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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 3705/) Public Water District Act.

70 ILCS 3705/0.01

    (70 ILCS 3705/0.01) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 187.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Public Water District Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 3705/1

    (70 ILCS 3705/1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 188)
    Sec. 1. Any contiguous area in this State having a population of not more than 500,000 inhabitants, which is so situated that the construction or acquisition by purchase or otherwise and the maintenance, operation, management and extension of waterworks properties within such area will be conducive to the preservation of public health, comfort and convenience of such area may be created into a public water district under and in the manner provided by this Act. The words "waterworks properties" as used in this Act shall mean and include any or all of the following: Wells, springs, streams or other source of water supply, pumping equipment, treatment or purification plants, distribution mains, cisterns, reservoirs, necessary equipment for fire protection and other equipment, and lands, rights of way and easements necessary for the proper development and distribution of a supply of water for the use of said area and the inhabitants thereof for compensation; provided, however, any public water district created under this Act shall not have authority to construct, acquire, maintain or operate a water distribution system in any city, village or incorporated town located within such district, except as hereinafter provided.
    The term "sewerage properties" means and includes any or all of the following: A sewerage treatment plant or plants, collecting, intercepting and outlet sewers, lateral sewers, and drains, including combined storm water and sanitary drains, force mains, conduits, pumping stations, ejector stations and all other appurtenances, extensions and improvements necessary, useful, or convenient for the collection, treatment, and disposal in a sanitary manner of sewage and industrial wastes.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1615.)

70 ILCS 3705/2

    (70 ILCS 3705/2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 189)
    Sec. 2. Any 100 legal voters resident within the limits of any proposed public water district may petition the circuit court for the county in which the proposed district, or the major portion thereof is located, to cause the question of the creation of such proposed district under this Act to be submitted to the voters of the proposed district. Such petition shall be addressed to such court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory to be embraced in such district, and the name of such proposed district. Upon filing of such petition in the office of the circuit clerk of the county in which such territory, or the major portion thereof is situated, it shall be the duty of the court to set a date for hearing on the petition, and it shall be the duty of such court to give notice of the time and place of the hearing on the petition by a publication inserted in one or more daily or weekly papers published in such proposed district at least 20 days prior to the date set for such hearing, and if no newspaper is published in such proposed district then by posting a notice of the time and place of the hearing on the said petition in not less than 10 of the most public places in the district at least 20 days prior to the date for such hearing.
    At such hearing all persons desiring to be heard shall have an opportunity to be heard touching upon the location and boundary of such proposed district, and to make suggestions regarding the same, and the court after hearing statements, evidence and suggestions shall fix and determine the limits and boundaries of such proposed district and to that extent may alter and amend such petition. After such determination by such court the same shall be incorporated in an order that shall be filed of record in the court, and forthwith the court shall order the submission to the voters of the proposed public water district the question of organization and establishment thereof at a regular election in accordance with the general election law. The court shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question. The notice of such referendum shall specify briefly the purpose of such election, with a description of the boundaries of such proposed district. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    FOR public water district.
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    AGAINST public water district.
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    The court shall canvass the result of the election and cause a written statement of the result of the election to be filed of record in the court. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question of the creation of the proposed public water district shall be in favor thereof such district shall forthwith be deemed an organized public water district, a public corporation, and a political subdivision of the State, with power to own and hold property both real and personal in its corporate name, to sue and be sued and to enter into contracts necessary or incidental to its purposes, including contracts with any city, village or incorporated town within or without its boundaries for furnishing a supply of water for the distribution system of any such city, village or incorporated town.
    It shall be the duty of the circuit clerk to file a certified copy of the order, entered by the court showing the result of the referendum and the organization of the district, in the office of the county clerk of each county in which any of the area of such proposed district is located.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 3705/3

    (70 ILCS 3705/3) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 190)
    Sec. 3. All courts in this State shall take judicial notice of the existence of all public water districts organized under this Act.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/4

    (70 ILCS 3705/4) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 191)
    Sec. 4. A board of trustees consisting of 7 members for the government, control and management of the affairs of the business of each such water district organized under this Act shall be created in the following manner:
        (1) If the district lies wholly within a single
    
township but does not also lie wholly within a municipality, the board of trustees of that township shall appoint the trustees for the district but no voting member of the township board is eligible for such appointment;
        (2) If the district is wholly contained within a
    
municipality, the governing body of the municipality shall appoint the trustees for the district;
        (3) If the district is wholly contained within a
    
single county, the trustees for the district shall be appointed by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board;
        (4) If the district is located in more than one
    
county, the number of trustees who are residents of a county shall be in proportion, as nearly as practicable, to the number of residents of the district who reside in that county in relation to the total population of the district. Trustees shall be appointed by the county board of their respective counties, or in the case of a home rule county as defined by Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of 1970, by the chief executive officer of that county with the advice and consent of the county board.
    Upon the expiration of the term of a trustee who is in office on the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1975, the successor shall be a resident of whichever county is entitled to such representation in order to bring about the proportional representation required herein, and he shall be appointed by the appointing authority of that county.
    Thereafter, each trustee shall be succeeded by a resident of the same county who shall be appointed by the same appointing authority; however, the provisions of the preceding paragraph shall apply to the appointment of the successor to each trustee who is in office at the time of the publication of each decennial Federal census of population.
    Within 60 days after the adoption of this Act as provided in Section 2 hereof, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint 7 trustees who shall hold that office respectively one for one, one for 2, one for 3, 2 for 4 and 2 for 5 years from the first Monday of May next after their appointment as designated by the appointing authority at the time of appointment and until their successors are appointed and have qualified. Thereafter on or after the first Monday in May of each year the appointing authority shall appoint successors whose term shall be for 5 years commencing the first Monday in May of the year they are respectively appointed. If the circuit court finds that the size, number of members, and scale of operations of the water district justifies a Board of Trustees of less than 7 members he shall rule that such board shall have 3 or 5 members. Initial appointments to a 3 member board shall be as follows: one for one, one for 2, and one for 3 years. Initial appointments to a 5 member board shall be as follows: one for one, one for 2, one for 3, one for 4 and one for 5 years. In each such case the term of office and method of appointing successors shall be as provided in this Section for 7 member boards. The appointing authority shall require each of such trustees to enter a bond with security to be approved by the appointing authority in such sum as such appointing authority may determine. A majority of the Board of Trustees shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day. No trustee or employee of such district shall be directly or indirectly interested in any contract, work or business of the district or the sale of any article, the expense, price or consideration of which is paid by such district, nor in the purchase of any real estate or property for or belonging to the district.
    Whenever a vacancy in such board of trustees shall occur either from death, resignation, refusal to qualify or for any other reason the appointing authority shall have power to fill such vacancy by appointment. Such persons so appointed or qualified for office in the manner hereinbefore stated shall thereupon assume the duties of the office for the unexpired term for which such person was appointed.
    For terms commencing before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the trustees appointed under this Act shall be paid a sum of not to exceed $600 per annum for their respective duties as trustees, except that trustees of a district with an annual operating budget of $1,000,000 or more may be paid a sum not to exceed $1,000 per annum. For terms commencing on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the trustees shall be paid a sum of not to exceed $1,200 per annum. However, trustees appointed under this Act for any public water district which acquires by purchase or condemnation, or constructs, and maintains and operates sewerage properties in combination with its waterworks properties, under the provisions of Section 23a of this Act, shall be paid a sum of not to exceed $2,000 per annum for their respective duties as trustees. Compensation in either case shall be determined by resolution of the respective boards of trustees, to be adopted annually at their first meeting in May.
    Any public water district organized under this Act with a board of trustees consisting of 7 members may have the size of its board reduced as provided in Section 4.1.
(Source: P.A. 96-614, eff. 1-1-10.)

