1. A school corporation, township, or county library district may contract for the use by its residents of a city library, but if a contract is made by a county board of supervisors or township trustees, it may only be for the residents outside of cities. A contract by a county shall supersede all contracts by townships or school corporations within the county outside of cities.
2. a. Contracts shall provide for the amount to be contributed. They may, by mutual consent of the contracting parties, be terminated at any time. They may also be terminated by a majority of the voters represented by either of the contracting parties, voting on a proposition to terminate which shall be submitted by the governing body upon a written petition of qualified voters in a number not less than five percent of those who voted in the area for president of the United States or governor at the last general election.
b. The proposition may be submitted at any election provided by law which covers the area of the unit seeking to terminate the contract. The petition shall be presented to the governing body not less than forty days before the election at which the question is to be submitted.
3. The board of trustees of any township which has entered into a contract shall at the April meeting levy a tax not exceeding six and three-fourths cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation on all taxable property in the township to create a fund to fulfill its obligation under the contract.
4. a. Qualified electors of that part of any county outside of cities in a number of not less than twenty-five percent of those in the area who voted for president of the United States or governor at the last general election may petition the board of supervisors to submit the proposition of requiring the board to provide library service for them and their area by contract as provided by this section.
b. The board of supervisors shall submit the proposition to the voters of the county residing outside of cities at the next election, primary or general, provided that the petition has been filed not less than forty days prior to the date of the election at which the question is to be submitted.
c. If a majority of those voting upon the proposition favors it, the board of supervisors shall within thirty days appoint a board of library trustees from residents of the petitioning area. Vacancies shall be filled by the board.
d. The board of trustees may contract with any library for library use or service for the benefit of the residents and area represented by it.
[S13, § 592-a, 792-a; SS15, § 422; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 5859, 5861-5863; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, § 378.11, 378.13-378.15; C75, 77, 79, 81, S81, § 358B.18; 81 Acts, ch 117, § 1075]
83 Acts, ch 123, § 166, 167, 209
C93, § 336.18
Referred to in § 331.321, 331.381
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