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Fifth Substitute H.B. 164

This document includes Senate 2nd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 12:10 PM by rday. -->

Representative Melvin R. Brown proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
TOWN INCORPORATION PROCESS

             2     
AMENDMENTS

             3     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Melvin R. Brown

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions relating to the incorporation of a town.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies the process of incorporating a town;
             13a      S. . limits the areas in counties of the first class that qualify as contiguous for purposes of a
             13b      proposed incorporation of a town; .S
             14          .    requires at least five sponsors to be designated on a petition to incorporate an area
             15      as a town;
             16          .    prohibits the filing of a petition to incorporate an area as a town if the petition
             17      sponsors own more than 40% of the total area proposed to be incorporated;
             18          .    eliminates definitions of "base petition" and "qualifying petition";
             19          .    enacts definitions;
             20          .    modifies a requirement regarding county legislative body approval of a petition for
             21      the incorporation of a town if the petition meets certain signature requirements;
             22          .    clarifies that the value of property for purposes of determining incorporation
             23      petition requirements is assessed value;
             24          .    establishes a process for a public hearing on a proposed incorporation of a town
             25      before a petition to incorporate may be filed;


             26          .    requires a majority of registered voters to sign a petition to incorporate as a town;
             27          .    allows a county legislative body the option whether to commission a financial
             28      feasibility study with respect to a proposed incorporation of a town and provides a
             29      process for commissioning a financial feasibility study;
             30          .    establishes financial feasibility study criteria;
             31          .    requires the initial officers of a newly incorporated town to be elected rather than
             32      appointed by the county legislative body;
             33          .    modifies election provisions to allow the election of officers of a newly
             34      incorporated town to be conducted as a special election;
             35          .    provides for when newly elected town officers in a new town take office;
             36          .    provides that a previously filed petition is subject to the law in effect when the
             37      petition was filed; and
             38          .    modifies the date upon which a town is incorporated.
             39      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             40          None
             41      Other Special Clauses:
             42          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             43          This bill provides revisor instructions.
             43a      S. This bill coordinates with S.B. 20, Municipal Government Amendments, by technically
             43b      merging amendments. .S
             44      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             45      AMENDS:
             46          10-2-109, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Second Special Session, Chapter 3
             47          10-2-125, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 212
             48          20A-1-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 215
             49          20A-1-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 371
             50     
             51      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             52          Section 1. Section 10-2-109 is amended to read:
             53           10-2-109. Incorporation petition -- Requirements and form.
             54          (1) At any time within 18 months of the completion of the public hearings required
             55      under Subsection 10-2-108 (1), a petition for incorporation of the area proposed to be
             56      incorporated as a city may be filed in the office of the clerk of the county in which the area is


             57      located.
             58          (2) Each petition under Subsection (1) shall:
             59          (a) be signed by the owners of private real property that:
             60          (i) is located within the area proposed to be incorporated;
             61          (ii) covers at least 1/3 of the total private land area within the area; and
             62          (iii) is equal in value to at least 1/3 of the value of all private real property within the
             63      area;
             64          (b) indicate the typed or printed name and current residence address of each owner
             65      signing the petition;
             66          (c) describe the area proposed to be incorporated as a city, as described in the
             67      feasibility study request or modified request that meets the requirements of Subsection (3);
             68          (d) state the proposed name for the proposed city;
             69          (e) designate five signers of the petition as petition sponsors, one of whom shall be
             70      designated as the contact sponsor, with the mailing address and telephone number of each;
             71          (f) state that the signers of the petition appoint the sponsors, if the incorporation
             72      measure passes, to represent the signers in the process of:
             73          (i) selecting the number of commission or council members the new city should have;
             74      and
             75          (ii) drawing district boundaries for the election of commission or council members, if
             76      the voters decide to elect commission or council members by district;
             77          (g) be accompanied by and circulated with an accurate plat or map, prepared by a
             78      licensed surveyor, showing the boundaries of the proposed city; and
             79          (h) substantially comply with and be circulated in the following form:
             80          PETITION FOR INCORPORATION OF (insert the proposed name of the proposed
             81      city)
             82          To the Honorable County Legislative Body of (insert the name of the county in which
             83      the proposed city is located) County, Utah:
             84          We, the undersigned owners of real property within the area described in this petition,
             85      respectfully petition the county legislative body to submit to the registered voters residing
             86      within the area described in this petition, at a special election held for that purpose, the
             87      question of whether the area should incorporate as a city. Each of the undersigned affirms that


