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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Local Government Bonding Act.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . addresses documents providing for the issuance of bonds;
13 . addresses a requirement that a local political subdivision conduct a public hearing to
14 issue bonds;
15 . addresses the scope of the public hearing to include potential economic impacts on
16 the private sector; and
17 . makes technical changes.
18 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 11-14-307, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 10
26 11-14-318, Utah Code Annotated 1953
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 11-14-307 is amended to read:
30 11-14-307. Revenue bonds payable out of excise tax revenues.
31 (1) To the extent constitutionally permissible, [
32 or county may:
33 (a) issue bonds payable solely from a special fund into which are to be deposited:
34 (i) excise taxes levied and collected by the city, town, or county[
35 (ii) excise taxes levied by the state and rebated pursuant to law to the city, town, or
37 (iii) a combination of [
38 (ii); or [
39 (b) pledge all or any part [
40 an additional source of payment for [
41 (2) (a) [
43 from the proceeds of excise tax revenues may contain covenants with the holder or holders of
44 the bonds as to:
45 (i) the excise tax revenues[
46 (ii) the disposition of the excise tax revenues[
47 (iii) the issuance of future bonds[
48 (iv) other pertinent matters that are considered necessary by the governing body to
49 assure the marketability of those bonds[
51 (b) [
52 collection, and proper application of excise tax revenues as the governing body may think
54 (c) The proceeds of bonds payable in whole or in part from pledged class B or C road
55 funds shall be used to construct, repair, and maintain streets and roads in accordance with
56 Sections 72-6-108 and 72-6-110 and to fund any reserves and costs incidental to the issuance of
57 the bonds.
58 (d) When any bonds payable from excise tax revenues have been issued, the resolution
59 or other enactment of the legislative body imposing the excise tax and pursuant to which the tax
60 is being collected, the obligation of the governing body to continue to levy, collect, and allocate
61 the excise tax, and to apply the revenues derived [
62 with the provisions of the authorizing resolution or other enactment, shall be irrevocable until
63 the bonds have been paid in full as to both principal and interest, and is not subject to
64 amendment in any manner [
65 which would in any way jeopardize the timely payment of principal or interest when due.
66 (3) (a) The state pledges to and agrees with the holders of any bonds issued by a city,
67 town, or county to which the proceeds of excise taxes collected by the state and rebated to the
68 city, town, or county are devoted or pledged as authorized in this section, that the state will not
69 alter, impair, or limit the excise taxes in a manner that reduces the amounts to be rebated to the
70 city, town, or county which are devoted or pledged as authorized in this section until the bonds
71 or other securities, together with applicable interest, are fully met and discharged.
72 (b) Nothing in this Subsection (3) precludes alteration, impairment, or limitation of
73 excise taxes if adequate provision is made by law for the protection of the holders of the bonds.
74 (c) [
75 in those bonds.
76 (4) (a) [
77 are pledged as the sole source of payment may not at any one time exceed an amount for which
78 the average annual installments of principal and interest will exceed 80% of the total excise tax
79 revenues received by the issuing entity from the collection or rebate of the excise tax revenues
80 during the fiscal year of the issuing entity immediately preceding the fiscal year in which the
81 resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds is adopted.
82 (b) If an excise tax has not been levied by a city, town, or county for a sufficient period
83 of time to determine the 80% bond payment requirement under Subsection (4)(a), a city, town,
84 or county may use an excise tax revenue that is currently levied within the same geographic
85 coverage area and with the same percentage of collection to determine the amount of excise tax
86 revenues that are expected to be received to determine the 80% bond payment requirement
87 under Subsection (4)(a).
88 (5) Bonds issued solely from a special fund into which are to be deposited excise tax
89 revenues constitutes a borrowing solely upon the credit of the excise tax revenues received or to
90 be received by the city, town, or county and does not constitute an indebtedness or pledge of
91 the general credit of the city, town, or county.
92 (6) [
93 comply with Section 11-14-318 .
106 (7) A city, town, or county shall submit the question of whether or not to issue any
107 bonds under this section to voters for their approval or rejection if, within 30 calendar days after
108 the notice required by [
109 election and signed by at least 20% of the registered voters in the city, town, or county is filed
110 with the city, town, or county.
111 Section 2. Section 11-14-318 is enacted to read:
112 11-14-318. Public hearing required.
113 (1) Before issuing bonds authorized under this chapter, a local political subdivision
115 (a) in accordance with Subsection (2), provide public notice of the local political
116 subdivision's intent to issue bonds; and
117 (b) hold a public hearing:
118 (i) if an election is required under this chapter:
119 (A) no sooner than 30 days before the day on which the notice of election is published
120 under Section 11-14-202 ; and
121 (B) no later than five business days before the day on which the notice of election is
122 published under Section 11-14-202 ; and
123 (ii) to receive input from the public with respect to:
124 (A) the issuance of the bonds; and
125 (B) the potential economic impact that the improvement, facility, or property for which
126 the bonds pay all or part of the cost will have on the private sector.
127 (2) A local political subdivision shall:
128 (a) publish the notice required by Subsection (1)(a):
129 (i) once each week for two consecutive weeks in the official newspaper described in
130 Section 11-14-316 ;
131 (ii) with the first publication being not less than 14 days before the public hearing
132 required by Subsection (1)(b); and
133 (iii) on the Utah Public Notice Website created under Section 63F-1-701 no less than
134 14 days before the public hearing required by Subsection (1)(b); and
135 (b) ensure that the notice:
136 (i) identifies:
137 (A) the purpose for the issuance of the bonds;
138 (B) the maximum principal amount of the bonds to be issued;
139 (C) the taxes, if any, proposed to be pledged for repayment of the bonds; and
140 (D) the time, place, and location of the public hearing; and
141 (ii) informs the public that the public hearing will be held for the purposes described in
142 Subsection (1)(b)(ii).
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