Notice of Ordinance No. 24-1

NOTICE OF AN ORDINANCE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF THE PROPOSITION OF A PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNEXATION REFERENDUM, PURSUANT TO 75 ILCS 16/15-15, TO THE VOTERS OF THE BUREAU VALLEY COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #340 IN BUREAU, WHITESIDE, AND LEE COUNTIES IN ILLINOIS, AT THE GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 5, 2024.

WHEREAS, 75 ILCS 16/15-15 provides that whenever a municipality or school district included partially within a public library district includes, within its boundaries, territory contiguous to the public library district without local tax supported public library service, the district may annex such territory by the passage of an ordinance calling for an election to that effect; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Walnut Public Library District, in Bureau County, Illinois, have considered the question of annexation of territory described as:

The portions of the Bureau Valley Community Unit School District #340 that are currently unserved by a public library and contiguous to the Walnut Public Library District.

The Board of Trustees confirmed that the above-mentioned territory to be annexed follows the boundaries of the Bureau Valley Community Unit School District #340, part of which is currently served by the Walnut Public Library District. Further, the Board confirmed that the territory to be annexed is currently without tax supported public library service while also being contiguous to the Walnut Public Library District; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the owners of the territory to be annexed and the residents, taxpayers and users of the current Walnut Public Library District, for the territory above described to become a part of the Walnut Public Library District.

THEREFORE, the Board of Trustees of the Walnut Public Library District presently in the County of Bureau and State of Illinois, adopted its Ordinance No. 24-1 calling for the submission to the voters at the consolidated election of November 5, 2024, general election the following referendum proposition:

“Currently, there are portions of the Bureau Valley Community Unit School District #340 in Bureau, Whiteside, and Lee Counties that do not have tax supported library service. Shall the territory within the Bureau Valley Community Unit School District #340 in Bureau, Whiteside, and Lee Counties that do not have library service and are contiguous to the Walnut Public Library District be annexed to the Walnut Public Library District?”

This ordinance took effect from and after its passage and approval according to the law.  The public question will be put to the voters by referendum in the November 5, 2024, general election after the Board completes publication of this notice in the newspaper of general circulation, posts this notice, and mails this notice to all libraries within one mile of the territory to be annexed as required by law. Further, the Board will then file the question with the County Clerks in Bureau, Whiteside, and Lee Counties in Illinois

Ordinance passed by the Board of Trustees of the Walnut Public Library District and approved by the President thereof and to be effective on the 17th day of April 2024.

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