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First Substitute S.B. 170
6 LONG TITLE
7 General Description:
8 This bill modifies the Special Districts Code and the Utah Public Transit District Act to
9 amend provisions relating to transit districts serving a population of more than 200,000
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . requires transit districts serving a population of more than 200,000 people to send a
14 copy of its tentative budget and notice of the time and place for its budget hearing to
15 each of its constituent entities 30 days prior to final adoption;
16 . requires transit districts serving a population of more than 200,000 people to send a
17 copy of its annual audit report within 30 days after its presentation to the board;
18 . provides procedures for reapportioning representation on the board of trustees
19 following a decennial census;
20 . provides board members for transit districts serving a population of more than
21 200,000 people shall serve for two-year terms instead of three-year terms and for up
22 to three consecutive terms instead of two consecutive terms;
23 . repeals a prohibition that an elected official may not serve on the board of trustees;
24 . allows board members to be recalled for any reason, not just for cause, and provides
25 procedures for recalls and resignations of board members;
26 . requires the board to submit agendas, notices, and minutes of board meetings to
27 each constituent entity within certain time frames; and
28 . makes technical changes.
29 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
31 Other Special Clauses:
33 Utah Code Sections Affected:
35 17A-1-502, as last amended by Chapter 145, Laws of Utah 1997
36 17A-1-503, as last amended by Chapter 145, Laws of Utah 1997
37 17A-2-1038, as last amended by Chapter 9, Laws of Utah 2001
38 17A-2-1051, as last amended by Chapter 254, Laws of Utah 2000
40 17A-2-1060.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
42 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
43 Section 1. Section 17A-1-502 is amended to read:
44 17A-1-502. Special districts to submit budgets.
45 (1) (a) [
46 approved by the board, and at least 30 days before the board adopts a final budget, the board of
47 each independent special district with an annual budget of $50,000 or more shall send a copy of
48 its tentative budget and notice of the time and place for its budget hearing to:
49 (i) each of its constituent entities that has in writing requested a copy; and
50 (ii) to each of its customer agencies that has in writing requested a copy.
51 (b) Within 30 days after it is approved by the board, and at least 30 days before the
52 board adopts a final budget, the board of a public transit district serving a population of more
53 than 200,000 people shall send a copy of its tentative budget and notice of the time and place
54 for its budget hearing to:
55 (i) each of its constituent entities; and
56 (ii) to each of its customer agencies that has in writing requested a copy.
58 that includes:
59 (i) language that the constituent entity or customer agency received the tentative budget
60 and has no objection to it; and
61 (ii) a place for the chairperson or other designee of the constituent entity or customer
62 agency to sign.
63 (2) Each constituent entity and each customer agency that receives the tentative budget
64 shall review the tentative budget submitted by the district and either:
65 (a) sign the signature sheet and return it to the district; or
66 (b) attend the budget hearing or other meeting scheduled by the district to discuss the
67 objections to the proposed budget.
68 (3) (a) If any constituent entity or customer agency that received the tentative budget
69 has not returned the signature sheet to the special district within 15 calendar days after the
70 tentative budget was mailed, the special district shall send a written notice of the budget
71 hearing to each constituent entity or customer agency that did not return a signature sheet and
72 invite them to attend that hearing.
73 (b) If requested to do so by any constituent entity or customer agency, the special
74 district shall schedule a meeting to discuss the budget with the constituent entities and
75 customer agencies.
76 (c) At the budget hearing, the special district board shall:
77 (i) explain its budget and answer any questions about it;
78 (ii) specifically address any questions or objections raised by the constituent entity,
79 customer agency, or those attending the meeting; and
80 (iii) seek to resolve the objections.
81 (4) Nothing in this part prevents any special district board from approving or
82 implementing a budget over any or all constituent entity's or customer agency's protests,
83 objections, or failure to respond.
84 Section 2. Section 17A-1-503 is amended to read:
85 17A-1-503. Special districts to submit audit reports.
86 (1) (a) [
87 presented to the board, the board of each independent special district with an annual budget of
88 $50,000 or more shall send a copy of any audit report to:
91 (b) Within 30 days after it is presented to the board, the board of a public transit district
92 serving a population of more than 200,000 people shall send a copy of its annual audit report
94 (i) each of its constituent entities; and
95 (ii) each of its customer agencies that has in writing requested a copy.
96 (2) Each constituent entity and each customer agency that received the audit report
97 shall review the audit report submitted by the district and, if necessary, request a meeting with
98 the independent special district board to discuss the audit report.
