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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to
11 provide a property tax exemption for property owned by certain military personnel and
12 their spouses.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
15 . provide a property tax exemption for:
16 . the primary residence of a person who, while serving in the National Guard or a
17 military reserve unit, is ordered to federal active duty outside the state; and
18 . the primary residence of the spouse of that person; and
19 . provide the property tax exemption for each year during any portion of which the
20 person is serving under the order to federal active duty.
21 Special Clauses:
22 This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
23 This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2013 for this proposal.
24 Utah Constitution Sections Affected:
26 ARTICLE XIII, SECTION 3
28 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
29 of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
30 Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution Article XIII, Section 3, to read:
31 Article XIII, Section 3. [Property tax exemptions.]
32 (1) The following are exempt from property tax:
33 (a) property owned by the State;
34 (b) property owned by a public library;
35 (c) property owned by a school district;
36 (d) property owned by a political subdivision of the State, other than a school district,
37 and located within the political subdivision;
38 (e) property owned by a political subdivision of the State, other than a school district,
39 and located outside the political subdivision unless the Legislature by statute authorizes the
40 property tax on that property;
41 (f) property owned by a nonprofit entity used exclusively for religious, charitable, or
42 educational purposes;
43 (g) places of burial not held or used for private or corporate benefit;
44 (h) farm equipment and farm machinery as defined by statute;
45 (i) water rights, reservoirs, pumping plants, ditches, canals, pipes, flumes, power
46 plants, and transmission lines to the extent owned and used by an individual or corporation to
47 irrigate land that is:
48 (i) within the State; and
49 (ii) owned by the individual or corporation, or by an individual member of the
50 corporation; [
51 (j) (i) if owned by a nonprofit entity and used within the State to irrigate land, provide
52 domestic water, as defined by statute, or provide water to a public water supplier:
53 (A) water rights; and
54 (B) reservoirs, pumping plants, ditches, canals, pipes, flumes, and, as defined by
55 statute, other water infrastructure;
56 (ii) land occupied by a reservoir, ditch, canal, or pipe that is exempt under Subsection
57 (1)(j)(i)(B) if the land is owned by the nonprofit entity that owns the reservoir, ditch, canal, or
58 pipe; and
59 (iii) land immediately adjacent to a reservoir, ditch, canal, or pipe that is exempt under
60 Subsection (1)(j)(i)(B) if the land is:
61 (A) owned by the nonprofit entity that owns the adjacent reservoir, ditch, canal, or
62 pipe; and
63 (B) reasonably necessary for the maintenance or for otherwise supporting the operation
64 of the reservoir, ditch, canal, or pipe[
65 (k) (i) real property owned by a person and used as the person's primary residence if the
66 person, while serving in the National Guard or a military reserve unit, is ordered to and serves
67 federal active duty outside the state, for each tax year during any portion of which the person
68 serves under the order to federal active duty outside the state; and
69 (ii) real property owned by the spouse of a person described in Subsection (1)(k)(i) and
70 used as the spouse's primary residence, for each tax year described in Subsection (1)(k)(i).
71 (2) (a) The Legislature may by statute exempt the following from property tax:
72 (i) tangible personal property constituting inventory present in the State on January 1
73 and held for sale in the ordinary course of business;
74 (ii) tangible personal property present in the State on January 1 and held for sale or
75 processing and shipped to a final destination outside the State within 12 months;
76 (iii) subject to Subsection (2)(b), property to the extent used to generate and deliver
77 electrical power for pumping water to irrigate lands in the State;
78 (iv) up to 45% of the fair market value of residential property, as defined by statute;
79 (v) household furnishings, furniture, and equipment used exclusively by the owner of
80 that property in maintaining the owner's home; and
81 (vi) tangible personal property that, if subject to property tax, would generate an
82 inconsequential amount of revenue.
83 (b) The exemption under Subsection (2)(a)(iii) shall accrue to the benefit of the users
84 of pumped water as provided by statute.
85 (3) The following may be exempted from property tax as provided by statute:
86 (a) property owned by a disabled person who, during military training or a military
87 conflict, was disabled in the line of duty in the military service of the United States or the State;
89 (b) property owned by the unmarried surviving spouse or the minor orphan of a person
91 (i) is described in Subsection (3)(a); or
92 (ii) during military training or a military conflict, was killed in action or died in the line
93 of duty in the military service of the United States or the State.
94 (4) The Legislature may by statute provide for the remission or abatement of the taxes
95 of the poor.
96 Section 2. Submittal to voters.
97 The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
98 the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
99 Section 3. Effective date.
100 If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
101 voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
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