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

70 ILCS 2905/Art. 5

    (70 ILCS 2905/Art. 5 heading)

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was organized, on or before the second Tuesday in August, as provided in Section 122 of the Revenue Act of 1939 (superseded by Section 14-10 of the Property Tax Code).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 For the purposes of this subsection (a), the excess funds withdrawn from the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Fund may not be more than 90% of the balance of that fund on December 31, 2007.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:
    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?
    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:
    Shall bonds for the purpose
of.... (state purpose), in                  YES
the sum of $.... (insert amount),       ----------------------
be issued by The.... (insert
name of district)?                           NO
(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.
    If a unit of local government performs non-emergency construction, alteration, repair, improvement, or maintenance work on the public way, the sanitary district may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the unit of local government allowing similar construction work to be performed by the sanitary district on the same project, in an amount no greater than $100,000, to save taxpayer funds and eliminate duplication of government effort. The sanitary district and the other unit of local government shall, before work is performed by either unit of local government on a project, adopt a resolution by a majority vote of both governing bodies certifying work will occur at a specific location, the reasons why both units of local government require work to be performed in the same location, and the projected cost savings if work is performed by both units of local government on the same project. Officials or employees of the sanitary district may, if authorized by resolution, purchase in the open market any supplies, materials, equipment, or services for use within the project in an amount no greater than $100,000 without advertisement or without filing a requisition or estimate. A full written account of each project performed by the sanitary district and a requisition for the materials, supplies, equipment, and services used by the sanitary district required to complete the project must be submitted by the officials or employees authorized to make purchases to the board of trustees of the sanitary district no later than 30 days after purchase. The full written account must be available for public inspection for at least one year after expenditures are made.
(Source: P.A. 100-882, eff. 8-14-18.)

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.)