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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 2905/) Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974.

70 ILCS 2905/Art. I

 
    (70 ILCS 2905/Art. I heading)
ARTICLE I.
GENERAL PROVISIONS--APPLICATION OF ACT

70 ILCS 2905/1-1

    (70 ILCS 2905/1-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 501-1)
    Sec. 1-1.
    This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974".
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/1-2

    (70 ILCS 2905/1-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 501-2)
    Sec. 1-2.
    Whenever the voters of a sanitary district created under "An Act to create sanitary districts in certain localities, to drain and protect the same from overflow for sanitary purposes and to provide for sewage disposal", approved May 17, 1907, as now or hereafter amended, vote as provided in Sections 29 through 29.3 of that Act to dissolve that district and to create a new district under this Act, the provisions of this Act shall apply to and govern the new district. The boundaries of the new district shall be the same as those of the old district.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/1-3

    (70 ILCS 2905/1-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 501-3)
    Sec. 1-3.
    Appointments to the first board of commissioners of the new district shall be made in accordance with Section 3-1 of this Act at least 30 days before the first Monday in December of the year of the expiration of the terms of office of the incumbent trustees of the old district, and the commissioners so appointed shall take office on such first Monday in December. On that day, the old district is legally dissolved, and the new district under this Act shall succeed to all the property, functions, causes of action, rights and obligations of the former district.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/1-4

    (70 ILCS 2905/1-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 501-4)
    Sec. 1-4.
    Nothing in this Act shall impair the security of any indebtedness of the former district incurred before the effective date of this Act. The new district shall be obligated for such indebtedness, and the direct annual tax provided for in accordance with Section 16 of "An Act to create sanitary districts in certain localities, to drain and protect the same from overflow for sanitary purposes and to provide for sewage disposal", approved May 17, 1907, as amended, to pay the interest on and principal of such indebtedness shall continue to be levied and extended until such indebtedness has been paid in full.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/1-5

    (70 ILCS 2905/1-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 501-5)
    Sec. 1-5. Such sanitary district shall be held in all courts to be a body corporate, and politic, under the name and style of .... sanitary district, and by such name and style may sue and be sued, contract and be contracted with, acquire and hold real and personal property necessary for corporate purposes, have a common seal, and change the same at pleasure, and exercise all the powers in this Act conferred. No claim for compensation shall be made or suit for damages filed against such district on account of any damage to property, unless notice in writing is filed with the board within 6 months after the occurrence of the damage or injury giving the name and residence address of the owner of the property damaged, its location and the probable extent of the damage sustained. All courts of this State shall take judicial notice of the existence of sanitary districts organized hereunder.
    The board of commissioners may, by ordinance, change the corporate name of a sanitary district organized under this Act. Such ordinance shall be published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation within the district and shall become effective 10 days after such first publication. A copy of such ordinance together with a certificate of publication thereof certified by the president of the board shall be transmitted to the Secretary of State. After such ordinance becomes effective all references in any ordinance, resolution, bonds, or any other document to such sanitary district by its former corporate name shall mean and include the corporate name under which such sanitary district is then operating. No rights, duties or privileges of such sanitary district, or those of any person, existing before the change of corporate name shall be affected by such change of name. All proceedings pending in any court in favor of or against a sanitary district at the time a change of corporate name is effected may continue to final consummation under the name in which they were commenced.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

70 ILCS 2905/Art. 2

 
    (70 ILCS 2905/Art. 2 heading)
ARTICLE 2.
POWERS OF DISTRICT

70 ILCS 2905/2-1

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-1)
    Sec. 2-1.
    A sanitary district organized under this Act has the powers set forth in the subsequent Sections of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-2

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-2)
    Sec. 2-2. To lay out, locate, establish and construct one or more levees or embankments of such size, material and character as may be required to protect the district against overflow from any river, or tributary stream, or water-course, and to lay out, establish and construct all such other or additional improvements or works as may be auxiliary or incidental thereto, or promotive of the sanitary purposes contemplated in this Act; and to maintain, repair, change, enlarge and add to such levees, embankments, improvements and work as may be necessary or proper to meet future requirements for the accomplishment of the purposes aforesaid.
    To the extent that any part of the territory of the District overlaps with a flood prevention district that is formed under the Flood Prevention District Act, the flood prevention district shall have the exclusive authority to repair, construct, or reconstruct levees within the territory of the flood prevention district. The District shall operate under the direction of the board of commissioners of the flood prevention district with respect to the repair, construction, or reconstruction of levees within the territory of the flood prevention district. In addition, the board of the District must comply with any requests for information by the board of commissioners of the flood prevention district, including, but not limited to, requests for information concerning past, present, and future contracts; employees of the District; finances of the District; and other activities of the District. This information must be submitted to the board of commissioners of the flood prevention district within 30 days after the request is received.
(Source: P.A. 95-719, eff. 5-21-08.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-3

