House File 96 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to the date for an election to authorize the
2issuance of certain indebtedness by school districts.
1   Section 1.  Section 296.3, Code 2021, is amended to read as
   3296.3  Election called.
   4Within ten days of receipt of a petition filed under section
5296.2, the president of the board of directors shall call a
6meeting of the board. The meeting shall be held within thirty
7days after the petition was received. At the meeting, the
8board shall call the election, fixing the time of the election,
9which may shall, consistent with section 296.4, be at the time
10and place of holding the regular school election under section
. However, if the board determines by unanimous vote
12that the proposition or propositions requested by a petition
13to be submitted at an election are grossly unrealistic or
14contrary to the needs of the school district, no election shall
15be called. If more than one petition has been received by
16the time the board meets to consider the petition triggering
17the meeting, the board shall act upon the petitions in the
18order they were received at the meeting called to consider the
19initial petition. The decision of the board may be appealed to
20the state board of education as provided in chapter 290. The
21president shall notify the county commissioner of elections of
22the time of the election.
23   Sec. 2.  Section 296.4, Code 2021, is amended to read as
   25296.4  Notice — ballots.
   26Notice of the election shall be given by the county
27commissioner of elections by publication in accordance with
28section 49.53. The county commissioner of elections shall
29conduct the election pursuant to the provisions of chapters
3039 to 53 and certify the results to the board of directors,
31except that for elections conducted on or after July 1, 2021,
32including elections subject to section 75.1, subsection 2, the
33date of the election shall be the date of the regular school
34election specified in section 277.1
1The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
2the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   3Subject to the approval of the voters when the indebtedness
4exceeds 1.25 percent of the assessed value of the taxable
5property, school districts are authorized in Code chapter 296
6to contract indebtedness up to 5 percent of the actual value
7of the taxable value and to issue general obligation bonds
8to provide funds to defray the cost of purchasing, building,
9furnishing, reconstructing, repairing, improving or remodeling
10a schoolhouse or schoolhouses and additions thereto, gymnasium,
11stadium, field house, school bus garage, teachers’ or
12superintendent’s home or homes, and procuring a site or sites
13for such buildings, or purchasing land to add to a site already
14owned, or procuring and improving a site for an athletic field,
15or improving a site already owned for an athletic field.
   16This bill limits elections for the contracting of
17indebtedness and the issuance of bonds by school districts
18under Code chapter 296 to only being conducted on the regular
19school election date, which is the first Tuesday after the
20first Monday in November in each odd-numbered year.