(a) The board of trustees of any community college may levy a tax in each year for
a period of not to exceed five (5) years of not to exceed one-fourth ( 1/4 ) mill on all taxable tangible property within the district to maintain and operate
an adult basic education program at a level approved by the state board. In no event shall the tax levy authorized hereunder be at a rate which will produce
an amount in excess of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). Such tax levy shall be in addition to all other tax levies authorized or limited
by law. Proceeds from such tax levy shall be deposited in the adult education fund of the
community college which fund is hereby established. All moneys received by a community college for adult basic education shall be deposited
in the adult education fund. The expenses of a community college attributable to adult basic education shall be
paid from the adult education fund.
(b) No tax levy shall be made under authority of this section until a resolution authorizing
such a levy is passed by the board of trustees and published once a week for three
(3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper having general circulation in the community college
district, and such resolution shall specify the millage rate of such tax levy and
the period of time for which such tax levy shall be made under authority thereof.
After the adoption of such resolution such levy may be made unless, within ninety
(90) days following the last publication of the resolution, a petition in opposition
to such levy, signed by not less than five percent (5%) of the qualified electors
of such community college district, is filed with the county election officer of the
county in which the main campus of the community college is located. In the event such a petition is filed, such levy shall not be made without the question
of levying the same having been submitted to and been approved by a majority of the
qualified electors of the district voting at an election which shall be called for
that purpose or at the next general election.
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