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H.B. 252





Sponsor: Merlynn T. Newbold

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill amends the Property Tax Act.
             9      Highlighted Provisions:
             10          This bill:
             11          .    provides definitions;
             12          .    modifies the calculations required to establish property tax levies for a taxing entity;
             13          .    grants rulemaking authority to the State Tax Commission; and
             14          .    makes technical changes.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          59-2-913, as last amended by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1997, Second Special Session
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 59-2-913 is amended to read:
             25           59-2-913. Definitions -- Statement of amount and purpose of levy -- Contents of
             26      statement -- Filing with county auditor -- Transmittal to commission -- Calculations for
             27      establishing tax levies -- Rulemaking authority -- Format of statement.

             28          (1) As used in this section:
             29          (a) "percentage net change in the value of taxable property for the equalization period"
             30      means the percentage net change between the taxable value of taxable property:
             31          (i) (A) on June 8; and
             32          (B) listed on the assessment roll as reported by the:
             33          (I) county assessor; and
             34          (II) county auditor; and
             35          (ii) (A) on December 31; and
             36          (B) as reported by the county auditor as a year-end taxable value; and
             37          (b) "taxable property" means property:
             38          (i) described in Section 59-2-201 that is assessed by the commission; and
             39          (ii) described in Section 59-2-301 that is assessed by a county assessor.
             40          [(1)] (2) (a) The [governing] legislative body of each taxing entity shall file a statement
             41      as provided in this section with the county auditor of the county in which the taxing entity is
             42      located.
             43          (b) The auditor shall annually transmit the statement to the commission:
             44          (i) before June 22; or
             45          (ii) with the approval of the commission, on a subsequent date prior to the date
             46      established under Section 59-2-1317 for mailing tax notices.
             47          (c) The statement shall contain the amount and purpose of each levy fixed by the
             48      [governing] legislative body of the taxing entity.
             49          [(2)] (3) (a) For purposes of establishing the levy set for each of a taxing entity's
             50      applicable funds, the [taxing entity's governing body or board] legislative body of the taxing
             51      entity shall[: (i) divide] calculate an amount determined by dividing the budgeted property tax
             52      revenues, specified in a budget which has been adopted and approved prior to setting the levy,
             53      by [an] the amount [equal to: (A)] calculated under Subsection (3)(b).
             54          (b) For purposes of Subsection (3)(a), the legislative body of a taxing entity shall
             55      calculate an amount as follows:
             56          (i) calculate for the taxing entity the difference between:
             57          (A) the aggregate taxable value of all property taxed; [minus] and
             58          [(B) the taxing entity's estimated equalization adjustments in the current year; and]

             59          (B) any redevelopment adjustments for the current calendar year;
             60          (ii) after making the calculation required by Subsection (3)(b)(i), calculate an amount
             61      determined by increasing or decreasing the amount calculated under Subsection (3)(b)(i) by the
             62      average of the percentage net change in the value of taxable property for the equalization
             63      period for the three calendar years immediately preceding the current calendar year;
             64          [(ii) multiply] (iii) after making the calculation required by Subsection (3)(b)(ii),
             65      calculate the product of:
             66          (A) the amount calculated under Subsection [(2)(a)(i)] (3)(b)(ii) [by]; and
             67          (B) the percentage of property taxes collected for the [previous] five [fiscal] calendar
             68      years[.] immediately preceding the current calendar year; and
             69          (iv) after making the calculation required by Subsection (3)(b)(iii), calculate an amount
             70      determined by subtracting from the amount calculated under Subsection (3)(b)(iii) any new
             71      growth as defined in Section 59-2-924 :
             72          (A) within the taxing entity; and
             73          (B) for the current calendar year.
             74          [(b)] (c) For purposes of Subsection [(2)(a)] (3)(b)(i)(A), the aggregate taxable value of
             75      all property taxed includes:
             76          (i) the total taxable value of the real and personal property contained on the tax rolls;
             77      and
             78          (ii) the taxable value of any additional personal property estimated by the county
             79      assessor to be subject to taxation in the current year.
             80          (d) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             81      commission may prescribe rules for calculating redevelopment adjustments for a calendar year.
             82          [(3)] (4) The format of the statement under this section shall:
             83          (a) be determined by the commission; and
             84          (b) cite any applicable statutory provisions that:
             85          (i) require a specific levy; or
             86          (ii) limit the property tax levy for any taxing entity.
             87          [(4)] (5) The commission may require certification that the information submitted on a
             88      statement under this section is true and correct.
             89          Section 2. Effective date.

             90          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             91      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             92      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             93      the date of veto override.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-27-04 10:05 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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