Nebraska Revised Statute 72-2304

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72-2304. Bonds authorized; public hearing; notice; election, when required; remonstrance petition.

(1) In addition to any other borrowing powers provided for by law, a qualified public agency shall have the power to issue its negotiable bonds to any joint entity as defined in section 13-803 or to any joint public agency as defined in section 13-2503 in connection with any joint project which is to be owned, operated, or financed by the joint entity or joint public agency for the benefit of the qualified public agency. The bonds may be issued only if the second largest participant in the joint project has a financial contribution in the joint project of at least twenty-five percent of the debt service. Such bonds may be issued after the qualified public agency has conducted a public hearing on the issuance of bonds. Notice of such public hearing shall be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the territory of the qualified public agency by at least one publication occurring not less than ten days prior to the time of hearing. After the public hearing, the governing body of the qualified public agency may proceed to adopt a bond measure authorizing bonds.

(2) Notice of any such bond measure shall be given by publication of notice of intention to issue bonds in a newspaper of general circulation within the territory of the qualified public agency at least twice after the adoption of the bond measure. Such publications shall be at least three weeks apart. The notice shall state:

(a) The name of the qualified public agency;

(b) The purpose of the issue;

(c) The principal amount of the issue;

(d) The amount of annual debt service payment anticipated for the bonds, which may be stated as an approximation or estimate, and the anticipated duration for such debt service payments; and

(e) The time and place where a copy of the form of the bond measure may be examined for a period of at least thirty days.

(3) No election shall be required prior to the issuance of bonds under the Public Facilities Construction and Finance Act unless, within sixty days after the first publication of the notice of intention to issue bonds, a remonstrance petition against the issuance of bonds is filed with the clerk or secretary of the qualified public agency. Such remonstrance petition shall be signed by registered voters of the qualified public agency equal in number to at least five percent of the number of registered voters of the qualified public agency at the time the remonstrance petition is filed or at least the number of signatures listed in subsection (5) of this section for the applicable qualified public agency, whichever is less. If a remonstrance petition with the necessary number of qualified signatures is timely filed, the question shall be submitted to the voters of the qualified public agency at a general election or a special election called for the purpose of approving the bonds proposed to be issued. Any joint project for which bonds are issued in accordance with the procedures of the act shall not require any other approval or proceeding by the governing body or the voters of the qualified public agency.

(4) No election shall be required for any qualified public agency not issuing bonds to participate in such joint project unless, within sixty days after the governing body of the qualified public agency adopts the measure approving the interlocal or cooperative agreement related to the joint project, a remonstrance petition is filed with the clerk or secretary of the qualified public agency. Such remonstrance petition shall be signed by registered voters of the qualified public agency equal in number to at least five percent of the number of registered voters of the qualified public agency at the time the remonstrance petition is filed or at least the number of signatures listed in subsection (5) of this section for the applicable qualified public agency, whichever is less. If a remonstrance petition with the necessary number of qualified signatures is timely filed, the question shall be submitted to the voters of the qualified public agency at a general election or a special election called for the purpose of approving the interlocal or cooperative agreement related to the joint project.

(5) The chart in this subsection provides the alternative number of signatures of registered voters of a qualified public agency which may be used to submit a remonstrance petition under subsection (3) or (4) of this section. The classification of counties in section 23-1114.01 applies for purposes of this section.

Qualified Public Agency Number of Signatures
of Registered Voters

City of the Metropolitan Class 1500
City of the Primary Class 1000
City of the First Class 750
City of the Second Class 250
Villages 50
Municipal County 1500
Class 7 County 1500
Class 6 County 1000
Class 5 County 750
Class 4 County 500
Class 3 County 250
Class 2 County 100
Class 1 County 50
Class VI School District 250
Class V School District 1500
Class IV School District 1000
Class III School District 500
Class II School District 250
Class I School District 250
Educational Service Unit 250
Community College Area 1500
Fire Protection District 500
Hospital District 500
Sanitary and Improvement District 500