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First Substitute S.B. 31
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6 LONG TITLE
7 General Description:
8 This bill modifies provisions relating to counties.
9 Highlighted Provisions:
10 This bill:
11 . modifies provisions related to the removal from office of local government officers;
12 . modifies the authority of counties and municipalities to require compliance with a
13 subdivision ordinance before a subdivision plat may be recorded;
14 . expands the duties of a county assessor that may be reassigned to the treasurer;
15 . provides that a county recorder does not violate the law by placing certain
16 information on a document;
17 . modifies provisions related to county recorder fees;
18 . requires counties to receive fair and adequate consideration for services or
19 assistance provided to or fees waived on behalf of a nonprofit entity, and defines
20 what that consideration may consist of;
21 . clarifies that persons elected to fill a vacancy in a county office serve for the
22 remainder of the unexpired term;
23 . modifies a notice requirement related to subdivision plats to prohibit municipal or
24 county approval of a plat unless proof of notice to affected public utilities is
27 beneath the person's signature;
28 . modifies a provision related to termination of a joint tenancy, tenancy by the
29 entirety, life estate, or determinable or conditional interest; and
30 . modifies provisions related to penalties assessed for a taxpayer's failure to take
31 certain required action.
32 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
34 Other Special Clauses:
36 Utah Code Sections Affected:
38 17-16-5.5, as enacted by Chapter 207, Laws of Utah 1999
39 17-16-10.5, as enacted by Chapter 206, Laws of Utah 1999
40 17-21-17, as last amended by Chapter 191, Laws of Utah 2002
41 17-21-18.5, as last amended by Chapter 211, Laws of Utah 2003
42 17-21-25, as last amended by Chapter 85, Laws of Utah 1999
43 17-50-303, as last amended by Chapter 96, Laws of Utah 2001
44 20A-1-508, as last amended by Chapter 139, Laws of Utah 1997
45 41-1a-1320, as enacted by Chapter 229, Laws of Utah 2003
46 54-3-27, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 2004
47 57-1-5.1, as enacted by Chapter 320, Laws of Utah 2000
48 59-2-307, as last amended by Chapter 86, Laws of Utah 2000
50 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
51 Section 1. Section 17-16-5.5 is amended to read:
52 17-16-5.5. Reassignment of certain assessor duties to treasurer.
53 A county legislative body may by ordinance reassign to the treasurer the duties of the
54 assessor under Sections 41-1a-1320 , 59-2-407 , 59-2-1302 , 59-2-1303 , and 59-2-1305 .
55 Section 2. Section 17-16-10.5 is amended to read:
56 17-16-10.5. Malfeasance in office -- Felony charges or incapacitation -- Paid
58 (1) The failure of an elected county or prosecution district officer substantially to
59 perform the officer's official duties constitutes malfeasance in office under Section 77-6-1 .
60 (2) (a) If an elected county or prosecution district officer is charged with the
61 commission of a felony arising from conduct related to the officer's official duties, the officer
62 shall be placed on paid administrative leave by the county legislative body until [
64 (i) the charges are dismissed or the officer is acquitted, at which time the officer shall
65 be entitled to return to office, unless the officer's term of office has in the meantime expired; or
66 (ii) the officer is convicted or enters a plea nolo contendere S. [
67 which time the court presiding over the felony prosecution S. arising from conduct related to the
67a officer's official duties .S shall enter an order removing the
68 officer from office.
69 (b) A conviction S. [
69a relating to a felony
70 charge described in Subsection (2)(a) shall be considered to be a determination that the officer
71 has committed malfeasance in office.
72 (c) The provisions under this Subsection (2) for the removal of a county or prosecution
73 district officer are in addition to and do not replace or supersede the removal provisions under
74 Title 77, Chapter 6, Removal by Judicial Proceedings.
75 (3) (a) During the time that an elected county or prosecution district officer is on paid
76 administrative leave under Subsection (2), the officer's duties may, except as provided in
77 Subsection (3)(c), be temporarily:
78 (i) reassigned to another officer by the county legislative body; or
79 (ii) performed by a person employed for that purpose[
81 (b) For purposes of Subsection (3)(a) with respect to a prosecution district officer in a
82 multi-county prosecution district, "county legislative body" means the legislative bodies of all
83 counties included in the prosecution district.
84 (c) A reassignment under Subsection (3)(a) may not result in the same person
85 exercising the duties of:
86 (i) both a county legislative body member or county treasurer and county auditor; or
87 (ii) both a county executive and county auditor.
89 17-21-17. Prohibited acts.
90 (1) Upon acceptance of an instrument entitled to be recorded, the recorder may not:
91 (a) record the instrument in any manner other than the manner required by this chapter;
93 (b) alter, change, obliterate, or insert any new matter in any instrument of record.
