East St. Louis v. United States ex Rel. Zebley
110 U.S. 321 (1884)

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East St. Louis v. United States ex Rel. Zebley, 110 U.S. 321 (1884)

East St. Louis v. United States ex Rel. Zebley

Submitted January 23, 1884

Decided February 4, 1884

110 U.S. 321


The charter of East St. Louis limited the right of taxation for all purposes to one percent per annum on the assessed value of all taxable property in the city, and required the city council to levy a tax of three mills on the dollar on each assessment for general purposes, and apply it to the interest and sinking fund on its bonded debt. Held that the use of the remaining seven-tenths was within the discretion of the municipal authorities, and was not subject to judicial order in advance of an ascertained surplus.

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