CHAPTER 298 SCHOOL TAXES AND BONDS
298.1 SCHOOL TAXES.
298.2 IMPOSITION OF PHYSICAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT LEVY.
298.3 REVENUES FROM THE LEVIES.
298.4 DISTRICT MANAGEMENT LEVY.
298.5 TAXES ESTIMATED.
298.6 PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF OUTSTANDING LEVIES.
298.7 CONTRACT FOR USE OF LIBRARY -- TAX LEVY.
298.8 LEVY BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.
298.9 SPECIAL LEVIES.
298.10 LEVY FOR CASH RESERVE.
298.11 APPORTIONMENT OF SCHOOL FUNDS.
298.13 DIRECT DEPOSIT OF TAX REVENUE.
298.14 SCHOOL DISTRICT INCOME SURTAXES.
298.15 PAYMENT OF JUDGMENT.
298.16 JUDGMENT TAX.
298.18 BOND TAX -- ELECTION -- LEASING BUILDINGS.
298.18A LEVY ADJUSTMENT.
298.19 LEVY.
298.20 FUNDING OR REFUNDING BONDS.
298.21 SCHOOL BONDS.
298.22 FORM -- RATE OF INTEREST -- WHERE REGISTERED.
298.23 REDEMPTION.
298.24 RECORD OF BOND BUYERS.



        

298.1 SCHOOL TAXES. The board of each school district shall estimate the amount of the proposed expenditures and proposed receipts for the general school purposes at a time and in a manner to effectuate the provisions of chapter 257 and sections 256B.9 and 256B.11. Compliance with chapter 24 shall be observed.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C51, § 1152; R60, § 2033, 2034, 2037, 2038, 2044, 2088; C73, §
      1777, 1778; C97, § 2806; S13, § 2806; SS15, § 2794-a; C24, 27, 31,
      35, 39, § 4386; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81,
      § 298.1] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 135, §106
         Referred to in § 294.12, 294.13, 294.14
        

298.2 IMPOSITION OF PHYSICAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT LEVY. 1. A physical plant and equipment levy of not exceeding one dollar and sixty-seven cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation in the district is established except as otherwise provided in this subsection. The physical plant and equipment levy consists of the regular physical plant and equipment levy of not exceeding thirty-three cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation in the district and a voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy of not exceeding one dollar and thirty-four cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation in the district. However, the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy may consist of a combination of a physical plant and equipment property tax levy and a physical plant and equipment income surtax as provided in subsection 4 with the maximum amount levied and imposed limited to an amount that could be raised by a one dollar and thirty-four cent property tax levy. The levy limitations of this subsection are subject to subsection 6. 2. If the electors of a school district have authorized a voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy not exceeding sixty-seven cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation in the district prior to July 1, 1997, the levy shall continue for the period authorized under the voter- approved levy, and the maximum levy that can be authorized by the electors under the voter-approved levy on or after July 1, 1997, under this section, is an additional sixty-seven cents for a period to coincide with the period for which the initial physical plant and equipment levy in the district was approved. 3. The board of directors of a school district may certify for levy by April 15 of a school year a tax on all taxable property in the school district for the regular physical plant and equipment levy. 4. a. The board may on its own motion, and upon the written request of not less than one hundred eligible electors or thirty percent of the number of eligible electors voting at the last regular school election, whichever is greater, shall, direct the county commissioner of elections to provide for submitting the proposition of levying the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy for a period of time authorized by the voters in the notice of election, not to exceed ten years, in the notice of the regular school election. The proposition is adopted if a majority of those voting on the proposition at the election approves it. The voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy shall be funded either by a physical plant and equipment property tax or by a combination of a physical plant and equipment property tax and a physical plant and equipment income surtax, as determined by the board. However, if the board intends to enter into a rental or lease arrangement under section 279.26, or intends to enter into a loan agreement under section 297.36, only a property tax shall be levied for those purposes. Subject to the limitations of section 298.14, if the board uses a combination of a physical plant and equipment property tax and a physical plant and equipment surtax, for each fiscal year the board shall determine the percent of income surtax to be imposed expressed as full percentage points, not to exceed twenty percent. b. If a combination of a property tax and income surtax is used, by April 15 of the previous school year, the board shall certify the percent of the income surtax to be imposed and the amount to be raised to the department of management and the department of management shall establish the rate of the property tax and income surtax for the school year. The physical plant and equipment property tax and income surtax shall be levied or imposed, collected, and paid to the school district in the manner provided for the instructional support program in sections 257.21 through 257.26. 5. a. The proposition to levy the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy is not affected by a change in the boundaries of the school district, except as otherwise provided in this section. If each school district involved in a school reorganization under chapter 275 has adopted the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy or the sixty- seven and one-half cents per thousand dollars of assessed value schoolhouse levy under section 278.1, subsection 7, Code 1989, prior to July 1, 1991, and if the voters have not voted upon the proposition to levy the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy in the reorganized district, the existing voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy or the existing schoolhouse levy, as applicable, is in effect for the reorganized district for the least amount and the shortest time for which it is in effect in any of the districts. b. Authorized levies for the period of time approved are not affected as a result of a failure of a proposition proposed to expand the purposes for which the funds may be expended. 6. If the board of directors of a school district in which the voters have authorized the schoolhouse tax prior to July 1, 1991, has entered into a rental or lease arrangement under section 279.26, Code 1989, or has entered into a loan agreement under section 297.36, Code 1989, the levy shall continue for the period authorized and the maximum levy that can be authorized under the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy is reduced by the rate of the schoolhouse tax.

