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First Substitute H.B. 6
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies provisions related to improvement districts for the conversion of
11 overhead utilities to underground.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . modifies provisions related to how an assessment on property for the underground
15 conversion of overhead utilities is to be calculated;
16 . modifies the requirements for notice of a proposed improvement district and
18 . modifies provisions relating to the underground conversion of overhead utilities to
20 . a requirement that the governing body provide notice to property owners that
21 underground service is available and of the requirement to convert the owner's
22 existing electric and communications facilities to underground;
23 . the consequence of an owner's failure to convert overhead facilities to
24 underground; and
25 . the assessment of costs and expenses of the conversion against the property;
26 . modifies a provision relating to notice of the levy of an assessment for converting
27 overhead utility facilities to underground;
28 . modifies the type of easement that is created upon the failure to convert overhead
29 utility facilities with the required time;
30 . provides that a construction easement terminates once the conversion of overhead
31 utility facilities to underground is completed; and
32 . makes technical changes.
33 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
35 Other Special Clauses:
37 Utah Code Sections Affected:
39 54-8-5, as enacted by Chapter 157, Laws of Utah 1969
40 54-8-6, as enacted by Chapter 157, Laws of Utah 1969
41 54-8-9, as enacted by Chapter 157, Laws of Utah 1969
42 54-8-11, as enacted by Chapter 157, Laws of Utah 1969
43 54-8-19, as enacted by Chapter 157, Laws of Utah 1969
44 54-8-26, as enacted by Chapter 157, Laws of Utah 1969
46 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
47 Section 1. Section 54-8-5 is amended to read:
48 54-8-5. Apportionment of costs -- Assessment against benefitted property --
49 Public lands not subject to assessment.
59 (1) If an improvement district is created as provided in this chapter, the governing body
60 of the county or municipality that created the improvement district may levy an assessment on
61 property within the district.
62 (2) (a) If an assessment is levied under this section, it shall be levied on all blocks, lots,
63 parts of blocks, and lots, tracts, or parcels of property bounding, abutting upon, or adjacent to
64 the improvements or affected or specially benefitted by the improvements to the extent of the
65 benefits to the property because of the improvements.
66 (b) The benefits to the property may be indirect and need not actually increase the fair
67 market value of the property.
68 (3) A governing body may levy an assessment under this section to the full depth of the
69 property or to the depth determined by the governing body.
70 (4) Assessments under this section shall be equal and uniform according to the benefits
72 (5) (a) Assessments may be according to area, frontage, assessed value, taxable value,
73 lot, number of connections, or any combination of these methods, as the governing body
74 considers fair and equitable.
75 (b) Different improvements in an improvement district may be assessed according to
76 different methods.
77 (c) The governing body shall make an allowance for corner lots so that they are not
78 assessed at full rate on both sides adjacent to the street.
79 (6) The entire cost of the improvement may be assessed against the benefitted property
80 as [
81 any other source, the money so available may be so applied and the remaining cost so assessed
82 against the benefitted property.
83 (7) The cost and expenses to be assessed as [
84 include the contract price of the improvement, engineering and clerical services, advertising,
85 cost of inspection, cost of collecting assessments, and interest upon bonds if issued, and for
86 legal services for preparing proceedings and advising in regard thereto.
87 (8) Fee lands and property of public entities such as the federal government, the state
89 benefitted by any improvement district, and, unless such public entity within the boundaries of
90 an improvement district consents in writing, filed before the governing body adopts the
91 resolution provided for in Section 54-8-8 , the lands and property of such public entity shall not
92 be subject to assessment for the payment of any of the cost or expense of such improvement.
93 Section 2. Section 54-8-6 is amended to read:
94 54-8-6. Creation of improvement district -- Petition by property owners --
95 Resolution of governing body -- Utilities to submit reports.
97 owners of the real property and the owners of not less than two-thirds in value of the real
98 property, as shown by the last assessment rolls, of any proposed district requesting the creation
99 of an improvement district as provided for in this chapter, pass a resolution at any regular or
100 special meeting declaring that it finds that the improvement district proposed is in the public
101 interest. [
102 (b) In order to pass a resolution under Subsection (1)(a), the governing body shall
103 determine that the formation of the local improvement district for the purposes set out in this
104 chapter will promote the public convenience, necessity, and welfare. [
105 (2) Each resolution adopted under Subsection (1) shall:
106 (a) state that the costs and expenses will be levied and assessed upon the property
107 benefitted [
108 (b) request that each public utility corporation serving such area by overhead electric or
109 communication facilities shall, within 120 days after the receipt of the resolution, make a study
110 of the cost of conversion of its facilities in such area to underground service[
114 (c) require that the public utilities be provided with the name and address of the owner
115 of each parcel or lot within the proposed improvement district, if known, and, if not known, the
116 description of the property and [
117 corporations in order to perform the work involved in the cost study. [
120 (3) Each public service corporation serving [
121 overhead electric or communication facilities shall[
122 (a) within 120 days after receipt of the resolution, make a study of the costs of
123 conversion of its facilities in [
124 (b) provide the governing body and make available to its office a [
125 prepared jointly with each other public service corporation serving the improvement district
126 area by overhead electric or communication facilities, as to the results of the study.
127 (4) The governing body shall make each report under Subsection (3) available in its
128 office to each owner of land within the improvement district.
