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S.B. 104 Enrolled
This act modifies the Utah Municipal Code to clarify provisions relating to a municipality's
sale or lease of its electric power system. This act authorizes the municipal legislative body
to accept or reject a bid and to add or subtract from the appraised value of the power
system. The act clarifies the authority of a municipal legislative body in the process of selling
or leasing a municipal power system and modifies that process. The act also makes technical
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
10-7-15, Utah Code Annotated 1953
10-7-16, Utah Code Annotated 1953
10-7-17, Utah Code Annotated 1953
10-7-18, Utah Code Annotated 1953
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 10-7-15 is amended to read:
10-7-15. Sale or lease of electrical generation and distribution system -- Appraisal
and vote required -- Manner of conducting the election.
(1) (a) Before selling or leasing in their entirety the works and plant constructed,
purchased, or used by the municipality for the purpose of generating or distributing electrical
energy for light, heat [
legislative body shall:
(i) cause an appraisal of the property proposed to be sold or leased to be made [
the supervision of three resident taxpayers of [
by the [
(ii) provide for submitting to the registered voters of the municipality the question of the sale
or lease of [
election called for that purpose. [
(b) The value of the property determined in an appraisal under Subsection (1)(a)(i) shall
include all items that the municipal legislative body determines to add value to or subtract value
from the property.
(2) (a) Subject to Subsection (2)(b), each election under Subsection (1)(a)(ii) shall be called
and conducted in the same manner as provided by statute for the issue of bonds in Section 10-7-8 ,
the necessary changes in the form of the ballot being made.
(b) Each notice of election required under Section 11-14-3 for an election held under
Subsection (1)(a)(ii) shall include:
(i) a summary of the appraisal made under Subsection (1)(a)(i), including the amount of the
(ii) the name of each bidder who submitted a bid that was opened and considered under
Section 10-7-17 and the amount of each bid.
(3) In the process of selling or leasing in their entirety the municipality's electrical works and
plant, a municipal legislative body may take whatever action it considers appropriate and in the
sequence it considers appropriate, subject to the requirements of this section and Sections 10-7-16
and 10-7-17 .
Section 2. Section 10-7-16 is amended to read:
10-7-16. Call for bids -- Notice -- Contents.
(1) (a) Before holding an election under Subsection 10-7-15 (1)(a)(ii), the municipal
legislative body shall open to bid the sale or lease of the property mentioned in Section 10-7-15 [
(b) The municipal legislative body shall cause notice of the bid process to be given by
having general circulation in the city or town, giving a general description of the property to be sold
or leased, and specifying the time when sealed bids for the [
on the property, will be received, and the time when and the place where the [
(2) (a) As used in this section and in Section 10-7-17 , "responsible bidder" means an entity
with a proven history of successful operation of an electrical generation and distribution system, or
an equivalent proven history.
(b) Subject to Subsection (2)(c), a municipal legislative body may receive or refuse to
receive any bid submitted for the sale or lease of the electrical works and plant.
(c) A municipal legislative body may not receive a bid unless the municipal legislative body
determines that the bid is submitted by a responsible bidder.
Section 3. Section 10-7-17 is amended to read:
10-7-17. Opening of bids -- Amount to equal or exceed appraised value and amount
of outstanding indebtedness.
At the time and place mentioned in [
received by the municipal legislative body for the property sought to be sold or leased shall be
opened and considered, and the [
shall, subject to approval of voters at an election held under Section 10-7-15 , accept the bid of the
highest responsible bidder[
defined in Section 10-7-16, if the bid price:
(1) (a) is for an amount equal to or exceeding the appraised value [
(b) in the judgment of the municipal legislative body, is an adequate price for the property;
(2) equals or exceeds the total principal and interest on any outstanding bonds [
other indebtedness issued for the purpose of constructing the [
Section 4. Section 10-7-18 is amended to read:
10-7-18. Disposition of money received.
(1) All [
Sections 10-7-15 through 10-7-17 shall be kept in a separate fund, and shall not be expended, or
mixed with other funds of [
issued for the purchase or construction of [
interest thereon, [
(2) If the property [
and other indebtedness issued for the purchase or construction of the property [
excess shall be deposited in a bank in this state under direction of the [
expended except for some municipal purpose by authority given by the [
voters of [
set forth in Sections 10-7-7 and 10-7-8 .
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