Section 11-81-114

Maintenance and disposition of sinking fund account for bond issues; enforcement of maintenance of accounts, payment of bonds, etc.; disposition of assessments securing bonds in certain cities.

(a) The official charged with the duty of collecting assessments shall keep all sinking funds in some bank or banks paying interest on time deposits to be designated by the governing body of said municipality and shall provide and keep a separate sinking fund account for each bond issue. If said officer shall fail to provide and keep said separate sinking fund account for each such bond issue in said bank or banks or shall divert any of such funds to other uses or shall fail to pay any bond or bonds or the interest thereon properly payable from said funds when available, any taxpayer of the issuing municipality or any holder of bonds of the series affected by such diversion or failure, whether of bonds heretofore issued or to be hereafter issued, shall have the right to apply for a writ of mandamus requiring said official to take such action to any court of competent jurisdiction, and said court shall, on proof, issue and enforce said writ.

(b) Anything in subsection (a) of this section to the contrary notwithstanding, the official charged with the duty of collecting assessments in or for any city having a population of more than 250,000 inhabitants according to the most recent federal census may deposit in a single bank account all collections of assessments securing bonds for the payment of which the general credit or taxing power of such city is also pledged, whether such assessments secure bonds of one issue or series or bonds of several issues or series, but separate accounts shall be kept on the record of such city or the collections and disbursements from the assessments for each issue.

(Acts 1927, No. 478, p. 534; Code 1940, T. 37, §302; Acts 1953, No. 683, p. 936.)