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(A) The city is hereby empowered to receive money or property by donation, bequest, gift, devise, or otherwise for the benefit of any one or more of the public purposes for which sinking funds are established by the provisions of this section, as stipulated by the donor. The title to the money or property so donated shall vest in the City Council, or in its successors in office, who shall become the owners thereof in trust to the uses of the sinking fund or funds; provided, if the donation is real estate, the City Council may manage the same as in the case of real estate donated to the city for city library purposes under the provisions of Neb. RS 51-215 and 51-216.
(Neb. RS 19-1301)
(B) The City Council, subject to all the limitations set forth in this section, shall have the power to levy a tax of not to exceed $.105 on each $100 in any one year upon the taxable value of all the taxable property within the city for a term of not to exceed ten years, in addition to the amount of tax which may be annually levied for the purposes of the adopted budget statement of the city, for the purpose of establishing a sinking fund for the construction, purchase, improvement, extension, original equipment, or repair, not including maintenance, of any one or more of the following public improvements, including acquisition of any land incident to the making thereof: city library; city auditorium or community house for social or recreational purposes; city hall; city public library, auditorium, or community house in a single building; city swimming pool and appurtenances thereto; city jail; city building to house equipment or personnel of a fire department, together with firefighting equipment or apparatus; city park; city cemetery; city medical clinic building, together with furnishings and equipment; or city hospital. The city shall not be authorized to levy the tax or to establish the sinking fund as provided in this division if, having bonded indebtedness, the city has been in default in the payment of interest thereon or principal thereof for a period of ten years prior to the date of the passage of the resolution providing for the submission of the proposition for establishment of the sinking fund as required in division (C).
(Neb. RS 19-1302)
(C) Before any sinking fund or funds are established or before any annual tax is levied for any such planned city improvement mentioned in division (B) by the city, the City Council shall declare its purpose by resolution to submit to the qualified electors of the city at the next general city election the proposition to provide the city with the specific city improvement planned for consummation under this section. The resolution of submission shall, among other things, set forth a clear description of the improvement planned, the estimated cost according to the prevailing costs, the amount of annual levy over a definite period of years, not exceeding ten years, required to provide the cost, and the specific name or designation for the sinking fund sought to be established to carry out the planned improvement, together with a statement of the proposition for placement upon the ballot at the election. Notice of the submission of the proposition, together with a copy of the official ballot containing the same, shall be published in its entirety three successive weeks before the day of the election in a legal newspaper published in the city or, if no legal newspaper is published therein, in some legal newspaper published in the county in which the city is located and of general circulation. If no legal newspaper is published in the county, the notice shall be published in some legal newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the city is located. No such sinking fund shall be established unless the same has been authorized by a majority or more of the legal votes of the city cast for or against the proposition. If less than a majority of the legal votes favor the establishment of the sinking fund, the planned improvement shall not be made, no annual tax shall be levied therefor, and no sinking fund or sinking funds shall be established in connection therewith, but such resolution of submission shall immediately be repealed. If the proposition shall carry at the election in the manner prescribed in this division, the City Council and its successors in office shall proceed to do all things authorized under the resolution of submission but never inconsistent with this section. Provisions of the statutes of this state relating to election of officers, voting places, election apparatus and blanks, preparation and form of ballots, information to voters, delivery of ballots, conduct of elections, manner of voting, counting of votes, records and certificates of elections, and recounts of votes, so far as applicable, shall apply to voting on the proposition under this section.
(Neb. RS 19-1303)
(D) All funds received by the City Clerk/Treasurer, by donation or by tax levy, as hereinbefore provided, shall, as they accumulate, be immediately invested by the Clerk/Treasurer, with the written approval of the City Council, in the manner provided in § 33.11. Whenever investments of the sinking fund or funds are made, as aforesaid, the nature and character of the same shall be reported to the City Council, and the investment report shall be made a matter of record by the City Clerk/Treasurer in the proceedings of the City Council. The sinking fund, or sinking funds, accumulated under the provisions of this section, shall constitute a special fund, or funds, for the purpose or purposes for which the same was authorized and shall not be used for any other purpose unless authorized by 60% of the qualified electors of the city voting at a general election favoring the change in the use of the sinking fund or sinking funds; provided that the question of the change in the use of the sinking fund or sinking funds, when it fails to carry, shall not be resubmitted in substance for a period of one year from and after the date of the election.
(Neb. RS 19-1304)
Additional levy limitations, see Neb. RS 17-702
Investment in warrants, see Neb. RS 77-2337