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 1        AN ACT in relation to taxes.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The Downstate Forest Preserve  District  Act
 5    is amended by changing Section 13.1 as follows:

 6        (70 ILCS 805/13.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6324)
 7        Sec.  13.1.  After the first Monday in October and by the
 8    first Monday in December in each year, the board  shall  levy
 9    the  general taxes for the district by general categories for
10    the next fiscal year. A certified copy of the levy  ordinance
11    shall  be  filed with the county clerk by the last Tuesday in
12    December each year.
13        In forest preserve districts with a  population  of  less
14    than  3,000,000,  the  amount  of  taxes  levied  for general
15    corporate purposes for a fiscal year may not exceed the  rate
16    of  .06%  of  the  value,  as  equalized  or  assessed by the
17    Department of Revenue, of the taxable  property  therein.  In
18    addition, in forest preserve districts having a population of
19    100,000  or  more but less than 3,000,000, the board may levy
20    taxes    for    constructing,    restoring    reconditioning,
21    reconstructing  and  acquiring  improvements  and   for   the
22    development  of  the  forests and lands of such district, the
23    amount of which tax each fiscal year shall be extended  at  a
24    rate not to exceed .025% of the assessed value of all taxable
25    property as equalized by the Department of Revenue.
26        All  such  taxes  and  rates  are  exclusive of the taxes
27    required for the payment of the principal of and interest  on
28    bonds,  and  exclusive of taxes levied for employees' annuity
29    and benefit purposes.
30        The rate of tax levied for general corporate purposes  in
31    a  forest preserve district may not be increased by virtue of
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 1    this amendatory Act of 1977 unless the board first  adopts  a
 2    resolution  authorizing  such  increase  and publishes notice
 3    thereof in a newspaper  having  general  circulation  in  the
 4    district  at  least  once  not less than 45 days prior to the
 5    effective date of the increase.  The notice shall  include  a
 6    statement  of  (1)  the specific number of voters required to
 7    sign a petition requesting that the question of the  adoption
 8    of  the  resolution  be  submitted  to  the  electors  of the
 9    district; (2) the time in which the petition must  be  filed;
10    and   (3)  the  date  of  the  prospective  referendum.   The
11    Secretary of the district shall provide a  petition  form  to
12    any  individual  requesting  one.  If,  no later than 30 days
13    after the publication of such  notice,  petitions  signed  by
14    voters of the district equal to 10% or more of the registered
15    voters  of  the  district,  as determined by reference to the
16    number of voters registered at  the  next  preceding  general
17    election,  and  residing in the district are presented to the
18    board expressing opposition to the increase, the  proposition
19    must  first  be certified by the board to the proper election
20    officials, who shall submit  the  proposition  to  the  legal
21    voters  of the district at an election in accordance with the
22    general election law and approved  by  a  majority  of  those
23    voting on the proposition.
24        The rate of the tax levied for general corporate purposes
25    in  a  forest  preserve  district may be increased, up to the
26    maximum rate identified in this Section, by the  Board  by  a
27    resolution  calling  for  the  submission  of the question of
28    increasing  the  rate  to  the  voters  of  the  district  in
29    accordance with the general election law. The  question  must
30    be in substantially the following form:
31             "Shall (name of district) be authorized to establish
32        its  general  corporate  tax rate at (insert rate) on the
33        equalized assessed  value  on  taxable  property  located
34        within  the  district for its general purposes, including
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 1        education, outdoor recreation,  maintenance,  operations,
 2        public  safety at the forest preserves, trails, and other
 3        properties of the district (and, optionally,  insert  any
 4        other  lawful  purposes  or  programs  determined  by the
 5        Board).
 6        The ballot must have printed on it, but not  as  part  of
 7    the  proposition  submitted,  the following: "The approximate
 8    impact  of  the  proposed  increase  on  the   owner   of   a
 9    single-family  home  having  a market value of (insert value)
10    would be (insert amount) in the first year of the increase if
11    the increase is fully  implemented."   The  ballot  may  have
12    printed  on  it,  but  not as part of the proposition, one or
13    both of the following:  "The last tax rate extended  for  the
14    purposes  of  the  district was (insert rate).  The last rate
15    increase approved for the purposes of  the  district  was  in
16    (insert year)."  No other information needs to be included on
17    the ballot.
18        The votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
19        If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote
20    in the affirmative, the district may thereafter levy the tax.
21    (Source: P.A. 87-17; 87-767; 87-895; 88-506.)

22        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
23    becoming law.

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