95 (2) A recorder does not violate this section by:
96 (a) denying access to:
98 63-2-302 ; or
100 Section 63-2-302 [
101 (b) placing an endorsement, reference, or other note on a document in the course of the
102 recorder's work.
103 Section 4. Section 17-21-18.5 is amended to read:
104 17-21-18.5. Fees of county recorder.
105 (1) The county recorder shall receive the following fees:
106 (a) for [
107 otherwise provided for, other than bonds of public officers, $10;
108 (b) for recording any instrument, [
109 Title 70A, Uniform Commercial Code, other than bonds of public officers, and not otherwise
110 provided for, $10 for the first page[
112 more than one description, $1 for each additional description;
113 (c) for recording [
114 connected with or [
115 instrument contains a description of more than one right-of-way, $1 for each additional
116 right-of-way, and if [
117 second party, or the plaintiffs or defendants, $1 for each additional name[
118 (d) for recording[
121 page; and
122 (e) for a location notice, affidavit, or proof of labor which contains names of more than
123 two signers, $1 for each additional name, and for an affidavit or proof of labor which contains
124 more than one mining claim, $1 for each additional mining claim.
125 (2) (a) Each county recorder shall record the mining rules of the several mining
126 districts in each county without fee.
127 (b) Certified copies of these records shall be received in all tribunals and before all
128 officers of this state as prima facie evidence of the rules.
129 (3) The county recorder shall receive the following fees:
130 (a) for copies of any record or document, a reasonable fee as determined by the county
131 legislative body;
132 (b) for each certificate under seal, $5;
133 (c) for recording any plat [
134 $30 for each sheet and $1 for each lot or unit designation;
138 and $2 for each additional name;
140 Professional Licensing, $10; and
142 lien, $10.
143 (4) The county recorder may determine and collect a fee S. based on actual cost .S for
143a all services not enumerated
144 in this section.
145 (5) A county recorder may not be required to collect a fee for services that are
146 unrelated to the county recorder's office.
147 Section 5. Section 17-21-25 is amended to read:
148 17-21-25. Names of persons signing to be typed or printed on instruments
149 presented for recording.
151 shall have typed or printed on [
153 be indexed.
154 (b) The person's typed or printed name shall appear just beneath that person's signature.
155 (2) The requirements of Subsection (1) do not affect the legality of the instrument to be
157 Section 6. Section 17-50-303 is amended to read:
158 17-50-303. County may not give or lend credit -- County may borrow in
159 anticipation of revenues -- Assistance to nonprofit entities.
160 (1) A county may not give or lend its credit to or in aid of any person or corporation,
161 or, except as provided in Subsection (3), appropriate money in aid of any private enterprise.
162 (2) (a) A county may borrow money in anticipation of the collection of taxes and other
163 county revenues in the manner and subject to the conditions of Title 11, Chapter 14, Utah
164 Municipal Bond Act.
165 (b) A county may incur indebtedness under Subsection (2)(a) for any purpose for which
166 funds of the county may be expended.
170 (3) (a) A county may not provide services or monetary or nonmonetary assistance to or
171 waive fees required to be paid by a nonprofit entity unless the county receives fair and adequate
172 consideration in return.
173 (b) Consideration paid to a county under Subsection (3)(a) may:
174 (i) be nonmonetary; and
175 (ii) include anything that in the judgment of the county legislative body contributes to
176 the safety, health, prosperity, moral well-being, peace, order, comfort, or convenience of county
178 Section 7. Section 20A-1-508 is amended to read:
179 20A-1-508. Midterm vacancies in county elected offices.
180 (1) As used in this section:
182 body, the county treasurer, the county sheriff, the county clerk, the county auditor, the county
183 recorder, the county surveyor, and the county assessor.
184 (b) "County offices" does not mean the offices of president and vice president of the
185 United States, United States senators and representatives, members of the Utah Legislature,
186 state constitutional officers, county attorneys, district attorneys, and judges.
187 (2) (a) Until a replacement is selected as provided in this section and has qualified, the
188 county legislative body shall appoint an interim replacement to fill the vacant office by
189 following the procedures and requirements of this Subsection (2).
190 (b) (i) To appoint an interim replacement, the county legislative body shall give notice
191 of the vacancy to the county central committee of the same political party of the prior office
192 holder and invite that committee to submit the names of three nominees to fill the vacancy.
193 (ii) That county central committee shall, within 30 days, submit the names of three
194 nominees for the interim replacement to the county legislative body.
195 (iii) The county legislative body shall, within 45 days after the vacancy occurs, appoint
196 one of those nominees to serve out the unexpired term.
