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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill enacts and amends provisions relating to transportation funding.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . increases certain motor vehicle registration fees by $20;
13 . provides that $20 of certain motor vehicle registration fees shall be deposited in the
14 Transportation Investment Fund of 2005;
15 . authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to pay for certain state highway
16 construction or reconstruction projects;
17 . specifies the use of general obligation bond proceeds and the manner of issuance;
18 . exempts certain general obligation bonds from certain debt limitation provisions;
19 . requires the Department of Transportation and the Transportation Commission to
20 report the amount of bonds needed to fund certain projects in the next fiscal year to
21 the Executive Appropriations Committee of the Legislature before the bonds may
22 be issued; and
23 . makes technical changes.
24 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
26 Other Special Clauses:
27 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2009.
28 Utah Code Sections Affected:
30 41-1a-1201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 143
31 41-1a-1206, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 210
32 63B-1-306, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 308
33 63J-3-402, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
34 72-2-124, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 153 and 389
36 63B-18-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
38 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
39 Section 1. Section 41-1a-1201 is amended to read:
40 41-1a-1201. Disposition of fees.
41 (1) All fees received and collected under this part shall be transmitted daily to the state
43 (2) Except as provided in Subsections (3), (4), [
44 41-1a-422 , 41-1a-1220 , and 41-1a-1221 , all fees collected under this part shall be deposited in
45 the Transportation Fund.
46 (3) (a) Funds generated under Subsections 41-1a-1211 (1)(b)(i), (6)(b)(i), and (7) and
47 Section 41-1a-1212 may be used by the commission as a dedicated credit to cover the costs
48 incurred in issuing license plates under Part 4, License Plates and Registration Indicia.
49 (b) Fees for statehood centennial license plates shall be collected and deposited in the
50 Transportation Fund, less production and administrative costs incurred by the commission.
51 (4) All funds available to the commission for purchase and distribution of license
52 plates and decals are nonlapsing.
53 (5) Except as provided in Subsection (3) and Section 41-1a-1205 , the expenses of the
54 commission in enforcing and administering this part shall be provided for by legislative
55 appropriation from the revenues of the Transportation Fund.
56 (6) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (6)(b), the following portions of the
57 registration fees imposed under Section 41-1a-1206 for each vehicle shall be deposited in the
58 Centennial Highway Fund Restricted Account created under Section 72-2-118 :
59 (i) $10 of the registration fees imposed under Subsections 41-1a-1206 (1)(a), (1)(b), (2),
60 and (5);
61 (ii) $1 of the registration fees imposed under Subsections 41-1a-1206 (1)(c)(i),
62 (1)(c)(ii), and (1)(d)(ii);
63 (iii) $2 of the registration fee imposed under Subsection 41-1a-1206 (1)(e)(ii);
64 (iv) $3 of the registration fee imposed under Subsection 41-1a-1206 (1)(d)(i); and
65 (v) $4.50 of the registration fee imposed under Subsection 41-1a-1206 (1)(e)(i).
66 (b) When the highway general obligation bonds have been paid off and the highway
67 projects completed that are intended to be paid from revenues deposited in the Centennial
68 Highway Fund Restricted Account as determined by the Executive Appropriations Committee
69 under Subsection 72-2-118 (6)(d), the portions of the registration fees deposited under
70 Subsection (6)(a) for each vehicle shall be deposited in the Transportation Investment Fund of
71 2005 created by Section 72-2-124 .
72 (7) Twenty dollars of each registration fee collected under Subsections 41-1a-1206
73 (1)(a), (1)(b), (1)(c), (1)(d)(i), (1)(e), (2)(a), and (5) shall be deposited in the Transportation
74 Investment Fund of 2005 created by Section 72-2-124 .
75 Section 2. Section 41-1a-1206 is amended to read:
76 41-1a-1206. Registration fees -- Fees by gross laden weight.
