AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF DOVER TO BORROW A SUM OF MONEY NOT EXCEEDING TWO MILLION DOLLARS ($2,000,000.00) AND TO ISSUE BONDS THEREFOR FOR THE PURPOSE OF GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY OF DOVER, INCLUDING THE STREETS AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND THE WATER, ELECTRICAL, AND SEWER FACILITIES THEREOF.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met (two-thirds of all the Members elected to each Branch thereof concurring therein):
Section 1. That "The City of Dover," a municipal corporation created by and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, be and it is hereby authorized and empowered to borrow, on the faith and credit of the said "The City of Dover," a sum of money not exceeding Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) to be used for the purposes of general improvements to "The City of Dover," including the streets and public buildings and the water, electrical and sewer facilities thereof.
Section 2. That the City Council of the said "The City of Dover," for the purpose set forth in Section 1 of this Act, shall have full power and authority to issue bonds of the said "The City of Dover" to an amount not exceeding in the aggregate the sum of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00), to be known as "The City of Dover Bonds, Series of 19_."
Section 3. That the said bonds shall be issued in one or more series, shall bear such date or dates, shall mature at such time or times, not exceeding twenty-five years from their respective dates, shall bear interest at such rate or rates not exceeding four per cent per annum, shall be payable at such time or times and at such place or places, shall be in such denominations and shall contain such other provisions as the Mayor and Council of "The City of Dover" may provide and as shall be set forth in the bonds. The said bonds may be or may not be coupon bonds and may be registered or otherwise as said Mayor and City Council may deem advisable. Any and all of said bonds may be provided to be redeemable at the option of the said Mayor and City Council, at par and accrued interest, at such interest date or dates and upon the expiration of such period of time after their date or dates, as the said Mayor and City Council may provide and as shall be set forth in the bonds, and upon any election to redeem as provided in the bonds, such redemption shall be made in pursuance of notice signed by the Mayor of "The City of Dover" and published once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper published in the City of Wilmington, Delaware, and also in a newspaper published in Kent County, Delaware. Such notice shall indicate the bonds so called for redemption, and in making such call or calls, the said Mayor and City Council shall select the bonds to be redeemed by lot, or in such other manner as the said Mayor and City Council deem advisable at the time of their issue and as shall be set forth in the bonds. The interest on bonds so called for redemption shall cease from the redemption date or dates set forth in any redemption call or calls.
Section 4. That the Mayor and City Council of "The City of Dover" shall direct and effect the preparation and sale of the bonds which are authorized by this Act, at such time or times, at such price or prices and upon such terms as the said Mayor and City Council shall deem advisable, and all the monies arising from the sale of said bonds shall be used for the carrying out of the purposes and provisions of this Act.
Section 5. That the form of said bonds, and of any coupons which may be thereunto attached, shall be as prescribed by said Mayor and City Council, and all such bonds shall be signed by the Mayor of "The City of Dover" and by the Treasurer of "The City of Dover" and shall be sealed with the corporate seal of said municipal corporation, and the said bonds shall be exempt from all State, County and Municipal taxes. As the said bonds, and any coupons thereto originally attached, shall be paid, the same shall be cancelled as the Mayor and City Council may direct. Facsimile signatures of the Mayor of "The City of Dover" and of the Treasurer of "The City of Dover" may be imprinted upon any and all coupons that may be attached to the bonds, in lieu of the signatures of the said Mayor and of the said Treasurer in their own original handwriting.
Section 6. That the Mayor and City Council of "The City of Dover" are hereby authorized and required to levy and raise by taxation in each and every year such sums of money as may be required to pay the interest accrued on said bonds while all or any of said bonds remain unpaid, and the said Mayor and the City Council are further authorized and required to levy and raise by taxation, from time to time such sum or sums of money as shall be needed to establish such sinking fund as the said Mayor and the City Council may at their discretion authorize for the redemption of said bonds, or any of them, at or before their maturity and such sum or sums of money as shall be required to otherwise redeem any or all of said bonds at or before their maturity. Taxes for interest and for redemption of said bonds shall be levied and raised as taxes for general municipal purposes in the said City are levied and raised, and shall be in addition to the taxes levied and raised for any and all other municipal purposes.
Section 7. That the bonds authorized by this Act may be issued at one time and in one series, or at different times and in different series, as the Mayor and the City Council may determine, and authority to issue and sell any bonds or number of bonds under this Act shall not be deemed to be exhausted until the aggregate of the amount of bonds issued under this Act shall be Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00).
Section 8. That the faith aria credit of "The City of Dover" are hereby pledged for the due payment of all the bonds that may be issued under the provisions of this Act.
