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PA YMENT OF INTEREST ON ROAD BONDS.

An Act to authorize boards of supervisors to use excess funds of the county road fund for the payment of interest on road bonds in certain cases.

(Act 106, P. A. 1919.)

The People of the State of Michigan enact: (488) SECTION 1. In any county in this state wherein Payment of

interest. an issue of road bonds has been authorized by vote of the electors, as is by law provided, and no provision has been made for the payment of the first year's interest on such bonds, the board of supervisors of such county is hereby authorized to use any excess of funds remaining to the credit of the county road fund of such county for the payment of such first year's interest on such bonds.

TRANSFER OF MONEYS TO COUNTY ROAD FUND.

An Act to authorize the transfer of moneys from the general fund of counties, in certain instances, to the county road fund of said counties, to be used in the construction, maintenance and repair of highways.

(Act 253, P. A. 1917.)

funds.

The People of the State of Michigan enact: (489) SECTION 1. When in any county, operating under Transfer of the county road system of the state, there is a surplus of moneys in the general fund, the board of supervisors of such county may, by resolution, direct the transfer of a part of such surplus from the general fund to the county road fund, to be used for the construction, maintenance and repair of highways under the supervision and direction of the board of county road commissioners: Provided, however, That in Proviso. no case shall moneys raised by general taxes, levied on the real and personal property of such county, be diverted under the provisions of this act.

CONSTRUCTION, ETC., OF FEDERAL AIDED ROADS.

An Act to provide for the construction, maintenance and improvemei

of federal aided roads; to authorize townships, good roads distric and counties to raise money by taxation and by loan for the purpos of contributing thereto; to validate and legalize proceedings hereti fore taken to raise money for the purpose contemplated by this act and to provide an appropriation for paying the state's portion of th expense incurred hereunder.

[Act 99, P. A. 1917.]

federal aid.

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The People of the State of Michigan enact: Assent to (490) SECTION 1. The legislature of the state of Michi

1 gan hereby assents to the provisions of the act of congress approved July eleven, nineteen hundred sixteen, (thirty-nine statute laws three hundred fifty-five,) entitled "An act to pro vide that the United States shall aid the states in the construction of rural post roads, and for other purposes," and the good faith of the state is hereby pledged under the provisions of this act to make available from time to time suffi

cient funds to pay the state's portion of the cost of constructAuthority to ing and maintaining federal aided roads. The state highway make surveys, department of Michigan through the state highway commis

sioner is hereby authorized to make surveys, prepare plans and specifications and take charge of the building and maintaining of federal aided roads in accordance with the provisions of the aforesaid act of congress and the rules and regulations of the secretary of agriculture made thereunder

and such amendments thereto as may from time to time be Contracts, made. The state highway commissioner is further author

ized to enter into all contracts and agreements with the United States government relating to the construction and maintenance of rural post roads under the provisions of the said act of congress, to submit such scheme or program of construction and maintenance as may be required by the secretary of agriculture, and do all other things necessary

fully to carry out the cooperation contemplated and providReceipt and ed for by the said act. The state treasurer is hereby author

ized to receive any and all moneys due the state of Michigan under the provisions of this act, and shall pay out the same under the orders of the auditor general which shall be issued by said auditor general upon orders of the state highway

commissioner. Authority to (491) SEC. 2. Townships, good roads districts and counraise funds.

ties are hereby authorized to raise funds, either by general taxation or bond issues, for the building of federal aided roads and to deposit their portion of the cost of such roads with the state treasurer to be credited to the specific federal aid road project for which the money has been appropriated, which funds shall be paid out by the state highway commis

etc.

disbursement of moneys.

mates, etc.

sioner together with funds appropriated by the state as the work of construction proceeds. Taxes for such purpose Bond issues. may be authorized, spread and collected, and bonds may be issued and sold, in the same manner, and subject to the same limitations and restrictions, as is or may be provided, in act two hundred eighty-three of the public acts of nineteen hundred nine, as amended: Provided, however, That in no case Proviso, estishall the furnishing of estimates, plans or specifications by the board of county road commissioners for the construction, maintenance or improvement of a highway hereunder be regarded as necessary: Provided further, That the state Further

proviso. highway commissioner shall upon written request by a board of supervisors or by a township board, or at his own option, furnish estimates, plans and specifications for any such improvement. The state treasurer is hereby authorized and Accounting of directed to open and maintain a separate account with each road project for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act.

(492) Sec. 3. Counties working under the so-called coun- Counties' pro ty road system having a valuation per trunk line mile of of cost. less than fifty thousand dollars, shall pay five per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; counties having a valuation per trunk line mile of more than fifty thousand dollars and less than seventy-five thousand dollars shall pay seven and one-half per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; counties having a valuation per trunk line mile of more than seventyfive thousand dollars and less than one hundred thousand dollars shall pay ten per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; counties having a valuation per trunk line mile of more than one hundred thousand dollars and less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars shall pay twelve and one-half per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; counties having a valuation per trunk line mile of more than one hundred fifty thousand dollars and less than two hundred thousand dollars shall pay fifteen per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; counties having a valuation per trunk line mile of more than two hundred thousand dollars and less than three hun. dred thousand dollars, shall pay seventeen and one-half per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; counties having a valuation per trunk line mile of more than three hundred thousand dollars and less than four hundred thousand dollars shall pay twenty per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; counties having a valuation per trunk line mile of more than four hundred thousand dollars and less than five hundred thousand dollars shall pay twenty-two and one-half per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; counties having a valuation per trunk line mile of more than five hundred thousand dollars shall pay twenty-five per cent of the cost of federal aided roads; in each case the state paying the remainder of the cost from the state funds appropriated for this purpose and from such funds as may be allotted to each pro

Determination of valuation.

how determined.

