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COUNTY ROAD TAXES-VALIDATION.

Certain county taxes for road pur

poses validated.

(HOUSE BILL No. 362. APPROVED JUNE 1, 1923.)

AN ACT to legalize certain county taxes.

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

SECTION 1. In all cases where any county board heretofore shall have levied, in addition to other county taxes, a tax not to exceed twenty-five cents on the one hundred dollar valuation for the purposes of improving and maintaining the State aid roads and of paying the interest and principal of bonded indebtedness heretofore duy authorized for the construction of State aid roads in the county, and additional taxes for said bonds and interest or improvement and maintenance have otherwise been authorized by a vote of the people of the county, such taxes of not to exceed twenty-five cents on the one hundred dollar valuation so levied as aforesaid, for the purposes aforesaid, whether in excess or within the rate or rates otherwise authorized for county purposes, are hereby declared to be valid taxes, notwithstanding that additional taxes for said bonds and interest or improvement and maintenance have otherwise been authorized by a vote of the people of the county.

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(SENATE BILL No. 376. APPROVED JUNE 29, 1923.)

AN ACT in relation to the construction by the State of Illinois, of durable hard-surfaced roads upon public highways of the State along designated routes, and the provision of means for the payment of the cost thereof by an issue of bonds of the State of Illinois.

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

SECTION 1. A State-wide system of durable hard-surfaced roads shall be constructed by the State of Illinois, as soon as practicable, up

on public highways of the State, along the hereinafter described routes, as near as may be and the State of Illinois (acting through its officers) is hereby authorized and empowered to issue and sell, and provide for the retirement of bonds of the State of Illinois to the amount of one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) for the purpose of providing means for the payment of the cost of the construction of said system of roads. However, before this law, which hereby authorizes such debt to be contracted and levies the tax for the payment of the principal and interest of the bonds to be issued as an evidence of such debt, shall go into force and effect, it shall be submitted to the people at the general election in November, A. D. 1924, and receive a majority of the votes cast for members of the General Assembly at such election.

§ 2. The issuance, sale and retirement of said bonds and the construction of said State-wide system of roads, and all work incidental thereto, shall be under the general supervision and control of the Department of Public Works and Buildings, subject to the approval of the Governor of this State; and said Department of Public Works and Buildings is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to take whatever steps may be necessary to cause said bonds to be issued and sold and to cause said system of roads to be constructed at the earliest possible time, consistent with good business management after this Act becomes fully operative. The Department of Public Works and Buildings shall have power to make and shall make all final decisions affecting the work provided for in this section and all the rules and regulations it may deem necessary for the proper management and conduct of said work and for carrying out all the provisions of this Act in such manner as shall be to the best interest and advantage of the People of this State. The Director of Public Works and Buildings shall make it the special duty of the superintendent of highways, acting under the direction, supervision and control of said director to see that such provisions are so carried out in good faith. The Department of Public Works and Buildings is hereby given power and authority to purchase and supply any labor, tools, machinery, supplies and materials needed for said work. All contracts let for the construction of said work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder or bidders, and all of said State bonds shall be sold to the highest and best bidder or bidders by said Department of Public Works and Buildings, on such terms and conditions, and on open competitive bidding after public advertisement in such manner and for such times, as may be prescribed. by said Department of Public Works and Buildings, subject to the approval of the Department of Finance. Successful bidders for the construction of said work shall enter into contracts furnished and prescribed by said Department of Public Works and Buildings, and shall give good and sufficient bonds to insure the proper and prompt completion of said work in strict accordance with the provisions of said

contracts.

§ 3. For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act said sum of one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000), to be derived from the sale of said bonds, is hereby appropriated to said

Department of Public Works and Buildings, such money to be payable out of the State Bond Road Fund. For the purpose ot raising said sum so appropriated to carry out the provisions of this Act, said bonds of the State of Illinois to an amount not exceeding said sum of one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) shall be issued and sold as herein provided; and said bonds shall bear interest, payable semi-annually, from the date of their issue, at the rate of three and one-half per centum per annum, unless financial conditions make a different rate advisable, in which case said Department of Public Works and Buildings may, with the Governor's approval, issue part or all of said bonds at any other rate of interest not exceeding four per centum per annum. Said bonds shall be serial bonds and be dated, issued and sold from time to time as said road building work progresses and in such amounts as may be necessary to provide sufficient money to pay for said work and the expenses incidental thereto; and each one of said bonds shall be made payable within thirty years from the date of its issue. Each one of said bonds shall be in the denom ination of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or some multiple thereof. Said bonds shall be engraved and printed by said Department of Public Works and Buildings, under the direction of the Governor, and be signed by the Governor and attested by the Secretary of State, under the seal of the State, and countersigned by the State Treasurer and by the Auditor of Public Accounts. Interest coupons with lithographed fac-simile signatures of said Treasurer may be attached to said bonds. Said bonds may, at the request of owners, be registered with the Auditor of Public Accounts. Said bonds shall be deposited, until sold, with the State Treasurer; and when sold, the proceeds of said bonds shall be paid into the State treasury and become a part of the State Bond Road Fund.

§ 4. All payments for work done or obligations incurred under the provisions of this Act shall be made by the State Treasurer out of said State Bond Road Fund upon warrants drawn by the Auditor of Public Accounts, based upon bills of particulars and vouchers certified by the proper official of said Department of Public Works and Buildings, having knowledge of the facts upon which such vouchers are based, and audited and approved by the superintendent of highways and the Director of Public Works and Buildings, and approved by the Governor, acting through the Department of Finance.