70 ILCS 3705/4.1

    (70 ILCS 3705/4.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 191a)
    Sec. 4.1. A public water district organized under this Act with a board of trustees consisting of 7 members may have the size of its board reduced to 5 or 3 members in accordance with this Section.
    The board of trustees of any such district may adopt a resolution stating that the size and scope of operations of the district justifies a board of fewer than 7 members and that, in the judgment of the board, the size of the board should be reduced to 5 or 3 members, as the case may be.
    Upon the adoption of such a resolution, the board shall petition the circuit court for the county in which the district, or the major portion thereof, is located for a reduction in the number of members of the board of trustees of the district to 5 or 3, as the case may be. In conjunction with the petition, the board may submit to the court a suggested transitional schedule designed to effectuate the transition from a 7 member to a 5 member or 3 member board, as the case may be, with a minimum disruption of existing terms of office.
    Upon the filing of such petition in the office of the clerk of the circuit court, the court shall set a date for hearing on the petition and shall give notice of the time and place of the hearing in the same manner as is provided in Section 2 for notice of a hearing on a petition relating to the creation of a district.
    If upon the hearing, the court finds that the size, number of members, and scale of operations of the water district justifies a board of trustees of less than 7 members, it shall enter an order reducing the size of the board to 5 or 3 members, as the case may be. The order shall include a transitional schedule governing the transition to a smaller board, which shall be so arranged that at the conclusion of the transition the term of office of no more than one trustee shall expire in any one calendar year.
(Source: P.A. 79-528.)

70 ILCS 3705/4.2

    (70 ILCS 3705/4.2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 191.2)
    Sec. 4.2. Referendum to elect trustees; vacancies.
    (a) A public water district organized under this Act may determine, as provided in this Section, to have an elected rather than appointed board of trustees.
    (b) Upon presentation to the board of trustees of a petition signed by not fewer than 100 of the electors of the district requesting that a proposition for the election of trustees be submitted to the electors of the district, the secretary of the board of trustees shall certify the proposition to the appropriate election authorities, who shall submit the proposition at a regular election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the trustees of (name of public water district)
    
be elected, rather than appointed?
    If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition are in the affirmative, the trustees of the district shall thereafter be elected as provided by this Section.
    (c) There shall be 7 elected trustees, except that if the size of the board has been reduced under Section 4.1, there shall be that reduced number of elected trustees. Each trustee must be a resident of the district. No party designation shall appear on the ballot for election of trustees. The first election of trustees shall be at the next nonpartisan election held after approval of the proposition as provided in subsection (b), and trustees shall be elected at each nonpartisan election thereafter as provided in this Section.
    (d)(1) In the case of a 7 member board, the length of the
    
terms of the initial elected trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting so that 3 of the initial elected trustees shall serve for terms of 2 years and 4 shall serve for terms of 4 years. Thereafter, each elected trustee shall serve for a term of 4 years.
        (2) In the case of a 5 member board, the length of
    
the terms of the initial elected trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting so that 2 of the initial elected trustees shall serve for terms of 2 years and 3 shall serve for terms of 4 years. Thereafter, each elected trustee shall serve for a term of 4 years.
        (3) In the case of a 3 member board, the length of
    
the terms of the initial elected trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting so that one of the initial elected trustees shall serve for a term of 2 years and 2 shall serve for terms of 4 years. Thereafter, each elected trustee shall serve for a term of 4 years.
        (4) The term of each elected trustee shall commence
    
on the first Monday of the month following the month of his or her election.
    (e) Whenever a district determines to elect trustees as provided in this Section the trustees appointed under Section 4 shall continue to constitute the board of trustees until the first Monday of the month following the month of the initial election of trustees or until successors have been elected and have qualified, whichever occurs later. If the term of office of any appointed trustee expires before the initial election of trustees, the authority that appointed that trustee under Section 4 shall appoint a trustee to serve until a successor is elected and has qualified.
    (f) Whenever a vacancy in an elected board of trustees occurs, whether by death, resignation, refusal to qualify, or for any other reason, the remaining trustees shall fill the vacancy by appointment, and the person so appointed shall assume the duties of the office for the unexpired term of the office to which he or she was appointed.
(Source: P.A. 87-407.)

