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SEC. 3. The revenues raised by general tax upon all the Funds. property in the ctiy, or by loan to be paid by such tax, shall
be divided into the following general funds:
First, Contingent fund, to defray the contingent and other Contingent. expenses of the city, for the payment of which from some other fund no provision is made;
Second, Fire department fund, to defray the expenses of Fire purchasing grounds, erecting engine houses thereon, purchasing engines and other fire apparatus, and all other expenses necessary to maintain the fire department of the city;
Third, General highway fund, to defray the expenses of Highway. opening, widening, extending, altering and vacating streets, alleys and public grounds, and for grading, paving, curbing, graveling, and otherwise improving, repairing and cleaning the streets, alleys and public grounds of the city, and for the construction and repair of sidewalks and crosswalks and for the care thereof;
Fourth, General sewer fund, to defray the expenses of sew- General ers, drains, ditches, and drainage, and the improvement of water courses;
Fifth, Bridge fund, for the construction and maintenance Bridge. of bridges;
Sixth, Water fund, for the construction, extension and water. maintenance of the waterworks, and for the maintenance of the water department and providing supplies of water;
Seventh, Public building fund, for providing for public Public buildings, and for the purchase of land therefor, and for the building. erection, preservation and repair of any such buildings, city hall, offices, prisons, watch houses and hospitals, as the council is authorized to erect and maintain, and not herein otherwise provided for;
Eighth, Police fund, for the maintenance of the police of Police. the city, and to defray the expenses of the arrest and punishment of those violating the ordinances of the city;
Ninth, Cemetery fund;
Tenth, Interest and sinking fund, for the payment of the Interest and public debt of the ctiy and the interest thereon;
Eleventh, Such other general funds as the council may General. from time to time constitute.
SEC. 4. Revenues and moneys raised by taxation in special Special funds. districts of the city shall be divided into the following special
First, A street district fund, for each street district, for Street district. defraying the expenses of grading, improving, repairing and working upon the streets therein and for the payment of all street expenses, and for the building and repair of sidewalks and crosswalks which the council shall charge upon the street district, except as in this act otherwise provided;
Limit of general tax.
Limit of special taxes.
Estimates to be made.
Second, A district sewer fund, for each main sewer district, for the payment of the cost and expenses of sewers and drainage in and chargeable to the main sewer district, when the city shall be divided into such districts;
Third, Special assessment funds, any money raised by special assessment levied in any special assessment district or special sewer district, to defray the expenses of any work, paving, improvement, or repair or drainage therein.
SEC. 5. The aggregate amount which the council may raise by general taxation upon the taxable real and personal property in the city of Muskegon, for the purpose of defraying the general expenses and liabilities of the corporation (except for the payment of the public debt of the city and the interest thereon) and for all purposes for which the several general funds mentioned in section three of this title (exclusive of the taxes for the interest and sinking fund and for school, library and schoolhouse purposes) shall not, except as herein otherwise provided, exceed in any year one per cent of the assessed value of all the real and personal property in the city made taxable by law as shown by the assessment roll of the preceding year.
SEC. 6. In addition to the above amounts, the council may raise by special assessment in sewer districts and special assessment districts for the purpose of grading and paving, curbing, graveling and otherwise improving the streets, and for constructing sewers and drains, and making other local improvements chargeable upon the lands and property in the district, and for all other purposes for which the main sewer funds and special assessment funds are constituted, such sums as it shall deem necessary but not exceeding in any one year twenty per cent on the assessed value of the property in the sewer district or special assessment district, as the case may be, as shown by the assessment roll of the preceding year.
SEC. 7. It shall be the duty of the council to cause estimates to be made in the month of June of each year, of all the expenditures which will be required to be made from the several general funds of the city during the next fiscal year, for the payment of interest and debts to fall due, or for lands to be acquired, buildings to be erected or repaired, bridges to be built, and for the paving of streets, the construction of sewers, making improvements and for the support of the police and fire departments, and for defraying the current expenses of the year, and the amounts that will be required to be expended from street district funds during said next fiscal year in working upon, improving and repairing the streets in the several street districts of the city, and for every other purpose for which money will be required to be paid from any of the several general funds during such fiscal year.
SEC. S. The council shall also, in the same month, deter- Council to mine upon the amount required to be raised in the next gen amount to eral tax levy to meet any deficiencies for the current year, raise. also the amount or part of any special assessments which it may require to be levied or reassessed in the next general assessment roll of the city upon lands in any main sewer, or special assessment district, or upon any parcel of land, or against any particular person as a special assessment.
SEC. 9. The council shall also, in said month of June, pass Annual a resolution to be termed the annual appropriation bill, in appropriation which it shall make provision for, and appropriate the several amounts required to defray the expenditures and liabilities of the corporation for the next fiscal year, payable from the several general funds and from the street district funds as estimated and determined upon as provided in section eight of this title, and order the same or so much of said amounts as may be necessary, to be raised by a tax in the next general tax levy, or by loan, or both, and to be paid into the several general funds and street district funds of the city; but the Amount whole amount so ordered to be raised by tax or loan, or by both, shall not, except as herein otherwise provided, exceed the amount which the city is authorized by sections five and six of this title to raise by general tax during the year. The council Resolutions, shall specify in such resolution the objects and purposes for specify. which such appropriations are made, and the amount appropriated, for each object or purpose, and to each of the general funds and street district funds. The council shall also designate in the appropriation bill the sums, if any, required to be levied to meet any deficiency for the current year, and the amount or part of any special assessment or other sum which it may require to be levied or reassessed with the next general tax as mentioned in section nine of this title, and the disposition to be made of such moneys and shall also designate in said bill any local improvement which it may deem advisable to make during the next fiscal year to be paid for in whole or in part by special assessments, and the estimated cost thereof.
