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into the city treasury, and to be placed at the disposal of the said board as an addition to the annual appropriation.

Idem.

§ 79. Trust property incidentally connected with parks to be under management of commissioners. Real and personal property may be granted, bequeathed, devised, or conveyed to the said city, for the purpose of the improvement or ornamentation of said parks or approaches, or for the establishment or maintenance therein of museums, zoological or other gardens, collections of natural history, observatories, monuments, statues, fountains, or other works of art, upon such trusts and conditions as may be precribed by the grantors or devisors thereof, and accepted by the common council of said city. All property so devised, granted, bequeathed, or conveyed, and the rents, issues, profits, and income thereof, shall be subject to the exclusive management, direction, and control of the said board of park commissioners.

Idem.

§ 80. Powers of condemnation. The said park commission, on behalf of the city of Hartford, shall have power to take, by condemnation, land for park or park-way purposes; and if the said park commission cannot, for any cause, agree with the owner or owners of any land which they shall decide to take for public park purposes, whether within or without the limits of the city of Hartford, as to the compensation to be paid therefor, the damages which will accrue to such owner or owners by such purchase and the compensation to be paid for such lands in view thereof, shall be estimated and determined by three appraisers to be appointed by the superior court of Hartford county, or any judge thereof, on application of said park commissioners, after reasonable notice of such application shall have been given to such owner or owners. Said appraisers shall notify all parties in interest of the time and place of hearing, and shall make return in writing of their appraisal and award to the clerk of the superior court, who shall record the same; and the amount of such award shall be paid by said park commission within sixty days after the filing of such award, or, in case of an appeal, after the final award in the premises, out of any funds at their disposal, other than the annual appropriation, to the person or persons entitled thereto, or deposited to the order of such person or persons with the treasurer of the city of Hartford. But either party may, within sixty days, appeal to the superior court, or to any judge thereof, to set aside such award, and to order a re-hearing for irregularity, or improper conduct connected with such hearing and appraisal. The fees of the appraisers and of the clerk shall be paid by the park commission from the funds aforesaid; and the lands embraced in the application shall not be occupied by the park commission, nor sequestered for park purposes, until the compensation therefor as finally awarded or agreed upon shall have been paid to the person or persons entitled thereto, or received to his or their satisfaction, or deposited with the treasurer of the city of Hartford to his or their use. All the owners of different tracts of land which are contiguous or which are to be included in the same park may be joined in the same application if convenient, and the court or judge may appoint a single board of appraisers to determine and award the compensation to be paid to the owners of each tract in the same report of their findings.

§ 81. Park bonds. How prepared and issued. The bonds authorized in section seventy-two shall be prepared by the 12 S. L. 207. city treasurer of Hartford, and shall be issued by him, from time to time, in such amounts as the park commission shall require. Such bonds shall in no case be sold or disposed of for less than par, and the avails of such as shall be issued shall be kept by the city treasurer as a special fund, subject to the order of the park commission, and shall be paid by him only on such orders.

1896. 12 S. L. 72.

CHAPTER 8.

SPECIAL COMMISSIONS.

1905. 14 S. L. 564.

§ 82. Department of finance. Membership. There shall be in the city of Hartford a department of finance, being a board consisting of the mayor, who shall be its presiding officer; the treasurer; the controller; two citizens, neither of whom shall hold any other office in said city government; one member of the board of aldermen; and one member of the common council board; to be appointed as hereinafter provided. The necessary expenses of said board shall be paid by the city, but no member of the board shall be paid for his services as a member thereof.

