State ex rel. Christian County v. Gordon, No. 18359.

CourtMissouri Supreme Court
Writing for the CourtBrown
Citation265 Mo. 181,176 S.W. 1
Docket NumberNo. 18359.
Decision Date26 February 1915
PartiesSTATE ex rel. CHRISTIAN COUNTY v. GORDON, State Auditor.
176 S.W. 1
265 Mo. 181
STATE ex rel. CHRISTIAN COUNTY
v.
GORDON, State Auditor.
No. 18359.
Supreme Court of Missouri.
February 26, 1915.
Rehearing Denied May 3, 1915.

In Banc. Mandamus by the State, on the relation of Christian County, against John P. Gordon, State Auditor. Writ denied. Original proceeding by mandamus to compel the State Auditor to register and certify county bonds.

On June 23, 1914, the relator filed its petition in this court, reciting: That the county court of Christian county had created a building fund pursuant to section 3, p. 122, Laws 1913, and had transferred to said building fund certain unexpended balances in other funds then existing in the treasury of said county amounting to about $12,500. That the valuation of all the taxable property in said county of Christian was less than $6,000,000. That the necessities of said county require the construction of a county courthouse, county poorhouse, and the remodeling of the jail of said county, and that, for the purposes of making the aforesaid improvements, it is necessary to add to said building fund the further sum of $65,000, which amount it was estimated by said court could be raised by a levy of 10 cents on the $100 valuation of the taxable property of said county during a period of twenty years. That, after creating said building fund and making said estimate, the county court ordered the issuance and sale of bonds in the sum of $65,000 for the purposes before recited, and requested the prosecuting attorney to cause its proceedings in that behalf to be reviewed by the circuit court, as provided by section 6, p. 123, Laws 1913. That, after the proceedings of the county court were duly reviewed and in all things ratified and confirmed by the circuit court, the relator issued and tendered to respondent the aforesaid bonds, and requested that he register them in compliance with section 1275, R. S. 1909, and indorse thereon his certificate reciting the alleged fact that in the issuance of said bonds all conditions of the law had been complied with. That said request was refused, wherefore relator prayed that an alternative writ of mandamus issue requiring respondent to register and certify said bonds, or show cause for his failure so to do.

Upon the filing of relator's petition, respondent entered his appearance, and, after agreeing that the relator's petition might be considered as and for an alternative writ, thereupon filed his demurrer, alleging that said petition stated no cause of action, for the reason that on the face thereof it appeared that the debt sought to be created by the issuance of said bonds was in excess of the revenue and income of the county for the current year, and that sections 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the act of 1913 purporting to authorize the creation of a debt in excess of the income and revenues of said county for the current year without the assent of two-thirds

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of the voters of said county voting at an election held for that purpose was invalid, because in violation of section 12, art. 10, Constitution of Missouri. A few other facts are pleaded, but enough has been stated to make the issues clear.

We do not deem it expedient to incumber our opinion by incorporating herein the law of 1913, the constitutionality of which is challenged by respondent. Every lawyer in the state has access to that enactment. It is, however, conceded that the act of 1913 was fully complied with by the relator, and on the pleadings the sole issue before us is whether or not said act of 1913 violates the following provision of section 12, art. 10, of our state Constitution, to wit:

"No county, city, town, township, school district or other political corporation or subdivision of the state shall be allowed to become indebted in any manner or for any purpose to an amount exceeding in any year the income and revenue provided for such year, without the assent of two-thirds of the voters thereof voting at an election to be held for that purpose. * * *"

Irwin & Peters, of Jefferson City, and S. E. Bronson, Hays & Hays, and Barrett & Moore, all of Ozark, for relator. John T. Barker, Atty. Gen., and Lee B. Ewing, Asst. Atty. Gen., for respondent.

BROWN, J. (after stating the facts as above).


