412.301 Financing purchase of certain equipment.
The council may issue certificates of indebtedness or capital notes subject to the city debt limits to purchase public safety equipment, ambulance equipment, road construction or maintenance equipment, and other capital equipment and computer hardware and original operating system software, provided the equipment or software has an expected useful life at least as long as the terms of the certificates or notes. The authority to issue capital notes for original operating system software expires on July 1, 2005. Such certificates or notes shall be payable in not more than five years and shall be issued on such terms and in such manner as the council may determine. If the amount of the certificates or notes to be issued to finance any such purchase exceeds 0.25 percent of the market value of taxable property in the city, they shall not be issued for at least ten days after publication in the official newspaper of a council resolution determining to issue them; and if before the end of that time, a petition asking for an election on the proposition signed by voters equal to ten percent of the number of voters at the last regular municipal election is filed with the clerk, such certificates or notes shall not be issued until the proposition of their issuance has been approved by a majority of the votes cast on the question at a regular or special election. A tax levy shall be made for the payment of the principal and interest on such certificates or notes, in accordance with section 475.61, as in the case of bonds.