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 135, § 107; 92 Acts, ch 1187, § 7; 93 Acts, ch 1, § 9,
      10; 97 Acts, ch 182, §1, 2; 2009 Acts, ch 57, §80
         Referred to in § 257.19, 257.31, 274.37, 275.12, 275.20, 279.26,
      283A.9, 292.1, 297.36, 298.14, 298A.4, 403.19, 423F.3
         Limit on total surtax, § 298.14
        

298.3 REVENUES FROM THE LEVIES. 1. The revenue from the regular and voter-approved physical plant and equipment levies shall be placed in the physical plant and equipment levy fund and expended only for the following purposes: a. The purchase and improvement of grounds. For the purpose of this paragraph: (1) "Purchase of grounds" includes the legal costs relating to the property acquisition, costs of surveys of the property, costs of relocation assistance under state and federal law, and other costs incidental to the property acquisition. (2) "Improvement of grounds" includes grading, landscaping, paving, seeding, and planting of shrubs and trees; constructing sidewalks, roadways, retaining walls, sewers and storm drains, and installing hydrants; surfacing and soil treatment of athletic fields and tennis courts; exterior lighting, including athletic fields and tennis courts; furnishing and installing flagpoles, gateways, fences, and underground storage tanks which are not parts of building service systems; demolition work; and special assessments against the school district for public improvements, as defined in section 384.37. b. The construction of schoolhouses or buildings and opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings. c. The purchase, lease, or lease-purchase of a single unit of equipment or technology exceeding five hundred dollars in value per unit. d. The payment of debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds. e. Procuring or acquisition of library facilities. f. Repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses. For the purpose of this paragraph: (1) "Repairing" means restoring an existing structure or thing to its original condition, as near as may be, after decay, waste, injury, or partial destruction, but does not include maintenance. (2) "Reconstructing" means rebuilding or restoring as an entity a thing which was lost or destroyed. g. Expenditures for energy conservation, including payments made pursuant to a guarantee furnished by a school district entering into a financing agreement for energy management improvements, limited to agreements pursuant to section 473.19, 473.20, or 473.20A. h. The rental of facilities under chapter 28E. i. Purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students. j. The purchase of buildings or lease-purchase option agreements for school buildings. k. Equipment purchases for recreational purposes. l. Payments to a municipality or other entity as required under section 403.19, subsection 2. m. Demolition, clean up, and other costs if such costs are necessitated by, and incurred within two years of, a disaster as defined in section 29C.2, subsection 1. 2. Interest earned on money in the physical plant and equipment levy fund may be expended for a purpose listed in this section. 3. Unencumbered funds collected prior to July 1, 1991, from the levy previously authorized under section 297.5, Code 1991, may be expended for the purposes listed in this section. 4. Revenue from the regular and voter-approved physical plant and equipment levies shall not be expended for school district employee salaries or travel expenses, supplies, printing costs or media services, or for any other purpose not expressly authorized in this section.

