§ 1. In all cases where a board of forest preserve commissioners of any forest preserve
district having a population of less than 3,000,000 has heretofore during 1981, 1982,
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990 within the time required by law
adopted annual appropriation ordinances for fiscal years beginning in 1982, 1983,
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991, thereafter same were published
in a newspaper as provided by law, and subsequently in such year, within the time
required by law the board of forest preserve commissioners had adopted tax levy ordinances
based upon the appropriation ordinances for said fiscal years for corporate, zoological,
botanical, construction of improvements and development of forests and lands and employees'
annuity and benefit fund purposes, or any other proper purpose, and a certified copy
of such tax levy ordinances was duly filed with the county clerk of the county in
which said districts are located, then such appropriation ordinances and tax levy
ordinances and the taxes assessed, levied and extended thereon, are hereby validated,
notwithstanding that the several amounts and purposes for which such appropriations
were made and taxes levied, for such corporate, zoological, botanical, construction
of improvements and development of forests and lands and employees' annuity and benefit
fund purposes, or any other proper purpose, were not specifically itemized in detail,
as required by statute, and notwithstanding that in said appropriation or levy ordinances
stated amounts of money are appropriated and levied for named public purposes, and
general language is used which renders the amounts for such purposes uncertain and
illegal, or the purposes for which the amounts are appropriated and levied uncertain
and illegal. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as validating any tax levy in excess
of the statutory rate of taxation authorized for any such fiscal year or for any purpose
not permitted by the constitution.
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