99 (3) At the meeting, the special district board shall:
100 (a) answer any questions about the audit report; and
101 (b) discuss their plans to implement suggestions made by the auditor.
102 Section 3. Section 17A-2-1038 is amended to read:
103 17A-2-1038. Board of trustees -- Appointment -- Apportionment -- Qualifications
104 -- Quorum -- Compensation -- Terms.
105 (1) (a) All powers, privileges, and duties vested in any incorporated district shall be
106 performed by a board of trustees.
107 (b) The board may delegate the exercise of any duty to any of the offices created under
108 this part.
109 (2) If 200,000 people or fewer reside within the district boundaries:
110 (a) the board of trustees shall consist of trustees appointed by the legislative bodies of
111 each municipality, county, or unincorporated area within any county on the basis of one trustee
112 for each full unit of regularly scheduled passenger routes proposed to be served by the district
113 in each municipality or unincorporated area within any county in the following calendar year;
114 (b) the number of service miles comprising a unit shall be determined jointly by the
115 legislative bodies of the municipalities or counties comprising the district;
116 (c) trustees shall be appointed and added to the board or omitted from the board at the
117 time scheduled routes are changed, or as municipalities, counties, or unincorporated areas of
118 counties annex to or withdraw from the district using the same appointment procedures; and
119 (d) municipalities, counties, and unincorporated areas of counties in which regularly
120 scheduled passenger routes proposed to be served by the district in the following calendar year
121 is less than a full unit, as defined in Subsection (2)(a), may combine with any other similarly
122 situated municipality or unincorporated area to form a whole unit and may appoint one trustee
123 for each whole unit formed.
124 (3) If more than 200,000 people reside within the district boundaries, the board of
125 trustees shall consist of 15 trustees appointed as described under Subsections (4) and (5).
126 (4) (a) Except as provided under Subsections (4)(b) and (c), the board shall apportion
127 members to each county within the district [
135 county, rounded to the nearest 1/15 of the total transit district population; and
137 district and within each county, rounded to the nearest 1/15 of the total transit sales and use tax
138 collected for the transit district.
139 (b) The board shall join an entire or partial county not apportioned a member under this
140 subsection with an adjacent county for representation. The combined apportionment basis
141 included in the district of both counties shall be used for the apportionment.
142 (c) If rounding to the nearest 1/15 of the total transit district apportionment basis under
143 Subsection (4)(a) results in an apportionment of:
144 (i) more than 15 members, the county or combination of counties with the smallest
145 additional fraction of a whole member proportion shall have one less member apportioned to it;
147 (ii) less than 15 members, the county or combination of counties with the largest
148 additional fraction of a whole member proportion shall have one more member apportioned to
150 (5) (a) If the unincorporated area of a county is at least 1/15 of the district's population,
151 the county executive, with the advice and consent of the county legislative body, shall appoint
152 one trustee to represent each 1/15 of the district's population within a county's unincorporated
153 area population.
154 (b) If a municipality's population is at least 1/15 of the district's population, the chief
155 municipal executive, with the advice and consent of the municipal legislative body, shall
156 appoint one trustee to represent each 1/15 of the district's population within a municipality.
157 (c) The number of trustees appointed from a county and municipalities within a county
158 under Subsections (5)(a) and (b) shall be subtracted from the county's total member
159 apportionment under Subsection (4).
160 (d) If the entire county is within the district, the remaining trustees for the county shall
161 represent the county or combination of counties if Subsection (4)(b) applies, or the
162 municipalities within the county.
163 (e) If the entire county is not within the district, and the county is not joined with
164 another county under Subsection (4)(b), the remaining trustees for the county shall represent a
165 municipality or combination of municipalities.
166 (f) Except as provided under Subsections (5)(a) and (b), trustees representing counties,
167 combinations of counties if Subsection (4)(b) applies, or municipalities within the county shall
168 be designated and appointed by a simple majority of the chief executives of the municipalities
169 within the county or combinations of counties if Subsection (4)(b) applies. The appointments
170 shall be made by joint written agreement of the appointing municipalities, with the consent and
171 approval of the county legislative body of the county that has at least 1/15 of the district's
172 apportionment basis.
173 (g) Trustees representing a municipality or combination of municipalities shall be
174 designated and appointed by the chief executive officer of the municipality or simple majority
175 of chief executive officers of municipalities with the consent of the legislative body of the
176 municipality or municipalities.
177 (h) The appointment of trustees shall be made without regard to partisan political
178 affiliation from among citizens in the community.