70 ILCS 3705/5

    (70 ILCS 3705/5) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 192)
    Sec. 5. The trustees appointed in pursuance of the foregoing provisions of this Act shall constitute a board of trustees for the district for which they are appointed. Such board of trustees is hereby declared to be the corporate authority of such district and shall exercise all the powers, manage and control all the affairs and properties of such district, and shall have power to adopt a corporate seal for such district.
    Such board of trustees shall within twenty days after their appointment and at the first meeting in May of each year thereafter elect one of their number as Chairman, one of their number as Vice Chairman, and shall elect a Secretary and a Treasurer, neither of which shall be members of the board of trustees. They shall each perform such duties and shall receive such salaries as shall be prescribed by the board, and shall be required to furnish bonds in such sum as may be fixed by the board of trustees for the use and benefit of the district.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/5a

    (70 ILCS 3705/5a) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 192a)
    Sec. 5a. The board of trustees of any public water district organized under this Act may, not less than 60 days preceding any regular election, request the proper election official of the county wherein the major portion of the district is located, to cause to be submitted to the voters of such district at such election the proposition to authorize such board of trustees to levy annually, for a period of not more than 10 years, a tax of not to exceed .02% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of the taxable property in the district, to be used for the corporate purposes of the district. The board shall certify the proposition to the election official who shall immediately notify the election official of any other county whose territory is part of such public water district and each such official shall cause such proposition to be submitted at such election in accordance with the general election law.
    If a majority of the votes cast on such proposition is in favor thereof, the board of trustees may thereafter levy such tax as authorized.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 3705/6

    (70 ILCS 3705/6) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 193)
    Sec. 6. The board of trustees may in its discretion from time to time by resolution passed by a majority vote provide for the appointment of an attorney, one or more engineers, and such other officers as said Board may determine necessary and expedient. The board shall in and by such resolution fix the term of office, compensation and prescribe the duties to be performed by such officers.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/7

    (70 ILCS 3705/7) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 194)
    Sec. 7. The board of trustees may appoint a general manager to serve a term of five years and until his successor is appointed, and his compensation shall be fixed by resolution of the board. Such general manager shall devote his time exclusively to the affairs of the district, and shall have power to employ, discharge and fix the compensation of all employees of the district, except as in this Act otherwise provided, and he shall perform and exercise such other powers and duties as may be conferred upon him by the Board of Trustees.
    Such general manager shall be chosen without regard to his political affiliation and upon the sole basis of his administrative and technical qualifications to manage the waterworks properties and affairs of the district, and he may be discharged only upon unanimous vote of the board of trustees. Such general manager need not be a resident of the district at the time he is chosen.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/7.1

    (70 ILCS 3705/7.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 194.1)
    Sec. 7.1. The board of trustees of any public water district created under this Act may provide for the participation of that district in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund as a participating instrumentality subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund as provided in Section 7-132 of the Illinois Pension Code.
    Any such district which does participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund may use moneys of the district to pay municipality contributions required of it in relation to such participation and the cost of such contributions shall be included in the cost of maintenance and operation of the properties of the district for the purpose of setting rates and charges for the use and service of such properties.
(Source: P.A. 81-631.)

70 ILCS 3705/7.2

    (70 ILCS 3705/7.2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 194.2)
    Sec. 7.2. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved by the Eighty-fourth General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-731.)

70 ILCS 3705/7.3

    (70 ILCS 3705/7.3)
    Sec. 7.3. Boil order; notification of certified local public health department required. If a public water district issues a boil order, then the district must notify any certified local public health department that serves an area subject to the boil order as soon as is practical, but no later than 2 hours after issuing the order. In addition to the initial notice, the district must provide, to any affected certified local public health department, a written notification within 24 hours after issuing the boil order. The written notification must include the estimated duration of the order or warning and the geographic area covered by the order or warning.
(Source: P.A. 93-1020, eff. 8-24-04.)

70 ILCS 3705/8

    (70 ILCS 3705/8) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 195)
    Sec. 8. Whenever the board of trustees of any public water district shall pass an ordinance for the construction or acquisition of any waterworks properties or improvements or extensions which such district is authorized to make, the making of which will require that private property be taken or damaged, such district may cause compensation therefor to be ascertained and may condemn and acquire possession thereof in the same manner as nearly as may be as provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act; provided, however, that proceedings to ascertain the compensation to be paid for taking or damaging private property shall in all cases be instituted in the county where the property sought to be taken or damaged is situated.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 3705/9

    (70 ILCS 3705/9) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 196)
    Sec. 9. Every public water district organized under this Act and every non-profit private water company is authorized to construct, maintain, alter and extend its water mains as a proper use of highways along, upon, under and across any highway, street, alley or public ground in the State, but so as not to inconvenience the public use thereof, and the right and authority are hereby granted to any such district or non-profit private water company to construct, maintain and operate any conduit or conduits, water pipe or pipes, wholly or partially buried or otherwise in, upon and along any of the lands owned by said State under any of the public waters therein; provided that the right, permission and authority hereby granted shall be subject to all public rights of commerce and navigation and the authority of the United States in behalf of such public rights, and also to the laws of the State of Illinois to regulate and control the same.
(Source: P.A. 94-613, eff. 8-18-05.)

70 ILCS 3705/10

    (70 ILCS 3705/10) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 197)
    Sec. 10. Any public water district formed hereunder shall have the right to supply water to any municipality, political subdivision, private person or corporation located outside the limits of said district upon such payment, terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon, provided the water is delivered by such district to such party or parties at the corporate limits of such district or from such waterworks properties of such district located outside the district that have been constructed or acquired as necessary and incidental to the furnishing of water to the inhabitants of said district.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/11

