1897 public laws – Ch. 261 Sec. 4

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CHAPTER 261 An act to establish graded schools in the district herein specified, and to be known as Chapel Hill schoel districts, number twenty-four, Orange county. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

That if a majority of the qualified voters of said schoo! districts shall vote for schools, the county authorities of Orange county, legally authorized to levy taxes, shall, in addition to other taxes laid upon said school districts, annually compute and levy, at the time of levying other taxes, a sufficient special tax upon the property and polls of the white and colored persons of said school districts to raise such a sum of money as the trustees hereinafter named of said school districts shall deem necessary, and shall report annually to said authorities, to support and maintain said schools, which sum shall be not less than one-fourth of one per centum on the property and seventy-five cents on the poll, nor more than one-half of one per centum on the property and one hundred and fifty cents on the polls annually of white and colored persons in said districts. Said trustees hereinafter mentioned shall immediately after the elections herein provided for, report to the county authorities empowered to levy taxes what sum said trustees deem necessary to support and maintain said schools during the first year, and annually thereafter said trustees, thirty days prior to the time for levying county taxes, shall report to said authorities what sum of money is necessary to support said schools during the next year. And the taxes for the support of said schools shall be annually collected as other taxes are ecollected and paid over by the sheriff or other collecting officers to the county treasurer, which officers shall give good and sufficient bonds to be approved by the said commissioners for the safe keeping and proper distribution of said taxes, and the taxes levied and collected for these purposes shall be kept sacred, separate and distinet from other taxes by the officers in charge and shall be used only for the purposes for which they were levied and collected.

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