             88      each has personally signed this petition and is an owner of real property within the described
             89      area, and that the current residence address of each is correctly written after the signer's name.
             90      The area proposed to be incorporated as a city is described as follows: (insert an accurate
             91      description of the area proposed to be incorporated).
             92          (3) A petition for incorporation of a city under Subsection (1) may not be filed unless
             93      the results of the feasibility study or supplemental feasibility study show that the average
             94      annual amount of revenue under Subsection 10-2-106 (4)(a)(ix) does not exceed the average
             95      annual amount of cost under Subsection 10-2-106 (4)(a)(viii) by more than 5%.
             96          (4) A signature on a request under Section 10-2-103 or a modified request under
             97      Section 10-2-107 may be used toward fulfilling the signature requirement of Subsection (2)(a):
             98          (a) if the request under Section 10-2-103 or modified request under Section 10-2-107
             99      notified the signer in conspicuous language that the signature, unless withdrawn, would also be
             100      used for purposes of a petition for incorporation under this section; and
             101          (b) unless the signer files with the county clerk a written withdrawal of the signature
             102      before the petition under this section is filed with the clerk.
             103          Section 2. Section 10-2-125 is amended to read:
             104           10-2-125. Incorporation of a town.
             105          [(1) As used in this section:]
             106          [(a) "Base petition" means a petition under this section proposing the incorporation of a
             107      town and signed by the owners of private real property that:]
             108          [(i) is located within the area proposed to be incorporated;]
             109          [(ii) covers at least a majority of the total private land area within the area proposed to
             110      be incorporated; and]
             111          [(iii) is equal in value to at least 1/3 but not more than 1/2 of the value of all private
             112      real property within the area proposed to be incorporated.]
             113          [(b) "Qualifying petition" means a petition under this section proposing the
             114      incorporation of a town and signed by the owners of private real property that:]
             115          [(i) is located within the area proposed to be incorporated;]
             116          [(ii) covers at least a majority of the total private land area within the area proposed to
             117      be incorporated; and]
             118          [(iii) is equal in value to more than 1/2 of the value of all private real property within


             119      the area proposed to be incorporated.]
             120          (1) As used in this section:
             121          (a) "Assessed value," with respect to agricultural land, means the value at which the
             122      land would be assessed without regard to a valuation for agricultural use under Section
             123      59-2-503 .
             124          (b) "Financial feasibility study" means a study to determine:
             125          (i) the projected revenues for the proposed town during the first three years after
             126      incorporation; and
             127          (ii) the projected costs, including overhead, that the proposed town will incur in
             128      providing governmental services during the first three years after incorporation.
             129          (c) "Municipal service" means a publicly provided service that is not provided on a
             130      countywide basis.
             131          (d) "Nonurban" means having a residential density of less than one unit per acre.
             132          (2) (a) S. (i) .S A contiguous area of a county not within a municipality, with a
             132a      population of at
             133      least 100 but less than 1,000, may incorporate as a town as provided in this section.
             133a      S. (ii) An area within a county of the first class is not contiguous for purposes of Subsection
             133b      (2)(a)(i) if:
             133c          (A) the area includes a strip of land that connects geographically separate areas; and
             133d          (B) the distance between the geographically separate areas is greater than the average
             133e      width of the strip of land connecting the geographically separate areas. .S
             134          (b) [(i)] The population figure under Subsection (2)(a) shall be [derived from the most
             135      recent official census or census estimate of the United States Bureau of the Census. (ii) If the
             136      population figure is not available from the United States Bureau of the Census, the population
             137      figure shall be derived from the estimate from] determined:
             138          (i) as of the date the incorporation petition is filed; and
             139          (ii) by the Utah Population Estimates Committee within 20 days after the county clerk's
             140      certification under Subsection (5) of a petition filed under Subsection (4).
             141          (3) (a) The process to incorporate an area as a town is initiated by filing a [petition]
             142      request for a public hearing with the clerk of the county in which the area is located.
             143          (b) Each request for a public hearing under Subsection (3)(a) shall:
             144          (i) be signed by the owners of at least five separate parcels of private real property,
             145      each owned by a different owner, located within the area proposed to be incorporated; and
             146          (ii) be accompanied by an accurate map or plat depicting the boundary of the proposed
             147      town.
             148          (c) Within ten days after a request for a public hearing is filed under Subsection (3)(a),
             149      the county clerk shall, with the assistance of other county officers from whom the clerk


