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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 modify a provision of the Revenue and Taxation Article relating to state expenditures.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
14 . limit legislative appropriations or expenditures to the amount the state spent in the
15 preceding fiscal year, adjusted by inflation or deflation and any change in
16 population, unless three-fifths of both houses approve;
17 . require surplus state revenue to be used for debt service, for budget reserves, and for
18 reserves for emergency preparedness and disaster relief, and require any remaining
19 surplus revenue to be refunded to taxpayers;
20 . reduce the spending limit by the amount required to sustain funding levels for a
21 program or service transferred from state to political subdivision responsibility, and
22 increase the spending limit by the amount required to sustain funding levels for a
23 program or service transferred from political subdivision to State responsibility; and
24 . make technical changes.
25 Special Clauses:
26 This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
27 This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2013 for this proposal.
28 Utah Constitution Sections Affected:
30 ARTICLE XIII, SECTION 5
32 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
33 of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
34 Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution Article XIII, Section 5, to read:
35 Article XIII, Section 5. [Use and amount of taxes and expenditures -- State
36 spending limit.]
37 (1) The Legislature shall provide by statute for an annual tax sufficient, with other
38 revenues, to defray the estimated ordinary expenses of the State for each fiscal year.
39 (2) (a) Unless three-fifths of all the members of each house vote in favor of the
40 appropriation or expenditure, and except for an increased appropriation or expenditure required
41 by federal law, the Legislature may not make an appropriation or authorize an expenditure for
42 any fiscal year if the appropriation or expenditure would cause the State to spend in that fiscal
43 year an amount that exceeds the amount spent in the immediately preceding fiscal year,
44 adjusted, as provided by statute, by inflation or deflation and an amount that is directly
45 proportional to the change in the State's population.
46 (b) (i) State revenue prohibited from being appropriated or expended because of
47 Subsection (2)(a) shall be used for debt service, for budget reserves, and for reserves for
48 emergency preparedness and disaster relief, in that order of priority, until the debt service and
49 reserves are funded to a level that the Legislature by statute determines to be adequate, and then
50 any remaining State revenue shall be refunded to taxpayers.
51 (ii) Until debt service, budget reserves, and reserves for emergency preparedness and
52 disaster relief are adequately funded, as provided in Subsection (2)(b)(i), the Legislature may
53 not lower a tax rate if the effect is to reduce revenue to the State.
54 (c) If a program or service funded by State revenue becomes instead the financial
55 responsibility of a political subdivision of the State, the amount of allowable appropriations or
56 expenditures under Subsection (2)(a) for that fiscal year is reduced by the amount of funding
57 that the program or service had while being funded by State revenue.
58 (d) If a program or service funded by one or more political subdivisions of the State
59 becomes the financial responsibility of the State, the amount of allowable appropriations or
60 expenditures under Subsection (2)(a) for that fiscal year is increased by the amount that the
61 State would be required to spend to maintain the same level of funding that the program or
62 service had while being funded by the political subdivision or subdivisions of the State.
63 (e) An appropriation or expenditure of federal funds or for emergency preparedness or
64 disaster relief may not be considered for any purpose under Subsection (2)(a).
66 authorize an expenditure if the State's expenditure exceeds the total tax provided for by statute
67 and applicable to the particular appropriation or expenditure.
68 (b) Subsection [
69 suppress insurrection, defend the State, or assist in defending the United States in time of war.
71 tax sufficient to pay:
72 (a) the annual interest; and
73 (b) the principal within 20 years after the final passage of the statute creating the debt.
75 may not impose a tax for the purpose of a political subdivision of the State, but may by statute
76 authorize political subdivisions of the State to assess and collect taxes for their own purposes.
78 be used to support the systems of public education and higher education as defined in Article
79 X, Section 2.
81 vehicles on public highways and proceeds from an excise tax on liquid motor fuel used to
82 propel those motor vehicles shall be used for:
83 (a) statutory refunds and adjustments and costs of collection and administration;
84 (b) the construction, maintenance, and repair of State and local roads, including
85 payment for property taken for or damaged by rights-of-way and for associated administrative
87 (c) driver education;
88 (d) enforcement of state motor vehicle and traffic laws; and
89 (e) the payment of the principal of and interest on any obligation of the State or a city
90 or county, issued for any of the purposes set forth in Subsection [
91 the fees, taxes, or other charges described in this Subsection [
92 including any paid to the State or a city or county, as provided by statute.
94 Subsection (6) of this article are not subject to Subsection [
95 be distributed to the taxing districts in which the property is located in the same proportion as
96 that in which the revenue collected from real property tax is distributed.
98 another political subdivision of the State as provided by statute.
99 Section 2. Submittal to voters.
100 The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
101 the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
102 Section 3. Effective date.
103 If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
104 voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
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