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 135, § 108; 92 Acts, ch 1187, § 8, 9; 94 Acts, ch
      1029, §24, 25; 94 Acts, ch 1141, § 1, 2; 94 Acts, ch 1175, §14; 97
      Acts, ch 182, §3; 2000 Acts, ch 1054, §1, 3; 2002 Acts, ch 1118, §1;
      2003 Acts, ch 13, §1, 2; 2008 Acts, ch 1041, §2; 2009 Acts, ch 65,
      §9; 2009 Acts, ch 133, §109
         Referred to in § 279.41, 423E.4, 423F.3
        

298.4 DISTRICT MANAGEMENT LEVY. The board of directors of a school district may certify for levy by April 15 of a school year, a tax on all taxable property in the school district for a district management levy. The revenue from the tax levied in this section shall be placed in the district management levy fund of the school district. The district management levy shall be expended only for the following purposes: 1. To pay the cost of unemployment benefits as provided in section 96.31. 2. To pay the costs of liability insurance and the costs of a judgment or settlement relating to liability together with interest accruing on the judgment or settlement to the expected date of payment. 3. To pay the costs of insurance agreements under section 296.7. 4. To pay the costs of a judgment under section 298.16. 5. To pay the cost of early retirement benefits to employees under section 279.46. Unencumbered funds collected from the levies authorized in sections 96.31, 279.46, and 296.7 prior to July 1, 1991, may be expended for the purposes listed in subsections 1, 3, and 5.

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 135, §109; 90 Acts, ch 1168, § 41; 92 Acts, ch 1187, §
      10; 93 Acts, ch 1, §11; 94 Acts, ch 1029, §26, 27
         Referred to in § 96.31, 257.19, 296.7, 298A.3, 670.10
        

298.5 TAXES ESTIMATED. School corporations containing territory in adjoining counties may vote and estimate all taxes for school purposes in dollars and cents per thousand dollars of assessed value.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C97, § 2806; S13, § 2806; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4389; C46,
      50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.5]
        

298.6 PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF OUTSTANDING LEVIES. The board of directors of a school district shall, prior to certifying any levy by board approval, or submitting a levy for voter approval, facilitate public access to a complete listing of all outstanding levies within the school district by rate, amount, duration, and the applicable maximum levy limitations. The information relating to outstanding levies shall be posted on an internet website maintained by the school district by January 1 of each school year, and updated prior to board approval or submission for voter approval of any levy during the school year. If the school district does not maintain or develop an internet website, the school district shall either distribute or post written copies of the listing at specified locations throughout the school district.

         Section History: Recent Form

         2006 Acts, ch 1152, §15; 2009 Acts, ch 54, §11
        

298.7 CONTRACT FOR USE OF LIBRARY -- TAX LEVY. 1. The board of directors of a school corporation in which there is no free public library may contract with a free public library for the free use of the library by the residents of the school district, and pay the library the amount agreed upon for the use of the library as provided by law. During the existence of the contract, the board shall certify annually a tax sufficient to pay the library the consideration agreed upon, not exceeding twenty cents per thousand dollars of assessed value of the taxable property of the district. During the existence of the contract, the school corporation is relieved from the requirement that the school treasurer withhold funds for library purposes. This section does not apply in townships where a contract for other library facilities is in existence. 2. However, if a school district which is qualified to contract for library services under subsection 1 levies a tax not to exceed twenty cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation of the taxable property for school library purposes in the fiscal year before a reorganization involving the district, the tax levy shall remain valid for succeeding fiscal years, and shall be levied and collected against the taxable property of the former district which is part of the reorganized district for school library purposes. The contract and the tax levy may be discontinued by a petition signed by eligible electors residing in the former district. The petition requesting the discontinuance must be signed by no fewer than one hundred eligible electors or thirty percent of the number voting at the last preceding school election in the former district, whichever is greater. The petition must be filed with the secretary of the board of directors of the school district at least seventy-five days before the next regular school election. The proposal to discontinue the levy shall be deemed adopted if the vote in favor of the discontinuance is equal to at least a majority of the total vote cast on the proposal by the electors of the former school district.