Preliminary ject by the federal government. The cost of preliminary work, etc.

work, including surveys and plans shall be paid by the state. The valuation per trunk line mile of any county shall be determined by dividing the latest state equalized valuation by its allotted trunk line mileage, computed on the basis of the number of surveyed townships in each county, under the

provisions of act three hundred thirty-four, public acts ninePro rata teen hundred thirteen, as amended. Townships and good share of townships, roads districts shall pay toward the construction of federal etc.

aided roads the same percentages in accordance with their

valuation per trunk line mile as shown by the above schedule Valuation,

for counties. The valuation per trunk line mile of a town. ship or good roads district shall be determined by dividing its assessed valuation as shown by the assessment roll of the last preceding year by the actual number of trunk line miles including proposed federal aided roads within its borders as determined and established by the state highway commissioner under the provisions of act three hundred thirty-four, public acts nineteen hundred thirteen, as amended.

Am. 1919, Act 340. Proceedings legalized.

(493) SEC. 4. All proceedings heretofore taken in any township, good roads district or county of the state for the purpose of raising money by taxation or by loan for the construction, maintenance or improvement of federal aided roads in accordance with the provisions of this act, are hereby declared to be as legal and valid as though the same were taken subsequent to the time that this measure becomes operative; and any and all bonds heretofore issued for such purpose and in accordance with this act shall be deemed to be valid subsisting obligations of the township, good roads district

or county, as the case may be, as though authorized, issued Moneys. and sold hereunder. Any and all moneys so raised and in

the possession of the township, district or county shall be deposited by the officials having control thereof with the state

treasurer as herein provided. Tax levy. (494) Sec. 5. Townships, good roads districts and coun

ties in which federal aided roads shall be built are hereby required to levy annually and raise by general taxation their proportion of the cost of maintenance of said federal aided roads, which proportion shall be computed on double

the basis as that provided for construction in section three of Contracts.

this act. Contracts and agreements between the state highway commissioner and the boards of county road commissioners, the boards of commissioners of the good roads districts, and the township boards of any township, providing for the maintenance of federal aided roads under the direction,

supervision and control of the state highway commissioner, Duty of town- are hereby expressly authorized. It shall be the duty ship board.

of the township board, in case such road is a township road, and said board is hereby authorized, to order such amount

Bonds.

to be raised. In the event that such road is constructed, In case of maintained or improved for a good roads district or a county, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to order spread the amount contemplated by the provisions of this section. The moneys so collected shall be paid into the state treasury Accounting. and credited to the maintenance fund for each specific federal aided road project for which the money was raised, to be paid out by the state highway commissioner, who is hereby authorized to maintain all federal aided roads in accordance with the directions of the secretary of agriculture, under the provisions of federal aid road act herein referred to and any amendments to the same that may hereafter be made. The Balance of remaining portion of the cost of maintaining federal aided how' paid. roads shall be paid out of any state highway funds not otherwise appropriated. The state treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to open and keep a separate maintenance account with each road project for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act. Am. 1919, Act 340.

(495) SEC. 6. Any township, good roads district or coun. Construction ty which has raised funds for building roads under the pro- low bid. visions of this act, may contract with the state highway commissioner at a price below that of the lowest responsible bidder and build or maintain the roads within its jurisdiction under the supervision of the state highway commissioner providing no satisfactory bid is received for building or maintaining the roads and all other bids are rejected.

(496) SEC. 7. There is hereby appropriated for the state Appropriahighway department for the fiscal year ending June thirty, nineteen hundred eighteen, the sum of two hundred twentyfive thousand dollars, and for the fiscal year ending June thirty, nineteen hundred nineteen, the sum of two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars, which sum, so appropriated, shall constitute a fund for the payment of the state's portion of the cost of federal aided roads, including such part of the cost of the preliminary investigations and such plans, surveys and specifications as the state highway commissioner shall deem necessary or shall be required by the federal government. Any moneys remaining in this fund at the close of any fiscal year shall be carried over by the auditor general and added to the fund which becomes available for the following year.

(497) Sec. 8. The auditor general shall incorporate in Tax clause. the state taxes for the year nineteen hundred seventeen the sum of two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars, and for the year nineteen hundred eighteen the sum of two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars, which amounts, when collected, shall be credited to the general fund to reimburse the same for the moneys hereby appropriated: Provided, however, Proviso. That the amount hereby appropriated for the fiscal year end

tion.

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