The board of county commissioners of any county in which there is a fair association
or a society which is organized and operating under the provisions of K.S.A. 2-125 to 2-131, inclusive, and amendments thereto, upon request of such fair association or society
is hereby authorized and empowered to make an annual tax levy of not to exceed five-tenths
of one mill upon all the taxable tangible property of the county for the purpose of
raising funds to be used for the erection and maintenance of buildings of such a fair
association having obtained recognition as an official county fair association and
to pay a portion of the principal and interest on bonds issued under the authority
of K.S.A. 12-1774, and amendments thereto, by cities located in the county. No levy shall be made for such purposes until a resolution authorizing the making
of such levy is passed by the county commissioners and published for two consecutive
issues in the official county paper. Whereupon, such levies may be made unless a petition in opposition thereto signed
by not less than five percent of the qualified electors of the county, as determined
by the vote for secretary of state at the last preceding election, is filed with the
county election officer within sixty days following the last publication of the resolution
of the board. In the event such a petition is filed, it shall be the duty of the board of commissioners
to submit the question to the voters at an election called for such purpose or at
the next general election. If no protest petition is filed or if the question is submitted on a question submitted
ballot and those voting on the question shall vote in favor of such tax levy, then
the board of county commissioners shall make such tax levies. The board of county commissioners shall determine the amount necessary to be raised
by such levy for such purposes. The tax levy authorized by this section shall be in addition to all other tax levies
authorized or limited by law and shall be outside the aggregate limitation provided
in K.S.A. 79-1947, and amendments thereto, and the amount collected therefrom shall be paid to such
association or society for the purposes herein specified, and shall be in addition
to the amount allowed to such association or society under the provisions of K.S.A. 2-129, and amendments thereto.
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