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specified, and shall then be extended by the county clerk upon the assessed value of the property subject thereto (being one-half of the fal value thereof) as equalized according to law. In reducing the rate per cent of any tax levy as hereinbefore provided, the rates per cent of ai. tax levies certified to the county clerk for extension as originally ascer tained and determined under section 1 of this Act, shall be used in ascertaining the aggregate of all taxes certified to be expended without regard to any reduction made therein under this section: Provides, that no reduction of any tax levy made hereunder shall diminish any amount appropriated by corporate or taxing authorities for the paymen: of the principal or interest on bonded debt, or levied pursuant to the mandate or judgment of any court of record. And to that end every such taxing body shall certify to the county clerk, with its tax levy, the amount thereof required for any such purposes.

In case of a reduction hereunder any taxing body whose levy is affected thereby and whose appropriations are required by law to be itemized, may, after the same have been ascertained, distribute the amount of such reduction among the items of its appropriations, with the exceptions aforesaid, as it may elect. If no such election is made within three months after the extension of such tax, all such items, except as above specified, shall be deemed to be reduced pro rata.

APPROVED June 30, 1919.

LIBRARIES. 1. Amends sections 1, 10 and 13, Act

of 1872.

10. Petition

notice election. § 13. Duty of board of d

rectors,

§ 1. City council may levy

tax-rate.

(SENATE BILL No. 419.

APPROVED JUNE 30, 1919.)

An Act to amend sections 1, 10 and 13 of an Act entitled, “An Act in

authorize cities, incorporated towns and townships to establish and maintain free public libraries and reading roomsapproved and in force March 7, 1872, as subsequently amended. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois

, represented in the General Assembly: That sections 1, 10 and 13 of an Act entitled, “An Act to auhorize cities, incorporated towns and town, ships to establish and maintain free public libraries and reading rooms." approved and in force March 7, 1872, as subsequently amended, be and the same are hereby further amended so that said sections shall read. respectively, as follows:

S 1. That the city council of each incorporated city, whether organized under general law or special charter shall have power to establish and maintain a public library and reading room for the use and benefit of the inhabitants of such city, and may levy a tax of not to exceed one and one-third mills on the dollar annually on all the taxable property in the city: Provided, that in cities of over one hundred thousand inhabitants after the year 1896, such tax shall not exceed two thirds of one mill on the dollar annually, such tax to be levied and collected in like manner with the general taxes of said city, and to be

known as a library fund; Provided, that said annual library tax in cities of over fifteen hundred inhabitants shall not be included in the aggregate amount of taxes as limited, by section one (1) of Article eight (8) 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 in this State is now organized.

$ 10. When fifty legal voters of any incorporated town, village or township shall present a petition to the clerk of the town, village or township (or trustee of schools in counties not under township organization) asking that an annual tax may be levied for the establishment and maintenance of a free public library in such town or township, and shall specify in their petition a rate of taxation not to exceed one and one-third mills on the dollar, such clerk (or trustee of schools in counties not under township organization) shall, in the next legal notice of the regular annual election, in such town, village or township, or of a special election called for that purpose, give notice that at such election every elector may vote “For a...

...mill tax for a free public library" or "Against a

..mill tax for a free public library,” specifying in such notice the rate of taxation mentioned in said petition, and if the majority of all the votes cast in such town, village or township shall be "For" the tax for the free public library, the tax specified in such notice shall be levied and collected in like manner with other general taxes of said town, village or township, and shall be known as the “Library Fund:” Provided, that such tax shall cease in case the legal voters of any such town, village or township shall so determine by a majority vote, at any annual election held therein; and the corporate authorities of such towns or villages may exercise the same powers conferred upon the corporate authorities of cities under this Act: And, provided, further, that whenever the petition, signed and filed with such clerk (or trustee of schools in counties not under township organization) as above provided, shall request the holding of a special election for the purpose of voting upon the proposition of authorizing the levy of said specified tax for a free public library, such clerk (or trustee of schools) shall promptly call such election in the manner provided by law for the calling of elections in such village, town or township.

