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more than $100,000, there shall not be levied more than one-half mill on the dollar, and in all cases where the taxable property of the district shall exceed $100,000, there shall not be levied more than oneeighth mill on the dollar.

SEC. 25. Section 6262 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

That the board of education of cities of the first class shall, in .the month of July in each year, prepare an estimate and lovy of the amount of money necessary, first, for the payment of teachers' wages, repairs, incidentals, expenses and maintenance of the schools under its charge for the fiscal year next ensuing: second, for the amount necessary to pay the interest on the bonds accruing during such year; third, for the amount of sinking.funds necessary to be collected during such year for the payment and redemption of such bonds issued by said board, and shall cause to be certified by the president and clerk of said board to the county clerk of the county in which said city is situated the percentage by them levied on the real and personal property of and within said city as returned from the assessment roll of the county, and the said county clerk is hereby authorized and required to place the same on the tax-roll of the county, and the said tax shall be collected by the county treasurer, for the city for the sole purpose for which said taxes were levied, subject to the order of said board of education, and all such levies required to be certified to the county clerk shall be certified on or before the 25th day of July annually ; provided, that the estimate and tax for teachers' wages, for repairs, incidental expenses and maintenance of such schools shall not exceed in any one year four mills on the dollar of all taxable property in said city, in cities where the total assessed valuation is greater than $6,000,000, except that in cities of the first class having a population of 30,000 or more inhabitants the board of education shall have power and it is hereby authorized to levy for such purposes not to exceed six mills on the dollar of all taxable property in said city; and said board of education of said city of the first class having more than 30,000 inhabitants shall have power and it is hereby authorized to levy, for building purposes, not to exceed one and one-half mills on the dollar of all taxable property in said city in addition to said six mills; and where the assessed valuation is less than six million dollars, the estimate tax for teachers' wages, repairs and incidental expenses and the maintenance of such school shall not exceed in any one year five mills on the dollar of all taxable property in said city; provided further, that said schools shall not be kept open more than nine months in any one year, and that the sum paid for teachers' wages, repairs, incidental expenses and maintenance in any one school year shall not exceed the total estimate and levy made for that purpose as herein directed, and that the funds raised as herein provided shall not be used or appropriated for any other purpose than that certain purpose as herein provided; and hat said school board shall not create any obligations not provided for as herein directed; nor shall any bonds of any school district be issued or other obligation be given for the purpose of fund. ing any indebtedness growing out of the support or repairs for which the board is herein required to make provision; and any member of the school board who shall be a party to creating any indebtedness for the payment of teachers' wages, repairs, incidental expenses and the maintenance for one school year beyond the amount provided in the annual levy, or who shall issue or cause to be issued bonds or other obligation of any district for the funding of any such indebtedness, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall on conviction be punished by removal from office, and by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, and shall be personally liable for damages in any action, which it shall be the duty of the city attorney of such city of the first class to prosecute, brought in the name of such school district, for the amount of such deficiency of indebtedness so created, which money when so collected shall be used to liquidate such deficiency or indebtedness; provided further, that any vacancy created in any school board of any city of the first class under the operation of this section may be filled, until the next election thereafter, by appointment by the mayor of such city, subject to the confirmation by the city council as other appointments by the mayor are confirmed.

Sec. 26. Section 6264 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

It shall be the duty of the mayor of such city, within thirty days after receiving a certified copy of the action of the board of education, showing a necessity and giving a statement of the estimated cost of such school sites, repairs, additions, building or buildings, signed by the clerk and countersigned by the president of the board, to issue a proclamation for holding an election to vote bonds to the amount prayed for by the board; and no bonds shall be issued unless a majority of the qualified electors of the city school-district voting at such election shall vote therefor; nor shall the entire amount of such school bonds issued exceed, in the aggregate, including existing indebtedness, two and one-half per centum of the value of the taxable property of such city, as ascertained by the last assessment for state and county purposes previous to incurring the proposed indebtedness. Any member of a board of education, or officer thereof, who shall vote for, counsel, consent to or in anywise assist in the issue of any bond or boods in excess of the per centum herein authorized shall be liable jointly and severally to the holder of any such bonds for the amount due thereon, to be recovered in a civil action in any court of competent jurisdiction; and judgment rendered thereon may be collected and enforced in the same manner as other judgments are collected and enforced.

Sec. 27. Section 6313 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

That the board of education shall, on or before the 10th day of July of each year, levy a tax for the support of the schools of the schools of the city for the fiscal year next ensuing, not exceeding in any one year seven and one-half mills on the dollar, on all personal, mixed and real property within the district which is taxable according to the laws of the state of Kansas, which levy shall be approved by the city council on or before the 25th day of July; and when so approved the clerk of the board shall certify to the county clerk, who is hereby authorized and required to place the same on the taxroll of said county, to be collected by the treasurer of the county as are other taxes, and paid over by him to the treasurer of the board of education, of whom he shall take a receipt in triplicate, one of which he shall file in his office, one of which he shall deposit with the county clerk, and the other he shall forthwith transmit to the clerk of the board of education.