    (70 ILCS 3705/11) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 198)
    Sec. 11. The board of trustees of any such public water district has the supervision and control of all waterworks properties acquired or constructed by the district and has the power and the duty to maintain, operate, extend and improve the same. The board of trustees also has the power to sell and dispose of property, real and personal, that is no longer needed for its purposes. Except as otherwise provided in this Section all contracts involving the expenditure by the district of more than $20,000 for construction work or for the purchase of equipment as improvements, extensions or replacements shall be entered into only after notice inviting bids shall have been published in a newspaper published in the district, and if there is no such newspaper, in a newspaper published in the county and having general circulation in the district at least once not less than 10 days prior to the date of making any such contract. Any obligations incurred by the district of any kind or character whatsoever shall not in any event constitute and be deemed an indebtedness within the meaning of any of the provisions or limitations of the constitution or of any statute, but all such obligations are payable solely and only out of revenues derived from the operation of the waterworks properties of the district or from the proceeds of bonds issued, as hereinafter provided. No continuing contract for the purchase of materials or supplies (including a contract for a supply of water) or furnishing the district with energy or power for pumping or for the supply of water to any city, village or incorporated town, shall be entered into for a longer period than 40 years.
    Contracts for a supply of water shall not be subject to such provisions for public bidding. No prior appropriation shall be required before entering into such a contract for a supply of water and no appropriation shall be required to authorize payments to be made under the terms of any such contract. Payment to be made under any such supply contract shall be an operation and maintenance expense of the waterworks system of the district. Any such contract made by a district for a supply of water may contain provisions whereby the district is obligated to pay for such supply of water without setoff or counterclaim and irrespective of whether such supply of water is ever furnished, made available or delivered to the district or whether any project for the supply of water contemplated by any such contract is completed, operable or operating and notwithstanding any suspension, interruption, interference, reduction or curtailment of the supply of water from such project. Any such contract may provide that if one or more of the other purchasers of water defaults in the payment of its obligations under such contract or a similar contract made with the supplier of the water, one or more of the remaining purchasers party to such contract or such similar contract shall be required to pay for all or a portion of the obligations of the defaulting purchasers.
    In the event of an emergency affecting or threatening the public health or safety, in order to maintain the safety and adequacy of service to the district's customers, the general manager, with the consent of the board chairman or vice chairman, may enter into contracts for necessary construction work or for the purchase of supplies, materials, or equipment without public advertisement. The general manager shall make a full written report to the board of trustees detailing the nature of the emergency, the responsive action taken by the general manager, and the contracts made to resolve the emergency.
(Source: P.A. 95-50, eff. 8-10-07.)

70 ILCS 3705/12

    (70 ILCS 3705/12) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 199)
    Sec. 12. The board of trustees of any public water district organized hereunder is authorized to acquire either by purchase or condemnation, and to maintain, operate and to improve and extend such waterworks properties within such district as the board of trustees may determine to be conducive to the preservation of public health, comfort and convenience of such area, and shall have power to make, enact and enforce all needful rules and regulations in connection with the acquisition of any waterworks properties or to the construction thereof, the improvement, extension, management, maintenance, operation, care, protection and the use thereof, and it shall be the duty of such board to establish rates and charges for water and water service, which shall be sufficient at all times to pay the cost of maintenance and operation, depreciation, and principal of and interest on all bonds issued and other obligations incurred under the provisions of Sections 1 through 23 of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1615.)

70 ILCS 3705/12.5

    (70 ILCS 3705/12.5)
    Sec. 12.5. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 3705/13

    (70 ILCS 3705/13) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 200)
    Sec. 13. The board of trustees shall establish the beginning and ending of the fiscal year for the district, which shall constitute its budget year, and at least thirty days prior to the beginning of the first full fiscal year after the creation of the district, and annually thereafter, the general manager shall prepare and submit to the board a tentative budget which shall include all operation and maintenance expenses for the ensuing fiscal year. Such tentative budget shall be considered by the board and be subject to any revisions or amendments as may be determined by such Board, shall be adopted as the budget for the ensuing fiscal year, and no expenditures for operation and maintenance expenses in excess of the budget shall be made during such fiscal year, unless unanimously authorized and directed by the board. It shall not be necessary to include in such budget any statement of necessary expenditures for interest or principal payments on bonds or for capital outlays, but it shall be the duty of the Board to make provision for their payment as they become due.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/14

    (70 ILCS 3705/14) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 201)
    Sec. 14. It shall be the duty of the board of trustees to install and maintain a proper system of accounts showing receipts from operation and the application of the same, and the board shall at least once a year cause such accounts to be properly audited by a licensed Certified Public Accountant permitted to perform audits under the Illinois Public Accounting Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-465, eff. 8-4-05.)

70 ILCS 3705/15

    (70 ILCS 3705/15) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 202)
    Sec. 15. No money shall be paid out of the treasury of the district, except upon an order signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the board. Such order shall specify the purpose for which the amount thereof is to be paid, with sufficient clearness to indicate the purpose for which the order is issued, and the name of the particular fund out of which it is payable, and it shall be payable from the fund constituted for such purpose and no other.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/16

    (70 ILCS 3705/16) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 203)
    Sec. 16. In order to pay the cost of the acquisition by condemnation, purchase or otherwise of any waterworks properties, and the improvement or extension from time to time thereof, including engineering and all other expenses, and also for reimbursing or paying the costs and expenses of creating the district, the board of trustees of any such district is authorized to issue and sell revenue bonds of the district payable solely from the income and revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks properties of such district, and may also from time to time issue revenue bonds to refund any bonds at maturity or pursuant to redemption provisions, or at any time before maturity with consent of the holders thereof. All such bonds shall be authorized by ordinance to be adopted by the board of trustees, shall bear such date or dates, mature at such time or times not exceeding 40 years from their respective dates, may bear interest at such rate or rates not exceeding the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) 8% per annum, payable semi-annually, may be in such form, may carry such registration privileges, may be executed in such manner, may be payable at such place or places, may be subject to redemption in such manner, and upon such terms with or without premium as is stated on the face thereof, and may be executed in such manner by such officers of such district, and may contain such terms and covenants, all as provided by the ordinance authorizing their issue.
    Such bonds shall be sold in such manner as the board of trustees shall determine, and if issued to bear interest at the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) the rate of 8% per annum, shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest. However, the selling price of any bonds bearing less than the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) 8% interest shall be such that the interest cost of the money received from the sale of the bonds shall not exceed the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) 8% per annum, computed to absolute maturity, according to standard tables of bond values.
    Notwithstanding the form or tenure thereof, and in the absence of expressed recitals on the face thereof that the bonds are non-negotiable, all such bonds shall be negotiable instruments.
    To secure payment of any and all of such bonds such ordinance shall set forth the covenants and undertakings of the district in connection with the issuance thereof, and the issuance of additional bonds payable from the revenues or income to be derived from the operation of the waterworks properties of such district, as well as the use and operation thereof.
    In case any officer whose signature appears on the bonds or coupons attached thereto shall cease to be such officer before the delivery of the bonds to the purchaser, such signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes to the same effect as if he had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds.
    Under no circumstances shall any bonds issued or any other obligation incurred under this Act by a district be or become an indebtedness or an obligation of the district payable from taxes and shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of such district within the meaning of the constitutional provisions or limitations, and such fact shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

70 ILCS 3705/17

    (70 ILCS 3705/17) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 204)
    Sec. 17. Any ordinance authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds as provided for in this Act shall describe in a general way the contemplated project. It shall not be necessary that the ordinance refer to plans and specifications nor that there be on file for public inspection prior to the adoption of such ordinance detailed plans and specifications of the project.
    Such ordinance shall also set out the total estimated cost of the project, fix the amount of bonds proposed to be issued, the maturity or maturities, the interest rate and all details in respect thereof, and the covenants and undertakings of the district in connection with the application of the income and revenue and the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for assurance of the payment of the bonds thereby authorized, and as may thereafter be issued.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 2013.)

