Board of directors to issue bonds
(1)Whenever it is desired to issue refunding bonds under sections 37-43-144 to 37-43-151, the board of directors of the district, by resolution entered in the minutes of their proceedings, shall call a special election of the qualified voters of said district for the purpose of voting upon the issuance of such refunding bonds, or such question may be submitted at a general election of the district if the notice complies with the requirements set forth in this section. At any election held under sections 37-43-144 to 37-43-151, the question of refunding all or any part of the then outstanding indebtedness of an irrigation district may be submitted for determination, whether such indebtedness is due or not.
(2)The notice of said election shall be published and posted for the same length of time and in the same manner, and the election shall be conducted the same as in the case of an election for an original issue of bonds. The notice shall specify the time and place of holding said election, the amount and date of the indebtedness sought to be taken up and paid, the amount and rate of interest of the refunding bonds proposed to be issued, and the dates when said refunding bonds will become due.
(3)At such election the ballots shall contain the words “Refunding Bonds - Yes” and “Refunding Bonds - No”. The return shall be canvassed by the board of directors in the same manner as in the case of an original issue of bonds and a similar statement of the results of said election shall be entered in the records of said board and filed with the county clerk and recorder of the county in which the office of said district is located. If it is determined upon such canvass that a majority of the legally qualified electors of the district have voted “Refunding Bonds - Yes”, the board of directors shall cause bonds in such amount to be issued. Such bonds may mature serially, with or without an option to redeem the same prior to maturity, or they may have one maturity date, not exceeding fifty years from date, and be redeemable on and after a designated date not later than ten years from the date of said bonds.
(4)If serial bonds are issued, the last series shall mature in not more than fifty years from the date of said bonds, and the first series shall become due not more than ten years from the date of said bonds, and the series shall be so arranged that some part of the principal of said bonds, never less than one percent, shall become due each year during the maturity period until the entire principal is paid. If optional bonds are issued, the board of directors of the district, when funds are available for redemption purposes at any time after the optional date, shall call for offerings for redemption, and, out of the redemption fund provided for the payment of said bonds, shall pay any bonds presented for payment pursuant to such call to any holders thereof who offer the same for payment and redemption for the lowest amount below par, including accrued interest, to the extent of the funds available.
(5)Available funds not used for the retirement of bonds shall be used in the redemption of outstanding bonds commencing with the lowest outstanding number. For the ultimate redemption of such refunding bonds, the board of county commissioners of each county embracing any portion of an irrigation district, at the time of making tax levies for county purposes commencing not more than ten years from the date of said refunding bonds, shall levy annually a separate tax upon the lands within a district subject to taxes for irrigation district purposes sufficient to discharge, at maturity, the principal of the refunding bonds issued, registered, and outstanding, pursuant to the provisions of sections 37-43-144 to 37-43-151; and except for the payment of an issue of refunding bonds payable serially, each annual tax levy for the payment of principal shall be equal, as nearly as can be. Such bonds shall be as nearly as possible in the same general form as an original issue of bonds of said district, with interest represented by coupons payable semiannually upon June 1 and December 1 of each year, at the office of the county treasurer of the county in which the organization of the district was effected, and, at the option of the board of directors, at such other places within or outside the state of Colorado as the board may designate in said bonds.
Section 37-43-145 — Board of directors to issue bonds,
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