77 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), at the time application is made for
78 registration or renewal of registration of a vehicle or combination of vehicles under this
79 chapter, a registration fee shall be paid to the division as follows:
80 (a) [
81 (b) [
82 excluding motorcycles;
83 (c) unless the semitrailer or trailer is exempt from registration under Section 41-1a-202
84 or is registered under Section 41-1a-301 :
85 (i) [
86 (ii) [
87 pounds or less gross unladen weight;
88 (d) (i) [
89 pounds gross laden weight; plus
90 (ii) $9 for each 2,000 pounds over 14,000 pounds gross laden weight; and
91 (e) (i) [
92 excluding farm trucks, over 12,000 pounds, but not exceeding 14,000 pounds gross laden
93 weight; plus
94 (ii) [
95 (2) (a) The initial registration fee for a vintage vehicle is [
96 (b) A vintage vehicle is exempt from the renewal of registration fees under Subsection
98 (c) A vehicle with a Purple Heart special group license plate issued in accordance with
99 Section 41-1a-421 is exempt from the registration fees under Subsection (1).
100 (3) If a motor vehicle is operated in combination with a semitrailer or trailer, each
101 motor vehicle shall register for the total gross laden weight of all units of the combination if the
102 total gross laden weight of the combination exceeds 12,000 pounds.
103 (4) (a) Registration fee categories under this section are based on the gross laden
104 weight declared in the licensee's application for registration.
105 (b) Gross laden weight shall be computed in units of 2,000 pounds. A fractional part
106 of 2,000 pounds is a full unit.
107 (5) The owner of a commercial trailer or commercial semitrailer may, as an alternative
108 to registering under Subsection (1)(c), apply for and obtain a special registration and license
109 plate for a fee of [
110 (6) Except as provided in Section 41-6a-1642 , a truck may not be registered as a farm
111 truck unless:
112 (a) the truck meets the definition of a farm truck under Section 41-1a-102 ; and
113 (b) (i) the truck has a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 12,000 pounds; or
114 (ii) the truck has a gross vehicle weight rating of 12,000 pounds or less and the owner
115 submits to the division a certificate of emissions inspection or a waiver in compliance with
116 Section 41-6a-1642 .
117 (7) A violation of Subsection (6) is a class B misdemeanor that shall be punished by a
118 fine of not less than $200.
119 (8) Trucks used exclusively to pump cement, bore wells, or perform crane services
120 with a crane lift capacity of five or more tons, are exempt from 50% of the amount of the fees
121 required for those vehicles under this section.
122 Section 3. Section 63B-1-306 is amended to read:
123 63B-1-306. Obligations issued by authority -- Limitation of liability on
124 obligations -- Limitation on amount of obligations issued.
125 (1) (a) All obligations issued by the authority under this part shall be limited
126 obligations of the authority and may not constitute, nor give rise to, a general obligation or
127 liability of, nor a charge against the general credit or taxing power of, this state or any of its
128 political subdivisions.
129 (b) This limitation shall be plainly stated upon all obligations.
130 (2) (a) No authority obligations incurred under this section may be issued in an amount
131 exceeding the difference between the total indebtedness of the state and an amount equal to
132 1-1/2% of the value of the taxable property of the state.
133 (b) Debt issued under authority of the following parts or sections may not be included
134 as part of the total indebtedness of the state of Utah in determining the debt limit established by
135 this Subsection (2):
136 (i) Title 63B, Chapter 6, Part 2, 1997 Highway General Obligation Bond
138 (ii) Title 63B, Chapter 6, Part 3, 1997 Highway Bond Anticipation Note Authorization;
139 (iii) Title 63B, Chapter 7, Part 2, 1998 Highway General Obligation Bond
141 (iv) Title 63B, Chapter 7, Part 3, 1998 Highway Bond Anticipation Note
143 (v) Title 63B, Chapter 8, Part 2, 1999 Highway General Obligation Bond
145 (vi) Title 63B, Chapter 8, Part 3, 1999 Highway Bond Anticipation Note
147 (vii) Title 63B, Chapter 9, Part 2, 2000 Highway General Obligation Bond;
148 (viii) Title 63B, Chapter 10, Part 1, 2001 Highway General Obligation Bonds;
149 (ix) Title 63B, Chapter 10, Part 2, 2001 Highway General Obligation Bond
150 Anticipation Notes Authorization;
151 (x) Title 63B, Chapter 11, Part 5, 2002 Highway General Obligation Bonds for Salt
152 Lake County;
153 (xi) Title 63B, Chapter 11, Part 6, 2002 Highway General Obligation Bond
154 Anticipation Notes for Salt Lake County; [
155 (xii) Section 63B-13-102 [
156 (xiii) Section 63B-16-101 ;
157 (xiv) Section 63B-16-102 ; and
158 (xv) Section 63B-18-101 .