             150      requests assistance, determine whether the petition complies with the requirements of
             151      Subsection (3)(b).
             152          (d) If the clerk determines that a request under Subsection (3)(a) fails to comply with
             153      the requirements of Subsection (3)(b), the clerk shall reject the request and deliver written
             154      notice of the rejection to the signers of the request.
             155          (e) (i) If the clerk determines that a request under Subsection (3)(a) complies with the
             156      requirements of Subsection (3)(b), the clerk shall:
             157          (A) schedule and arrange for a public hearing to be held:
             158          (I) (Aa) at a public facility located within the boundary of the proposed town; or
             159          (Bb) if there is no public facility within the boundary of the proposed town, at another
             160      nearby public facility or at the county seat; and
             161          (II) within 20 days after the clerk provides the last notice required under Subsection
             162      (3)(e)(i)(B); and
             163          (B) subject to Subsection (3)(e)(ii), give notice of the public hearing on the proposed
             164      incorporation by:
             165          (I) posting notice of the public hearing on the county's Internet website, if the county
             166      has an Internet website; and
             167          (II) (Aa) publishing notice of the public hearing at least once a week for two
             168      consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the proposed town; or
             169          (Bb) if there is no newspaper of general circulation within the proposed town, posting
             170      notice of the public hearing in at least five conspicuous public places within the proposed town.
             171          (ii) The posting of notice required under Subsection (3)(e)(i)(B)(I) and, if applicable,
             172      Subsection (3)(e)(i)(B)(II)(Bb) and the first publishing of notice required under Subsection
             173      (3)(e)(i)(B)(II)(Aa), if applicable, shall occur no later than ten days after the clerk determines
             174      that a request complies with the requirements of Subsection (3)(b).
             175          (iii) Each public hearing under Subsection (3)(e)(i)(A) shall be conducted by the chair
             176      of the county commission or council, or the chair's designee, to:
             177          (A) introduce the concept of the proposed incorporation to the public;
             178          (B) allow the public to review the map or plat of the boundary of the proposed town;
             179          (C) allow the public to ask questions and become informed about the proposed
             180      incorporation; and


             181          (D) allow the public to express their views about the proposed incorporation, including
             182      their views about the boundary of the area proposed to be incorporated.
             183          (4) (a) At any time within three months after the public hearing under Subsection
             184      (3)(e), a petition to incorporate the area as a town may be filed with the clerk of the county in
             185      which the area is located.
             186          (b) Each petition under Subsection [(3)] (4)(a) shall:
             187          (i) be signed by:
             188          (A) the owners of private real property that:
             189          [(A)] (I) is located within the area proposed to be incorporated;
             190          [(B)] (II) covers a majority of the total private land area within the area; [and]
             191          [(C)] (III) is equal in assessed value to [at least 1/3] more than 1/2 of the assessed value
             192      of all private real property within the area; and
             193          [(ii) state the legal description of the boundaries of the area proposed to be
             194      incorporated as a town;]
             195          (IV) consists, in number of parcels, of at least 1/3 of the number of all parcels of
             196      private real property within the area proposed to be incorporated; and
             197          (B) a majority of all registered voters within the area proposed to be incorporated as a
             198      town, according to the official voter registration list maintained by the county on the date the
             199      petition is filed;
             200          [(iii)] (ii) designate [up to] as sponsors at least five [signers] of the property owners
             201      who have signed the petition [as sponsors], one of whom shall be designated as the contact
             202      sponsor, with the mailing address of each owner signing as a sponsor;
             203          [(iv)] (iii) be accompanied by and circulated with an accurate map or plat, prepared by
             204      a licensed surveyor, showing a legal description of the [boundaries] boundary of the proposed
             205      town; and
             206          [(v)] (iv) substantially comply with and be circulated in the following form:
             207          PETITION FOR INCORPORATION OF (insert the proposed name of the proposed
             208      town)
             209          To the Honorable County Legislative Body of (insert the name of the county in which
             210      the proposed town is located) County, Utah:
             211          We, the undersigned owners of real property and registered voters within the area