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-3)
    Sec. 2-3.
    To lay out, locate, establish, construct, maintain and operate one or more drains, conduits, treatment plants, pumping plants, works, ditches, channels or outlets of such capacity and character as may be required for the treatment, carrying-off and disposal of swamp, stagnant or overflow water, sewage, industrial wastes and other drainage of such district, and to lay out, establish, construct, maintain and operate all such adjuncts or auxiliary improvements or works as may be necessary or proper for the accomplishment of the purposes intended; and to such end, to straighten, enlarge, divert or change the location, course or outlet of any stream or water course or divide the waters thereof and any part thereof by means of new channels, ditches or otherwise and to lay and construct such conduits, drains and pipes and to extend the same in and to the incorporated limits of any city, village or town for the purpose of connecting the same with the drains, mains, outlets or conduits constructed or maintained by such city, village, or town, for the carrying-off of the sewage and industrial wastes of such city, village or town, through the drains and conduits and into treatment plants, pumping plants and works of such district and to enter into contract or agreement with any such city, village or town, thereby granting permission for the use of such conduits, drains, treatment plants, pumping plants, and works of such district in the matter of treatment and disposal of sewage and industrial wastes of said city, village or town, for a reasonable compensation therefor to be paid by such city, village or town, and in case the costs of such conduits, drains, treatment plants, pumping plants or works is increased by reason of providing for the treatment, carrying-off and disposal of the sewage or industrial wastes of any city, village or town, then the increased cost thereof and the increased cost of operating and maintaining the same shall be borne by such city, village or town; and to receive payment of such compensation, and to do any and all things deemed necessary and proper in the furtherance of said purposes; and thereafter to maintain, repair, change, enlarge and add to such drains, ditches, channels, conduits, treatment plants, pumping plants, works, outlets and other improvements and work, as may be necessary or proper, to meet the future requirements for the purposes aforesaid, and when necessary for such purposes, any such work may extend beyond the limits of such district and the rights and powers of the district over any stream or water course, or work thereon, lying outside such district, shall to this extent, be the same as within said district: Provided, no taxes shall be levied upon any property outside of such district: And provided further, that the district shall be liable for all damages sustained beyond its limits in consequence of any work or improvement authorized hereunder. And provided that nothing in this Act contained shall be construed as superseding or in any manner limiting the provisions of the "Environmental Protection Act", enacted by the 76th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-4

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-4)
    Sec. 2-4.
    To regulate, limit, extend, deny or otherwise control any connection to any sewer that is tributary to the district's sewer system, regardless of whether the sewer to which the connection is made is directly under the jurisdiction of the district.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-5

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-5)
    Sec. 2-5.
    To require that any sewer system, sewage treatment works or sewage treatment facility constructed in or within 3 miles of the limits of such district which is tributary thereto and not within the limits of any other sanitary district be constructed in accordance with the accepted standards and specifications of such district and shall further have the authority to cause inspection of the construction of such sewer system, sewage treatment works or sewage treatment facility to be made to ascertain that it does comply with the standards and specifications of such sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-6

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-6)
    Sec. 2-6.
    To require that before any person or municipal corporation connects to the sewage system of the district the district be permitted to inspect the drainage lines of the person or municipal corporation to determine whether they are adequate and suitable for connection to its sewage system. In addition to the other charges provided for in this Act, the sanitary district may collect a reasonable charge for this inspection service. Funds collected as inspection charges shall be used by the sanitary district for its general corporate purposes after payment of the costs of making the inspections.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-7

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-7)
    Sec. 2-7. To acquire by purchase, condemnation or otherwise, any and all real and personal property, rights of way and privileges, either within or without its corporate limits, required for its corporate purposes; or to sell, lease or convey any real or personal property, rights of way and privileges.
(Source: P.A. 83-1422.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-7.5

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-7.5)
    Sec. 2-7.5. 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 2905/2-8