197 (c) (i) If the county legislative body fails to appoint an interim replacement to fill the
198 vacancy within 45 days, the county clerk shall send to the governor a letter that:
199 (A) informs the governor that the county legislative body has failed to appoint a
200 replacement within the statutory time period; and
201 (B) contains the list of nominees submitted by the party central committee.
202 (ii) The governor shall appoint an interim replacement from that list of nominees to fill
203 the vacancy within 30 days after receipt of the letter.
204 (d) A person appointed as interim replacement under this Subsection (2) shall hold
205 office until their successor is elected and has qualified.
206 (3) (a) The requirements of this subsection apply to all county offices that become
207 vacant if:
208 (i) the vacant office has an unexpired term of two years or more; and
209 (ii) the vacancy occurs after the election at which the person was elected but before
210 April 10 of the next even-numbered year.
211 (b) (i) When the conditions established in Subsection (3)(a) are met, the county clerk
213 (ii) All persons intending to become candidates for the vacant office shall:
214 (A) file a declaration of candidacy according to the procedures and requirements of
216 (B) if nominated as a party candidate or qualified as an independent or write-in
217 candidate under Title 20A, Chapter 8, Political Party Formation and [
218 run in the regular general election[
220 (4) (a) The requirements of this Subsection (4) apply to all county offices that become
221 vacant if:
222 (i) the vacant office has an unexpired term of two years or more; and
223 (ii) the vacancy occurs after April 9 of the next even-numbered year but more than 50
224 days before the regular primary election.
225 (b) (i) When the conditions established in Subsection (4)(a) are met, the county clerk
226 shall notify the public and each registered political party that:
227 (A) the vacancy exists; and
228 (B) identifies the date and time by which a person interested in becoming a candidate
229 must file a declaration of candidacy.
230 (ii) All persons intending to become candidates for the vacant offices shall, within five
231 days after the date that the notice is made, ending at 5 p.m. on the fifth day, file a declaration
232 of candidacy for the vacant office as required by Title 20A, Chapter 9, Part 2.
233 (iii) The county central committee of each party shall:
234 (A) select a candidate or candidates from among those qualified candidates who have
235 filed declarations of candidacy; and
236 (B) certify the name of the candidate or candidates to the county clerk at least 35 days
237 before the regular primary election.
238 (5) (a) The requirements of this Subsection (5) apply to all county offices that become
240 (i) if the vacant office has an unexpired term of two years or more; and
241 (ii) when 50 days or less remain before the regular primary election but more than 50
242 days remain before the regular general election.
244 committees of each political party registered under this title that wishes to submit a candidate
245 for the office shall summarily certify the name of one candidate to the county clerk for
246 placement on the regular general election ballot.
247 (6) (a) The requirements of this Subsection (6) apply to all county offices that become
249 (i) if the vacant office has an unexpired term of less than two years; or
250 (ii) if the vacant office has an unexpired term of two years or more but 50 days or less
251 remain before the next regular general election.
252 (b) (i) When the conditions established in Subsection (6)(a) are met, the county
253 legislative body shall give notice of the vacancy to the county central committee of the same
254 political party as the prior office holder and invite that committee to submit the names of three
255 nominees to fill the vacancy.
256 (ii) That county central committee shall, within 30 days, submit the names of three
257 nominees to fill the vacancy to the county legislative body.
258 (iii) The county legislative body shall, within 45 days after the vacancy occurs, appoint
259 one of those nominees to serve out the unexpired term.
260 (c) (i) If the county legislative body fails to appoint a person to fill the vacancy within
261 45 days, the county clerk shall send to the governor a letter that:
262 (A) informs the governor that the county legislative body has failed to appoint a person
263 to fill the vacancy within the statutory time period; and
264 (B) contains the list of nominees submitted by the party central committee.
265 (ii) The governor shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy from that list of nominees to
266 fill the vacancy within 30 days after receipt of the letter.
267 (d) A person appointed to fill the vacancy under this Subsection (6) shall hold office
268 until their successor is elected and has qualified.
269 (7) Except as otherwise provided by law, the county legislative body may appoint
270 replacements to fill all vacancies that occur in those offices filled by appointment of the county
271 legislative body.
272 (8) Nothing in this section prevents or prohibits independent candidates from filing a
273 declaration of candidacy for the office within the same time limits.
275 county office shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term of the person who created the
276 vacancy and until a successor is elected and qualified.
277 (b) Nothing in this section may be construed to contradict or alter the provisions of
278 Section 17-16-6 .
279 Section 8. Section 41-1a-1320 is amended to read:
280 41-1a-1320. Tax clearance required to move manufactured home or mobile home.
281 (1) A manufactured home or mobile home may not be transported by any person,
282 including its owner, unless a tax clearance has been obtained from the assessor or, if the
283 responsibility to provide a tax clearance has been reassigned under Section 17-16-5.5 , the
284 treasurer of the county in which the real property upon which the manufactured home or mobile
285 home was last located showing that all property taxes, including any interest and penalties,
286 have been paid.
