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property for the benefit of the town; said town shall have and

1897 use a common seal, and change the same at the pleasure of, the Town Council.

SEC. 9. That the Town Council shall, by ordinance, pre-; scribe the manner of holding both general and special elec

fpecial tions not inconsistent with the provisions hereof, and shall elections. provide registration books for persons residing in said town; and said Town Council shall also, by ordinance, prescribe polling places in said town, and any person who shall possess, ihe qualifications requisite to an elector at general State elec. Regiatration tions, and shall have' resided in the town six months next; preceding the election, and shall have been registered in the municipal registration books, as shall be prescribed by ordinance, shall be a qualified elector of said town at any election, Qualified special or general, held in Faid town, ept in case in this charter otherwise provided; and all elections held in said town of-Clear Water shall be conducted and held in accord-i ance with the provisions of the election laws of the State of Conduct of

elections. Florida, but the Town Council shall be substitute for the Board of County Commissioners.

Sec. 10. That all ordinances of the town shall be signed by the President of the Council, and approved by the Mayor, 'Requirements or passed over his veto by a two-thirds vote of the council, of ordinances

before taking and shall be published for thirty days in some newspaper effect. published in said town, or posted at three prominent places in said town before taking efft ct.

SEC. 11. The town may make its own assessments of property for taxes, and place its own valuation on the Power of the property situated in said town, both real and personal; but ite own the valuation of said property for the purpose of taxation assessments

place shall not exceed its actual cash value. The total taxes levied own valuation

on property. upon any property in said town in any one year shall not exceed one per cent. upon the valuation fixed in such assessment; but this provision is not to be so construed as to prevent the said town from levying sufficient taxes to meet the payment of interest on its outstanding bonds, and to provide Limit of for the payment thereof when the same shall become due, or from levying such taxes for special purposes, or from making such special assessments of property as are provided in this charter, or in the general laws of the State of Florida governing cities and towns.

SEC. 12. That all ordinances now in force in the town of Clear Water Harbor shall remain in force until repealed or Existing ordimodified by the Town Council to be elected under the pro- in force until visions of charter; and that all laws now in force, or that repealed. may hereafter be enacted for the government of cities and

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1897. towns, except in so far as they may conflict with the pro

visions of this charter, shall apply to the said municipality or

officers thereof; and the officers of the present town of Clear their successors Water Harbor sball hold their respective offices and perform

the several functions thereof until their successors, provided
for in this act, are elected and qualified. The Town Council
shall provide for the payment at as early a date as possible,
of all existing indebtedness of the present town of Clear
Water Harbor.

SEC. 13. That the tiile to all property, both real, personal
and mixed, now belonging to the present town of Clear

Water Harbor, including all public school property not owned property.

by the county at large, uncollected taxes, dues, claims, judg-
ments, decrees and choses in action, shall pass to and be
vested in the corporation incorporated by this charter.

Sec. 14. That all the acts and transactions of the Town

Council and other officers of the town of Clear Water Harbor
Acts of Town not in conflict with the Laws of the State of Florida be and
Council legal. they are hereby declared to be legal and valid; and all rights

of the said town of Clear Water Harbor acquired under any
of said acts or transactions shall be vested in the town of
Clear Water created by this charter.

SEC. 15. This act shall take effect immediately upon its
approval by the Governor.

Approved June 2, 1897.

CHAPTER 4659.—[No. 145.]

AN ACT to Amend an Act Entitled an Act to Abolish the Pres

ent Municipal Government of the City of Sanford, Orange
County, Florida, and Organize a City Government for the Same,
and Provide its Jurisdiction and Powers.

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

SECTION 1. That Section 5, of Article 9, of Chapter 4312, of the Acts of the Legislature of 1893, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 5. The council shall thereupon at a time to be fixed by ordinance, determine the amount to be raised by taxation for municipal purposes, and shall fix and determine the rate of taxation for the current year, as is herein further provided. The council is hereby empowered to levy annually such taxes as may be necessary for municipal purposes,

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not exceeding two per cent. on the assessed valuation of all property, real and personal, within the city. Provided, however, That a special tax may be levied, annually, in addition thereto. for the payment of interest and principal on the city's bonded indebtedness.

SEC. 2. All laws or parts of laws in conflict with this act are bereby repealed in so far as they effect the city of Sanford.

SEC. 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage and approval by the Governor.

Approved May 8, 1897.

CHAPTER 4660-[No. 146.]

AN ACT to Legalize and Make Valid the Town of Tarpon Springs,

and Acts Done by Said Town and for Other Purposes.

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

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SECTION 1. That all ordinances heretofore passed, and all acts and deeds heretofore done by and through the Mayor, Ordinances Town Council, Tax Assessor and Collector or other officer of declared legal

and valid. said town, not in conflict with the laws of said State, are hereby declared to be legal and valid.

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted that the Town Assessor shall have the power to assess all the property, real and personal within the town limits, for town purposes at its fair Power of Tower, and reasonable valuation, irrespective of the valuation thereof by the State for taxation, and the Town Council shall have power to act as a Board of Equalization under such rules and regulations and in such lawful manner as they may adopt.

SEC. 3. That nothing in this act shall be so construed as to deprive the town of Tarpon Springs of its rights, powers and privileges now allowed by law, under the general incorporation Provisiozs i act for cities and towns in this State, but all provisions of general in

curporation said general incorporation law, not inconsistent with this act, law to apo shall apply to said town of Terpon Springs.

SEC. 4. That this act shall take effect immediately upoz. its approval by the Governor.

Approved May 29, 1897.

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CHAPTER 4661-[No. 147.]

AN ACT to Legalize the Incorporation of the Town of White

Springs, in the County of Hamilton, and to Declare the Incorporation of the Town of White Springs Valid and of Full Force and Effect.

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

SECTION 1. That all of the acts done and performed in the

organization and incorporation of the town of White Springs, Acts performed in the county of Hamilton, State of Florida, are declared to be egalized.

valid and legal in law and equity and to be considered valid and binding by the laws of the State of Florida.

SEC. 2. That all acts done and performed by the Board of

Aldermen, Mayor, Marshal and other officers of said incorActs of Alder- poration of the town of White Springs are declared to be of men, Mayor, etc., legalized.

full force and validity, and all assessments and collections of taxes done and performed by the incorporation of the town of White Springs are hereby legalized and declared valid and of full force, virtue and effect and binding in law and equity.

SEC. 3. That this act shall take effect from and after its approval by the Governor.

Approved May 27, 1897.

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RESOLUTIONS.

[No. 1.]

JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an Amendment to Section

Thirteen (13), of Article Sixteen (16), of the Constitution of the
State of Florida Relating to Sureties Upon Official Bonds.

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

That the following amendment to the Constitution of the State of Florida be and is hereby agreed to, and shall be submitted to the electors of the State at the general election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, A. D. 1898, for ratification or rejection.

Section 13, of Article XVI, shall be and is amended so as to read as follows:

SECTION 13. The sureties upon the official bonds of all State, county and municipal officers shall be residents of, and have sufficient visible property unencumbered within the State, not exempt from sale under legal process, to make good their bonds; and the sureties upon the official bonds of all

county and municipal officers shall reside within the county where their principals upon such bonds reside, and shall have sufficient visible and unencumbered property in such county, that is not exempt from sale under legal process to make good their liability on such bonds; Provided, "That any duly organized and responsible guarantee or surety company, either foreign or domestic, lawfully doing business in this State, may become and be accepted as surety on all such official bonds." Approved May 27, 1897.

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