         Section History: Early Form

         [S13, § 2806; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4391; C46, 50, 54, 58,
      62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.7] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         84 Acts, ch 1288, § 1; 93 Acts, ch 74, §1
         Referred to in § 298A.7
        

298.8 LEVY BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. The board of supervisors shall at the time of levying taxes for county purposes levy the taxes necessary to raise the various funds authorized by law and certified to it by law, but if the amount certified for any such fund is in excess of the amount authorized by law, it shall levy only so much thereof as is authorized by law.

         Section History: Early Form

         [R60, § 2059; C73, § 1779, 1780; C97, § 2807; SS15, § 1303; C24,
      27, 31, 35, 39, § 4393; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77,
      79, 81, § 298.8]
         Referred to in § 294.12, 294.13, 294.14
        

298.9 SPECIAL LEVIES. If the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy, consisting solely of a physical plant and equipment property tax levy, is approved by the voters at an election held on a date specified in section 39.2, subsection 4, paragraph "c", and certified to the board of supervisors after the regular levy is made, the board shall at its next regular meeting levy the tax and cause it to be entered upon the tax list to be collected as other school taxes. If the certification is filed prior to May 1, the annual levy shall begin with the tax levy of the year of filing. If the certification is filed after May 1 in a year, the levy shall begin with the levy of the fiscal year succeeding the year of the filing of the certification.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C97, § 2807; SS15, § 1303; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4394; C46,
      50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.9] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 135, §110; 95 Acts, ch 67, §23; 96 Acts, ch 1215, §54;
      2008 Acts, ch 1115, §49, 71; 2009 Acts, ch 57, §81, 97
        

298.10 LEVY FOR CASH RESERVE. 1. The board of directors of a school district may certify for levy by April 15 of a school year, a tax on all taxable property in the school district in order to raise an amount for a necessary cash reserve for a school district's general fund. The amount raised for a necessary cash reserve does not increase a school district's authorized expenditures as defined in section 257.7. 2. For fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2012, the cash reserve levy for a budget year shall not exceed twenty percent of the general fund expenditures for the year previous to the base year minus the general fund unexpended fund balance for the year previous to the base year.

         Section History: Early Form

         [81 Acts, ch 94, § 1, 18; 82 Acts, ch 1128, § 1, 5] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 135, §111; 93 Acts, ch 1, §12; 2009 Acts, ch 183, §70,
      74
         Referred to in § 257.31
        

298.11 APPORTIONMENT OF SCHOOL FUNDS. The county auditor shall, on the first Monday in April and the first Monday in October of each year, apportion the school tax, together with rents on unsold school lands to which the county is entitled as shown in notice from the director of the department of administrative services, and all other money in the hands of the county treasurer belonging in common to the schools of the county and not included in a previous apportionment, among the corporations in the county in the manner provided by law. The county auditor shall immediately notify the county treasurer of such apportionment and of the amount due thereby to each corporation. The county treasurer shall thereupon give notice to the president of each corporation, and shall pay out such apportionment moneys in the same manner that the county treasurer is authorized to pay other school moneys to the treasurers of the several school districts.