I. Preliminary to the determination of the issue before us, learned counsel for relator call our attention to the axiomatic rule that a statute will not be declared unconstitutional unless its invalidity appears beyond a reasonable doubt. In this insistence we unreservedly concur.

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  • State ex rel. Carpenter v. St. Louis, No. 28285.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • January 18, 1928
    ...of Section 12 of Article 10 of the Constitution, relating to the creation of indebtedness by municipalities. State ex rel. v. Gordon, 265 Mo. 181; Book v. Earl, 87 Mo. 246; State ex rel. v. Allen, 183 Mo. 283. (a) The validity of Art. 6, chap. 60, R.S. 1919, necessarily renders Article 5 in......
  • State ex Inf. Attorney-General v. Curtis, No. 28264.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • March 17, 1928
    ...35 of the act is in violation of said Section 12. Union Bank v. City of Sedalia, 300 Mo. 399; State ex rel. Christian County v. Gordon, 265 Mo. 181; Steinbrenner v. St. Joseph, 285 Mo. 318. (10) Sections 7 and 31 authorize the levy of a general tax on real estate situated in the district, a......
  • Tate v. School District, No. 27980.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • February 3, 1930
    ...until the tax levy has been authorized to pay the same. Trask v. Livingston County, 210 Mo. 595; State, ex rel. Christian Co. v. Gordon, 265 Mo. 181; State ex rel. v. Hackmann, 280 Mo. 686, 218 S.W. 318; 41 A.L.R. 806, note; Burney v. School District, 251 Pac. (Okla.) 737; Wright v. Board o......
  • Taylor v. Dimmitt, No. 32445.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • January 7, 1935
    ...Mo. 602; State ex rel. v. Fort, 210 Mo. 526; Bledsoe v. Stallard, 250 Mo. 165; Green County v. Lydy, 263 Mo. 87; State ex rel. v. Gordon, 265 Mo. 181; State ex rel. v. Burton, 266 Mo. 711; State ex rel. v. Board of Curators, 268 Mo. 598; Davis v. Jasper County, 318 Mo. 248, 300 S.W. 394; St......
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  • State ex rel. Carpenter v. St. Louis, No. 28285.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • January 18, 1928
    ...of Section 12 of Article 10 of the Constitution, relating to the creation of indebtedness by municipalities. State ex rel. v. Gordon, 265 Mo. 181; Book v. Earl, 87 Mo. 246; State ex rel. v. Allen, 183 Mo. 283. (a) The validity of Art. 6, chap. 60, R.S. 1919, necessarily renders Article 5 in......
  • State ex Inf. Attorney-General v. Curtis, No. 28264.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • March 17, 1928
    ...35 of the act is in violation of said Section 12. Union Bank v. City of Sedalia, 300 Mo. 399; State ex rel. Christian County v. Gordon, 265 Mo. 181; Steinbrenner v. St. Joseph, 285 Mo. 318. (10) Sections 7 and 31 authorize the levy of a general tax on real estate situated in the district, a......
  • Tate v. School District, No. 27980.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • February 3, 1930
    ...until the tax levy has been authorized to pay the same. Trask v. Livingston County, 210 Mo. 595; State, ex rel. Christian Co. v. Gordon, 265 Mo. 181; State ex rel. v. Hackmann, 280 Mo. 686, 218 S.W. 318; 41 A.L.R. 806, note; Burney v. School District, 251 Pac. (Okla.) 737; Wright v. Board o......
  • Taylor v. Dimmitt, No. 32445.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • January 7, 1935
    ...Mo. 602; State ex rel. v. Fort, 210 Mo. 526; Bledsoe v. Stallard, 250 Mo. 165; Green County v. Lydy, 263 Mo. 87; State ex rel. v. Gordon, 265 Mo. 181; State ex rel. v. Burton, 266 Mo. 711; State ex rel. v. Board of Curators, 268 Mo. 598; Davis v. Jasper County, 318 Mo. 248, 300 S.W. 394; St......
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