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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 3710/) Water Service District Act.

70 ILCS 3710/0.01

    (70 ILCS 3710/0.01) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.90)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Water Service District Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 3710/1

    (70 ILCS 3710/1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 213)
    Sec. 1. Any area not included within the corporate boundaries of a city, village or incorporated town may be incorporated as a water service district in the manner following:
    Fifty or more of the legal voters resident within the limits of such proposed district or a majority thereof if less than 100, may petition the circuit court for the county which contains all or the largest portion of the proposed district to cause the question to be submitted to the legal voters of such proposed district, whether such proposed territory shall be organized as a water service district under this Act; such petition shall be addressed to the court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory to be embraced in the proposed district, and the name of such proposed district; Provided, that the territory incorporated in any district formed hereunder shall be contiguous and may contain any territory not previously included in any water service district.
    Upon filing any such petition in the office of the circuit clerk of the county in which such petition is made, it shall be the duty of the court to consider the boundaries of any such proposed water service district whether the same shall be those stated in the petition or otherwise.
    Notice shall be given by the court to whom the petition is addressed of the time and place of a hearing upon the subject of the petition which shall be inserted in one or more daily or weekly papers published within the proposed water service district, or if no daily or weekly newspaper is published within such proposed water service district, then by posting at least 10 copies in such district at least 20 days before such meeting in conspicuous places as far separated from each other as consistently possible.
    At such hearing all persons in such proposed water service district shall have an opportunity to be heard touching the location and boundary of such proposed district and 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 for that purpose and to that extent, may alter and amend such petition. After such determination by the court the same shall be incorporated in an order which shall be filed in the records of the court. Upon the entering of such order the court shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit to the legal voters of the proposed district such question of organization and establishment of the proposed water service district as determined by the judge, at an election to be held in the proposed district in accordance with the general election law. Notice whereof shall be given by the court in the manner provided by the general election law. Such notice shall specify the description of such proposed district.
    Each legal voter resident within such proposed district shall have the right to cast a ballot at such election. The proposition under this section shall be in substantially the following form:
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    For Water Service District
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    Against Water Service District
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    The court shall cause a written statement of the results of such election to be filed of record in the court. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question shall be in favor of the incorporation of the proposed water service district, such district shall thenceforth be an organized water service district under this Act, and the court shall enter an order accordingly and cause the same to be filed of record in the court and shall also cause to be sent to the County Clerk of any and all other counties in which any portion of the district lies a certified copy of the order organizing such district and a plot of the same indicating what lands of the district lie in such other county or counties.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 3710/2

    (70 ILCS 3710/2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 214)
    Sec. 2. All courts in this State shall take judicial notice of the existence of all water service districts organized under this Act and every such district shall constitute a body corporate and as such may sue or be sued.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1507.)

70 ILCS 3710/3

    (70 ILCS 3710/3) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 215)
    Sec. 3. A board of trustees consisting of 3 members for the government and control of the affairs and business of a water service district incorporated under this Act shall be created in the following manner:
    (1) 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;
    (2) 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.
    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 county board of that county, or in the case of a home rule county as defined by Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of 1970, the chief executive officer of that county, with the advice and consent of the county board.
    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 creation of a water service district as provided in Section 1 the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint 3 trustees.
    The trustees shall hold their offices for one, 2 and 3 years from the first Monday of May next after their appointment and until their successors have been appointed and qualified and thereafter on or before the second Monday in April of each year the appointing authority shall appoint one trustee whose term shall be for 3 years commencing on the first Monday in May next after they are respectively appointed. The length of term of the first trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting.
    The appointing authority shall require each of the trustees to enter into bond with security to be approved by the appointing authority in such sum as the appointing authority may determine.
    A majority of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum. No trustee or employee of such district shall be directly or indirectly interested financially in any contract, work or business or the sale of any article, the expense, price or consideration of which is paid by the district. The trustees shall provide and adopt a corporate seal for the district.
(Source: P.A. 81-1550.)

