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92_HB0915enr HB0915 Enrolled LRB9202702MWcd 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 HB0915 Enrolled -2- LRB9202702MWcd 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 HB0915 Enrolled -3- LRB9202702MWcd 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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