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     35-21-845. Endowment care fund -- investment of funds -- use of income -- permissible investment securities. (1) A mausoleum-columbarium authority may place its mausoleum or columbarium under endowment care and establish, maintain, and operate an irreducible endowment care fund.
     (2) Endowment care and special care funds may be commingled for investment, and the income from the funds must be divided between the endowment care and special care funds in the proportion that each fund contributed to the principal sum invested. The funds may be held in the name of the mausoleum-columbarium authority or its directors or in the name of the trustees appointed by the mausoleum-columbarium authority.
     (3) The principal of all funds for endowment care must forever remain irreducible and inviolable and must be maintained separate and distinct from all other funds.
     (4) The principal of all funds for endowment care must be invested, from time to time reinvested, and kept invested, and the income earned must be used solely for the general care, maintenance, and embellishment of the mausoleum or columbarium, or both, and the grounds on which they are situated and must be applied in a manner that the mausoleum-columbarium authority may from time to time determine to be for the best interests of the mausoleum-columbarium.
     (5) The endowment care funds must be invested, reinvested, and kept invested in securities that are legal investments for public employees' retirement funds under the laws of the state of Montana.

     History: En. Sec. 21, Ch. 283, L. 1999.

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