         Section History: Early Form

         [R60, § 1966, 2060, 2061; C73, § 1781, 1782, 1841; C97, § 2808;
      S13, § 2808; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4396; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62,
      66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.11] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1016, § 6; 2003 Acts, ch 145, §286
         Referred to in § 331.502, 331.552
        

298.12 Repealed by 80 Acts, ch 1013, § 7.

298.13 DIRECT DEPOSIT OF TAX REVENUE. Before the fifteenth day of each month, the county treasurer shall send the amount collected for each fund through the last day of the preceding month for direct deposit into the depository and account designated by the school board. The county treasurer shall send a notice to the secretary of the school board stating the amount deposited, the date, the amount to be credited to each fund according to the budget, and the source of revenue.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C73, § 1784, 1785; C97, § 2810; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4398;
      C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, S81, § 298.13; 81
      Acts, ch 117, § 1210; 82 Acts, ch 1195, § 1]
         Referred to in § 331.552, 331.558
        

298.14 SCHOOL DISTRICT INCOME SURTAXES. For each fiscal year, the cumulative total of the percents of surtax approved by the board of directors of a school district and collected by the department of revenue under sections 257.21, 257.29, and 298.2, and the enrichment surtax under section 442.15, Code 1989, and an income surtax collected by a political subdivision under chapter 422D, shall not exceed twenty percent. A school district income surtax fund is created in the office of treasurer of state. Income surtaxes collected by the department of revenue under sections 257.21, 257.29, and 298.2 and section 442.15, Code 1989, shall be deposited in the school district income surtax fund to the credit of each school district. A separate accounting of each surtax, by school district, shall be maintained. The director of the department of administrative services shall draw warrants in payment of the surtaxes collected in each school district. Warrants shall be payable in two installments to be paid on approximately the first day of December and the first day of February following collection of the taxes and shall be delivered to the respective school districts.

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 135, § 112; 92 Acts, ch 1226, § 1; 2000 Acts, ch 1072,
      §2; 2003 Acts, ch 145, §234
         Referred to in § 257.19, 257.24, 257.26, 257.29, 298.2
         See also § 422D.2 for limit on total surtax
        

298.15 PAYMENT OF JUDGMENT. When a judgment shall be obtained against a school corporation, its board shall order the payment thereof out of the proper fund by an order on the treasurer, not in excess, however, of the funds available for that purpose.

         Section History: Early Form

         [R60, § 2095; C73, § 1787; C97, § 2811; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, §
      4400; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.15]
        

298.16 JUDGMENT TAX. If the proper fund is not sufficient, then, unless its board has provided by the issuance of bonds for raising the amount necessary to pay a judgment, the cost of the judgment shall be included in the district management levy.

         Section History: Early Form

         [R60, § 2095; C73, § 1787; C97, § 2811; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, §
      4401; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.16]
      

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 135, §113
         Referred to in § 298.4
        