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-8)
    Sec. 2-8.
    Whenever it shall be necessary for or in connection with any improvement or work authorized by this Act, to enter upon any public property, or property held for any public use, or acquire any easement or rights therein, such sanitary district shall have the power so to do, and when necessary for such purpose may avail itself of any Eminent Domain laws of this State, and may enter upon, use, widen, elevate, and improve any street, highway, wharf, levee, or other property, necessary in furtherance of said purposes: Provided, the former use of any such public property, or property devoted to public use, shall not be unnecessarily interrupted or interfered with.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-9

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-9)
    Sec. 2-9.
    Whenever it shall be necessary to take or use, for any of the purposes contemplated in this Act, any portion of any railroad right of way, or property occupied by the track or tracks of any steam, electric, or other railroad company, or any street, highway wharf, levee or other property, in the operation or use of which the public has an interest, only such easement, use or rights therein shall be acquired as are necessary for the purposes intended; and so far as practicable the use of any such street, highway, wharf, levee, right of way, or property, shall remain in and be reserved to the public, company, or persons otherwise entitled thereto.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-10

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 502-10)
    Sec. 2-10.
    When necessary for or in connection with any of the purposes authorized by this Act, the board of trustees may acquire and compel any steam, electric or other railroad company to raise its tracks to conform to the grade of any levee, or other work intersecting or crossing the same, which may, at any time, be established by such sanitary district, and where such tracks run lengthwise upon or along the line of any such improvement, to require and compel such railroad companies to elevate the same to the surface thereof. Also to require and compel any such railroad companies to maintain and keep open and in repair, ditches, drains, sewers and culverts, along and under their tracks, so that filth or stagnant pools of water shall not stand upon their right of way and grounds, and so that the drainage of adjacent property shall not be impeded or interfered with.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/2-11

    (70 ILCS 2905/2-11)
    Sec. 2-11. Annexation. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board of commissioners of a sanitary district may, by ordinance, annex property within any unit of local government, including a home rule unit, if the property is contiguous to the corporate limits of the sanitary district and served by the sanitary district. The ordinance must describe the property to be annexed. A copy of the ordinance with an accurate map of the annexed property, certified as correct by either the clerk or the executive director of the district, shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the annexed property is located or the county clerk of the county in which the predecessor district was organized. For the purposes of this Act, property is served by a sanitary district if (i) the property is served by any work or improvements of the sanitary district either then existing or then authorized by the sanitary district; or (ii) the property is within the boundaries of any work or improvements of such sanitary district including but not limited to levees, flood walls, and embankments that protect or reduce the risk to the property from overflow from any river, tributary stream, or water-course. Upon annexation into the corporate limits of the sanitary district under this Section, the property shall be subject to all powers and rights of the district and its board of commissioners for all purposes, including but not limited to taxation, and subject to all ordinances of the district as though the property had been within the corporate limits when the district was organized under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-1070, eff. 1-1-11.)

70 ILCS 2905/Art. 3

 
    (70 ILCS 2905/Art. 3 heading)
ARTICLE 3.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

70 ILCS 2905/3-1

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-1)
    Sec. 3-1. The district shall be governed by a Board of Commissioners, consisting of 5 commissioners. Three of the commissioners shall be residents of that portion of the district in the county having the greater equalized assessed valuation of the district, and 2 shall be residents of that portion of the district in the other county. The appointment of commissioners from each county shall be made by the chairman of the county board of that county with the advice and consent of the county board, except that in the case of a home rule county as defined by Article VII, Section 6, of the Constitution of 1970 the appointment shall be made by the chief executive officer of the county with the advice and consent of the county board.
    Of the 5 commissioners, no more than 3 may be of the same political party. Of the 3 commissioners from the county entitled to 3 appointments, no more than 2 may be of the same political party. The 2 commissioners from the other county shall not be of the same political party.
    The County Board Chairman of either county may remove any of the commissioners from his county with the advice and consent of the county board.
    In the first appointments to the Board of Commissioners, the appointing authority appointing 3 directors shall designate one appointee to serve for a term of one year, one for a term of 3 years and one for a term of 5 years, and the appointing authority appointing 2 directors shall designate one to serve for a term of 2 years and one for a term of 4 years. Thereafter one commissioner shall be appointed by the appropriate appointing authority each year for a term of 5 years to succeed the director whose term expires in that year. Any vacancy on the Board of Commissioners shall be filled by appointment by the appropriate appointing authority for the remainder of the unexpired term.
    If the relative equalized assessed valuation changes so that the position of the 2 counties with respect to majority and minority representation on the board is reversed, the next appointment that would otherwise have been made by the appointing authority for the county formerly entitled to 3 directors shall be made by the appointing authority for the other county.
(Source: P.A. 83-1422.)