70 ILCS 3705/18

    (70 ILCS 3705/18) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 205)
    Sec. 18. Any ordinance authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds under this Act may in the discretion of the district provide that the bonds be secured by a trust agreement or depositary agreement by and between the district and a corporate trustee, which may be a trust company or a bank, having the powers of a trust company, within the State of Illinois, containing such provisions for directing and supervising the rights and remedies of the bondholders deemed reasonable and proper, including the terms upon which the trustee and the bondholders, or either of them, may enforce their rights, but no such trust agreement or depositary agreement shall convey, mortgage or create any lien upon the waterworks properties of such district.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/19

    (70 ILCS 3705/19) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 206)
    Sec. 19. If there be any city, village or incorporated town located within the boundaries of the district which does not own or operate a waterworks system, and such city, village or incorporated town shall adopt an ordinance requesting the district to supply water for public and domestic use within such city, village or incorporated town, then any such district may construct, operate and maintain its waterworks properties within the corporate limits of such city, village or incorporated town for the purpose of supplying water for public and domestic use to the inhabitants thereof.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/20

    (70 ILCS 3705/20) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 207)
    Sec. 20. Any district organized under this Act may contract to supply water to any city, village or incorporated town owning and operating a waterworks system whether said city, village or incorporated town is located within the corporate limits of the district or not, and any such district may also supply water for public and domestic use in the area surrounding the limits of said district; provided, the supplying of such water is merely incidental to the maintenance and operation of its waterworks properties for the use and benefit of the inhabitants of such district.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/21

    (70 ILCS 3705/21) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 208)
    Sec. 21. Whenever revenue bonds are issued under Section 16 of this Act the income and revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks properties of the district shall be used only to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the waterworks properties, to pay principal of and interest on any revenue bonds issued hereunder, and to provide an adequate depreciation fund, which fund is hereby defined to be for such replacements as may be necessary from time to time for the continued, effective and efficient operation of the waterworks properties of such district, which such fund shall not be allowed to accumulate beyond a reasonable amount necessary for that purpose, the terms and provisions of which shall be incorporated in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1615.)

70 ILCS 3705/22

    (70 ILCS 3705/22) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 209)
    Sec. 22. Rates and charges for the use and service of the waterworks properties acquired by any district organized under the provisions of this Act shall be sufficient at all times to pay the cost of maintenance and operation, to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued under the provisions of Section 16 of this Act, and to provide a reasonable depreciation fund as established pursuant to the provisions of the ordinance authorizing the issuance of any such revenue bonds, and the holder of any bond or bonds or any of the interest coupon or coupons of any revenue bonds of any such district may in any civil action, mandamus, injunction or other proceeding enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by this Act and the covenants and undertakings set forth in any bond ordinance, including the making and collecting of sufficient rates and charges for the use or service of the waterworks properties of the district, and the proper application of the income and revenue therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

70 ILCS 3705/23

    (70 ILCS 3705/23) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 210)
    Sec. 23. Rules and regulations governing the maintenance and operation of the waterworks properties, and sewerage properties of the district shall be established from time to time by ordinance, and rates and charges for use and service for all purposes, except for charges or rates established by contract for a wholesale supply of water as herein authorized shall be established, revised, maintained, be due and payable, and be in force as the board of trustees may determine by ordinance, and rates or charges established by the board of trustees shall not be subject to any statutory regulations covering rates and charges or similar service by privately owned waterworks. The board of trustees of the water district may establish a rate classification schedule for the use and service of the waterworks properties and sewerage properties which differentiates in rates and charges between users currently served by the district after its creation and new users who are served after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1982 by the acquisition, improvement, construction, or extension of waterworks properties and sewerage properties under Sections 12, 23a or 23e of this Act. Such rate differentiation shall be made only (1) if the cost for servicing the new users is greater than the cost for servicing the current users or (2) if necessary to defray a proportionate share of the payment of the principal of and interest on any revenue bonds issued under Sections 16, 23b or 23e of this Act. Such rates shall be in proportion to the cost of providing service and shall be imposed fairly on all new users.
    Any ordinance establishing rules and regulations or rates or charges for the use and service shall be published within 30 days after its adoption in a newspaper published in the district, and if there is no such newspaper, in a newspaper published in the county and having general circulation in the district, and shall become effective 10 days after such publication.
(Source: P.A. 83-532.)

70 ILCS 3705/23a

    (70 ILCS 3705/23a) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 210a)
    Sec. 23a. Every public water district organized under this Act is authorized to acquire by purchase or condemnation, or to construct, and to maintain and operate sewerage properties in combination with its waterworks properties. The power granted to public water districts by this section shall be applicable regardless of whether such district lies in whole or in part within the territory encompassed by any Sanitary District.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1615.)

70 ILCS 3705/23b

    (70 ILCS 3705/23b) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 210b)
    Sec. 23b. In order to pay the cost of the acquisition or construction, maintenance and operation of such sewerage properties, the board of trustees of such water district is authorized to issue and sell additional revenue bonds which shall be payable solely from the income and revenue derived from the operation of such sewerage properties. The procedure for the issuance of such bonds shall be the same as the procedure provided for by this Act for the issuance of revenue bonds for waterworks properties.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1615.)

70 ILCS 3705/23c

    (70 ILCS 3705/23c) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 210c)
    Sec. 23c. Rates and charges for the use and service of sewerage properties acquired by any district organized under this Act shall be sufficient at all times to pay the cost of maintenance and operation of such properties, to pay the principal and interest of bonds issued under the provisions of Section 23b of this Act, and to provide a reasonable depreciation fund.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1615.)