Section 9. That before any bonds shall be issued under the provisions of this Act, the said bond issue shall be approved by a referendum vote of the qualified voters of "The City of Dover." Notice of the holding of such referendum election shall be authorized by resolution of the Mayor and Council, published once a week, for at least three consecutive weeks in The Index and The Delaware State News, newspapers published in the City of Dover, Delaware. Such notice shall set out in summary form the amount and purposes of such bond issue, the date and place of holding the referendum election and the hours the polls will be open.
At said referendum election every resident and non-resident taxable of the City, of the age of twenty-one years, or upwards who has, by the time of voting, paid all city taxes theretofore assessed to him and/or assessed against the property he owns at the time of the referendum election, shall be entitled to vote and shall have one vote for each dollar, or fractional part of a dollar, of taxes paid by him according to the last city assessment and tax payment records preceding the referendum election. The Judge of the election shall note on the outside of each ballot, before he deposits the ballot in the ballot box, the number of votes to which each voter is entitled, in accordance with City assessment and tax payment records.
In cases of jointly owned property, the votes of the owners of shares therein shall be in accordance with their respective shares, or if all owners appear at the polls and so consent, all of the votes may be cast by the owner of any share, except that the spouse first present at the polls may cast all the votes in reference to property held by husband and wife as tenants by the entirety. Life tenants shall have the entire vote as to the property so held, and holders of remainder interest only shall have no vote by reason thereof.
The Mayor and Council shall provide sufficient ballots which shall have printed thereon "For Bond Issue" and "Against Bond Issue." Each voter shall indicate his preference by making a clearly legible mark, by pencil or in ink, opposite the words showing his preference, or by merely striking out the alternative to which he is opposed, or by said mark of preference and also by striking out the alternative to which he is opposed. Any other writing and/or form of marking the ballot, except the number of votes noted thereon by the Judge, shall render it void. No voting by proxy shall be permitted.
The Mayor and Council shall, prior to the date of the referendum election, appoint one judge and two clerks to pass upon the qualifications and number of votes of each voter and to conduct the election, and a majority of the election officers present at the opening of the polls shall fill any vacancy among the election officers. A majority of the election officers shall be sufficient to decide the qualifications and the number of votes of the voters. The Mayor and Council, prior to the date of the referendum election, shall designate either the City Manager or other City employee familiar with the City assessment and tax payment records to attend the election with the last City assessment and tax payment records for the inspection of the election officers. The referendum election shall be held not less than thirty days after the approval of this Act and at such date thereafter as the Mayor and Council shall designate after having first determined the extent of the present and probable future municipal improvements and having available such estimates of the probable cost of the same as they deem advisable. The referendum election shall be held at such suitable place in the said City as the Mayor and Council shall designate in said published notice. The polls shall be open from 2 o'clock P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), and shall close at 7 o'clock P.M. (Eastern Standard Time), unless at the time of said election Daylight Saving Time be in effect in said City in which case the polls shall open at 2 o'clock P.M. (Daylight Saving Time) and shall close at 7 o'clock P.M. (Daylight Saving Time). The Judge of the election shall, in the case of a tie vote on the bond issue, cast the deciding vote, otherwise he shall refrain from voting, but the election clerks may vote.
The election clerks shall each keep a separate tally sheet and their tally sheets shall be compared and must agree as to the total votes cast for and the total votes cast against the bond issue. Both tally sheets shall then be certified as correct by at least two of the election officers and be delivered to the Mayor, or to the Clerk of Council, immediately after the tally sheets are compared, are in agreement and have been certified.
The Mayor and Council shall at the next regular meeting after the election, or at a special meeting, receive the results of the referendum election and make the same a part of the minutes of said meeting, whereupon if a majority of the votes cast were "For Bond Issue" this Act immediately shall become effective and the bonds herein provided for, not exceeding Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00), may be issued and sold as in this Act provided, but if at such referendum election the majority of the votes cast were "Against Bond Issue," then no bonds shall be issued nor shall any money be borrowed under this Act.
Section 10. That a statement appearing in the bonds which may lawfully be issued under the provisions of this Act to the effect that the bonds have been duly authorized shall be deemed and held to be conclusive evidence in favor of the lawful holder of any such bonds that the terms and conditions of this Section and of the Act as a whole have been fully met and complied with.
Section 11. The Mayor and Council of "The City of Dover" are hereby expressly authorized and empowered to separate the programs for the proposed improvements to the facilities of the said City, to determine the sums of money to be borrowed and the bonds to be issued under the provisions of this Act for each program, and to hold a referendum election as herein provided upon each program, if in their discretion it shall be advisable so to do, provided that the aggregate of the sums proposed to be borrowed and bonds proposed to be issued for all improvement programs under the provisions of this Act which shall be submitted to referendum elections as herein provided shall not exceed the sum of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00).
Approved June 5, 1951.