintaining a park in the...

Against levying an annual tax of not exceeding. mills on the dollar on all taxable property within the (city) or (village) in addition to taxes levied as limited by section 1 of Article VIII of “An Act for the incorporation of cities and villages," approved April 10, 1872, and the amendatory Acts thereto, for the purpose of maintaining a park in the....

If a majority of the electors voting upon such proposition vote in favor thereof, then the said tax shall be levied and collected as provided herein.

§ 3. WHEREAS, An emergency exists; therefore, this Act shall be in force and effect from and after its passage and approval by the Governor.

APPROVED June 29th, 1915.

PENSION FUND—FIREMEN IN CITIES OVER 5,000-REVISION. $ 1. How fund created-three-tenths of a mill tax $ 7. Retirement after twenty years of service. -who entitled to benefits.

$ 8. Beneficiaries under prior Act. $ 2 Board of trustees of the firemen's pension fund-election.

$ 9. Treasurer custodian of sund-bond. $ 3. Management of fund-assessment of mem § 10. Duty of mayor or president of board of bers-treasurer-duties of board-deciding

trustees to draw warrants. upon applications-record.

$ 11. Money paid only on warrants-interest § 4. Rewards, fees, gifts, etc., paid to fund-sale

from fund. of assets-proceeds part of fund.

$ 12. Report of condition of fund and amount of § 5. Retirement on account of physical or mental

necessary taxes. disability-recovery and re-instatement.

$ 13. Fund not subject to levy either before or $ 6. Death while in service or during retirement

aster order of distribution.
pension to widow, minor children or de
pendent parents-exception-when fund § 14. Repeal.
insuflicient.

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An Act to revise the law creating a firemen's pension fund in cities,

villages and incorporated towns, whose population exceeds five thousand (5,000) inhabitants.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That in all cities, villages or incorporated towns whose population exceeds five thousand (5,000),

having a paid fire department, the city council or the board of trustees, as the case may be, shall have the power to levy a tax for a period of three years, beginning with the year 1915 not to exceed three-tenths of a mill on the dollar on all taxable property of such city, village or incorporated town. Such tax to be levied and collected in. like manner with the general taxes of such city, village or incorporated town, which said tax should [shall] be in addition to all other taxes which such city, village or incorporated town is now or hereafter may be authorized to levy upon the aggregate valuation of all property within such city, village or incorporated town and the county clerk in reducing tax levies under the provisions of section 2 of an Act entitled, “An Act to amend section 2 of an Act entitled, 'An Act concerning the levy and extension of taxes,' approved May 9, 1901, in force July 1st, 1901, as amended by an Act approved March 29, 1905, in force July 1st, 1905,” as amended by an Act approved June 14, 1909, in force July 1st, 1909, as subsequently amended shall not consider the tax herein authorized as a part of the general taxes levied for such city, village or incorporated town purposes and shall not include same in the limitation of three per cent of the assessed valuation upon which taxes are required to be extended. All moneys derived from the tax so levied and one per centum of all revenues collected by such cities, villages or incorporated towns from licenses issued by said cities, villages or incorporated towns, authorizing persons or corporations to engage in any business, occupation or profession, excepting that of public utilities also all fines imposed for violations of fire ordinances, enforcement or collection of which inay be charged to and be under the supervision of the chief officer or subordinate officers of such fire department in any such city, village or incorporated town, shall be set apart by the treasurer of such cities, villages or incorporated towns, to whom the same shall be paid, as a fund for the pensioning of disabled and superannuated firemen and of the widows and orphans and dependent parents of deceased firemen in such cities, villages or incorporated towns: Provided, that the word or term "fireman" or "firemen," as used in this Act, shall include all persons who, at the time that this Act shall become effective are entitled to the benefits of an Act entitled, “An Act to create a board of trustees of the firemens' pension fund; to provide and distribute such fund for the pensioning of disabled firemen and the widows and minor children of deceased firemen; to authorize the retirement from service and pensioning of members of the fire department; and for other purposes connected therewith, in cities, villages or incorporated towns, whose population exceeds fifty thousand (50,000) inhabitants, having a paid fire department,” approved May 13, 1887, in force July 1, 1887, as subsequently amended, and in cities which have adopted an Act entitled, "An Act to regulate the civil service of cities," approved and in force March 20, 1895, all persons who have been or shall hereafter be appointed to any position which is classified by the civil service commission of such city in the fire service of such city and in cities, villages or incorporated towns which have not adopted said civil service act, all persons appointed to any position in the fire department, shall also be included and entitled to the benefits of this Act.

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