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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the Public Transit Tax part to address the expenditure of public transit
11 tax revenue.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . provides that beginning on July 1, 2006, and ending on June 30, 2007, a county of
15 the first class may expend a certain amount of the 1/4% of the 1/4% public transit
16 tax revenue dedicated for highway use to reconfigure railroad curves to decrease rail
17 congestion; and
18 . makes technical changes.
19 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 59-12-502 (See 59-1-1201 re: Eff), as last amended by Chapter 255, Laws of Utah
27 72-2-121, as enacted by Chapter 217, Laws of Utah 2001
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 59-12-502 (See 59-1-1201 re: Eff) is amended to read:
31 59-12-502 (See 59-1-1201 re: Eff). Additional public transit tax for expanded
32 system and fixed guideway and interstate improvements -- Base -- Rate -- Voter approval.
33 (1) (a) (i) Except as provided in Subsections (1)(a)(ii) and 59-12-207.1 (7)(c), and in
34 addition to other sales and use taxes, including the public transit district tax authorized by
35 Section 59-12-501 , a county, city, or town within a transit district organized under Title 17A,
36 Chapter 2, Part 10, Utah Public Transit District Act, may impose a sales and use tax of .25% on
37 the transactions described in Subsection 59-12-103 (1) located within the county, city, or town,
38 to fund a fixed guideway and expanded public transportation system.
39 (ii) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a)(i), a county, city, or town may not impose a tax
40 under this section on the sales and uses described in Section 59-12-104 to the extent the sales
41 and uses are exempt from taxation under Section 59-12-104 .
42 (b) For purposes of this Subsection (1), the location of a transaction shall be
43 determined in accordance with Sections 59-12-207.1 through 59-12-207.4 .
44 (c) (i) A county, city, or town may impose the tax under this section only if the
45 governing body of the county, city, or town submits, by resolution, the proposal to all the
46 qualified voters within the county, city, or town for approval at a general or special election
47 conducted in the manner provided by statute.
48 (ii) Notice of the election under Subsection (1)(c)(i) shall be given by the county, city,
49 or town governing body 15 days in advance in the manner prescribed by statute.
50 (2) If the majority of the voters voting in this election approve the proposal, it shall
51 become effective on the date provided by the county, city, or town governing body.
52 (3) (a) This section may not be construed to require an election in jurisdictions where
53 voters have previously approved a public transit sales or use tax.
54 (b) This section shall be construed to require an election to impose the sales and use
55 tax authorized by this section, including jurisdictions where the voters have previously
56 approved the sales and use tax authorized by Section 59-12-501 , but this section may not be
57 construed to affect the sales and use tax authorized by Section 59-12-501 .
58 (4) No public funds shall be spent to promote the required election.
59 (5) (a) Notwithstanding the designated use of revenues in Subsection (1), of the
60 revenues generated by the tax imposed under this section by any county of the first class:
62 transportation system; and
64 construction, major renovations, and improvements to Interstate 15 and state highways within
65 the county and to pay any debt service and bond issuance costs related to those projects.
66 (b) Notwithstanding the designated use of revenues in Subsection (1), beginning on
67 July 1, 2006, and ending on July 1, 2007, a county of the first class may expend an amount not
68 to exceed $3,500,000 of the revenues described in Subsection (5)(a)(ii) for expenses relating to
69 reconfiguring railroad curves within that county to reduce rail congestion.
70 (6) A county of the first class may, through an interlocal agreement, authorize the
71 deposit or transfer of the portion of the revenues described in Subsection (5)[
72 Public Transportation System Tax Highway Fund created in Section 72-2-121 .
73 Section 2. Section 72-2-121 is amended to read:
74 72-2-121. Public Transportation System Tax Highway Fund.
75 (1) There is created a special revenue fund entitled the Public Transportation System
76 Tax Highway Fund.
77 (2) The fund consists of monies generated from the following revenue sources:
78 (a) any voluntary contributions received for new construction, major renovations, and
79 improvements to Interstate 15 and state highways within a county of the first class; and
80 (b) the portion of the sales and use tax described in Subsection 59-12-502 (5)[
81 deposited in or transferred to the fund through an interlocal agreement.
82 (3) (a) The fund shall earn interest.
83 (b) All interest earned on fund monies shall be deposited into the fund.
84 (4) The executive director may use fund monies, as prioritized by the Transportation
85 Commission, only for new construction, major renovations, and improvements to Interstate 15
86 and state highways within a county of the first class and to pay any debt service and bond
87 issuance costs related to those projects.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-13-06 12:11 PM
Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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