CHAPTER 87

STATE SOIL CONSERVATION COMMISSION AUTHORITY TO INCUR INDEBTEDNESS

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 212, VOLUME 44, LAWS OF DELAWARE, ENTITLED "AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE CREATION OF SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICTS WHICH SHALL ENGAGE IN SAVING THE PRODUCTIVE POWER OF DELAWARE FARM LAND BY MAINTAINING OR IMPROVING THE FERTILITY OF THE SOIL, INCLUDING FARM DRAINAGE AND THE PREVENTION OR CONTROL OF SOIL EROSION; TO DEFINE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICTS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXERCISE OF SUCH POWERS AND DUTIES, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT MONEY OR OTHER AID FROM ANY AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES OR OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE; TO ESTABLISH THE STATE SOIL CONSERVATION COMMISSION AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE HEAD OF ALL SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICTS HEREAFTER TO BE ESTABLISHED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT, AND TO DEFINE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THIS COMMISSION", RELATING TO AUTHORITY TO INCUR INDEBTEDNESS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That Chapter 212, Volume 44, Laws of Delaware, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out all of Section 8 of said Chapter and substituting in lieu thereof the following new Section, to be known as Section 8.

Section 8. The supervisors of any soil district shall not have, nor exercise, the right of eminent domain; nor shall they have authority to incur indebtedness beyond available funds, except for the purchase of equipment by and with the approval of the State Soil Conservation Commission; nor to levy taxes; nor to issue bonds; but they may accept voluntary contributions from any source, provided such donations are offered for the sole and exclusive purpose of promoting the conservation of soil or drainage thereof within that soil district, and provided the district supervisors shall satisfactorily guarantee to the donors the faithful use of their donations for that purpose; nor shall they begin the execution of any program for the saving of the soil on any farm in that soil district before securing the approval of such program by the land owners; nor shall they engage in agricultural research, except by and under the direction of the Delaware Agricultural Experiment station.

Approved March 25, 1947.