287 (2) The tax clearance described in Subsection (1):
288 (a) is proof of having paid all property taxes, interest, and penalties; and
289 (b) shall be displayed in a conspicuous place on the rear of the manufactured home or
290 mobile home so as to be plainly visible while in transit.
291 (3) (a) Any person, including the owner, who transports a manufactured home or
292 mobile home without a valid tax clearance is:
293 (i) in violation of Section 59-2-309 ; and
294 (ii) subject to the penalty provisions of Section 59-2-309 .
295 (b) In addition to the penalty provided in Subsection (3)(a), any commercial mover
296 who transports any manufactured home or mobile home without a valid tax clearance is guilty
297 of a class B misdemeanor.
298 Section 9. Section 54-3-27 is amended to read:
299 54-3-27. Public utility easement.
300 (1) As used in this section, "public utility easement" means the area on a recorded plat
301 map or other recorded document that is dedicated to the use and installation of public utility
303 (2) (a) A public utility easement provides a public utility with:
304 (i) the right to install, maintain, operate, repair, remove, replace, or relocate public
306 (ii) the rights of ingress and egress within the public utility easement for public utility
307 employees, contractors, and agents.
308 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (3), a public utility shall restore or repair, at the
309 expense of the public utility, any fence, grass, soil, shrubbery, bushes, flowers, other low level
310 vegetation, sprinkler system, irrigation system, gravel, flat concrete, or asphalt damaged or
311 displaced from the exercise of the easement rights described in Subsection (2)(a).
312 (3) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), if a property owner places improvements
313 to land that interfere with the easement rights described in Subsection (2)(a), the property
314 owner shall bear the risk of loss or damage to those improvements resulting from the exercise
315 of the easement rights described in Subsection (2)(a).
316 (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a public utility easement is
317 nonexclusive and may be used by more than one public utility.
318 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(a), a public utility may not:
319 (i) interfere with any facility of another public utility within the public utility easement;
321 (ii) infringe on the legally required distances of separation between public utility
322 facilities required by federal, state, or local law.
323 (5) A subdivision plat that includes a public utility easement may not be [
324 approved by a municipal or county legislative body or its designate unless the subdivider has
325 provided the municipality or county with proof that each public utility [
327 service to the subdivision has, as a courtesy, been notified [
328 owner or the owner's agent prior to [
329 Section 10. Section 57-1-5.1 is amended to read:
330 57-1-5.1. Termination of an interest in real estate -- Affidavit.
331 (1) [
332 the entirety, life estate, or determinable or conditional interest in real estate [
334 recorded in the office of the recorder of the county in which the affected property is located.
335 (2) [
337 (b) contain a legal description of the real property that is affected;
338 (c) reference the entry number and the book and page of the instrument creating the
339 interest to be terminated; and
340 (d) if the termination is the result of a death, have attached as an exhibit, a copy of the
341 death certificate or other document witnessing the death.
342 Section 11. Section 59-2-307 is amended to read:
343 59-2-307. Refusal by taxpayer to file signed statement -- Penalty -- Assessor to
344 estimate value -- Reporting information to other counties.
345 (1) (a) [
346 by Section 59-2-306[
348 penalty equal to 10% of the estimated tax due[
349 signed and completed statement[
350 (b) Each penalty under Subsection (1)(a) shall be collected in the manner provided by
351 Sections 59-2-1302 and 59-2-1303 , except as otherwise provided for in this section, or by a
352 judicial proceeding brought in the name of the assessor.
353 (c) All money recovered by any assessor under this section shall be paid into the county
355 (2) (a) The penalty imposed by Subsection (1)(a) may not be waived or reduced by the
356 assessor, county, county Board of Equalization, or commission except pursuant to a procedure
357 for the review and approval of reductions and waivers adopted by county ordinance, or by
358 administrative rule adopted in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
359 Rulemaking Act.
360 (b) The penalty under Subsection (1)[
361 requested by the assessor may not be imposed until 30 days after the [
362 mailing of a subsequent certified notice.
363 (3) (a) If any owner neglects or refuses to file the signed statement within 30 days of
364 the date the first county request was sent as required under Section 59-2-306 , the assessor shall:
365 (i) make:
368 signed statement; and
370 the owner based on known facts and circumstances[
371 (ii) impose a fee for the actual and necessary expenses of the certified mailing under
372 Subsection (3)(a)(i)(A).
373 (b) The value fixed by the assessor may not be reduced by the county board of
374 equalization or by the commission.
375 (4) If the signed statement discloses property in any other county, the assessor shall file
376 the signed statement and send a certified copy to the assessor of each county in which the
377 property is located.
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