City of Beacon, NY
Dutchess County
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Sec. 8.00 Indebtedness and taxation.

[Amended 6-15-1992 by L.L. No. 10-1992; 12-1-1997 by L.L. No. 13-1997]
The city shall have the power to contract indebtedness for any municipal purpose, if authorized by the Local Finance Law of the State of New York or any other state law, to accomplish any lawful purpose to the extent authorized for such purpose and subject to the provisions of this Charter. The city shall have the power to raise money to defray the cost of the carrying on of the general government and for the doing of any of the things authorized by law, by general taxation and by local assessment where authorized, not to exceed the amounts otherwise provided by law.

Sec. 8.02 Bond referendum.

Any bond ordinance hereafter adopted by the Council authorizing the issuance of bonds of the city, other than bond ordinances expressly excepted hereafter, shall be subject to a permissive referendum to be called and conducted under the same procedures for permissive referenda set forth in the Municipal Home Rule Law.

Sec. 8.04 Notice of adoption.

Notwithstanding the provisions of the Municipal Home Rule Law, the City Clerk shall, within ten (10) days after the adoption of any bond ordinance which is subject to a permissive referendum, publish a notice in the official newspaper of the city, which notice shall state the date of adoption of such bond ordinance and that such bond ordinance was adopted subject to a permissive referendum and shall contain a summary of such ordinance and state that a full copy of said ordinance is available, free of charge, from the City Clerk.

Sec. 8.06 Referendum procedures.

[Amended 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991]
Any bond ordinance which is subject to a permissive referendum shall not take effect until the time limits for a permissive referendum as provided in the Municipal Home Rule Law have expired without a petition being presented, or until approved by an affirmative vote of a majority of the qualified electors of the city after the filing of a petition pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law. If a petition be filed as provided by the Municipal Home Rule Law, a proposition for approval of the bond ordinance therein described shall be submitted at the next general election in the city unless the Council, within thirty (30) days after the filing, shall direct by resolution that such proposition be submitted at a special election which shall be held not less than ninety (90) days nor more than one hundred twenty (120) days after the filing of such petition.
Any such petition may be made upon separate sheets, and the signatures to each shall be signed and authenticated in the manner provided by the Election Law for the signing and authentication of designating petitions insofar as applicable. The several sheets so signed and authenticated, when fastened together and offered for filing, shall be deemed to constitute one (1) petition. The City Clerk shall examine each such petition so filed with him and shall, not later than thirty (30) days after the date of filing, transmit to the Council a certificate that he has examined it and found that it complies or does not comply, as the case may be, with the requirements of the law. If, within thirty (30) days after the filing of any such petition, a written objection thereto is filed with the Supreme Court, or any Justice thereof, of the judicial district in which the city is located, such Court or Justice shall determine any question arising thereunder and make such order as justice may require. Such proceeding shall be heard and determined in the manner prescribed by § 335 of the Election Law.[1]
In the event that the Council shall determine to submit a proposition for the approval of a bond ordinance at a special election, the Council shall, in a resolution making the determination, specify the date of such special election, whether voting machines or paper ballots will be used, the persons to act as election inspectors as hereinafter provided, the hours during which the polls will remain open at such special election, which shall include at least three (3) consecutive hours between 7:00 in the morning and 7:00 in the evening, the polling place or places therefor and the text of the proposition to be submitted thereat. The City Clerk shall cause notice of any such special election to be published once in the official newspaper of the city not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty (20) days before the date of such election, which notice shall state the date of the election, the hours during which the polls will remain open, the polling place or places and the text of the proposition to be submitted thereat. Such notice shall also contain an abstract of the bond ordinance referred to in such proposition, briefly summarizing the subject matter thereof. The Council shall select from the election inspectors previously designated for general election purposes pursuant to the Election Law not fewer than two (2) nor more than four (4) persons to act as election inspectors for each polling place at which such a special election shall be held. In other respects, such special election shall be conducted, the votes canvassed and the results certified and returned so far as practicable in the manner prescribed by the Election Law to the extent not inconsistent with this section.
The qualifications for voting on a proposition for the approval of a bond ordinance submitted at either a special or general election pursuant to this section shall be the same as the qualifications for voting upon the election of city officers.
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Editor's Note: See now Election Law § 16-116.

Sec. 8.08 Notice of referendum.

In the event that a proposition for the approval of any bond ordinance shall be submitted at an election pursuant to this Article, the City Clerk shall cause a notice of such submission to be published once not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty (20) days before the date of such election, which notice shall set forth the text of such proposition, summarizing the subject matter thereof and stating that a true copy of the same may be obtained, free of charge, from the City Clerk.

Sec. 8.10 Exceptions to referendum.

The provisions of this Article pertaining to permissive referenda shall not apply to any bond ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds in an amount of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.) or less, nor to any bond ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds for capital improvements of which more than fifty per centum (50%) of the cost thereof is to be levied by assessments upon property especially benefited thereby, nor to any bond ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds for the payments of judgments or compromised or settled claims against the city or awards or sums payable by the city pursuant to a determination by a court, officer, body or agency acting in an administrative or quasi-judicial capacity, or providing for the construction or maintenance of sewer treatment facilities or water pollution control facilities.

Sec. 8.12 State and county taxes.

Payment of all taxes for state and county purposes shall be made as collected, or by the end of the calendar year for which the warrant for the same is delivered, whichever shall occur first, without interest or penalty.