§ 13. Whenever any board of directors of any public library organized under the provisions of the Act, of which this is an amendment, shall determine to erect a building to be used for their library, or to purchase a site for the same, or both, or to accumulate a fund for the erection of such building, or to pay for a library site, or both, they may do so as follows:

The directors shall cause a plan for such building to be prepared and an estimate to be made of the cost, and if site is to be provided for the same, they shall also cause an estimate to be made of the cost of such site; they may then determine the time or years over which they will spread the collection of the cost of such building, or site, or both, not exceeding twenty (20) years and shall make a record of their said proceedings and transmit a copy thereof to the city council for its ap

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 776 proval. If the city council shall approve the action of the board it maj. in its own discretion, by ordinance provide that bonds of the city be issued for the payment of the cost (so-estimated as aforesaid) of the said building, or site, or both, in which event the said ordinance shall also state the time or times when such bonds, and the interest thereon, shall become payable: Provided, that the whole of the principal of suc bonds and the interest thereon shall be payable within twenty (201 years; Provided, further, that the interest on such bonds shall not exceed the rate of five (5) per cent per annum; but the said interest may be made payable at such times (annually or semi-annually) as the said ordinance shall prescribe. Provided, always, that in case the city council shall provide for such payment by the issuance of bonds it shall make provision at or before the issuance thereof, by ordinance, which shall be irrepealable, for the levy and collection of a direct annual tar upon all the taxable property within such city sufficient to meet the principal and interest of said bonds as the same mature, which tar shall be in addition to that otherwise authorized to be levied and co! lected for corporate purposes. If however, the said council shall not provide that bonds of the city be issued as and for the purposes afore said but shall otherwise approve the action of the said board, then the board shall divide the total cost of said building, or site or both into as many parts as they shall determine to spread the collection thereof, and shall certify the amount of one of said parts to the city counci each and every year during the time or terms over which they sha!! have determined to spread the collection of the cost of such building, or site or both.

The city council on receiving the said last mentioned certificate shall, in its next annual appropriation bill, include the amount so certified, and shall for the amount so certified, levy and collect a tar to pay the same with the other general taxes of the city: Provided, the said levy shall not exceed three and one-third mills on the dollar in an one year and shall not be levied oftener than for the number of years into which the library board in those cases where bonds are not issued

. as aforesaid, shall have divided the cost of said building, or site, or both; and when collected as last aforesaid the tax shall cease. APPROVED June 30, 1919.

LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS. 8 1. Amends sections 33a and 33b, Art

$ 33b. Public benefit tar of 1897.

(SENATE BILL NO. 542. An Act to amend sections 33a and 336 of an Act entitled, “An Act

concerniny local improvements," approved June 14, 1897, in force

July 1, 1897, as subsequently amended. represented in the General Assembly: That sections 33a and 33b of

limited to two mills -public benefit furd

-warrants.

$ 33a. Tax for "Public Bene

fit Fund" limited to
two - thirds of one
cent-proviso -

-war-
rants,

APPROVED JUNE 30, 1919.)

an Act entitled, "An Act concerning local improvements," approved June 14, 1897, in force July 1, 1897, as subsequently amended, be and the same are hereby further amended to read respectively as follows:

§ 33a. Any city, village or incorporated town having over 15,000 inhabitants, owning and operating a waterworks and sewage system, and not within any sanitary district, but discharging its sewage into Lake Michigan, without having provided any adequate provision for otherwise disposing of the same, the cost of the construction of said waterworks and sewage system having been provided for by special assessment, and a large portion of such cost having been assessed against such municipality for public benefits, it shall be lawful for such municipality to provide by ordinance for the levy, in addition to the taxes now authorized by law, a direct annual tax for not exceeding twenty successive years and not exceeding two-thirds of one cent on the dollar of all taxable property in such city, town or village, the same to be levied and collected with and in like manner as the general tax in such city, town or village, and to be known as the “Public Benefit Tax," and the fund arising therefrom shall be known as the "Public Benefit Fund,” which fund shall be used solely for the purpose of paying that portion of the several amounts heretofore assessed against such municipality for public benefits, as well as for paying any such amounts as may be hereafter so assessed for such benefits under and in pursuance of any ordiance [ordinance) that may be hereafter passed: Provided, however, that no such tax shall be levied in excess of four mills upon the dollar of the taxable property for any year until after the city council or board of trustees of such city, town or village shall have passed an ordinance providing for the levying of such excess, which ordinance shall not become operative, effective or valid until it shall have been submitted to the voters of any such city, town or village in accordance with the provisions of an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois entitled, "An Act requiring cities, villages and incorporated towns to submit certain ordinances authorizing the issue of bonds, except to refund any bonded indebtedness to the voters of any such city, village or incorporated town," approved June 4, 1909, in force July 1, 1909, and Acts amendatory thereof, and approved by a majority of such voters voting upon the question.

Where any such tax shall have been so levied, warrants may be drawn against the same as and in the manner and with like force and effect as is provided in and by an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, entitled, “An Act to provide for the issuing of warrants upon the treasurer of any county, township, city, school district or municipal corporation, and jurors' certificates," approved May 31, 1879, in force July 1, 1879, and all amendments thereto.

$ 33-B. Any city, village or incorporated town having over 15,000 and not more than 200,000 inhabitants, may provide by ordinance for the levy in addition to the taxes now authorized by law, a direct annual tax for not exceeding twenty successive years and not exceeding two mills on the dollar, of all taxable property in such city, town or village,

the same to be levied and collected with and in like manner as the general tax in such city, town or village, and to be known as the public benefit tax, and the fund arising therefrom shall be known as a public benefit fund, which fund shall be used solely for the purpose of paying that portion of the several amounts heretofore assessed against such municipality for public benefits as well as for paying any such amounts as may be hereafter so assessed for such benefits under and in pursuance

of any ordinance that may be hereafter passed.

Where any such tax shall have been so levied, warrants may be drawn against the same, as and in the manner and with like force and effect as is provided in and by an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, entitled, "An Act to provide for the issuing of warrants upon the treasurer of any county, township, city, school distric: or municipal corporation and jurors certificates," approved May 31, 1879, in force July 1, 1879, and all amendments thereto.

APPROVED June 30, 1919.

MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS. 8 1. May levy tax for erection of $ 3. Number of signatures required.

monuments and memorials. § 2. Form of petition to be submitted.

(SENATE BILL NO. 134. APPROVED MAY 10, 1919.) An Act to authorize cities, villages and incorporated towns having a

population of less than one hundred thousand to erect monuments and memorials.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: Subject to the provisions of this Act any city, village or incorporated town having a population of less than one hundred thousand shall have power to erect monuments or memorials in honor of their soldiers and sailors or in honor of any one or more of its notable or distinguished persons, and to defray the cost of constructing such monuments or memorials shall have power to lery a direct tax of not more than six cents upon each one hundred dollars ($100) of all taxable property within the jurisdiction thereof. The tax hereby provided for shall be levied in addition to the taxes now authorized by law to be levied and collected by any such city, village or incorporated town and shall not be included in the aggregate of all tares required to be reduced under the provisions of an Act entitled: "An Act concerning the levy and extension of taxes," approved May 9, 1901, in force July 1, 1901, as amended.

§ 2. Upon the presentation to the clerk of any city, village or incorporated town having a population of less than one hundred thousand, of a petition, as hereinafter provided, the question of erecting any monument or memorial as provided in this Act, shall be submitted to the voters of such city, village or incorporated town at the next regular election therein: Provided, that such question shall not be submitted to the voters at any election held less than thirty days after the filing of the petition with such clerk.

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