298.17 Repealed by 89 Acts, ch 135, § 136.

298.18 BOND TAX -- ELECTION -- LEASING BUILDINGS. 1. a. The board of each school corporation shall, when estimating and certifying the amount of money required for general purposes, estimate and certify to the board of supervisors of the proper county for the debt service fund the amount required to pay interest due or that may become due for the fiscal year beginning July 1, thereafter upon lawful bonded indebtedness, and in addition thereto such amount as the board may deem necessary to apply on the principal. b. The amount estimated and certified to apply on principal and interest for any one year shall not exceed two dollars and seventy cents per thousand dollars of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the school corporation except as otherwise provided in this section. c. For the sole purpose of computing the amount of bonds which may be issued as a result of the application of any limitation referred to in this section, all interest on the bonds in excess of that accruing in the first twelve months may be excluded from the first annual levy of taxes, so that the need for including more than one year's interest in the first annual levy of taxes to pay the bonds and interest shall not operate to further restrict the amount of bonds which may be issued, and in certifying the annual levies to the county auditor or auditors such first annual levy of taxes shall be sufficient to pay all principal of and interest on said bonds becoming due prior to the next succeeding annual levy and the full amount of such first annual levy shall be entered for collection by said auditor or auditors, as provided in chapter 76. d. The amount estimated and certified to apply on principal and interest for any one year may exceed two dollars and seventy cents per thousand dollars of assessed value by the amount approved by the voters of the school corporation, but not exceeding four dollars and five cents per thousand of the assessed value of the taxable property within any school corporation, provided that the registered voters of such school corporation have first approved such increased amount at an election held on a date specified in section 39.2, subsection 4, paragraph "c". 2. The proposition submitted to the voters at such election shall be in substantially the following form: Shall the board of directors of the ..... (insert name of school corporation) in the County of ......, State of Iowa, be authorized to levy annually a tax exceeding two dollars and seventy cents per thousand dollars, but not exceeding .. dollars and ... cents per thousand dollars of the assessed value of the taxable property within said school corporation to pay the principal of and interest on bonded indebtedness of said school corporation, it being understood that the approval of this proposition shall not limit the source of payment of the bonds and interest but shall only operate to restrict the amount of bonds which may be issued? 3. Notice of the election shall be given by the county commissioner of elections according to section 49.53. The county commissioner of elections shall conduct the election pursuant to the provisions of chapters 39 through 53 and certify the results to the board of directors. The proposition shall not be deemed carried or adopted unless the vote in favor of such proposition is equal to at least sixty percent of the total vote cast for and against the proposition at the election. Whenever such a proposition has been approved by the voters of a school corporation as hereinbefore provided, no further approval of the voters of such school corporation shall be required as a result of any subsequent change in the boundaries of such school corporation. 4. The voted tax levy referred to in this section shall not limit the source of payment of bonds and interest but shall only restrict the amount of bonds which may be issued. 5. a. The ability of a school corporation to exceed two dollars and seventy cents per thousand dollars of assessed value to service principal and interest payments on bonded indebtedness is limited and conferred only to those school corporations engaged in the administration of elementary and secondary education. b. If a school corporation leases a building or property, which has been used as a junior college by such corporation, to a community college, the annual amounts certified as herein provided by such leasing school corporation for payment of interest and principal due on lawful bonded indebtedness incurred by such leasing school corporation for purchasing, building, furnishing, reconstructing, repairing, improving, or remodeling the building leased or acquiring or adding to the site of such property leased, to the extent of the respective annual rent the school corporation will receive under such lease, shall not be considered as a part of the total amount estimated and certified for the purposes of determining if such amount exceeds any limitation contained in this section.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C73, § 1823; C97, § 2813; S13, § 2813; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, §
      4403; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.18]
      

         Section History: Recent Form

         90 Acts, ch 1253, § 109; 94 Acts, ch 1029, §28; 2001 Acts, ch 56,
      §14; 2008 Acts, ch 1115, §50, 71; 2009 Acts, ch 133, §110
         Referred to in § 292.1, 292.2, 298.18A, 298.19, 423F.3
        

298.18A LEVY ADJUSTMENT. If, in the opinion of the board of a school corporation, after having originally estimated and certified the amount required to pay interest and principal due upon bonded indebtedness incurred before July 1, 1995, an adjustment in the amount certified in excess of that previously levied by the resolution authorizing issuance of the bonds becomes necessary in anticipation of future projected revenue shortfalls resulting from a machinery and equipment-related taxable valuation decrease from the valuation as of January 1, 1994, an adjustment shall be permitted subject to the following limitations: 1. An adjustment shall be permitted only in a district in which machinery and equipment valuation exceeds twenty percent of total taxable valuation as of January 1, 1994. 2. The adjustment shall not result in a total amount levied in excess of the two dollar and seventy cent per thousand dollars of assessed valuation limit provided in section 298.18. An adjustment in excess of the two dollar and seventy cent per thousand dollars of assessed valuation limit shall be subject to the election provisions for increases of up to four dollars and five cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation provisions of section 298.18. 3. The amount of the adjustment, when added to the amount originally estimated and certified, for any one year, shall not exceed the least of: a. The amount required to pay interest and principal due upon bonded indebtedness for the three-year period beginning on the date of the adjustment. b. One hundred twenty-five percent of the amount originally estimated and certified. c. One hundred ten percent of the total district levies for the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year in which the adjustment is to be added. 4. The amount of the adjustment plus the amount of state replacement moneys received under section 427B.19A which is attributable to the amount of the adjustment, when added to the amount originally estimated and certified, shall not result in the levying of an amount over the life of the issue in excess of the amount necessary for principal and interest repayment. 5. Amounts collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in a separate debt service account distinct from the account established to hold principal and interest revenues resulting from the original levy. 6. An adjustment shall not be permitted which results in extending a levy beyond the earlier of the following: a. Ten years from the original date of certification of the amount required to pay interest and principal. b. June 30, 2007.

