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123B.63 Building construction down payment program.

Subdivision 1. Repealed, 1999 c 241 art 4 s 29

Subd. 2. Repealed, 1999 c 241 art 4 s 29

Subd. 3. Facilities down payment levy referendum. A district may levy the local tax rate approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question to provide funds for a down payment for an approved project. The election must take place no more than five years before the estimated date of commencement of the project. The referendum must be held on a date set by the board. A referendum for a project not receiving a positive review and comment by the commissioner under section 123B.71 must be approved by at least 60 percent of the voters at the election. The referendum may be called by the school board and may be held:

(1) separately, before an election for the issuance of obligations for the project under chapter 475; or

(2) in conjunction with an election for the issuance of obligations for the project under chapter 475; or

(3) notwithstanding section 475.59, as a conjunctive question authorizing both the down payment levy and the issuance of obligations for the project under chapter 475. Any obligations authorized for a project may be issued within five years of the date of the election.

The ballot must provide a general description of the proposed project, state the estimated total cost of the project, state whether the project has received a positive or negative review and comment from the commissioner, state the maximum amount of the down payment levy as a percentage of net tax capacity, state the amount that will be raised by that local tax rate in the first year it is to be levied, and state the maximum number of years that the levy authorization will apply.

The ballot must contain a textual portion with the information required in this section and a question stating substantially the following:

"Shall the down payment levy proposed by the board of .......... School District No. .......... be approved?"

If approved, the amount provided by the approved local tax rate applied to the net tax capacity for the year preceding the year the levy is certified may be certified for the number of years approved.

In the event a conjunctive question proposes to authorize both the down payment levy and the issuance of obligations for the project, appropriate language authorizing the issuance of obligations must also be included in the question.

The district must notify the commissioner of the results of the referendum.

Subd. 4. Excess building construction fund levy proceeds. Any funds remaining in the down payment account that are not applied to the payment of the costs of the approved project before its final completion must be transferred to the district's debt redemption fund.

HIST: 1988 c 718 art 8 s 18; 1988 c 719 art 5 s 84; 1989 c 329 art 13 s 4; 1Sp1989 c 1 art 2 s 11; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 16 s 13; 1998 c 397 art 7 s 95,96,164; art 11 s 3