Nebraska Revised Statute 12-402

Chapter 12 Section 402

12-402.

Cemetery fund; disbursement; tax levy; limit; collection; perpetual fund; use authorized.

(1) The mayor and council or the board of trustees, for the purpose of defraying the cost of the care, management, improvement, beautifying, and welfare of such cemeteries and the inhabitants thereof, may each year levy a tax not exceeding five and two-tenths cents on each one hundred dollars upon the taxable value of all the taxable property in such city or village subject to taxation for general purposes. The tax shall be collected and paid to the city or village as taxes for general purposes are collected and paid to the city or village. All taxes collected for this purpose shall constitute and be known as the cemetery fund and shall be used for the general care, management, improvement, beautifying, and welfare of such cemetery and the inhabitants thereof. Warrants upon this fund shall be drawn by the cemetery board and shall be paid by the city or village treasurer. The city council or the board of trustees may issue a warrant from the cemetery fund if a payment is due and the cemetery board is not scheduled to meet prior to such due date to authorize the warrant.

(2) The mayor and council or the board of trustees may set aside the proceeds of the sale of lots as a perpetual fund to be invested as provided by ordinance. The income from the fund may be used for the general care, management, maintenance, improvement, beautifying, and welfare of the cemetery. The principal of the perpetual fund may be used for the general care, management, maintenance, improvement, beautifying, and welfare of the cemetery as long as no more than twenty percent of the principal is so used in any fiscal year and no more than forty percent of the principal is so used in any period of ten consecutive fiscal years. The principal of the perpetual fund may also be used for the purchase and development of additional land to be used for cemetery purposes as long as no more than twenty-five percent of the principal is so used in any fiscal year and no more than thirty-five percent of the principal is so used in any period of ten consecutive fiscal years.

(3) The mayor and council or the board of trustees may receive money by donation, bequest, or otherwise for credit to the perpetual fund to be invested as provided by ordinance or as conditioned by the donor. The income therefrom may be used for the general care, management, maintenance, improvement, beautifying, and welfare of the cemetery as the donor may designate. The principal therefrom may be used for the general care, management, maintenance, improvement, beautifying, and welfare of the cemetery as the donor may designate as long as no more than twenty percent of the principal is so used in any fiscal year and no more than forty percent of the principal is so used in any period of ten consecutive fiscal years. The principal therefrom may also be used for the purchase and development of additional land to be used for cemetery purposes as the donor may designate as long as no more than twenty-five percent of the principal is so used in any fiscal year and no more than thirty-five percent of the principal is so used in any period of ten consecutive fiscal years.

(4) This section does not limit the use of any money that comes to the city or village by donation, bequest, or otherwise that is not designated to be credited to the perpetual fund or that allows greater use for purchase or development of additional land to be used for cemetery purposes.

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