S. L. 1907.

§ 83. Appointment of. During the month of April, 1905, the mayor shall appoint one citizen member of said board of finance to hold office for two years, and one citizen member to hold office for three years, from the first day of May then next ensuing, and in the month of April, 1907, and in April in the years thereafter when the terms of such citizen members respectively expire, the mayor shall appoint one citizen member of said board of finance for the term of three years from the first day of May then next ensuing. During the month of April, 1905, the board of aldermen and the common council board of said city shall each appoint one member of said board to be a member of said board of finance to hold office for one year from the first day of May then next ensuing, and in each April thereafter said board of aldermen and said common council board shall appoint one member from each of said boards as members of said board of finance for the term of one year from and after the first day of May then next ensuing. The members of said board of finance shall hold office until their respective successors are elected and qualified

§ 84. Depositories. Said board of finance shall designate the depositories in which all city funds shall be kept and may designate the method and manner in which the controller shall

1905. 14 S. L. 564.

keep the accounts of the various city departments and the accounts of said city with its various officers.

Idem,

§ 85. Special duties. Whenever it may become necessary for said city to borrow money, either upon its notes or by the issuance of bonds, or to refund any of its existing indebtedness, the court of common council shall not act thereon finally except after investigation, recommendation, and report of said board of finance. Said board of finance shall in the month of February in each year make estimates of the moneys necessary to be appropriated for the expenses of said city for the year ensuing, beginning April 1, and of the rate of taxation required to meet the same, and shall classify the said expenses under appropriate heads and departments. At all such meetings the mayor shall preside and in his absence such person as said board shall select. In the preparation of said estimates, said board shall give notice to each board or department of a definite time and place where they will meet to consider the needs of such board or department, and said body shall recommend such tax upon the polls and ratable estates within the limits of said city as it shall deem necessary to meet such expenses. Said estimates and the rate of taxation recommended shall be submitted to the court of common council at its first regular meeting in the month of March next succeeding, and during said month of March said court of common council shall proceed to consider and act upon the said estimates; the court of common council of said city for the year ensuing shall not make any appropriations or authorize the expenditure of any sum in excess of the estimates made as aforesaid, except upon a two-thirds vote of said court of common council, nor shall any of the departments of said city expend any sum in excess of said estimates unless the same be authorized by a two-thirds vote of said court of common council.

1905. 14 S. L 565.

§ 86. Meetings. Meetings of said board of finance shall be held when called by the mayor, and reasonable personal notice of said meetings shall be given to the members thereof, or written or printed notice shall be sent to the residence of each member or mailed to him by the clerk appointed by said board at least twentyfour hours before the time of holding such meeting.

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§ 87. General tax for schools. Apportionment by board

of finance. The board of finance of the city of Hartford is hereby 14 s. L. 686. authorized and directed to apportion and divide, among the school

districts of the town of Hartford, an amount not to exceed one-half of the amount raised by the tax of one mill on its grand list laid in accordance with section 2271 of the general statutes of 1902, which said sum, not exceeding one half, shall be apportioned and divided among said school districts in accordance with the needs of each district, so as to equalize the taxation for school purposes as nearly as possible; but no district shall receive any of said apportionment unless the tax laid in said district for the maintenance and support of schools is at least five mills; and provided, that no district laying a tax of at least five mills as aforesaid, shall receive a less total amount from said one mill tax than it would receive if said one mill tax was divided as a whole in accordance with section 2271 of the general statutes. The balance of the amount raised from the tax of one mill, after deducting the total amount apportioned by said board of finance, shall be divided among all the school districts of said town, as provided in said section 2271 of the general statutes.

Idem.

§ 88. Estimate by chairmen of school districts. The chairmen of each of said school districts shall, on or before the first day of October in each year, present to said board of finance an estimate of the amount required for school purposes by the district of which he is chairman, over and above the amount received from other sources and the amount which would be raised from a five mills district tax, and, if required by said board of finance, shall make an itemized estimate of the money to be expended by the district during the ensuing year.

Idem.

§ 89. Action by board of finance. Said board of finance, at its first meeting in October of each year, shall proceed to make the division and apportionment in accordance with section 87, and shall take up the matter at each meeting thereafter until it has completed such apportionment and division.

Idem.

§ 90. Report by chairman of board and payment. As soon as said apportionment is made, the chairman of said board of financc shall report to the city treasurer of the city of Hartford the amount that each district is entitled to receive under

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