Sec. 5 . (a) When the proper officers of a political subdivision decide to issue bonds or enter into leases in a total amount which exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000), they shall give notice of the decision by:
(1) posting; and
(2) publication once each week for two (2) weeks.
The notice required by this section shall be posted in three (3) public places in the political subdivision and published in accordance with IC 5-3-1-4 . The decision to issue bonds may be a preliminary decision.
(b) This subsection does not apply to bonds or lease rental agreements for which a political subdivision:
(1) after June 30, 2008, makes:
(A) a preliminary determination as described in section 3.1 or 3.5 of this chapter; or
(B) a decision as described in subsection (a); or
(2) in the case of bonds or lease rental agreements not subject to section 3.1 or 3.5 of this chapter and not subject to subsection (a), adopts a resolution or ordinance authorizing the bonds or lease rental agreement after June 30, 2008.
Ten (10) or more taxpayers who will be affected by the proposed issuance of the bonds and who wish to object to the issuance on the grounds that it is unnecessary or excessive may file a petition in the office of the auditor of the county in which the political subdivision is located. The petition must be filed within fifteen (15) days after the notice required by subsection (a) is given, and it must contain the objections of the taxpayers and facts which show that the proposed issue is unnecessary or excessive. When taxpayers file a petition in the manner prescribed in this subsection, the county auditor shall immediately forward a certified copy of the petition and any other relevant information to the department of local government finance.
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