SEC. 21-19-51. Donating to fair associations.
The governing authorities of municipalities shall have the power and authority, in their discretion, to contribute, appropriate or donate to fair associations, domiciled in their respective county, a sum of money not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) per annum for the purpose of advertising, displaying, exhibiting or promoting the agricultural or industrial resources of such municipality or its respective county. The expenditure of such money, when contributed, appropriated or donated, shall be under the control of the municipality, and such governing authorities are hereby authorized and empowered to appoint one or as many as three individuals, in their discretion, to represent the municipal authorities in the proper expenditure of such money for said purpose in conjunction with the fair association. Before contributing, appropriating or donating any money to any fair association, such governing authorities shall publish notice of their intention to contribute, appropriate or donate money to said fair association, giving the amount of, and the date of making said contribution, appropriation or donation, in some newspaper published in the municipality, or having a general circulation therein if none be there published, for three weeks ending not less than ten days prior to the making of any contribution, appropriation or donation. If, before the making of said contribution, appropriation or donation, twenty per centum of the adult taxpayers of the municipality shall petition against such contribution, appropriation or donation, then the said contribution, appropriation or donation shall not be made, unless authorized by a majority of the electors voting in an election to be ordered for that purpose. All of the expenses of publishing the notice herein provided for and of holding any election hereunder shall be paid out of the municipal treasury.
SOURCES: Codes, Hemingway's 1921 Supp. Sec. 6069e; 1930, Sec. 2460; 1942, Sec. 3374-157; Laws, 1918, ch. 200; 1950, ch. 491, Sec. 157, eff from and after July 1, 1950.