70 ILCS 3710/4

    (70 ILCS 3710/4) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 216)
    Sec. 4.
    Whenever a vacancy in the board of trustees shall occur, either by death, resignation, refusal to qualify or for any other reason, the appointing authority, as defined in Section 3 of this Act, shall fill such vacancy by appointment for the unexpired term, and such person so appointed shall qualify for office in the manner hereinbefore stated and shall thereupon assume the duties of the office.
(Source: P.A. 77-698.)

70 ILCS 3710/5

    (70 ILCS 3710/5) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 217)
    Sec. 5. The trustee shall exercise all of the powers and control all the affairs and property of such district. The board of trustees, immediately after their appointment and at their first meeting in May of each year thereafter, shall elect one of their number as president and one of their number as secretary. The board shall prescribe the duties and fix the compensation of all of the officers and employees of the water service district: Provided that a member of the board of trustees shall in no case receive a sum to exceed $50.00 per annum. The board of trustees shall have full power to sell water to individuals or to municipalities or public utilities operating water distribution systems either within or without the water service district, and to pass all necessary ordinances, rules and regulations for the proper management and conduct of the business of the water service district for carrying into effect the objects for which the district was formed.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1597.)

70 ILCS 3710/5.1

    (70 ILCS 3710/5.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 217.1)
    Sec. 5.1. 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 3710/5.2

    (70 ILCS 3710/5.2)
    Sec. 5.2. Boil order; notification of certified local health department required. If a water service 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 3710/6

    (70 ILCS 3710/6) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 218)
    Sec. 6. All ordinances imposing any penalty or making any appropriations shall be published at least once in a newspaper published in said district, or if no newspaper of general circulation is published therein, by posting copies of the same in ten public places in the district; and no such ordinance shall take effect until ten days after it is so published, and all other ordinances and resolutions shall take effect from and after their passage unless otherwise provided therein.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1507.)

70 ILCS 3710/7

    (70 ILCS 3710/7) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 219)
    Sec. 7. All ordinances, orders, and resolutions and the date of publication thereof, may be proven by the certificate of the secretary under the seal of the corporation and when printed in book or pamphlet form and purporting to be published by the board of trustees, such book or pamphlet shall be received as evidence of the passage and legal publication of such ordinances, orders and resolutions as of the dates mentioned in such book or pamphlet, in all courts without further proof.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1507.)

70 ILCS 3710/8

    (70 ILCS 3710/8) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 220)
    Sec. 8. The board of trustees of any water service district organized hereunder may contract with any city, village or incorporated town lying adjacent to such district or with a public utility for water service to be furnished by such municipality or utility for water service in the district. The board of trustees may also contract for the installation, rental or use of water service mains within the water service district and for the furnishing of water service to be used within such district.
    Any water service district incorporated under this Act may borrow money for the purpose of furnishing and installing water service mains for the district and may issue bonds therefor, but shall not become indebted in any manner, or for any purpose to an amount in the aggregate to exceed 5% on the valuation of taxable property therein to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and County taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness. Whenever the board of trustees of such district desire to issue bonds hereunder they shall order the question to be submitted at an election to be held in such district. 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. The notice of election shall be given in the manner provided by the general election law and shall state the amount of bonds to be issued. The board of trustees shall cause the result of the election to be entered upon the records of the district. If a majority of the voters shall 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 hereunder shall mature within 20 years. The proposition under this section shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall bonds be issued               YES
for water service in the         -----------------------------
amount of.... dollars?                 NO
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(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 3710/9

    (70 ILCS 3710/9) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 221)
    Sec. 9. At the time of or before incurring any indebtedness the board of trustees shall provide for the collection of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the interest on the debt as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof as the same shall fall due and at least within 20 years from the time of contracting same. The tax rate shall not exceed .075 per cent of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
(Source: P.A. 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 3710/10

    (70 ILCS 3710/10) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 222)
    Sec. 10. The board of trustees may levy and collect other taxes for corporate purposes upon property within the territorial limits of such water service district, the aggregate amount of which including the tax levied for payment of any bonds issued for each year, shall not exceed .125 per cent of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. The foregoing limitation upon tax rates may be increased or decreased under the referendum provisions of the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 3710/11

