(70 ILCS 2405/9) (from Ch. 42, par. 308)
    Sec. 9. Borrowing powers; debt limitation; referendum.
    (a) The corporation may borrow money for corporate purposes and may issue bonds for those purposes but shall not become indebted in any manner, or for any purpose, to an amount in the aggregate exceeding 5.75% on the valuation of taxable property in the district to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes before the indebtedness was incurred or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the district's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage in effect on January 1, 1979.
    The trustees shall also have the express power to borrow money from banks or other financial institutions, execute a note or notes and a security agreement to secure the payment of the note or notes, and provide security for repayment of the note or notes by pledging district revenues or encumbering district assets. The maximum amount that may be borrowed under this paragraph shall not exceed $25,000,000 for the aggregate of all those notes. The period for repayment of any note shall not exceed 20 years.
    The trustees shall also have the express power, without referendum, to execute an agreement for a loan from the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund of the State of Illinois, under the Environmental Protection Act, and to pledge revenues of the district for the repayment of the loan.
    (b) Whenever the board of trustees of a district desires to issue bonds under this Section they shall order a referendum to be held in the district on the question. The board shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. In addition to the requirements of the general election law, the notice of referendum shall state the amount of bonds to be issued. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (name of district) issue bonds in the amount of
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
The result of the referendum shall be entered in the records of the district. If it appears that a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question have voted in favor of the issue of the bonds, the board of trustees shall order and direct the execution of the bonds for and on behalf of the district. All bonds issued under this Section shall mature in not more than 20 annual installments.
    (c) The corporation may borrow money for corporate purposes, and may issue bonds for those purposes, without a referendum on the question if the corporation or the board of trustees of the district has been directed, by an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or by an administrative agency of the State of Illinois having jurisdiction to issue the order, to abate its discharge of untreated or inadequately treated sewage and if the borrowing is deemed necessary by the board of trustees of the sanitary district to make possible compliance with the order. The amount of money that the corporation may borrow to abate the sewage discharge shall be limited to that required for that purpose plus any reasonable future expansion approved by the court or an administrative agency of the State of Illinois having jurisdiction. The ordinance providing for the bonds shall set out the fact that the bonds are deemed necessary to make possible compliance with the order and shall be published or posted in the manner provided in this Act for publication or posting of ordinances making appropriations. The ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its adoption and publication or posting as provided in this subsection, notwithstanding any provision in this Act or any other law to the contrary.
(Source: P.A. 89-558, eff. 7-26-96; 90-716, eff. 8-7-98.)