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of three and one-half mills upon the dollar; and there shall also 1897. be levied for each of the years 1897 and 1898 a constitutional school tax of one mill upon the dollar; Provided, That if the School tax. Governor shall discover from the aggregate assessment of the property of the State, and from other sources of revenue, the reduction of three and one-half mills Siate tax of either or both of said years will be justified, he is hereby authorized to reduce the same as low as he may deem advisable, and he is hereby empowered to instruct the Tax Collectors to collectonly such reduced tax as he may fix as aforesaid.

SEC. 2. The Board of County Commissioners of every county at a meeting for correcting and reviewing the county assessment, sball immediately thereafter ascertain and determine the amount of money to be raised by tax for county purposes, including the current expenses, interest on bonded County Comdebt, bridges and county buildings, and to meet the expenses levy county tax. they are hereby authorized to levy a tax of not more than five mills upon the dollar on the real and personal property of the county, and every such determination and levy so made, shall be entered at large upon the records of the Board of County Commissioners, and no county shall levy a greater amount for any purpose than five mills for county purposes, Cannot levy and any indebtedness contracted by the County Commission- mille for county ers of any county in excess of the said amount, shall be null and void, and no suits shall be prosecuted in any court in this State for the collection of the same; Provided, That the County Commissioners of each ccunty shall levy a tax not to exceed five mills nor less than three and one-quarter mills on the dollar on the real and personal property of the county for county school purposes; Provided further, That the school tax. County Commissioners of any county may levy an additional tax not to exceed four mills on the dollar each year, to pay all outstanding indebtedness and interest thereon; Provided, est, etc. That nothing in this act shall be so construed as to prohibit any county wishing to erect a court house or jail from levy- Erecting court ing the amount of special taxes now allowed by law for that house of jail. purpose; Provided further, This act shall not apply to coun

does not apply. ties working roads under special laws.

SEC. 3. That the levying of a tax for the raising of a sinking fand for the ultimate redemptiou of the bonded debt Sinking fund of the State, is hereby suspended for the years 1897 and 1898.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Repeal. act are hereby repealed.

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SEC. 5. This act being a public act, shall take effect upon its approval by the Governor.

Approved June 3, 1897.

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AN ACT Transferring all Certificates Issued to the State for Un

paid Taxes on Lands Which are Now in the Hands of the Com-
missioner of Agriculture Under Chapter 4011, Laws of Florida,
to the Custody of the State Treasurer, and Providing for the

Redemption, Sale and Conveyance of Such Lands.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

SECTION 1. That all certificates of lands certified to the
State of Florida for unpaid taxes, under and in pursuance of
the prcvisions of Chapter four thousand and eleven (4011)

of the Laws of Florida which are now in the hands of the Certificates for Commissioner of Agriculture, be and the same are here by unpaid taxes

transferred to the custody of the State Treasurer, to be held ferred to State by him subject to redemption and sale in the same manner as

now is, or may hereafter be provided by law for the redemp-
tion and sale of tax sale certificates held by the State of Flor-
ida, and all deeds of conveyance of such lands shall be made
by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, upon presentation of the
certificate duly transferred by the State Treasurer, substanti.
ally in the same manner as now is, or may hereafter be, pro-
vided by law for the conveyance of land sold for unpaid
taxes.

SEC. 2. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with the
provisions of this act, be and the same are hereby repealed.

SEC. 3. That this act shall take effect upon its approval by the Governor.

Approved May 18, 1897.

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AN ACT Making Appropriations for the Expenses of the State

Government for Six Months of the Year 1897, and for the Year
1898, and for Six Months of the Year 1899.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

SECTION 1. That the following sums be, and are hereby, appropriated for the payment of the expenses of the State

Government for six months from July 1 to December 31, 1897. 1897: For salaries Executive Department, stven thousand ($7.000) dollars; for salaries Judicial Department, nineteen thousand seven hundred and fifty ($19.750) dollars; for main. tenance of lunatics, thirty thousand ($30.000) dollars; for jurors and witnesses before Grand Jury, twenty-five thousand ($25.000) dollars; for expenses collection of revenue, forty-tive thousand $45.000 dollars; for Chief Clerk in Comptroller's office, seven hundred and fitty ($750) dollars; for bookkeeper in Comptroller's office, six hundred ($600) dollars; for assistant auditing clerk in Comptroller's Office, six hundred ($600) dollars; for clerk in Redemption Department, four hundred and eighty ($480) dollars; for clerk in Tax Department, three hundred and sixty ($360) dollars; for clerk in Comptroller's office, two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars; for private secretary to Governor, six hundred ($600) dollars; for stenographer in Governor's office, three hundred and sixty ($3601 dollars; for clerk of Secretary of State, six hundred ($600) doilars; for clerk in Treasurer's office, sıx hundred ($600) dollars; for assistant clerk in Treasurer's office, for 1897.

Appropriati ons five hundred ($500) dollars; for clerk in Treasurer's office, Tax Department, six hundred ($600) dollars; for clerk in Attorney-General's office, four hundred and fifty ($450) dollars; for clerk Supreme Court, as librarian under Section 1321, Revised Statutes, one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars; for clerk Supreme Court, per diem under Section 21, Revised Statutes, four hundred and sixty-nine and fifty one-hundredths ($469.50) dollars; for janitor of Supreme Court, one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars; for salary of clerk for Supreme Court Judges, seven hundred and fifty ($750) dollars; for contingent expenses Supreme Court, seven hundred and fifty ($750) dollars; for purchase of books for Supreme Court library, two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars; for clerk Superintendent of Public Instruction, four hundred and fifty ($450) dollars, payable from interest on common school fund; for stenographer and typewriter to Superintendent of Public Instruction, payable from interest on common school fund, three hundred (8300) dollars; for contingent expenses Superintendent Public Instruction, payable from interest on common school fund, two hurdred and fifty ($250) dol. lars; for janitor at Capitol, one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars; for watchman at Capitol, three hundred ($300) dollars; for general printing and advertising, , four thousand ($4 000) dollars; for printing Supreme Court reports, seven hundred and fifty ($750) dollars; for stationery for executive and legislative departments, five hundred ($500) dollars; for costs adjudged against the State

