APPENDIX A – CHARTER ORDINANCESAPPENDIX A – CHARTER ORDINANCES\CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 8

A CHARTER ORDINANCE EXEMPTING THE CITY OF ST. JOHN, KANSAS FROM K.S.A. 1976 SUPP. 79-5011; PROVIDING SUBSTITUTE AND ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS ON THE SAME SUBJECT; AND AUTHORIZI NG THE LEVYING OF TAXES TO CREATE A SPECIAL FUND FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING UTILITY SERVICE COSTS.

Section 1. The City of St. John, Kansas, by the power vested in it by Article 12, Section 5 of the constitution of the State of Kansas, hereby elects to exempt itself from and make inapplicable to it K.S.A. 1976 Supp.79-5011, and to provide substitute and additional provisions as hereinafter set forth in this charter ordinance. K.S.A. 1976 Supp.79-5011 is a part of an enactment of the legislature establishing an aggregate tax levy limitation applicable to this city but not applicable uniformly to all cities, and the legislature has not established classes of cities for the purpose of Imposing aggregate limitations under said constitutional provision.

Section 2. The provisions of K.S.A. 1976 Supp.79-5001 to 79-5016 inclusive, shall not apply to or limit the levy of taxes by the City of St. John for the payment of:

(a)        Principal and interest upon bonds and temporary notes;

(b)        No-fund warrants issued with the approval of the state board of tax appeals;

(c)        Street  maintenance  and  Improvement  costs,  whether  paid from  a separate property tax levy fund of the city or from any other tax supported fund.

(d)        Public safety costs whether paid from a separate property tax levy fund of the city or from any other tax supported fund.

(e)        Special assessments charged against the city at large;

(f)        Utility service costs, whether paid from a separate property tax levy fund of the city or from any other tax supported fund.

Section 3. The provisions of Article 50 of Chapter 79 of the 1976 Supplement to the Kansas Statutes Annotated shall not apply to any taxes levied by the city of St John, levied under the provisions of K.S.A. 40-2305, 74-4920, 13-441 or 12-1617h, or to any tax levies required for the payment of employer contributions to any pension and retirement program, or to any other taxes authorized by state law to be levied in addition to or exempt from the aggregate levy limitation of the City of St. John. Amounts produced from any levy specified or authorized in this charter ordinance including any levy or purpose authorized to be levied in addition to or exempt from the aggregate levy limit of the city, shall not be used In computing any aggregate limitation under Article 450 of Chapter 79 of the 1976 Supplement to the Kansas Statutes Annotated.

Section 4. The City of St. John is hereby authorized to levy a tax for the purpose of paying utility service costs, public safety costs, and street maintenance and Improvement costs. As used in this charter ordinance, utility service costs shall include payments made by the city to water, electric or natural gas system, company or utility for the purpose of obtaining street lighting or traffic control signals or for the lighting,/heating, cooling or supplying of water or energy to any city building or facility or for the operation or performance of any function or service by the city public safety  costs shall mean the city’s cost for salaries, equipment, commodities and services necessary for the provision of police and fire protection services to the  City of St. John;  and street maintenance and improvement costs shall mean the city’s cost for salaries, equipment; materials, commodities and services necessary for the repair, maintenance and improvement of city streets.

(11-15-1977)