70 ILCS 3705/23d

    (70 ILCS 3705/23d) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 210d)
    Sec. 23d. All provisions of this Act regarding the acquisition, construction, maintenance and operation of waterworks properties shall be followed as nearly as possible by each water district in regard to its sewerage properties.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1615.)

70 ILCS 3705/23e

    (70 ILCS 3705/23e) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 210e)
    Sec. 23e. The board of trustees of any district organized under this Act is authorized to acquire by purchase or condemnation, or to construct, maintain and operate, or improve and extend, or any combination of such purposes, a combined waterworks and sewerage system either within or without the corporate limits of the district, and to issue and sell revenue bonds to pay the cost thereof. Such revenue bonds may be issued in such amounts as may be necessary to provide sufficient funds to pay all project costs, including engineering, legal and other necessary expenses, together with interest to a date of 6 months subsequent to the estimated date of completion of construction, and to establish a bond reserve fund and also for reimbursing or paying the costs and expenses of creating the district, and such bonds shall be payable solely from the income and revenues derived from the operation of the combined waterworks and sewerage system of the district. The board of trustees may also from time to time issue revenue bonds to refund any bonds at or prior to maturity. All such bonds shall be authorized by ordinance to be adopted by the board of trustees, shall bear such date or dates, mature at such time or times not exceeding 40 years from their respective dates, may bear interest at such rate or rates not exceeding the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) 8% per annum, payable semi-annually, may be in such form, may carry such registration privileges, may be executed in such manner, may be payable at such place or places, may be subject to redemption in such manner, and upon such terms with or without premium as is stated on the face thereof, and may be executed in such manner by such officers of such district, and may contain such terms and covenants, all as provided by the ordinance authorizing their issue.
    The ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds shall describe in a general way the contemplated project. It shall not be necessary that the ordinance refer to plans and specifications nor that there be on file for public inspection prior to the adoption of such ordinance detailed plans and specifications of the project. Such ordinance shall also set out the total estimated cost of the project, fix the amount of the bonds proposed to be issued, the maturity or maturities, the interest rate and all details in respect thereof.
    Such bonds shall be sold in such manner as the board of trustees shall determine, and if issued to bear interest at the rate of the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) 8% per annum, shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest. However, the selling price of any bonds bearing less than the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) 8% interest shall be such that the interest cost of the money received from the sale of the bonds shall not exceed the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) 8% per annum, computed to absolute maturity, according to standard tables of bond values.
    Notwithstanding the form or tenor thereof, and in the absence of expressed recitals on the face thereof that the bonds are non-negotiable, all such bonds shall be negotiable instruments.
    To secure payment of any and all of such bonds such ordinance shall set forth the covenants and undertakings of the district in connection with the issuance thereof and the application of the revenues and the issuance of additional bonds payable from the revenues to be derived from the operation of the combined waterworks and sewerage properties of such district, as well as the use and operation thereof.
    In case any officer whose signature appears on the bonds or coupons attached thereto shall cease to be such officer before the delivery of the bonds to the purchaser, such signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes to the same effect as if he had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds.
    Under no circumstances shall any bonds issued or any other obligation incurred under this Section by a district be or become an indebtedness or an obligation of the district payable from taxes nor in any event shall any bonds issued or any other obligation incurred under this Section by a district constitute an indebtedness of such district within the meaning of any constitutional provisions or limitations, and such fact shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

70 ILCS 3705/23f

    (70 ILCS 3705/23f) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 210f)
    Sec. 23f. Whenever revenue bonds are issued under Section 23e of this Act, the income and revenue derived from the operation of the combined waterworks and sewerage system of the district shall be used only (1) to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the system; (2) to pay principal of and interest on any revenue bonds issued hereunder; (3) to provide an adequate depreciation fund; and (4) to create and maintain such reasonable reserves as may be provided in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds, including, without limitation, a bond reserve fund and a reserve for proposed future improvements and extensions to the system in accordance with a master plan, as the same may be amended or revised from time to time, duly approved by ordinance or resolution of the board of trustees. The depreciation fund is to be used for such replacements as may be necessary from time to time for the continued, effective and efficient operation of the system, which fund shall not be allowed to accumulate beyond a reasonable amount necessary for that purpose, the terms and provisions of which shall be incorporated in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds.
    The board of trustees is authorized to charge rates and charges for the use and service of the combined waterworks and sewerage system, and to defray the costs of connections thereto, which shall be sufficient at all times (1) to pay the cost of maintenance and operation of the system, (2) to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued under the provisions of Section 23e of this Act, (3) to provide an adequate depreciation fund, and (4) to create and maintain such reasonable reserves as may be provided in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of any such revenue bonds, including, without limitation, a bond reserve fund and a reserve for proposed future improvements and extensions to the system in accordance with a master plan, as the same may be amended or revised from time to time, duly approved by ordinance or resolution of the board of trustees. The board of trustees may also impose upon the owner of any residential lot in a platted subdivision within the district a fair and reasonable minimum charge for availability, or readiness to serve fee, to pay a portion of the cost of having facilities available to supply service when needed. Charges or rates shall be established, revised, and maintained by ordinance and become payable as the board of trustees may determine by ordinance. Any ordinance establishing rates and charges shall be published within 30 days after its adoption in a newspaper published in the district, and if there is no such newspaper, in a newspaper published in the county and having a general circulation in the district, and shall become effective 10 days after such publication.
    Such charges or rates, including any penalties for late payment, are liens upon the real estate upon or for which service is supplied or made available whenever the charges or rates become delinquent as provided by any ordinance of the district fixing a delinquency date. A lien is created under the preceding sentence only if the district sends to the owner or owners of record of the real estate, as referenced by the taxpayer's identification number, (i) a copy of each delinquency notice sent to the person who is delinquent in paying the charges or rates or other notice sufficient to inform the owner or owners of record, as referenced by the taxpayer's identification number, that the charges or rates have become delinquent and (ii) a notice that unpaid charges or rates may create a lien on the real estate under this Section. Such liens shall arise ipso facto upon the delinquency of such charges or rates; however, the district has no preference over the rights of any purchaser, mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lien holder arising prior to the filing of a notice of such a lien in the office of the recorder of the county in which such real estate is located, or in the office of the registrar of titles of such county if the property affected is registered under the Torrens system. This notice shall consist of a sworn statement setting out (1) a description of such real estate sufficient for the identification thereof, (2) the amount of money due for such service or availability, and (3) the date when such amount became delinquent. The district shall send a copy of the notice of the lien to the owner or owners of record of the real estate, as referenced by the taxpayer's identification number. The district has the power to foreclose this lien in the same manner and with the same effect as in the foreclosure of mortgages on real estate and shall be entitled to recover its reasonable expenses and costs, including attorney's fees, incurred in connection with such foreclosure proceeding. The district may, upon the payment of such reasonable administrative fees as it may establish for the service, furnish to any requesting party current statements evidencing the status of any account and releases evidencing the payment of delinquent charges and the release, discharge and satisfaction of any lien arising therefrom.
    The holder of any bond or any interest coupon of any such revenue bonds of any such district may in any civil action, mandamus or other proceeding enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by this Act and the covenants and undertakings set forth in any bond ordinance, including the making and collecting of sufficient rates and charges for the use, service or availability of the combined waterworks and sewerage system of the district, and the proper application of the income and revenue therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 87-1197.)