             212      described in this petition, respectfully petition the county legislative body for the area described
             213      in this petition to be incorporated as a town. Each of the undersigned affirms that each has
             214      personally signed this petition and is an owner of real property or a registered voter residing
             215      within the described area, and that the current residence address of each is correctly written
             216      after the signer's name. The area proposed to be incorporated as a town is described as follows:
             217      (insert an accurate description of the area proposed to be incorporated).
             218          (c) A petition under this [section] Subsection (4) may not describe an area that includes
             219      some or all of an area proposed for annexation in an annexation petition under Section
             220      10-2-403 that:
             221          (i) was filed before the filing of the petition; and
             222          (ii) is still pending on the date the petition is filed.
             223          [(4) Section 10-2-104 applies to a petition for incorporation as a town in any county,
             224      except that the notice under Subsection 10-2-104 (1) shall be sent within seven calendar days
             225      after the filing of a petition under Subsection (3).]
             226          (d) A petition may not be filed under this section if the private real property owned by
             227      the petition sponsors, designated under Subsection (4)(b)(ii), cumulatively exceeds 40% of the
             228      total private land area within the area proposed to be incorporated as a town.
             229          (e) A signer of a petition under this Subsection (4) may withdraw or, after withdrawn,
             230      reinstate the signer's signature on the petition:
             231          (i) at any time until the county clerk certifies the petition under Subsection (6); and
             232          (ii) by filing a signed, written withdrawal or reinstatement with the county clerk.
             233          (5) (a) If a petition is filed under Subsection (4)(a) proposing to incorporate as a town
             234      an area located within a county of the first class, the county clerk shall deliver written notice of
             235      the proposed incorporation:
             236          (i) to each owner of private real property owning more than 1% of the assessed value
             237      of all private real property within the area proposed to be incorporated as a town; and
             238          (ii) within seven calendar days after the date on which the petition is filed.
             239          (b) A private real property owner described in Subsection (5)(a)(i) may exclude all or
             240      part of the owner's property from the area proposed to be incorporated as a town by filing a
             241      notice of exclusion:
             242          (i) with the county clerk; and


             243          (ii) within ten calendar days after receiving the clerk's notice under Subsection (5)(a).
             244          (c) The county legislative body shall exclude from the area proposed to be incorporated
             245      as a town the property identified in the notice of exclusion under Subsection (5)(b) if:
             246          (i) the property:
             247          (A) is nonurban; and
             248          (B) does not and will not require a municipal service; and
             249          (ii) exclusion will not leave an unincorporated island within the proposed town.
             250          (d) If the county legislative body excludes property from the area proposed to be
             251      incorporated as a town, the county legislative body shall send written notice of the exclusion to
             252      the contact sponsor within five days after the exclusion.
             253          (6) Within 20 days after the filing of a petition under Subsection (4), the county clerk
             254      shall:
             255          (a) with the assistance of other county officers from whom the clerk requests
             256      assistance, determine whether the petition complies with the requirements of Subsection (4);
             257      and
             258          (b) (i) if the clerk determines that the petition complies with those requirements:
             259          (A) certify the petition and deliver the certified petition to the county legislative body;
             260      and
             261          (B) mail or deliver written notification of the certification to:
             262          (I) the contact sponsor;
             263          (II) if applicable, the chair of the planning commission of each township in which any
             264      part of the area proposed for incorporation is located; and
             265          (III) the Utah Population Estimates Committee; or
             266          (ii) if the clerk determines that the petition fails to comply with any of those
             267      requirements, reject the petition and notify the contact sponsor in writing of the rejection and
             268      the reasons for the rejection.
             269          (7) (a) (i) A petition that is rejected under Subsection (6)(b)(ii) may be amended to
             270      correct a deficiency for which it was rejected and then refiled with the county clerk.
             271          (ii) A valid signature on a petition filed under Subsection (4)(a) may be used toward
             272      fulfilling the signature requirement of Subsection (4)(b) for the same petition that is amended
             273      under Subsection (7)(a)(i) and then refiled with the county clerk.