159 (c) Debt issued under authority of Section 63B-7-503 may not be included as part of
160 the total indebtedness of the state in determining the debt limit established by this Subsection
162 (3) The obligations shall be authorized by resolution of the authority, following
163 approval of the Legislature, and may:
164 (a) be executed and delivered at any time, and from time to time, as the authority may
166 (b) be sold at public or private sale in the manner and at the prices, either at, in excess
167 of, or below their face value and at the times that the authority determines;
168 (c) be in the form and denominations that the authority determines;
169 (d) be of the tenor that the authority determines;
170 (e) be in registered or bearer form either as to principal or interest or both;
171 (f) be payable in those installments and at the times that the authority determines;
172 (g) be payable at the places, either within or without this state, that the authority
174 (h) bear interest at the rate or rates, payable at the place or places, and evidenced in the
175 manner, that the authority determines;
176 (i) be redeemable before maturity, with or without premium;
177 (j) contain any other provisions not inconsistent with this part that are considered to be
178 for the best interests of the authority and provided for in the proceedings of the authority under
179 which the bonds are authorized to be issued; and
180 (k) bear facsimile signatures and seals.
181 (4) The authority may pay any expenses, premiums, or commissions, that it considers
182 necessary or advantageous in connection with the authorization, sale, and issuance of these
183 obligations, from the proceeds of the sale of the obligations or from the revenues of the projects
185 Section 4. Section 63B-18-101 is enacted to read:
187 63B-18-101. Highway bonds -- Maximum amount -- Use of proceeds for highway
189 (1) (a) The total amount of bonds issued under this section may not exceed
191 (b) When the Department of Transportation certifies to the commission that the
192 requirements of Subsection 72-2-124 (6) have been met and certifies the amount of bond
193 proceeds that it needs to provide funding for the projects described in Subsection (2) for the
194 next fiscal year, the commission may issue and sell general obligation bonds in an amount
195 equal to the certified amount plus costs of issuance.
196 (2) (a) Proceeds from the issuance of bonds shall be provided to the Department of
197 Transportation to pay all or part of the costs of the following state highway construction or
198 reconstruction projects:
199 (i) Interstate 15 reconstruction in Utah County;
200 (ii) the Mountain View Corridor;
201 (iii) the Southern Parkway; and
202 (iv) state and federal highways prioritized by the Transportation Commission through:
203 (A) the prioritization process for new transportation capacity projects adopted under
204 Section 72-1-304 ; or
205 (B) the state highway construction program.
206 (b) The costs under Subsection (2)(a) may include the cost of acquiring land, interests
207 in land, easements and rights-of-way, improving sites, and making all improvements necessary,
208 incidental, or convenient to the facilities, interest estimated to accrue on these bonds during the
209 period to be covered by construction of the projects plus a period of six months after the end of
210 the construction period, interest estimated to accrue on any bond anticipation notes issued
211 under the authority of this title, and all related engineering, architectural, and legal fees.
212 (3) The commission or the state treasurer may make any statement of intent relating to
213 a reimbursement that is necessary or desirable to comply with federal tax law.
214 (4) The Department of Transportation may enter into agreements related to the projects
215 described in Subsection (2) before the receipt of proceeds of bonds issued under this section.
216 Section 5. Section 63J-3-402 is amended to read:
217 63J-3-402. Debt limitation -- Vote requirement needed to exceed limitation --
219 (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), the outstanding general obligation debt
220 of the state may not exceed 45% of the maximum allowable appropriations limit unless
221 approved by more than a two-thirds vote of both houses of the Legislature.