129 Section 3. Section 54-8-9 is amended to read:
130 54-8-9. Public hearing -- Notice -- Contents.
132 body shall cause notice of a public hearing on the proposed improvement to be given [
134 (2) The notice required under Subsection (1) shall:
136 permit each owner of real property [
137 owner's property lies in the district;
139 property along which it will be made and the nature of the benefits to the property within the
142 including the contract price of the improvement and the cost of engineering and clerical
143 service, advertising, inspection, collection of assessments, interests upon bonds, if issued, and
144 for legal services for preparing proceedings and advising in regard [
146 designated portion of the cost of the improvement according to the [
148 determined by the governing body under Section 54-8-5 ;
150 a public hearing upon the proposed improvement and on the question of benefits to be derived
151 by the real property in the district;
153 be heard on the question of whether his property will be benefitted by the proposed
155 (g) designate the date, time, and place of a public hearing at which the governing body
156 will consider objections to the creation of the proposed district and the making of the proposed
158 Section 4. Section 54-8-11 is amended to read:
159 54-8-11. Protests -- Hearings -- Representatives of utilities to be present --
160 Changes in proposal -- Adoption or abandonment of project.
161 (1) (a) On the date and at the time and place specified in the [
162 Section 54-8-9 , the governing body shall in open and public session hear all objections to the
163 creation of the proposed district, the making of the proposed improvements, and the benefits
164 accruing to any tract, block, lot, or parcel of land [
165 (b) Representatives of the public utilities concerned shall be present at [
167 (c) A hearing under Subsection (1)(a) may be adjourned from time to time to a fixed
168 future time and place.
169 (d) If at any time during [
171 proposed district should be made, which, after consultation with the public utilities concerned,
172 appear to affect either the cost or feasibility of the improvements, the hearing shall be
173 adjourned to a fixed future time and place and a new costs and feasibility report prepared on
174 the basis of the contemplated changes.
175 (2) After the hearing has been concluded and after all persons desiring to be heard have
176 been heard, the governing body:
177 (a) shall consider the arguments put forth [
178 (b) may make [
180 a costs and feasibility report has been prepared on the basis of [
182 (c) shall adopt a resolution either abandoning the district and project or determining to
183 proceed with the district and project, either as described in the notice or with changes made as
185 Section 5. Section 54-8-19 is amended to read:
186 54-8-19. Assessments -- Right to levy against property -- Due date -- Notice --
187 Payment in annual installments.
188 (1) The governing body may levy the assessments under the assessment list in whole or
189 in part at any time after the adoption of the assessment resolution, but if not levied as a whole,
190 any partial levies shall be made on the basis of completed improvements and the property
191 benefited [
192 (2) The amount of the assessment will become due and collectible immediately upon
193 the levying of the assessment and, if it is not paid within [
195 at a rate fixed by the governing body but not to exceed 7% per annum.
196 (3) (a) Notice shall be given in the same manner as provided in Section 54-8-16 [
198 (b) The notice under Subsection (3)(a) shall:
199 (i) specify the date and amount of the levy affecting each tract, block, lot, or parcel, the
200 date when interest will commence, the amount of such interest, and the period of years over
201 which installment payments may be made[
202 (ii) identify the easement that may be acquired by Subsection 54-8-26 (2); and
203 (iii) be recorded in the office of the recorder of the county in which the tract, block, lot,
204 or parcel is located.
205 (4) (a) If the assessment is not paid within the [
207 the amount due in equal annual installments bearing interest at the rate specified in the notice
208 and extending over the period of years, not exceeding [
209 (b) The first installment shall become due one year from the date when interest
210 commenced, and one installment shall become due on the same day of the same month
211 annually thereafter.
212 (c) Any assessment may be prepaid on any annual installment date without interest
213 penalty provided the total balance of the assessment, including accrued interest, costs and
214 penalties, be paid.
215 Section 6. Section 54-8-26 is amended to read:
216 54-8-26. Notice that service from underground facilities is available --
217 Consequences of failure to convert overhead facilities.
225 (1) (a) If service from the underground utility is available to all or part of an
226 improvement district area, the governing body of the county or municipality that created the
227 district shall mail a notice to each owner of real property served from existing overhead
228 facilities stating that:
229 (i) service from the underground facilities is available; and
230 (ii) each owner shall perform the necessary construction to convert the owner's existing
231 overhead electric and communications to underground from the utility-provided service point
232 to the service point on the owner's property.
233 (b) Each owner that converts overhead facilities to underground facilities shall comply
234 with all applicable state and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations, and with all tariffs
235 of the applicable utility.
236 (2) (a) Failure to convert the overhead facilities to underground facilities within 60
237 days after the date of mailing the notice shall be considered as a consent to and grant of a
238 construction easement to the [
239 authority to the [
240 officers, agents, and employees to enter upon [
253 (b) A construction easement under Subsection (2)(a) terminates upon completion of the
254 conversion of overhead facilities to underground.
255 (3) If the county or municipality converts the overhead facilities to underground
256 facilities, all costs and expenses of the conversion, including the engineering, legal, advertising,
257 and incidental expenses, shall be assessed against the property benefitted and become a lien
258 upon the property.
259 (4) The owner shall, at [
260 service entrance equipment to accept underground service.
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