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in civil cases, fifty dollars ($50); for expenses Circuit Judges
sitting Supreme Bench, two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars;
for expenses of State troops, including all expenses author-
ized by law excepting encampment, two thousand ($2,000)
dollars; for contingent expenses of Capitol, seven hundred
and fisty ($750) dollars; for rewards for and expenses of ar-
rest of fugitives from justice, one thousand ($1,000) dollars;
for contingent expenses of State, one thousand five hundred
($1,500) dollars; for lists of State and United States land
entries for use of Assessors, two hundred and fifty ($250)
dollars; for Blind, Deaf and Dumb Institute, five thousand
($5,000) dollars; for pensions, thirty-two thousand five hun-
dred ($32,500) dollars; for insurance of State buildings, two
thousand ($2,000) dollars; for salary of Adjntant-General,
five hundred ($500) dollars; for State Chemist, one thousand
($1,000 dollars; for Clerk of Fertilizer and Prison Depart-
ment, six hundred ($600) dollars; for Clerk Agricultural De-
partment, six bundred ($600) dollars; for Assistant Chemist
and Inspector of Fertilizers, six hundred ($600) dollars; for
stenographer and typewriter Agricultural Department, four
bundred and fifty ($450) dollars; for printing, Agricultural
Department, two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars; for post-
age, seeds and stationery, Agricultural Department, three
hundred ($300) dollars; for chemicals and apparatus for
State Chemist, two hundred ($200) dollars; for interest on
bonds of 1871 and 1873, payable by State Treasurer on
coupons, forty thousand ($40,000) dollars; for expenses Leg.
islature of 1897, based on expenses of session of 1895, seventy
thousand ($70,000) dollars; for East Florida Seminary, one
thousand two hundred and fifty($1,250) dollars; for West Flor-
ida Seminary, one thousand ($1,000) dollars; and for repairs of
the buildings of said seminary, two thousand (2,000) dollare;
for State Normal College at Defuniak Springs, three thous-
and ($3,000) dollars; for Colored Normal College at Talla-
hassee, four thousand ($4,000) doilars; for Florida Agricul-
tural College at Lake City, for equipment and repairs, two
thousand five bundred ($2,500) dollars; for current expenses,
six hundred and fifty ($650) dollars; for stenographers who
have performed service by order of Circuit Court Judges,
two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars; for Assistant Attorney
to Attorney-General in special cases, five hundred ($500)
dollars; for expenses and salary of Railroad Commissioners,
seven thousand five bundred ($7,500) dollars; for expenses of
reception of W. J. Bryan, one hundred and thirty and
twenty-six one hundredths ($130.26) dollars; the sum of
twelve hundred ($1,200) dollars is hereby appropriated to

cover a deficiency now existing in former appropriations for 1897. contingent expenses of the Supreme Court.

SEC. 2. That the following sums be, and are hereby, appropriated for the payment of expenses of the State Government for the year 1898: For salaries Executive Department, fourteen thousand ($14,000) dollars; for salaries Judicial Department, thirty-nine thousand five hundred ($39,500) dollars; for maintenance of lunatics, sixty thousand ($60,000) dollars; for jurors and witnesses before grand jury, fifty thousand ($50,000) dollars; for Comptroller's office, one thousand five hundred ($1,500) dollars; for bookkeeper in Comptroller's office, one thousand two hundred ($1,200) dollars; for assistant auditing clerk in romptroller's office, one thousand two hundred ($1,200)dollars; for clerk in Redemption Department, nine hundred and sixty ($960) dollars; for clerk in Tax Department, seven hundred and twenty ($720) dollars; for clerk in Comptroller's office, five hundred ($500) dollars; for private secretary to Governor, one thousand two hundred ($1,200) dollars; for stenographer in Governor's office, seven hundred and twenty ($ 720) collars; for clerk of Secretary of State, one thousand two hun

Appropriations dred ($1,200) dollars; for expenses collection of revenue, fifty- for 1898. five thousand ($55,000) dollars; for clerk in Treasurer's office, one thousand two hundred ($1,200) dollars; for assistant clerk in Treasurer's office, one thousand ($1,000) dollars; for clerk in Treasurer's office, Tax Department, twelve hundred ($1,200) dollars; for clerk in Attorney-General's office, nine hundred ($900) dollars; for clerk Supreme Court, as librarian under Section 1321, Revised Statutes, three hundred ($300) dollars; for clerk Supreme Court, per diem, under Section 1321, Revised Statues, nine hundred and thirty-nine ($939); for janitor Supreme Court, three hundred ($300) dollars; for salary of clerk for Supreme Court Judges, one thousand five hundred ($1,500) dollars; for contingent expenses of Supreme Court, one thousand five hundred ($1,500) dollars; for purchase of books for Supreme Court library, five hundred ($500) dollars; for clerk Superintendent of Public Instruction, payable from interest on common school fund, nine hundred ($900) dollars; for stenographer and typewriter to Superintendent of Public Instruction, payable from interest on common school fund, six hundred ($600) dollars; for contingent expenses Superintendent of Public Instruction, payable from interest on

common school fund, five hundred ($500) dollars; for janitor at capitol, three hundred ($300) dollars; for watchman at capitol, six hundred ($600) dollars; for general printing and advertising, eight

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