SEC. 28. Section 6331 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended to read as follows:

That for the purpose of erecting or purch rsing one or more schoolhouses in and for any school district in the state of Kansas, the board of directors of the same shall have power to issue the bonds of the district in an amount not to exceed three per cent. of its taxable property, as shown in the last assessment thereof. And for the purpose of extending the time of payment of the bonded indebtedness of any school district, the board of directors of the same shall have power to issue the bonds of the district in a sum not to exceed in amount its outstanding bonded indebtedness; provided, that no such bonds shall be issued until, at an election called for that purpose, the question shall have been submitted to the qualified electors of the district, and a majority of all the qualified electors in the district shall have declared by their ballots in favor of issuing the same; and provided further, that no such election shall be ordered unless a petition, stating the purpose for which the bonds are to be issued, and signed by at least one-third of the qualified electors of said district, shall have been presented to the district board, praying that a vote be taken for the issuing of such amount of bonds as may be asked for therein; and provided further, that it shall be unlawful for any school district to create any bonded indebtedness unless there are at least fifteen persons between the ages of five and twenty-one years actually residing within the limits thereof, as shown by a sworn census return, taken by the direction of the board of directors of such school district.

Sec. 29. Section 6436 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

At said first meeting, or at some succeeding meeting called for such purpose, said trustees shall make an estimate of the amount of

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funds needed for building purposes, for payment of teachers' wages, and for payment of contingent expenses, and they shall, on or before the 25th day of July of each year, present to the board of county commissioners a certified estimate of the rate of tax required to raise the amount desired for such purpose. But in no case shall the tax for such purpose exceed in one year the amount of three mills on the dollar on the taxable property of the county; and when the tax is levied for the payment of teachers' wages and for contingent exponses only, it shall not exceed one and one-half mills on the dollar.

Sec. 30. Section 7778 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

The duties of the township trustee shall be:

First. To divide his township into convenient road districts, and make such alterations in the same as may be necessary.

Second. To fill all vacancies in the office of road overseer in his township.

Third. To see to a proper application of all moneys belonging to his township for road or other purposes.

Fourth. To have the care and management of all property, real and personal, belonging to his township, and to superintend the various interests thereof.

Fifth. To cause a record to be made accurately defining the boundaries and number of each road district, as well as the altera. tions made in such district or districts in his township, and the number of road overseers in each township.

Sixth. Shall have power to administer all oaths in the necessary discharge of the duties of his office.

Seventh. Shall by virtue of his office be judge of elections and overseer of the poor.

Eighth. Shall superinted all the pecuniary concerns of his township, and shall, at the July session of the board of county commissers, annually, with the advice and concurrence of said board, levy a tax on the property in said township for township road and other purposes, and report the same to the county clerk, who shall enter the same on the proper tax-roll, and the treasurer shall collect the same as other taxes are collected; but in failure of such trustee and commissioners to concur, then the board of county commissioners shall levy such township road and other taxes; provided, that the annual levy for current expenses shall not exceed two mills on the dollar of valuation in such township.

Ninth. He shall discharge such other duties as may be imposed by law.

Sec. 31. Section 7830 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

That upon the written petition of fifty taxpayers of any township having more than 1000 inhabitants, as shown by the last preceding assessors' return to the board of county commissioners, said board

shall cause to be submitted to the legal voters of such township at the first annual election thereafter, or, if the petition so request, at a special election to be called for that purpose, the question of the establishment and maintenance of a free library and reading room by such township, and if a majority of the votes cast at such election shall be in favor of the establishment and maintenance of such library and reading-room, the township board of such township shall annually thereafter levy a tax of not to exceed one and one-half mills on the dollar on all taxable property in such township, such tax to be collected as other township taxes, and to be known as the "library fund."

Sec. 32. Section 7835 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

That in order to pay any expenditures for the purposes contemplated by this act, such municipal township may issue bonds of such township, not to exceed one per cent. of the assessed valuation thereof, at the rate of interest not exceeding six per centum per annum, with coupon attached for semiannual interest thereon, and payable at a time not exceeding twenty years from date thereof, in sums of one hundred dollars each, at the office of the fiscal agency of the state of Kansas, both principal and interest payable upon the conditions and terms hereinafter provided; provided, that no township in any case shall issue bonds to an amount exceeding twenty thousand dollars by virtue of this act.

Sec. 33. Section 7836 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Any township issuing bonds under this act shall annually lovy a tax sufficient to pay the interest thereon, and after five years an amount sufficient to create a sinking.fund to pay the principal at maturity; and in addition thereto shall be empowered and authorized to annually levy and collect a tax not exceeding in any one year one mill on the dollar to provide a contingent fund for the purpose of meeting annual contingent expenses of such grounds.

Sec. 34. Section 7906 of the General Statutes of 1901 is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

That to defray the cost of such water-works, the council is authorized and empowered to issue the bonds of the city, the interest on the amount issued not to exceed one-half of one, per cent. of the total valuation thereof, as shown by the last preceding assessments; such bonds to bear interest not exceeding six per cent. per annum and payable at such times and places as the council may direct. Such bonds shall be signed by the mayor of the city and countersigned by the clerk thereof, and have coupons or interest warrants attached.

Sec. 35. Said original sections 643, 661, 697, 727, 746, 771, 901, 912, 919, 972, 980, 981, 1018, 1111, 1117, 1118, 1185, 1853, 5885, 6036, 6122,

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