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12-6,122. Public improvements; notice requirements when election is to be called. (a) When used in this section, "municipality" means any county, township, city, municipal university, school district and any other taxing district or political subdivision of the state.

(b) Whenever the governing body of any municipality proposes to make a public improvement and the question of making or financing such improvement is submitted for approval by the qualified electors of the municipality, the governing body shall include in the notice of such election:

(1) The type of public improvement to be made;

(2) the projected cost of making such public improvement;

(3) the projected cost of professional services to be acquired and paid for in conjunction with such improvement, including, but not limited to, architectural, engineering, legal, bond underwriting, financial advisory, bond rating and other services;

(4) if bonds are to be issued, the projected date on which the bonds would be retired;

(5) if sales and use taxes are to be levied, the projected date on which the proposed tax will expire; and

(6) any other information deemed necessary by the governing body of the municipality to provide full disclosure relating to the proposed public improvement.

Nothing in this subsection shall be grounds to challenge the validity of the election on the improvement or the method of financing the improvement and expenses related thereto if the governing body has made a good faith effort to comply with the requirements of this subsection based upon the information available to the governing body at the time of the publication of the notice.

(c) If at any time after an election is held authorizing the financing or making of an improvement and prior to the letting of contracts for such improvement, the governing body of the municipality determines that the cost of the improvement will exceed, by at least 20%, the amount of the projected cost stated in the notice of the election as required by subsection (b), the governing body shall not authorize the letting of contracts for such improvement until the governing body publishes a notice in a newspaper of general circulation within the municipality of the time, date and place of a public hearing before the governing body concerning the cost of the public improvement. At such hearing the governing body shall explain the basis for the variance in costs for the public improvement from projected costs published in accordance with subsection (b) and receive comments from the public thereon.

(d) After the hearing required by subsection (c), the governing body may:

(1) Authorize the letting of contracts for the completion of the public improvement;

(2) determine the project is not feasible and not let the contracts; or

(3) submit the question of making such improvement and the method of financing such project to the qualified electors of the municipality. Such election shall be called and held in the manner provided by the general bond law.

(e) If the governing body of the municipality determines that the continuation of the public improvement project is not feasible or the question submitted to the qualified electors in accordance with subsection (d) is not approved at the election held thereon, the governing body shall not issue bonds or, if the project is to be financed in accordance with a retailers' sales tax in accordance with K.S.A. 12-187 et seq., and amendments thereto, the governing body shall repeal that portion of such tax attributable to the financing of the public improvement project in the manner provided by K.S.A. 12-187, and amendments thereto. No portion of a countywide retailers' sales tax shall be repealed for the reasons set forth in this subsection unless and until the governing bodies of the county and all the cities therein adopt resolutions providing therefor.

History: L. 1996, ch. 222, ยง 2; July 1.

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