70 ILCS 2905/3-2

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-2)
    Sec. 3-2.
    Each commissioner shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, execute a bond with security to be approved by the appointing authority, payable to the district, in the penal sum of $10,000, conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of his office. Such bond shall be filed with and preserved by the county clerk of the county from which the commissioner was appointed.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/3-3

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-3)
    Sec. 3-3. (a) The board of commissioners shall be the corporate authority of the district. The board shall appoint an Executive Director who shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the district and who shall have the powers provided in Article 4 of this Act.
    The board may select a clerk and a treasurer.
    The board shall, at its first meeting each year, select a president from its own membership.
    (b) The board of commissioners shall maintain the facilities and properties under the district's control, or supervision for purposes of maintenance, in compliance with the standards prescribed by the Department of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

70 ILCS 2905/3-4

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-4)
    Sec. 3-4. Commissioners shall be paid the same salaries as the county board members from either St. Clair or Madison County whichever is lower.
(Source: P.A. 83-1422.)

70 ILCS 2905/3-5

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-5)
    Sec. 3-5.
    The board shall have full power to pass all necessary ordinances, and make all orders, rules and regulations for the proper management and conduct of the business of the board and of the district, and for carrying into effect the objects for which said sanitary district is formed.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/3-6

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-6)
    Sec. 3-6.
    All ordinances making any appropriation, shall within one month after they have been passed, be published at least once in a newspaper published in such district, in each of the counties in which the same is situate; and no such ordinance shall take effect until 10 days after it is so published. All other ordinances, orders and resolutions shall become effective from and after their passage, unless otherwise provided therein.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/3-6.1

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-6.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-6.1)
    Sec. 3-6.1. 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 2905/3-7

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-7)
    Sec. 3-7.
    All ordinances, orders and resolutions, and the date of publication thereof, may be proven by the certificate of the clerk under the seal of the corporation, and when printed in book or pamphlet form, and purporting to be published by authority of the board, such book or pamphlet shall be received as evidence of the passage and legal publication thereof, as of the dates mentioned therein, in all courts and places, without further proof.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/3-8

    (70 ILCS 2905/3-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 503-8)
    Sec. 3-8.
    Actions to impose a fine or imprisonment for violation of a sanitary district ordinance or resolution adopted under authority of this Act shall be brought in the corporate name of the sanitary district as plaintiff. Such actions shall commence with a complaint or a warrant. A warrant may issue upon execution of an affidavit by any person alleging that he has reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be named in the warrant has violated a sanitary district ordinance or resolution. A person arrested upon such a warrant shall be taken without unnecessary delay before the proper officer for trial.
    Fines for the violation of sanitary district ordinances or resolutions shall be established by ordinance or resolution and when collected shall be paid into the sanitary district treasury at such times and in a manner prescribed by ordinance or resolution.
    A person who is fined for violation of a sanitary district ordinance or resolution may be committed to the county jail or to any place provided by ordinance or resolution for the incarceration of offenders until the fine and costs are paid. No incarceration, however, shall exceed 6 months for any one offense. The committed person shall be allowed, exclusive of his board, a credit of $5 toward the fine and costs for each day of confinement. The sanitary district may make agreements with a county or municipality for holding such persons in a facility operated by them for the incarceration of violators of laws, ordinances or resolutions.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2905/Art. 4

 
    (70 ILCS 2905/Art. 4 heading)
ARTICLE 4.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

70 ILCS 2905/4-1

    (70 ILCS 2905/4-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 504-1)
    Sec. 4-1. Each district subject to this Act shall have a registered professional engineer, who shall be appointed by, and subject to removal by, the Board. He shall possess technical or specialized skill or knowledge in the field of engineering. The Board may satisfy this requirement by retaining an engineering firm.
    Each district subject to this Act shall have an Executive Director, who shall be appointed by, and subject to removal by, the Board. A member of the Board may be considered for appointment as Executive Director, in which event he shall not attend the portion of the Board's meeting in which his appointment is being considered. A member of the Board who is appointed Executive Director may continue to serve as a member of the Board, but shall receive no compensation as a member of the Board. He shall devote his entire time to the duties of his office or offices held with the District.
(Source: P.A. 83-1422.)