             274          (b) If a petition is amended and refiled under Subsection (7)(a)(i) after having been
             275      rejected by the county clerk under Subsection (6)(b)(ii):
             276          (i) the amended petition shall be considered as a newly filed petition; and
             277          (ii) the amended petition's processing priority is determined by the date on which it is
             278      refiled.
             279          [(5)] (8) (a) (i) The legislative body of [each] a county with which a [base] petition is
             280      filed under [this section shall] Subsection (4) may, at its option and upon the petition being
             281      certified under Subsection (5), commission and pay for a financial feasibility study [as
             282      provided in Section 10-2-103 ].
             283          (ii) If the county legislative body chooses to commission a financial feasibility study,
             284      the county legislative body shall:
             285          (A) within 20 days after the incorporation petition is certified, select and engage a
             286      feasibility consultant; and
             287          (B) require the feasibility consultant to complete the financial feasibility study and
             288      submit written results of the study to the county legislative body no later than 30 days after the
             289      feasibility consultant is engaged to conduct the financial feasibility study.
             290          [(ii) If ] (b) The county legislative body shall approve a petition proposing the
             291      incorporation of a town and hold an election for town officers, as provided in Subsection (9),
             292      if:
             293          (i) the county clerk has certified the petition under Subsection (6); and
             294          (ii) (A) (I) the county legislative body has commissioned a financial feasibility study
             295      under Subsection (8)(a); and
             296          (II) the results of the financial feasibility study [under Subsection (5)(a)(i) meet the
             297      requirements of Subsection 10-2-109 (3) , the county legislative body shall grant the petition.]
             298      show that the average annual amount of revenues described in Subsection (1)(b)(i) does not
             299      exceed the average annual amount of costs described in Subsection (1)(b)(ii) by more than
             300      10%; or
             301          (B) the county legislative body chooses not to commission a financial feasibility study.
             302          [(iii) If] (c) (i) If the county legislative body commissions a financial feasibility study
             303      under Subsection (8)(a) and the results of the financial feasibility study [under Subsection
             304      (5)(a)(i) do not meet the requirements of Subsection 10-2-109 (3)] show that the average annual


             305      amount of revenues described in Subsection (1)(b)(i) exceeds the average annual amount of
             306      costs described in Subsection (1)(b)(ii) by more than 10%, the county legislative body may:
             307          (A) deny the petition, subject to Subsection (8)(c)(ii), if the results of the financial
             308      feasibility study show that the average annual amount of revenues described in Subsection
             309      (1)(b)(i) exceeds the average annual amount of costs described in Subsection (1)(b)(ii) by 25%
             310      or more;
             311          [(B) grant the petition; or]
             312          (B) approve the petition and hold an election for town officers, as provided in
             313      Subsection (8); or
             314          (C) (I) with the consent of the petition sponsors[, grant the petition, after]:
             315          [(I) imposing] (Aa) impose conditions to mitigate the fiscal inequities identified in the
             316      financial feasibility study; or
             317          [(II) altering] (Bb) alter the boundaries of the area proposed to be incorporated as a
             318      town to approximate the boundaries necessary to [meet the requirements of Subsection
             319      10-2-109 (3).] prevent the average annual amount of revenues described in Subsection (1)(b)(i)
             320      from exceeding the average annual amount of costs described in Subsection (1)(b)(ii); and
             321          (II) approve the incorporation petition and hold an election for town officers, as
             322      provided in Subsection (9).
             323          (ii) A county legislative body intending to deny a petition under Subsection (8)(c)(i)(A)
             324      shall deny the petition within 20 days after the feasibility consultant submits the written results
             325      of the financial feasibility study.
             326          [(iv)] (d) Each town that incorporates pursuant to a petition [granted] approved after
             327      the county legislative body imposes conditions under Subsection [(5)(a)(iii)(C)(I)]
             328      (8)(c)(i)(C)(I) shall comply with those conditions.
             329          [(b) The legislative body of each county of the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class
             330      with which a qualifying petition is filed shall grant the petition.]
             331          [(6) (a) Upon the granting of a petition filed under this section, the]
             332          (9) (a) The legislative body of the county in which the proposed new town is located
             333      shall [appoint a mayor and members of the town council from a list of qualified individuals
             334      approved by the petition sponsors] hold the election for town officers provided for in
             335      Subsection (8) within:


             336          (i) 45 days after the petition is certified, for an election under Subsection
             337      (8)(b)(i)(B)(II) or (8)(b)(ii);
             338          (ii) 45 days after the feasibility consultant submits the written results of the financial
             339      feasibility study, for an election under Subsection (8)(b)(i)(B)(I); or
             340          (iii) 60 days after the feasibility consultant submits the written results of the financial
             341      feasibility study, for an election under Subsection (8)(c).
             342          (b) The officers elected at an election under Subsection (9)(a) shall take office:
             343          (i) at noon on the first Monday in January next following the election, if the election is
             344      held on a regular general or municipal general election date; or
             345          (ii) at noon on the first day of the month next following the effective date of the
             346      incorporation under Subsection (12), if the election of officers is held on any other date.
             347          [(b) The officers appointed under Subsection (6)(a) shall hold office until the next
             348      regular municipal election and until their successors are elected and qualified.]
             349          [(7)] (10) Each newly incorporated town shall operate under the [six-member]
             350      five-member council form of government as described in Section 10-3-101 .
             351          [(8)] (11) (a) [Each mayor appointed under Subsection (6) shall, within] Within seven
             352      days [of appointment, file] after the canvass of the election of town officers under Subsection
             353      (9), the mayor-elect of the new town shall file at least three copies of the articles of
             354      incorporation of the new town with the lieutenant governor.
             355          (b) The articles of incorporation shall meet the requirements of Subsection
             356      10-2-119 (2).
             357          [(9) A town is incorporated upon the lieutenant governor's issuance of a certificate of
             358      entity creation under Section 67-1a-6.5 .]
             359          [(10) The legislative body of the new town shall comply with the notice requirements
             360      of Section 10-1-116 .]
             361          (12) A new town is incorporated:
             362          (a) on December 31 of the year in which the lieutenant governor issues a certificate of
             363      entity creation for the town under Section 67-1a-6.5 , if the election of town officers under
             364      Subsection (9) is held on a regular general or municipal general election date; or
             365          (b) on the last day of the month during which the lieutenant governor issues a
             366      certificate of entity creation for the town under Section 67-1a-6.5 , if the election of town


             367      officers under Subsection (9) is held on any other date.
             368          (13) For each petition filed before the effective date of this section:
             369          (a) the petition is subject to and governed by the law in effect at the time the petition
             370      was filed; and
             371          (b) the law in effect at the time the petition was filed governs in all administrative and
             372      judicial proceedings relating to the petition.
             373          Section 3. Section 20A-1-203 is amended to read:
             374           20A-1-203. Calling and purpose of special elections.
             375          (1) Statewide and local special elections may be held for any purpose authorized by
             376      law.
             377          (2) (a) Statewide special elections shall be conducted using the procedure for regular
             378      general elections.
             379          (b) Except as otherwise provided in this title, local special elections shall be conducted
             380      using the procedures for regular municipal elections.
             381          (3) The governor may call a statewide special election by issuing an executive order
             382      that designates:
             383          (a) the date for the statewide special election; and
             384          (b) the purpose for the statewide special election.
             385          (4) The Legislature may call a statewide special election by passing a joint or
             386      concurrent resolution that designates:
             387          (a) the date for the statewide special election; and
             388          (b) the purpose for the statewide special election.
             389          (5) (a) The legislative body of a local political subdivision may call a local special
             390      election only for:
             391          (i) a vote on a bond or debt issue;
             392          (ii) a vote on a voted leeway program authorized by Section 53A-17a-133 or
             393      53A-17a-134 ;
             394          (iii) an initiative authorized by Chapter 7, Part 5, Local Initiatives - Procedure;
             395          (iv) a referendum authorized by Chapter 7, Part 6, Local Referenda - Procedures;
             396          (v) if required or authorized by federal law, a vote to determine whether or not Utah's
             397      legal boundaries should be changed;


