(60 ILCS 1/115-105)
Sec. 115-105. Borrowing money; bonds. The township board may borrow money and issue bonds, after referendum, for the purpose of acquiring, developing, rehabilitating and renovating open lands for open space purposes, as defined in Section 115-5, pursuant to an open space program adopted as provided in this Article, in and for the township in any amount not to exceed 5% on the valuation of taxable property in the township, to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the township's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage on January 1, 1979.
Whenever the board desires to issue bonds under this Article, or whenever the board receives a petition from not less than 5% or 50, whichever is greater, of the registered voters of the township, according to the voting registration records at the time the petition is filed, requesting the board to issue bonds under this Article, the board, concurrently with the filing of a petition with the township clerk requesting him to submit to the voters of the township at the next election the question of whether or not to adopt an open space plan and enter upon an open space program, shall certify that proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit to the voters of the township at the next election the question of whether or not the board shall issue bonds to finance an open space program and provide for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax upon all taxable property within the township to meet the principal and interest on the bonds as they mature, which tax shall be in addition to and in excess of any other tax authorized to be levied by the township. The amount of bonds to be issued under this Section shall be set forth in the question as a dollar amount. The election shall be conducted and notice given in accordance with the general election law. The question submitted to the voters at the election shall be in substantially the following form:
Shall (name of township) issue bonds to finance the
acquisition, maintenance, development, rehabilitation and renovation of open space lands for open space purposes as provided by the Township Open Space Article of the Township Code and levy and collect property taxes, in excess of any other tax authorized to be levied by the township, sufficient to meet the principal and interest on the bonds as they mature, but not in an amount in excess of $(amount)?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
If a majority of the voters voting on the question vote in favor of the question, the board shall issue bonds as provided in this Article provided such bonds are issued within 6 months after the voters vote favorably on such question. If such proposition does not receive the approval of a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question, no proposition may be submitted to such voters pursuant to this Section less than 23 months after the date of such election.
The board shall then adopt a resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds, prescribing all the details thereof, and stating the time or times when the principal thereof and the interest on the bonds become payable, and the place of payment thereof. The bonds must, however, be payable within not less than 3 nor more than 40 years from date thereof, and be issued to bear interest at not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract. Such a resolution shall provide for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property within the corporate limits of such township sufficient to meet the principal of and interest on the bonds as they mature, which tax shall be in addition to and in excess of any other tax authorized to be levied by the township.
A certified copy of the resolution providing for the issuance of any such bonds shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the township is located and constitutes the basis and authority of the county clerk for the extension and collection of the tax necessary to pay the principal of and interest upon the bonds issued under the resolution.
With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of Public Act 86-004, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Article that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bonds Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Article that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
If a majority of the legal voters voting at referendum in any township approved a proposition at the consolidated election in 2001 in reliance upon and consistent with this Section 115-105 as it existed prior to the effective date of Public Act 91-847, then that referendum and all actions taken in reliance thereon are hereby validated and are legally binding in all respects.
(Source: P.A. 91-847, eff. 6-22-00; 92-6, eff. 6-7-01.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015