§ 5. Said Department of Public Works and Buildings shall, on or before the first day of February of each year, make a full report to the Governor of all business transacted by said department in carrying out the provisions of this Act during the year ending on the preceding thirty-first day of December. The Governor may cause the books and affairs of said department relating to the work provided for herein, to be audited in each year.

§ 6. Each year after this Act becomes fully operative and until all of said bonds shall have been retired, there shall be included in and added to the tax levied for State purposes, a direct annual tax

for such amount as shall be necessary and sufficient to pay the interest as it shall accrue, on each and every bond issued under the provisions of this Act, and also to pay and discharge the principal of such bonds at par value, as such bonds respectively fall due: and the respective amounts of such direct annual tax shall be appropriated for that specific purpose. However, the balance of the moneys in the "Road Fund" created by and under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Law of this State, approved June 30, 1919, and all Acts amendatory thereof, after an amount has first been appropriated and set apart from said "Road Fund" sufficient to pay and discharge annually the principal and interest on the bonded indebtedness then due and pavable under the provisions of "An Act in relation to the construction by the State of Illinois of a statewide system of durable hard-surfaced roads upon public highways of the State and the provision of means for the pavment of the cost thereof by an issue of bonds of the State of Illinois." approved June 22, 1917, in accordance with the provisions of said last named Act. shall first be appropriated and used for the purpose of paying and discharging the principal and interest on the bonded indebtedness, herein provided for, then due and pavable. The required rate of such direct annual tax shall be fixed each year by the officers charged by law with fixing the rate for State taxes on the valuation of real and personal property in this State subject to taxation, in accordance with the provisions of the statutes in such cases. However, if money from other sources of revenue has been appropriated and set apart for the same purpose for which said direct annual tax is hereby levied and imposed, then said officers shall, in fixing said rate of said direct annual tax. make proper allowance and reduction for any such monev so appropriated and set apart from other sources of revenue. Said direct annual tax shall be, and it is hereby levied and imposed as herein provided. and such direct annual tax shall be assessed, levied and collected in the manner prescribed by law in the case of general State taxes, and shall be paid into the treasury of the State by the officers legally entrusted with the duty of collecting and accounting for general State taxes. No such direct annual tax, however, shall be levied for any vear in which a sufficient amount of money from other sources of revenue has been appropriated and set apart to pay the interest, as it shall accrue on said bonds for that year, and also to pay and discharge the principal of any of said bonds falling due during such year.

$7. The State-wide system of roads herein provided for shall be constructed in strict accordance with the plans, specifications, estimates of cost and contracts of said Department of Public Works and Buildings. Said Department of Public Works and Buildings shall construct upon and along said highways durable hard-surfaced roadways which will, in the judgment of said Department of Public Works and Buildings, remain in good condition with low reasonable maintenance cost until after all of said State bonds have matured. Said hard-surfaced parts of said roads shall be constructed of sufficient

widths to meet the requirements of the reasonably expected traffic thereon, such widths, except in extreme cases, to be not less than nine feet nor more than twenty feet. Where the contour of the surface permits and is practicable, in making fills, excavations and grading for and in construction of such hard-surfaced roads, the surface of the earth alongside shall be so left that vehicles may drive over same and such surface shall be of such grade that vehicles can turn on or off such hard-surfaced roads with safety and convenience. The old bridges which form parts of the present roads shall, whenever such bridges are in proper condition, be used in said proposed system. Said Department of Public Works and Buildings shall immediately after this Act has been approved by the people and before entering into contracts for the construction of said roads, cause to be made reconnaissance surveys and maps, plans and specifications of said roads, together with approximate estimates of the cost of constructing said roads.

§ 8. The said Department of Public Works and Buildings shall divide said roads into convenient sections for construction purposes. and shall make all reasonable efforts to have the entire State-wide system of roads herein provided for, completed within five years after the first construction contracts therefor are awarded. The construction work shall, so far as practicably possible, be commenced in the different sections of the State at approximately the same time and be carried on continuously until all work is completed.

§ 9. The general location of the routes upon and along which said proposed roads are to be constructed shall be substantially as described in this section, so as to connect, with each other, in substantially the manner hereinafter described in this section, the different communities and the principal cities of the State; however, the said Department of Public Works and Buildings shall have the right to make such minor changes in the location of said routes as may become necessary in order to carry out the provisions of this Act: to-wit:

ROUTES 1 TO 46, INCLUSIVE.

Said roads shall be constructed along and upon those routes or those parts of routes, described in section 9 of "An Act in relation to the construction by the State of Illinois of a State-wide system of durable hard-surfaced roads upon public highways of the State and the provision of means for the payment of the cost thereof by an issue of bonds of the State of Illinois," approved June 22, 1917, upon which no durable hard-surfaced road shall have been constructed: provided, that unless engineering problems make it clearly impractic able, all contracts for the complete construction of the roads to be constructed along and upon those routes or parts of routes described as Routes 1 to 46, inclusive in said section 9 of said Act, approved June 22, 1917, shall first be awarded before any construction contracts are awarded for the construction of the roads, or any part of roads, along and upon Routes 47 to 185 inclusive.

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