70 ILCS 2905/4-2

    (70 ILCS 2905/4-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 504-2)
    Sec. 4-2. The Executive Director shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the district and shall be responsible to the board for the proper administration of all affairs of the district, including but not limited to, the board's compliance with subsection (b) of Section 3-3, and to that end he shall:
    (1) Appoint and, when necessary for the good of the service, remove all officers and employees of the district, except as otherwise provided in this Act, and except as he may authorize the head of a department or office to appoint subordinates in such department or office.
    (2) Prepare the budget annually and submit it to the Board and be responsible for its administration after adoption.
    (3) Prepare and submit to the board and the Department of Natural Resources, as of the end of the fiscal year, a complete report of the finances and administrative activities of the district and all subdistricts for the year, and submit any interim reports that the Department of Natural Resources requests.
    (4) Keep the board advised of the financial condition of the district and all subdistricts and make recommendations concerning their future needs.
    (5) Attend all meetings of the board and, in so far as possible, its committees.
    (6) Enforce all district ordinances and see that all contracts are faithfully performed.
    (7) Advise, assist, and cooperate in fostering the interest of institutions of learning and civic, professional, and employee organizations in the improvement of personnel standards and conditions in the district.
    (8) Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Act or required of him by the board, not inconsistent with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 2905/Art. 5

 
    (70 ILCS 2905/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5.
TAXING AND FINANCES

70 ILCS 2905/5-1

    (70 ILCS 2905/5-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 505-1)
    Sec. 5-1. Taxes; levy.
    (a) The board may levy and collect taxes for corporate purposes on taxable property within the corporate boundaries of the district including property annexed pursuant to Section 2-11. Such taxes shall be levied by ordinance specifying the purposes for which the same are required, and a certified copy of such ordinance shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the predecessor district was organized, on or before the second Tuesday in August, as provided in Section 122 of the Revenue Act of 1939 (superseded by Section 14-10 of the Property Tax Code). Any excess funds accumulated prior to January 1, 2008 by the sanitary district that are collected by levying taxes pursuant to 745 ILCS 10/9-107 may be expended by the sanitary district to maintain, repair, improve, or construct levees or any part of the levee system and to provide capital moneys for levee or river-related scientific studies, including the construction of facilities for such purposes. For the purposes of this subsection (a), the excess funds withdrawn from the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Fund may not be more than 90% of the balance of that fund on December 31, 2007. After the assessment for the current year has been equalized by the Department of Revenue, the board shall, as soon as may be, ascertain and certify to such county clerk the total value of all taxable property lying within the corporate limits of such districts in each of the counties in which the district is situated, as the same is assessed and equalized for tax purposes for the current year. The county clerk shall ascertain the rate per cent which, upon the total valuation of all such property, ascertained as above stated, would produce a net amount not less than the amount so directed to be levied; and the clerk shall, without delay, certify under his signature and seal of office to the county clerk of such other county, in which a portion of the district is situated such rate per cent; and it shall be the duty of each of the county clerks to extend such tax in a separate column upon the books of the collector or collectors of the county taxes for the counties, against all property in their respective counties, within the limits of the district. All taxes so levied and certified shall be collected and enforced in the same manner, and by the same officers as county taxes, and shall be paid over by the officers collecting the same, to the treasurer of the sanitary district, in the manner and at the time provided by the Property Tax Code. The aggregate amount of taxes levied for any one year, exclusive of the amount levied for the payment of bonded indebtedness and interest thereon, shall not exceed the rate of .20%, or the rate limitation of the predecessor district in effect on July 1, 1967, or the rate limitation set by subsection (b) whichever is greater, of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. The foregoing limitations upon tax rates may be increased or decreased under the referendum provisions of the Property Tax Code.
    (b) The tax rate limit of the district may be changed to .478% of the value of property as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue for a period of 5 years and to .312% of such value thereafter upon the approval of the electors of the district of such a proposition submitted at any regular election pursuant to a resolution of the board of commissioners or submitted at an election for officers of the counties of St. Clair and Madison in accordance with the general election law upon a petition signed by not fewer than 10% of the legal voters in the district, which percentage shall be determined on the basis of the number of votes cast at the last general election preceding the filing of such petition specifying the tax rate to be submitted. Such petition shall be filed with the executive director of the district not more than 10 months nor less than 5 months prior to the election at which the question is to be submitted to the voters of the district, and its validity shall be determined as provided by the general election law. The executive director shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the voters.
    Notice shall be given in the manner provided by the general election law.
    Referenda initiated under this subsection shall be subject to the provisions and limitations of the general election law.
    The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the maximum tax rate
for the Metro-East Sanitary
District be established at                  YES
.478% of the equalized assessed
value for 5 years and then at .312%   ------------------------
of the equalized assessed value
thereafter, instead of .2168%, the          NO
maximum rate otherwise applicable
to the next taxes to be extended?
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    The ballot shall have printed thereon, but not as a part of the proposition submitted, an estimate of the approximate amount extendable under the proposed rate and of the approximate amount extendable under the rate otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended, such amounts being computed upon the last known equalized assessed value; provided, that any error, miscalculation or inaccuracy in computing such amounts shall not invalidate or affect the validity of any tax rate limit so adopted.
    If a majority of all ballots cast on such proposition shall be in favor of the proposition, the tax rate limit so established shall become effective with the levy next following the referendum; provided that nothing in this subsection shall be construed as precluding the extension of taxes at rates less than that authorized by such referendum.
    Except as herein otherwise provided, the referenda authorized by the terms of this subsection shall be conducted in all respects in the manner provided by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 95-723, eff. 6-23-08; 96-1070, eff. 1-1-11.)

