Reports of Cases Determined by the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri Volume 105
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...constitution of Illinois declares that "no county, city, etc., shall be allowed to become indebted in any manner, or for any purpose," beyond a stated amount. Yet the decisions of the supreme court of that state recognize no such distinction as that sought to be made in the case at bar. The result of the decisions of that court is, that it can make no difference whether the debts be created for necessary current expenses or for something else. Prince 0. City of Quincy, 105 I11. 138; s. 0., 105 Ill. 215. The supreme court of Iowa when speaking of the same clause in the constitution of that state says: "The language of this provision is very general and comprehensive. It includes indebtedness incurred in any manner or for any purpose." City of Council Blufis c. Stewart, 51 Iowa, 385. It is true the clauses in the constitutions of the states just named prohibit the incurring of indebtedness beyond a specified per cent. of the assessed value of the taxable property, while in our constitution the prohibition is against the incurring of an indebtedness in excess of the revenue Barnard 8: Co. v. Knox County. of the particular year. But we do not see that this difference affects the question in hand. The object of all these provisions is to fix a limit to county and municipal indebtedness. Our constitution, it will be seen, first limits the rate of taxation for county purposes to fifty cents on the one-hundred-dollar valuation in counties like the one in question. This rate may be increased by the assent of the qualified voters for the purpose of erecting public buildings, but it cannot be increased even by such assent for any other purpose. VVe have held that a county court cannot levy a tax in excess of the fifty cents...
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