SEC. 10. After the passage of the annual appropriation Raising bill no further sum shall be raised or appropriated, nor shall any further liability be incurred for any purpose, to be paid mitted to from any general or street district fund, during the fiscal year for which the appropriation was made, unless the proposition to make the appropriation shall be sanctioned by a majority vote of the electors of the city, or such district, as the case may be, voting upon the proposition at the next annual city election, or at any special election called for that purpose; but this section shall not prohibit the council from making any necessary repairs or expenditures, at a cost not exceeding five thousand dollars, the necessity for which is caused by an epidemic, casualty or accident, after making the annual
when and to whom let.
Amount council may raise by loan.
Council may issue bonds.
appropriation for the year, and for borrowing the money therefor.
SEC. 11. No contract for the construction of any public building, sewer, paving, graveling, planking, or for the construction of any public work whatever, or for any work to be done, or for purchasing or furnishing any material, printing or supplies for said corporation, if the expenses of such construction, repairs, work, printing, material or supplies shall exceed five hundred dollars shall be let or entered into, except to and with the lowest responsible bidder, with adequate security: Provided, That in case of repairing paved street, building and repairing crosswalks, culverts, intersections and sidewalks, the council may cause the same to be done when so deemed advisable, and ordered by a vote of two-thirds of all the aldermen elect: And provided further, That the council may cause sewers to be constructed, and water mains and pipes to be constructed and laid, and may employ labor and purchase materials therefor, when so deemed advisable and ordered by a vote of two-thirds of all the aldermen elect. No contract shall be awarded under the provisions of this section to any person who is in default to the corporation upon any contract, bond, obligation or otherwise, or who is a defaulter to the corporation, or who shall be in other respects disqualified under the provisions of this act.
SEC. 12. The council shall also have authority to raise money by loan in anticipation of the receipts from special assessments, for the purpose of defraying the costs of the improvement for which the assessment was levied and interest may be added thereto as a part of the cost of the improvement. Such loan shall not exceed the amount of the assessment for the completion of the whole work.
SEC. 13. In addition to all other loans authorized by this act, the council shall have authority to issue the bonds of the city of Muskegon to the amount of thirty-five thousand dollars for the purpose of paying existing bonds and other obligations of said city heretofore made and issued for the purpose of raising money by loan in anticipation of the receipts from special assessments levied prior to the first day of January in the year nineteen hundred, or for the purpose of refunding or extending such loans. Such bonds shall be called "special assessment refunding bonds," and shall be of such denominations as the council shall direct, and shall be issued for a period not to exceed twenty years and shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed four per cent per annum. Such bonds shall be payable from the interest and sinking fund of said city, and all moneys hereafter collected from or on account of special assessments which were levied prior to said first day of January, nineteen hundred, shall be paid into and credited to said interest and sinking fund of said
SEC. 14. Should any greater amount be required in any Raising larger year for any public improvement or purpose, to be paid for amount. from the general funds of the city, than can be raised by the council under the foregoing provisions of this title, such amounts may be raised by tax or loan, or partly by tax and partly by loan, if authorized by a majority vote of all the electors voting upon the question at an annual city election, or at a special election called for that purpose: Provided, Proviso. That the amount voted or raised in any year, under the provisions of this section, shall not exceed two per cent of the assessed valuation, of the property in the city, as shown by the assessment roll for the preceding year.
SEC. 15. The proposition to raise such additional amount Proposition shall be submitted to a vote of the electors by resolution of the council, distinctly stating the purpose of the proposed expenditure, the amount proposed to be raised therefor, and whether by tax or loan. Such resolution (after having been adopted by the council) shall be published in one of the newspapers of the city, and copies thereof posted in five public places in each voting precinct of the city, at least two weeks before the election, at which the vote is to be taken. Such vote shall be by ballot.
SEC. 16. All moneys and taxes raised, loaned or appro- Funds to be priated for the purposes of any particular fund shall be paid kept separate. in and credited to such fund, and shall be applied to the pur- How applied. poses for which such moneys were raised and received and to none other, nor shall the moneys belonging to one fund be transferred to any other fund, or be applied to any purpose for which such other fund is constituted, except when there shall be a surplus in any general fund at the close of any fiscal year. In such case the surplus shall be transferred to the Surplus. interest and sinking fund should there be a deficiency in that fund, otherwise the council may apply such surplus as it shall deem proper. But whenever there shall, from any cause, be a Deficiency. deficiency in the police fund, fire department fund, highway fund, sewer fund, bridge fund, or water fund, the council may transfer from the contingent fund to supply the deficiency thus existing. Moneys not received or appropriated for any Contingent particular fund shall be credited to the contingent fund.
SEC. 17. No moneys shall be drawn from the treasury, ex- Moneys, how cept in pursuance of the authority and appropriation of the drawn. council and upon warrants signed by the recorder and countersigned by the mayor, or in case of a vacancy in the office of mayor, or in the absence of the mayor from the city, by the president pro tem. Such warrant shall specify the fund from Warrant, which it is payable and shall be paid from no other fund. specify. SEC. 18. No warrant shall be drawn upon the treasury when not to after the fund from which it should be paid has been exhausted; nor when the liabilities outstanding and previously incurred and payable from such fund are sufficient to exhaust it.