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H.B. 307





Chief Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

Senate Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the general powers of a county.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    prohibits a county or a governmental instrumentality of a county from performing
             13      an action, providing a service, exercising a power, or performing a function in
             14      another county or a municipality within the other county without first entering into
             15      an agreement with the other county; and
             16          .    makes technical corrections.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          17-50-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 3 and 382
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 17-50-302 is amended to read:
             27           17-50-302. General county powers.

             28          (1) [A] (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), a county may:
             29          [(a)] (i) as prescribed by statute[, levy, assess, and collect taxes, borrow money, and
             30      levy and collect special assessments for benefits conferred; and]:
             31          (A) levy a tax;
             32          (B) perform an assessment;
             33          (C) collect a tax;
             34          (D) borrow money; or
             35          (E) levy and collect a special assessment for a conferred benefit; or
             36          [(b)] (ii) provide [services, exercise powers, and perform functions that are] a service,
             37      exercise a power, or perform a function that is reasonably related to the safety, health, morals,
             38      and welfare of [their] county inhabitants, except as limited or prohibited by statute.
             39          (b) A county or a governmental instrumentality of a county may not perform an action
             40      described in Subsection (1)(a)(i) or provide a service, exercise a power, or perform a function
             41      described in Subsection (1)(a)(ii) in another county or a municipality within the other county
             42      without first entering into an agreement under Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation Act,
             43      with the other county to perform the action, provide the service, exercise the power, or perform
             44      the function.
             45          (2) (a) A county may:
             46          (i) sue and be sued;
             47          (ii) subject to Subsection (2)(c), acquire real property by tax sale, purchase, lease,
             48      contract, or gift, and hold the real property as necessary and proper for county purposes;
             49          (iii) (A) subject to Subsection (2)(b), acquire real property by condemnation, as
             50      provided in Title 78B, Chapter 6, Part 5, Eminent Domain; and
             51          (B) hold the real property as necessary and proper for county purposes;
             52          (iv) as may be necessary to the exercise of its powers, acquire personal property by
             53      purchase, lease, contract, or gift, and hold such personal property; and
             54          (v) manage and dispose of its property as the interests of its inhabitants may require.
             55          (b) (i) For purposes of Subsection (2)(a)(iii), water rights that are not appurtenant to
             56      land do not constitute real property that may be acquired by the county through condemnation.
             57          (ii) Nothing in Subsection (2)(a)(iii) may be construed to authorize a county to acquire
             58      by condemnation the rights to water unless the land to which those water rights are appurtenant

             59      is acquired by condemnation.
             60          (c) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(c)(iv), each county intending to acquire
             61      real property for the purpose of expanding the county's infrastructure or other facilities used for
             62      providing services that the county offers or intends to offer shall provide written notice, as
             63      provided in this Subsection (2)(c), of its intent to acquire the property if:
             64          (A) the property is located:
             65          (I) outside the boundaries of the unincorporated area of the county; and
             66          (II) in a county of the first or second class; and
             67          (B) the intended use of the property is contrary to:
             68          (I) the anticipated use of the property under the general plan of the county in whose
             69      unincorporated area or the municipality in whose boundaries the property is located; or
             70          (II) the property's current zoning designation.
             71          (ii) Each notice under Subsection (2)(c)(i) shall:
             72          (A) indicate that the county intends to acquire real property;
             73          (B) identify the real property; and
             74          (C) be sent to:
             75          (I) each county in whose unincorporated area and each municipality in whose
             76      boundaries the property is located; and
             77          (II) each affected entity.
             78          (iii) A notice under this Subsection (2)(c) is a protected record as provided in
             79      Subsection 63G-2-305 (7).
             80          (iv) (A) The notice requirement of Subsection (2)(c)(i) does not apply if the county
             81      previously provided notice under Section 17-27a-203 identifying the general location within
             82      the municipality or unincorporated part of the county where the property to be acquired is
             83      located.
             84          (B) If a county is not required to comply with the notice requirement of Subsection
             85      (2)(c)(i) because of application of Subsection (2)(c)(iv)(A), the county shall provide the notice
             86      specified in Subsection (2)(c)(i) as soon as practicable after its acquisition of the real property.

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