         Section History: Recent Form

         96 Acts, ch 1179, §1; 2008 Acts, ch 1115, §51, 71
         Referred to in § 423F.3
        

298.19 LEVY. The board of supervisors of the county to which the certificate is addressed within the contemplation of section 298.18 shall levy the necessary tax to raise the amount estimated, or so much thereof as may be lawful and within the limitation of said section which levy shall be made as other taxes for school purposes.

         Section History: Early Form

         [S13, § 2813-a; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4404; C46, 50, 54, 58,
      62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.19]
        

298.20 FUNDING OR REFUNDING BONDS. For the purpose of providing for the payment of any indebtedness of any school corporation represented by judgments or bonds, the board of directors of such school corporation, at any time or times, may provide by resolution for the issuance of bonds of such school corporation, to be known as funding or refunding bonds. The proceeds derived from the public or private sale of such funding or refunding bonds shall be applied in payment of such indebtedness; or the funding bonds or refunding bonds may be issued in exchange for the evidences of such indebtedness, par for par.

         Section History: Early Form

         [S13, § 2812-c; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4405; C46, 50, 54, 58,
      62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.20] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         90 Acts, ch 1272, § 74
        

298.21 SCHOOL BONDS. The board of directors of any school corporation when authorized by the voters at an election held on a date specified in section 39.2, subsection 4, paragraph "c", may issue the negotiable, interest-bearing school bonds of the corporation for borrowing money for any or all of the following purposes: 1. To acquire sites for school purposes. 2. To erect, complete, or improve buildings authorized for school purposes. 3. To acquire equipment for schools, sites, and buildings.

         Section History: Early Form

         [S13, § 2812-d; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4406; C46, 50, 54, 58,
      62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.21] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         2008 Acts, ch 1115, §52, 71
         Vote required to authorize bonds, § 75.1
        

298.22 FORM -- RATE OF INTEREST -- WHERE REGISTERED. All of said bonds shall be substantially in the form provided for county bonds, but subject to changes that will conform them to the action of the board providing therefor; shall run not more than twenty years, and may be sooner paid if so nominated in the bond; bear a rate of interest not exceeding that permitted by chapter 74A, payable semiannually; be signed by the president and countersigned by the secretary of the board of directors; and shall not be disposed of for less than par value, nor issued for other purposes than this chapter provides. All of said bonds, when issued, shall be delivered to the secretary of the board of directors, who shall register them in a book to be kept for that purpose, and shall deliver them when they have been properly countersigned. The expenses of engraving and printing of bonds may be paid out of the general fund.

         Section History: Early Form

         [S13, SS15, § 2812-e; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4407; C46, 50,
      54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.22]
         Form of county bonds, § 331.446
         Legalizing Act, 77 Acts, ch 97, § 7
        

298.23 REDEMPTION. Whenever the amount in the hands of the treasurer, belonging to the funds set aside to pay bonds, is sufficient to redeem one or more of the bonds which by their terms are subject to redemption, the treasurer shall give the owner of said bonds thirty days' written notice of the readiness of the district to pay and the amount it desires to pay. If not presented for payment or redemption within thirty days after the date of such notice, the interest on such bonds shall cease and the amount due thereon shall be set aside for its payment whenever it is presented.

         Section History: Early Form

         [S13, § 2812-f; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4408; C46, 50, 54, 58,
      62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.23]
        

298.24 RECORD OF BOND BUYERS. All redemptions shall be made in the order of their numbers. The treasurer shall keep a record of the parties to whom the bonds are sold, together with their post-office addresses, and notice mailed to the address as shown by such record shall be sufficient.

         Section History: Early Form

         [S13, § 2812-f; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4409; C46, 50, 54, 58,
      62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 298.24]

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