    (70 ILCS 3710/11) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 222.1)
    Sec. 11. Any adjoining territory may be annexed to such water district in the following manner: A written petition requesting such annexation and signed by a majority in numbers and in area owned of the owners of record of land in such adjoining territory shall be filed with the court in which such district was created. A public hearing shall be had upon such petition after giving such notice by publication or posting, as the court may direct. At such hearing, any interested person shall be given an opportunity to be heard. If the court finds that the said petition has been signed by the required number of landowners and there is no valid objection to such annexation, it shall enter an order annexing such territory.
    Any territory within any such water district which is upon the border thereof and which contains not less than twenty acres and which, if disconnected, will not result in the isolation of any part of such district from the remainder thereof may be disconnected in the following manner: A written petition requesting such disconnection and signed by all the owners of record of land in such territory shall be filed with the court in which such district was created. The water district from which disconnection is sought shall be made a defendant and it or any taxpayer residing therein may appear and defend against said 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 same disconnected. The disconnection of any such land shall not exempt it from taxation for the purpose of paying any indebtedness contracted by the district prior to the filing of the petition.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3984.)

70 ILCS 3710/12

    (70 ILCS 3710/12)
    Sec. 12. Dissolution of district.
    (a) A water service district organized under this Act may be dissolved as provided in this Section.
    (b) A petition for dissolution of the district signed by two-thirds of the members of the district's board of trustees may be filed in the circuit court of the county in which the district, or the majority of the territory of the district, is located. In the alternative, if the district does not have outstanding and unpaid any bonds issued under this Act, the petition may be signed and filed by 50 electors of the district. 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.
    (c) The circuit court shall set a date for the hearing on the petition for dissolution. The clerk of the circuit court 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 before the date set for the hearing.
    At the hearing, all persons desiring to be heard must be given an opportunity to testify for or against the petition for dissolution. During the hearing, the petitioners or the petitioners' authorized representative shall also testify and introduce evidence concerning ways in which dissolution of the district can be accomplished without adversely affecting the interest of the public and any bondholders of the district.
    (d) 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 Election Code. The clerk of the circuit court shall give notice of the election, and the election shall be conducted in the manner provided by the Election Code.
    The question shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (name of water service district) be dissolved?
    The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (e) If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor of dissolution, the board of trustees shall immediately take the necessary steps to close up the district's affairs. If the term of office of any member of the board of trustees expires after the referendum, 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 of 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 applied toward the cost of connecting the tracts of land receiving water service at the time of the dissolution of the district to the waterworks, sewerage, or combined waterworks and sewerage system or properties of a public water district or municipality. Any surplus money left over after payment of all costs of those connections shall be paid in equal portions to all of the title holders of the tracts of land receiving water service at the time of the dissolution of the district.
    (f) After the board of trustees of a dissolving water service district have (i) paid all debts and obligations of the district, (ii) closed up all of the business of the district, and (iii) paid out or refunded all surplus money as provided in subsection (e), 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 the 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 or not the terms for which they were elected or appointed have expired, shall cease to have any power or authority.
    (g) If a majority of the votes cast on the question under subsection (d) are against dissolution, the same question may not be presented to the electors of the district for a period of 2 years from the date of the referendum.
(Source: P.A. 88-572, eff. 8-11-94.)

70 ILCS 3710/13

    (70 ILCS 3710/13)
    Sec. 13. Cessation of district organization. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if a majority vote of the board of trustees is in favor of the proposition to annex the district to another district whose boundaries are contiguous, or consolidate the district into a municipality with which the district is coterminous or substantially coterminous, or consolidate the district into the county in which the district sits if the district contains territory within only one county, and if the governing authorities of the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district agree by resolution to accept the functions (and jurisdiction over the territory, if applicable) of the consolidated or annexed district, then the district shall cease. On the effective date of the annexation or consolidation, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, indebtedness, obligations, bonding authority, taxing authority, and responsibilities of the district shall vest in and be assumed by the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district.
    The employees of the former district shall be transferred to the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district. The governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district shall exercise the rights and responsibilities of the former district with respect to those employees. The status and rights of the employees of the former district under any applicable contracts or collective bargaining agreements, historical representation rights under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, or under any pension, retirement, or annuity plan shall not be affected by this amendatory Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-1002, eff. 8-18-14.)