             398          (vi) a vote authorized or required by Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax Act; [or]
             399          (vii) a vote to elect members to school district boards for a new school district and a
             400      remaining school district, as defined in Section 53A-2-117 , following the creation of a new
             401      school district under Section 53A-2-118.1 [.]; or
             402          (viii) an election of town officers of a newly incorporated town under Subsection
             403      10-2-125 (9).
             404          (b) The legislative body of a local political subdivision may call a local special election
             405      by adopting an ordinance or resolution that designates:
             406          (i) the date for the local special election; and
             407          (ii) the purpose for the local special election.
             408          Section 4. Section 20A-1-204 is amended to read:
             409           20A-1-204. Date of special election -- Legal effect.
             410          (1) (a) The governor, Legislature, or the legislative body of a local political subdivision
             411      calling a statewide special election or local special election under Section 20A-1-203 shall
             412      schedule the special election to be held on:
             413          (i) the fourth Tuesday in June; [or]
             414          (ii) the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November[.]; or
             415          (iii) for an election of town officers of a newly incorporated town under Subsection
             416      10-2-125 (9), on any date that complies with the requirements of that subsection.
             417          (b) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(c), the governor, Legislature, or the legislative
             418      body of a local political subdivision calling a statewide special election or local special election
             419      under Section 20A-1-203 may not schedule a special election to be held on any other date.
             420          (c) (i) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (1)(b), the legislative body of a
             421      local political subdivision may call a local special election on a date other than those specified
             422      in this section if the legislative body:
             423          (A) determines and declares that there is a disaster, as defined in Section 63-5-2 ,
             424      requiring that a special election be held on a date other than the ones authorized in statute;
             425          (B) identifies specifically the nature of the disaster, as defined in Section 63-5-2 , and
             426      the reasons for holding the special election on that other date; and
             427          (C) votes unanimously to hold the special election on that other date.
             428          (ii) The legislative body of a local political subdivision may not call a local special


             429      election for the date established in Title 20A, Chapter 9, Part 8, Western States Presidential
             430      Primary, for Utah's Western States Presidential Primary.
             431          (d) Nothing in this section prohibits:
             432          (i) the governor or Legislature from submitting a matter to the voters at the regular
             433      general election if authorized by law; or
             434          (ii) a local government from submitting a matter to the voters at the regular municipal
             435      election if authorized by law.
             436          (2) (a) Two or more entities shall comply with Subsection (2)(b) if those entities hold a
             437      special election within a county on the same day as:
             438          (i) another special election;
             439          (ii) a regular general election; or
             440          (iii) a municipal general election.
             441          (b) Entities described in Subsection (2)(a) shall, to the extent practicable, coordinate:
             442          (i) polling places;
             443          (ii) ballots;
             444          (iii) election officials; and
             445          (iv) other administrative and procedural matters connected with the election.
             446          Section 5. Effective date.
             447          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             448      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             449      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             450      the date of veto override.
             451          Section 6. Revisor instructions.
             452          It is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General
             453      Counsel, in preparing the Utah Code database for publication, replace the phrase "the effective
             454      date of this section" in Subsection 10-2-125 (13) of this bill with the actual effective date of this
             455      bill.
             455a      S. Section 7. Coordinating H.B. 164 with S.B. 20 -- Technically merging amendments.
             455b          If this H.B. 164 and S.B. 20, Municipal Government Amendments, both pass, it is the
             455c      intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in
             455d      preparing the Utah Code database for publication, modify Subsection 10-2-125(10), as
             455e      amended in this bill, to read:
             455f          "[(7)] (10) Each newly incorporated town shall operate under the [six-member]
             455g      five-member council form of government as [described] defined in Section [10-3-101]
             455h      10-3b-102." .S


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