222 (b) Notwithstanding the limitation contained in Subsection (1)(a), debt issued under the
223 authority of the following parts or sections is not subject to the debt limitation established by
224 this section:
225 (i) Title 63B, Chapter 6, Part 2, 1997 Highway General Obligation Bond
227 (ii) Title 63B, Chapter 6, Part 3, 1997 Highway Bond Anticipation Note Authorization;
228 (iii) Title 63B, Chapter 7, Part 2, 1998 Highway General Obligation Bond
230 (iv) Title 63B, Chapter 7, Part 3, 1998 Highway Bond Anticipation Note
232 (v) Title 63B, Chapter 8, Part 2, 1999 Highway General Obligation Bond
234 (vi) Title 63B, Chapter 8, Part 3, 1999 Highway Bond Anticipation Note
236 (vii) Title 63B, Chapter 9, Part 2, 2000 Highway General Obligation Bond;
237 (viii) Title 63B, Chapter 10, Part 1, 2001 Highway General Obligation Bond;
238 (ix) Title 63B, Chapter 10, Part 2, 2001 Highway General Obligation Bond
239 Anticipation Notes Authorization;
240 (x) Title 63B, Chapter 11, Part 5, 2002 Highway General Obligation Bond for Salt
241 Lake County;
242 (xi) Title 63B, Chapter 11, Part 6, 2002 Highway General Obligation Bond
243 Anticipation Notes for Salt Lake County Authorization;
244 (xii) Section 63B-13-102 ;
245 (xiii) Section 63B-16-101 ; [
246 (xiv) Section 63B-16-102 [
247 (xv) Section 63B-18-101 .
248 (2) This section does not apply if contractual rights will be impaired.
249 Section 6. Section 72-2-124 is amended to read:
250 72-2-124. Transportation Investment Fund of 2005.
251 (1) There is created a special revenue fund entitled the Transportation Investment Fund
252 of 2005.
253 (2) The fund consists of monies generated from the following sources:
254 (a) any voluntary contributions received for the maintenance, construction,
255 reconstruction, or renovation of state and federal highways;
256 (b) appropriations made to the fund by the Legislature; and
257 (c) the sales and use tax revenues deposited into the fund in accordance with Section
258 59-12-103 .
259 (3) When the highway general obligation bonds have been paid off and the highway
260 projects completed that are intended to be paid from revenues deposited in the Centennial
261 Highway Fund Restricted Account as determined by the Executive Appropriations Committee
262 under Subsection 72-2-118 (6)(d), the fund shall also consist of monies generated from the
263 following sources:
264 (a) registration fees designated under Subsection 41-1a-1201 (6)(a); and
265 (b) the sales and use tax amounts provided for in Section 59-12-103 .
266 (4) (a) The fund shall earn interest.
267 (b) All interest earned on fund monies shall be deposited into the fund.
268 (5) (a) Except as provided in [
269 director may use fund monies only to pay:
270 (i) the costs of maintenance, construction, reconstruction, or renovation to state and
271 federal highways prioritized by the Transportation Commission through the prioritization
272 process for new transportation capacity projects adopted under Section 72-1-304 [
276 (ii) the costs of maintenance, construction, reconstruction, or renovation to the highway
277 projects described in Subsection 63B-18-101 (2); and
278 (iii) principal, interest, and issuance costs of bonds authorized by Section 63B-18-101 .
280 greater amount of federal transportation funds to be used as provided in Subsection (5)(a).
281 (6) (a) Before bonds authorized by Section 63B-18-101 may be issued in any fiscal
282 year, the department and the commission shall appear before the Executive Appropriations
283 Committee of the Legislature and present the amount of bond proceeds that the department
284 needs to provide funding for the projects identified in Subsection 63B-18-101 (2) for the next
285 fiscal year.
286 (b) The Executive Appropriations Committee of the Legislature shall review and
287 comment on the amount of bond proceeds needed to fund the projects.
288 (7) The Division of Finance shall, from monies deposited into the fund, transfer the
289 amount of funds necessary to pay principal, interest, and issuance costs of bonds authorized by
290 Section 63B-18-101 in the current fiscal year to the appropriate debt service or sinking fund.
291 Section 7. Effective date.
292 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2009.
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