70 ILCS 3705/24

    (70 ILCS 3705/24) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 211)
    Sec. 24. If any section, paragraph, clause or provision of this Act shall be held invalid, the invalidity of such section, paragraph, clause or provision shall not affect any of the other provisions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/25

    (70 ILCS 3705/25) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212)
    Sec. 25. This Act shall be deemed a general law, complete in itself and shall be liberally construed and each district upon the acquisition of any waterworks properties as defined in Section 1 hereof under the provisions of this Act shall maintain and operate the same in the public interest and the benefit and use of the public and the territory served by any such properties.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1187.)

70 ILCS 3705/26

    (70 ILCS 3705/26) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.1)
    Sec. 26. Annexation. Any territory which is contiguous to a public water district organized under this Act and which is not included in any public water district may be annexed to such contiguous public water district in the manner provided by this Section.
    A petition, signed by two-thirds of the legal voters residing in the territory sought to be annexed, or if there are no legal voters in the territory, a majority of the owners of record of the land in the territory, and addressed to the circuit court of the county in which the public water district to which annexation is sought was organized, requesting that the territory described in the petition be annexed to such public water district, may be filed with the clerk of such court. The clerk of such court shall thereupon present such petition to the court which shall set a time, place and date for a hearing thereon, which date shall be not less than 20 nor more than 45 days after the date the petition was filed. The court shall give notice of the time, place and date of the hearing by publication in one or more newspapers published in the district, and if there is no such newspaper, in one or more newspapers published in the county and having a general circulation within the public water district and within the territory sought to be annexed thereto, which publication shall be made at least 15 days prior to the date set for the hearing.
(Source: P.A. 91-88, eff. 7-9-99.)

70 ILCS 3705/27

    (70 ILCS 3705/27) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.2)
    Sec. 27. At the hearing provided for in Section 26 the court shall preside and any interested person shall be given an opportunity to be heard touching upon the sufficiency of the petition and upon the boundaries of the territory sought to be annexed to the public water district. The court may continue such hearing from time to time as he may deem necessary.
    Upon the conclusion of the hearing the court shall enter an order, which shall be filed in the records of the court, finding whether the petition conforms to the requirements of this Act and, if he so finds, describing the territory to be considered for annexation to the public water district and directing that the question of the annexation of such territory be submitted to the board of trustees of the public water district for final action. The clerk of the court shall transmit a certified copy of such order to the chairman of the board of trustees of the public water district.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 3705/28

    (70 ILCS 3705/28) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.3)
    Sec. 28. Within 20 days after receiving a copy of such order, the chairman of the board of trustees of the public water district shall call a meeting of the board to consider the question of annexing the territory described therein to the district. A two-thirds vote of the board is required to annex such territory to the district and action of the board shall be by ordinance of annexation and the vote on such ordinance shall be entered upon the records of the district. If the vote of two-thirds of the members of the board is favorable to annexation of such territory the secretary of the board shall file a certified copy of the ordinance of annexation with the court that ordered the consideration of such question, which ordinance shall be filed in the records of such court.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 3705/28.1

    (70 ILCS 3705/28.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.3-1)
    Sec. 28.1. The owner or owners of record of any area of land consisting of one or more tracts, lying within the corporate limits of any public water district which (1) is not contiguous in whole or in part to any other public water district; (2) contains twenty or more acres; (3) is not subdivided into municipal lots and blocks; (4) is located on the border of the public water district; (5) if disconnected, will not result in the isolation of any part of the public water district from the remainder of the public water district, may have the area disconnected as follows:
    The owner or owners of record of any such area shall file a petition in the Circuit Court of the county in which the land is situated, alleging facts in support of the disconnection. If such area of land is located in two or more counties, such petition shall be filed in the Circuit Court of the county in which the largest portion of such area of land is located. The public water district from which disconnection is sought shall be made a Defendant and it or any taxpayer residing in the public water district may appear and defend against the petition. If the court finds that the allegations of the petition are true, and that the area of land is entitled to disconnection, it shall order the designated land disconnected. However, the disconnection of any such land shall not exempt it from taxation for the purpose of paying any bonded indebtedness contracted by the district prior to the filing of the disconnection petition. The disconnection order shall be filed in the records of the court and a certified copy of the order shall be sent to the county clerk who shall adjust the tax records accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 3705/29

    (70 ILCS 3705/29) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.4)
    Sec. 29. Any public water district organized under this Act may be dissolved in the manner set forth in Sections 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3301.)

70 ILCS 3705/30

    (70 ILCS 3705/30) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.5)
    Sec. 30. Whenever the board of trustees of a public water district determines by a vote of two-thirds of its members that the district should be dissolved, the board shall prepare a petition for dissolution and file the petition in the Circuit Court of the county in which the district or a major portion thereof is located. The petition for dissolution shall set forth the reasons why the district should be dissolved and why the dissolution will not adversely affect the interest of the public and any bondholders of the district.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3301.)

