2003 Regular Session
To: Local and Private Legislation; Ways and Means
By: Representative Rotenberry, Hudson, Moore (60th), Warren, Weathersby
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF SIMPSON COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, TO PURCHASE AND RENOVATE THE BUILDING AND REAL ESTATE FORMERLY OWNED BY WAL-MART STORES WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF MAGEE, AND TO LEASE SPACE IN THE BUILDING TO COPIAH-LINCOLN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND FOR THE POSSIBLE LOCATION OF AN INCUBATOR INDUSTRY MULTIPURPOSE AREA AND OTHER USES; TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO PURCHASE OTHER REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCT A BUILDING ON THE PROPERTY IF THE WAL-MART PROPERTY IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE; TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE COUNTY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,000,000.00 FOR THE PURCHASE AND RENOVATION OR CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING AND REAL ESTATE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) The Board of Supervisors of Simpson County, Mississippi ("board"), may purchase and renovate the building and real estate formerly owned by Wal-Mart Stores in the City of Magee, and purchase equipment, furniture and other furnishings as necessary to equip the building, for the purposes of (a) leasing space in the building to Copiah-Lincoln Community College for classrooms and administrative office space to continue to offer its college courses, which lease may be for a nominal amount, and (b) leasing space for the possible location of an incubator industry multipurpose area, warehouse space or other uses, upon such terms and conditions and for such monetary rental or other consideration that the board deems to be in the best interest of the public.
(2) If the building and real estate formerly owned by Wal-Mart Stores in the City of Magee is no longer available for purchase by the county, then the board of supervisors may purchase other real estate in the county and construct a building on the property, and purchase equipment, furniture and other furnishings as necessary to equip the building for the purposes set forth in subsection (1) of this section.
(3) The board may issue general obligation bonds of the county, in accordance with the provisions set forth in Sections 3 through 11 of this act, for the purposes described in subsection (1) or (2) of this section.
(4) The general obligation bonds of the county issued for the purposes of this section shall not exceed Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00).
SECTION 2. If the building and real estate acquired and renovated or constructed under Section 1 of this act are no longer needed by the county for county purposes, the board may sell or otherwise dispose of the building and real estate on terms and conditions and with safeguards as will best promote and protect the public interest. The board may transfer title or possession to the building and real estate by warranty deed, bill of sale, contract or other customary business instrument in the same manner and to the same extent that any private corporation, association or person may contract with reference to property of a similar nature. Any sale of the building and real estate authorized under this section may be made at public or private sale. All income derived from the sale of the building and real estate may be applied to the retirement of bonds issued under Sections 3 through 11 of this act or deposited into the general fund of the county to be used for any lawful purpose.
Contracts for the renovation, construction, improvement, equipping or furnishing of the building authorized to be acquired or constructed under Section 1 of this act shall be entered into upon the basis of public bidding under Section 31-7-1 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 3. Before the issuance of any bonds under the provisions of this act, the board shall adopt a resolution declaring its intention so to do, stating the maximum amount of the bonds proposed to be issued, the purpose for which the bonds are to be issued, and the date upon which the board proposes to authorize the issuance of the bonds. The resolution shall be published once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks in at least one (1) newspaper published in the county. The advertisement shall be no less than one-fourth (1/4) page in size and the type used shall be no smaller than eighteen (18) point and surrounded by a one-fourth-inch solid black border. The first publication of the resolution shall be made not less than twenty-one (21) days before the date fixed in the resolution to authorize the issuance of the bonds, and the last publication shall be made not more than seven (7) days before that date. If twenty percent (20%) or one thousand five hundred (1,500) of the qualified electors of the county, whichever is the lesser, file a written protest against the issuance of the bonds on or before the date specified in the resolution, then an election on the question of the issuance of the bonds shall be called and held as provided in this act. If no protest is filed, then the bonds may be issued without an election on the question of the issuance thereof at any time within a period of two (2) years after the date specified in the above-mentioned resolution; however, the board, in its discretion, may nevertheless call an election on that question, in which event it shall not be necessary to publish the resolution declaring its intention to issue the bonds as provided in this act.
SECTION 4. Whenever an election is to be called as provided in Section 3 of this act, notice of the election shall be signed by the clerk of the board of supervisors and shall be published once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks in at least one (1) newspaper published in the county. The first publication of notice shall be made not less than twenty-one (21) days before the date fixed for the election, and the last publication shall be made not more than seven (7) days before that date.
SECTION 5. The election shall be held, as far as is practicable, in the same manner as other elections are held in counties. At the election, all qualified electors of the county may vote, and the ballots used at the election shall have printed thereon a brief statement of the amount and purpose of the proposed bond issue and the words "FOR THE BOND ISSUE" and "AGAINST THE BOND ISSUE," and the voter shall vote by placing a cross (x) or check mark (a) opposite his choice on the proposition.
SECTION 6. When the results of the election on the question of the issuance of the bonds shall have been canvassed by the election commissioners of the county and certified by them to the board, it shall be the duty of the board to determine and adjudicate whether or not a majority of the qualified electors who voted thereon in the election voted in favor of the issuance of the bonds, and unless a majority of the qualified electors who voted thereon in the election have voted in favor of the issuance of the bonds, then the bonds shall not be issued. If a majority of the qualified electors who vote thereon in the election vote in favor of the issuance of the bonds, then the board may issue the bonds, whether in whole or in part, within two (2) years after the date of the election or the date of the final favorable termination of any litigation affecting the issuance of the bonds.
SECTION 7. This act, without reference to any other statute not referred to herein, shall be deemed to be full and complete authority for the borrowing of money and the issuing of bonds as authorized by the board and shall be construed as an additional and alternate method therefor.
SECTION 8. Any bonds issued under the provisions of this act shall be validated in the manner provided by law.
SECTION 9. No member of the Legislature, elected official or appointed official, or any partner or associate of any member of the Legislature, elected official or appointed official, shall derive any income from the issuance of any bonds under this act.
SECTION 10. The board is further authorized to adopt any and all lawful resolutions, orders or ordinances and do and perform any and all acts and things necessary and requisite to carry out the purposes of this act.
SECTION 11. The Board of Supervisors of Simpson County, Mississippi, shall submit this act, immediately upon approval by the Governor, or upon approval by the Legislature subsequent to a veto, to the Attorney General of the United States or to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in accordance with the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.
SECTION 12. If this act is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended, then this act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.