RECONSTRUCTION OF DAMS AND RELATED APPURTENANCES — HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION
43-2305. Election on contracts. Whenever the board of an irrigation district shall by resolution determine that the interest of said district and the public interest or necessity demand the reconstruction, rehabilitation, replacement, modification or improvement of any dam, canal or other irrigation district works and the construction of hydroelectric generating facilities, properties and related structures in connection and as an improvement to such dam, canal or other irrigation district works and the entering into of a contract as authorized in section 43-2301(c), Idaho Code, making provision therefor, said board shall be required to order the submission of the proposition of entering into a contract as provided in section 43-2301(c), Idaho Code, to the vote of the qualified electors of the district as defined in section 34-104, Idaho Code, at an election to be held for that purpose. The resolution, in addition to such declaration of public interest or necessity, shall recite the objects and purposes for which the contract is proposed to be entered into by the irrigation district; the estimated cost of the reconstruction, rehabilitation, replacement, modification or improvement of the dam, canal or other irrigation district works and/or construction of hydroelectric generating facilities as the case may be; the method of financing the reconstruction, rehabilitation, replacement, modification or improvement of the dam, canal or other irrigation district works and construction of hydroelectric generating facilities, including the maximum amount of bonds which may be issued or of indebtedness which may be contracted by a contracting irrigation district pursuant to such election and pursuant to the provisions of section 43-2301(d), Idaho Code.
Any election required to be held hereunder shall be called by resolution, which resolution shall also fix the date upon which such election shall be held, the manner of holding the same and the method of voting for or against the execution of the contract. Such resolution shall also fix the compensation to be paid the officers of the election and shall designate the precincts and polling places and shall appoint for each polling place, from each precinct from the electors thereof, the officers of such election, which officers shall consist of three (3) judges, one (1) of whom shall act as clerk, who shall constitute a board of election for each polling place. Description of precincts may be made by reference to any order or orders of the board of county commissioners of the county or counties in which the district or any part thereof is situated, or by reference to any previous order, or resolution of the board or by detailed description of such precincts. The resolution calling the election shall prescribe an official notice of election, which notice shall be published once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks, the last publication of which shall be at least ten (10) days prior to the date set for said election, in a newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the district, and no other or further notice of such election or publication of the names of election officers or of the precincts or polling places need be given or made. The notice of election shall state that a copy or copies of the contract or contracts, in substantially the form contemplated to be entered into by the district are on file in the office of the secretary of the district for public inspection by any interested person during regular business hours.
The respective election boards shall conduct the election in their respective precincts in a manner prescribed by law for the holding of district elections to the extent the same shall apply and shall make their returns to the secretary of the district. At any regular or special meeting of the board held not earlier than five (5) days following the date of such election, the returns thereof shall be canvassed and the results thereof declared.
If it shall appear from said returns that a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the qualified electors of the district who shall have voted on any proposition submitted hereunder at such election voted in favor of such proposition, the district shall thereupon be authorized to enter into such contracts, all for the purpose or purposes and object or objects provided for in the proposition submitted hereunder or in the resolution therefor. Submission of the proposition of entering into such contract at such an election shall not prevent or prohibit submission of the same or other propositions at subsequent election or elections called for such purpose.
[43-2305, added 1978, ch. 367, sec. 1, p. 963; am. 1979, ch. 294, sec. 2, p. 775; am. 1985, ch. 119, sec. 2, p. 290; am. 1993, ch. 212, sec. 2, p. 577.]