70 ILCS 3705/31

    (70 ILCS 3705/31) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.6)
    Sec. 31. The Circuit Court shall set a date for the hearing on the petition for dissolution and shall give notice of the time and place of the hearing, by publication in one or more daily or weekly newspapers having a general circulation within the district, at least 20 days prior to the date set for the hearing.
    At the hearing all persons desiring to be heard shall have an opportunity to testify for or against the petition for dissolution. During the hearing, the board of trustees of the district or its authorized representative shall also testify and introduce evidence how dissolution of the district can be accomplished without adversely affecting the interest of the public and any bondholders of the district.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3301.)

70 ILCS 3705/32

    (70 ILCS 3705/32) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.7)
    Sec. 32. If at the close of the hearing the Circuit Court determines that the district can be dissolved without adversely affecting the public interest or the interest of any district bondholder, the court shall certify the question of the dissolution of the district to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to a referendum of the electors of the district in the manner provided by the general election law. The circuit clerk shall give notice of the election and the election shall be conducted in the manner provided by the general election law.
    The proposition shall be as follows:
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    Shall....                         YES
public water district            -----------------------------
be dissolved?                         NO
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    If a majority of votes cast on the proposition are against dissolution, the same proposition shall not be presented to the registered voters of the district for a period of 2 years from the date of the referendum.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 3705/33

    (70 ILCS 3705/33) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.8)
    Sec. 33. If a majority of votes cast on the proposition are in favor of dissolution, the board of trustees shall immediately take the necessary steps to close up the district affairs. If the term of office of any member of the board of trustees expires during this period, no new trustee shall be appointed. In closing up the affairs of the district, the trustees shall sell all assets and equipment of the district and pay all debts and obligations of the district. If bondholders are involved, the trustees shall pay off the principal and all accrued interest on all outstanding bonds. Any surplus money left over after all debts and obligations of the district have been paid in full shall be paid in equal portions to all of the title holders of such tracts of land receiving water service at the time of the dissolution of such district.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3301.)

70 ILCS 3705/34

    (70 ILCS 3705/34) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.9)
    Sec. 34. After the board of trustees of a dissolving public water district have: (1) paid all debts and obligations of the district; (2) closed up all of the business of the district; and (3) refunded all surplus money, the trustees shall file a statement under oath with the Circuit Court showing all closing transactions. If the Circuit Court approves the statement, it shall issue an order dissolving the district. Upon issuance of such order, the duty of the board of trustees to close up the district business is terminated, and all trustees and officers of the district, whether the terms for which they were elected or appointed have expired or not, shall cease to have any power or authority.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3301.)

70 ILCS 3705/35

    (70 ILCS 3705/35) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.10)
    Sec. 35. Any public water district created under this Act which does not have outstanding and unpaid any revenue bonds issued under this Act may be dissolved any time after a date which is 4 years after the date of its creation as follows:
    Any 100 electors residing within the area of the district may petition the circuit court to order submitted to referendum the question whether the district should be dissolved. Upon the filing of the petition, and the determination that it is in accordance with the general election law, the circuit court shall: (1) designate the election at which this question is to be submitted; (2) order notice of the referendum in the manner provided by the general election law; and certify the proposition to the proper election officials for submission in accordance with the general election law.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    "Shall the                         YES
public water district            -----------------------------
be dissolved?"                         NO
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    If a majority of the votes cast on this question are in favor of dissolution of the district under this Section, then such organization shall cease, the public water district is dissolved, and the circuit court shall direct the discharge of all outstanding obligations.
    If the vote is in favor of dissolution of the public water district under this Section, there shall be no further appointments for trustees. The officers acting at the time of this vote shall close up the business affairs of the district, and make the necessary conveyances of the title to the district property.
    If the vote is against dissolution of the public water district, no petition for a referendum under this Section may be filed within 2 years of the previous referendum.
    The dissolution of any public water district under this Section does not affect the obligation of any bonds issued or contracts entered into by such district, nor invalidate the levy, extension or collection of any taxes upon the property in the debtor district, but all such bonds and contracts shall be discharged.
    All money remaining after the business affairs of the district have been closed up and all the debts and obligations of the district have been paid under this Section, shall be paid to the school treasurer of the school district in which the district was situated, not including high school districts. When the district was situated in 2 or more such school districts the money shall be divided between the districts, each district to receive an amount based on the ratio of assessed valuation of real estate of the district which was situated in the public water district to the assessed valuation of the real estate of all school districts which were situated in the public water district.
    All courts shall take judicial notice of the dissolution of such public water districts.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 3705/40

    (70 ILCS 3705/40) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.15)
    Sec. 40. When part of the territory of a district organized under this Act is annexed by a municipality, the board of trustees may enter such agreements as are permitted under Section 11-151-5 of the "Illinois Municipal Code". If all of such territory is annexed by a municipality, the district shall be abolished as provided in Section 11-151-4 of that Act and this Act then becomes inapplicable to that territory. This Section does not apply to any district whose territory is situated in 2 or more municipalities, except where one of the municipalities is incorporated after June 1, 2004 pursuant to the amendatory changes to Section 2-3-5 of the Illinois Municipal Code made by this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly.
    Nothing in this Section authorizes a public water district to provide water service to residents in territory within one mile or less of the corporate limits of a municipality that operates a public water supply and furnishes water service.
(Source: P.A. 93-1058, eff. 12-2-04.)

70 ILCS 3705/41

    (70 ILCS 3705/41) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.16)
    Sec. 41.
    Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act to the contrary relating to the annexation of contiguous territory by a public water district, a public water district created under this Act may acquire by purchase, lease of, or otherwise, any part of the water works property of any city, village, incorporated town, or private corporation which owns and operates a water works system which is located wholly within, or partially within and partially without, the corporate limits of a public water district, upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by such city, village, incorporated town, or private corporation and the public water district. Such water works property, upon acquisition by the public water district, shall become and be operated as part of the water works system of the public water district and the public water district shall have all powers in connection with such water works properties as are conferred upon a public water district by this Act.
    The public water district shall perform all functions and services of such city, village, incorporated town, or private corporation relating to such water works properties so purchased, leased, or otherwise acquired.
    This Section constitutes full and complete authority in and of itself for any city, village, or incorporated town to sell or lease or otherwise dispose of its water works properties to a public water district. Any sale or lease in accordance with this Section shall be exempted from the general sale and lease provisions of Division 76 of Chapter 11 of the "Illinois Municipal Code".
(Source: P.A. 77-2184.)