70 ILCS 2905/5-2

    (70 ILCS 2905/5-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 505-2)
    Sec. 5-2. Bonds. Subject to the referendum provided for in Section 5-3, the board may borrow money for corporate purposes on the credit of the corporation, and issue bonds therefor, in such amounts and form, and on such conditions as it shall prescribe, but shall not become indebted in any manner, or for any purpose, to an amount, including existing indebtedness, in the aggregate to exceed 5.75% of the value of the taxable property, including property annexed pursuant to Section 2-11, in said district, to be ascertained by the last assessment for taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the district's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage in effect on January 1, 1979; and before or at the time of incurring any indebtedness, shall provide for the collection of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the interest on such debt, as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof, within 20 years after contracting the same.
    The bonds shall be sold to the highest and best responsible bidder therefor. Notice of the time and place bids will be publicly opened shall be given by publication in a newspaper having general circulation in the district, once each week for 3 successive weeks, the last publication to be at least one week prior to the time specified in the notice for the opening of bids.
(Source: P.A. 96-1070, eff. 1-1-11.)

70 ILCS 2905/5-3

    (70 ILCS 2905/5-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 505-3)
    Sec. 5-3. No issue of bonds of the district shall be valid (except bonds to refund an existing bonded indebtedness) unless the proposition of issuing the bonds has first been submitted at a regular election in accordance with the general election law and has been approved by a majority of the voters of the district voting on the proposition.
    The proposition shall be substantially in the following form:
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    Shall bonds for the purpose
of.... (state purpose), in                  YES
the sum of $.... (insert amount),       ----------------------
be issued by The.... (insert
name of district)?                           NO
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(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2905/5-4

    (70 ILCS 2905/5-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 505-4)
    Sec. 5-4. All contracts for work to be done and supplies and materials to be purchased by the sanitary district, the expense of which will exceed $10,000, shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder therefor, upon not less than 21 days public notice of the terms and conditions upon which the contract is to be let, having been given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation published in the district, and the board may reject any and all bids and readvertise. All purchases or sales of $10,000 or less may be made in the open market without publication in a newspaper as above provided, but whenever practical shall be based on at least 3 competitive bids. No person may be employed on the work except citizens of the United States, or those who in good faith have declared their intention to become citizens, and 8 hours constitutes a day's work.
(Source: P.A. 94-445, eff. 1-1-06.)

70 ILCS 2905/5-5

    (70 ILCS 2905/5-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 505-5)
    Sec. 5-5. The board of any sanitary district organized under this Act, when so requested by the treasurer of the district, shall designate one or more banks or savings and loan associations in which the funds and moneys received by the treasurer, by virtue of his office, may be deposited. When a bank or savings and loan association has been designated as a depository it shall continue as such until ten days have elapsed after a new depository is designated and is qualified by furnishing the statements of resources and liabilities as is required by this Section. When a new depository is designated, the board shall notify the sureties of the treasurer of that fact, in writing, at least 5 days before the transfer of funds. The treasurer of the district shall be discharged from responsibility for all funds and moneys deposited in a bank or depository, so designated, while such funds and moneys are so deposited.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements established pursuant to Section 6 of "An Act relating to certain investments of public funds by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)