63 STAT.] 81ST CONG. , IST SESS.-CHS. 769, 770-OCT. 27, 1949 tax rate of 1.25 per centum of the assessed value which is provided for in section 3 of the Act of May 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1372). SEC. 2. The proceeds of the bond issues or other obligations herein authorized shall be expended only for the public improvements set forth in section 1 of this Act, or for the reduction of the debt created by such bond issue or obligation, unless otherwise authorized by the Congress. SEC. 3 . Bonds or other obligations issued pursuant to this Act shall not be a debt of the United States, nor shall the United States be liable thereon. Approved October 27, 1949. [CHAPTER 770] AN ACT To approve contracts negotiated with the Belle Fourche Irrigation District, the Deaver Irrigation District, the Westland Irrigation District, the Stanfield Irrigation District, the Vale Oregon Irrigation District, and the Prosser Irri- gation District, to authorize their execution, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Anerica in Congress assembled, That the contracts referred to in sections 2 to 6, inclusive, of this Act, which have been negotiated by the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the "Secretary") pursuant to subsection (a) of section 7 of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (53 Stat. 1187), are hereby approved and the Secretary is hereby authorized to execute them on behalf of the United States. 941 48 U.S. C.. 1401b. Proceeds. Nonliability of U. S . October 27, 1949 [H. R. 5184] [Public Law 419] Irrigation districts. Approval of con- tracts. 53 Stat. 1192. 43 U..S . O 48M(a). BELLE FOURCHE PROJECT, SOUTH: DAKOTA SEC. 2 . The contract with the Belle Fourche Irrigation District which was approved by the electors of said district on May 3, 1949. (a) The 1947 reclassification of the lands of the Belle Fourche Irri- gation District, made in accordance with the provisions of section 8 of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939, and approved by the board 53 stat. g. of directors of said district on December 27, 1948, is approved. 43U... (b) Contingent upon execution of said contract all payments upon Suspension of con- construction charges shall be suspended against three thousand four hundred twenty and seven-tenths acres of land classified under the Act of May 25, 1926 (44 Stat. 636), as in part productive and in 43 U.S. 610. part unproductive and found to be temporarily unproductive under the reclassification of lands, approved in section 2 of this Act until the Secretary shall declare them to be possessed of sufficient productive power to be placed in a paying class, whereupon payment of con- struction charges against such areas shall be resumed. The reclassi- lReelaifintion of fication of such areas shall be completed by the Secretary within five years of the effective date of said contract. While said lands so Water forirrigation classified as temporarily unproductive and the construction charges poses against them are suspended, water for irrigation purposes may be furnished upon payment of the usual operation and maintenance charges, or such other charges as may be fixed by the Secretary, the advance payment of which may be required in the discretion of the Secretary. Should said lands temporarily classed as unproductive, OnDs e tductionse from or any of them, be found by the Secretary to be permanently unpro- obligations. ductive, there shall be deducted from the construction charge obli- gation of said Belle Fourche Irrigation District on account of them an amount obtained by multiplying the total acreage declared by the Secretary to be permanently unproductive by the sum of $43.90 per acre for construction charge plus $10.17 per acre for drainage costs.