179 (i) Each trustee shall be a bona fide resident of the municipality, county, or
180 unincorporated area or areas which the trustee is to represent for at least six months before the
181 date of appointment, and must continue in that residency to remain qualified to serve as a
193 most recent official census or census estimate of the United States Bureau of the Census.
194 (ii) If population estimates are not available from the United States Bureau of Census,
195 population figures shall be derived from the estimate from the Utah Population Estimates
197 (iii) All transit sales and use tax totals shall be obtained from the Tax Commission.
200 the decennial United States Census Bureau report every ten years.
201 (i) As soon a practicable following the receipt of the population estimates under this
202 Subsection (5)(k), the district shall reapportion representation on the board of trustees in
203 accordance with this section.
204 (ii) The board shall adopt by resolution a schedule reflecting the current and proposed
206 (iii) Upon adoption of the resolution, the board shall forward a copy of the resolution
207 to each of its constituent entities as defined under Section 17A-1-501 .
208 (iv) The appointing entities gaining a new board member shall appoint a new member
209 within 30 days following receipt of the resolution.
210 (v) The appointing entities losing a board member shall inform the board of which
211 member currently serving on the board will step down upon appointment of a new member
212 under Subsection (5)(k)(iv).
213 (6) (a) Except the initial trustees, the terms of office of the trustees shall be [
214 years or until their successors are appointed, qualified, seated, and have taken the oath of
216 (b) At the first meeting of the initial trustees held after July 1, 2004, the directors shall
217 designate by the drawing of lots [
218 and for 1/2 for two-year terms[
219 (c) A trustee may not be appointed for more than [
220 (7) (a) Vacancies shall be filled by the official appointing the member creating the
221 vacancy for the unexpired term, unless the official fails to fill the vacancy within 90 days.
222 (b) If the appointing official under Subsection (2) does not fill the vacancy within 90
223 days, the board of trustees of the authority shall fill the vacancy.
224 (c) If the appointing official under Subsection (5) does not fill the vacancy within 90
225 days, the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall fill the vacancy.
226 (8) (a) Each trustee may cast one vote on all questions, orders, resolutions, and
227 ordinances coming before the board of trustees.
228 (b) A majority of all members of the board of trustees are a quorum for the transaction
229 of business.
230 (c) The affirmative vote of a majority of all trustees present at any meeting at which a
231 quorum was initially present shall be necessary and, except as otherwise provided, is sufficient
232 to carry any order, resolution, ordinance, or proposition before the board of trustees.
233 (9) The district shall pay to each trustee:
234 (a) an attendance fee of $50 per board or committee meeting attended, not to exceed
235 $200 in any calendar month to any trustee; and
236 (b) reasonable mileage and expenses necessarily incurred to attend board or committee
238 (10) (a) Members of the initial board of trustees shall convene at the time and place
239 fixed by the chief executive officer of the entity initiating the proceedings.
240 (b) Immediately upon convening, the board of trustees shall elect from its membership
241 a president, vice president, and secretary who shall serve for a period of two years or until their
242 successors shall be elected and qualified.
243 (11) At the time of a trustee's appointment or during a trustee's tenure in office, a
244 trustee may not hold[
246 elected public official, with a county or municipality within the district.
247 Section 4. Section 17A-2-1051 is amended to read:
248 17A-2-1051. Members of board subject to recall.
249 (1) (a) [
250 recall [
251 unincorporated county area from which [
252 (b) A recall of a member of the board of trustees shall be made in the same manner as
253 original appointment including any agreements, consents, and approvals provided under the
254 original appointment under Section 17A-2-1038 .
255 (c) The appointing entities shall provide written notice to the member of the board of
256 trustees being recalled.
257 (2) Upon written notice to the board, a member [
258 board member's position as trustee.
259 (3) If a member of the board is recalled or resigns under this section, the vacancy shall
260 be filled in accordance with Subsection 17A-2-1038 (7).
261 Section 5. Section 17A-2-1060.1 is enacted to read:
262 17A-2-1060.1. Transit districts to submit agendas and minutes of board meetings.
263 (1) The board shall submit to each constituent entity as defined in Section 17A-1-501 :
264 (a) a copy of the board agenda and a notice of the location and time of the board
265 meeting within the same time frame provided to members of the board prior to the meeting;
267 (b) a copy of the minutes of board meetings within five working days following
268 approval of the minutes.
269 (2) The board may submit notices, agendas, and minutes by electronic mail if agreed to
270 by the constituent entity as defined under Section 17A-2-501 .
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