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H.B. 147






Sponsor: LaVar Christensen

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies a provision relating to a municipality's purchase, lease, or
             10      condemnation of water and waterworks systems.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    establishes a presumption of the value of property in a condemnation proceeding
             14      involving the taking of water, a waterworks system, water supply, or connected
             15      property; and
             16          .    prohibits the section amended by this bill from being construed to allow a
             17      municipality to condemn a political subdivision or its property.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          10-7-4, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 10-7-4 is amended to read:

             28           10-7-4. Water supply -- Acquisition -- Condemnation -- Protest -- Special election.
             29          (1) The board of commissioners, city council or board of trustees of any city or town
             30      may acquire, purchase or lease all or any part of any water, waterworks system, water supply or
             31      property connected therewith, and whenever the governing body of a city or town shall deem it
             32      necessary for the public good such city or town may bring condemnation proceedings to
             33      acquire the same; provided, that if within thirty days after the passage and publication of a
             34      resolution or ordinance for the purchase or lease or condemnation herein provided for one-third
             35      of the resident taxpayers of the city or town, as shown by the assessment roll, shall protest
             36      against the purchase, lease or condemnation proceedings contemplated, such proposed
             37      purchase, lease or condemnation shall be referred to a special election, and if confirmed by a
             38      majority vote thereat, shall take effect; otherwise it shall be void.
             39          (2) In all condemnation proceedings the value of land affected by the taking must be
             40      considered in connection with the water or water rights taken for the purpose of supplying the
             41      city or town or the inhabitants thereof with water.
             42          (3) In determining just compensation in a condemnation proceeding under this section
             43      where a determination of market value of what is proposed to be taken is impractical because
             44      there is no meaningful market for what is proposed to be taken, the value shall be presumed to
             45      be the amount the owner paid to acquire ownership of what is proposed to be taken, as adjusted
             46      by a change in value due to post-acquisition deterioration and any other factor reasonably and
             47      equitably bearing on the value of what is proposed to be taken.
             48          (4) This section may not be construed to provide the basis for a municipality's
             49      condemnation of a political subdivision of the state or of the political subdivision's property or
             50      holdings.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-2-04 7:04 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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