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Room 250, State Capitol

February 20, 2013

Members Present:         Sen. Deidre Henderson, Chair
                Sen. Jim Dabakis
                Sen. Wayne A. Harper
                Sen. Scott K. Jenkins
                Sen. Howard A. Stephenson
                Sen. John L. Valentine
Members Absent:         Sen. J. Stuart Adams

Staff Present:            Mr. Phillip V. Dean, Policy Analyst
                Ms. Nancy A. Skidmore, Committee Secretary

A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Chair Henderson called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m.
Approval of Minutes

MOTION:    Sen. Valentine moved to approve the minutes of Feb 12, 2013. The motion         passed unanimously with Sens. Davis and Jenkins absent for the vote.

1st Sub. H.B. 66 Political Subdivision Amendments (R. C. Webb)

Sen. Webb presented and explained this bill.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Mr. Chase Everton, Utah Taxpayer Association
                Mr. Gary Oliverson

Spoke against the bill:        Mr. Jason Burningham, Attorney, Lewis, Young,                              Robertson, and Burningham

Spoke to the bill:        Mr. Roger Tew, Utah League of Cities and Towns
                Mr. Randy Larson, Attorney, Ballard Spahr
                Mr. Randy Sant, Director, Economic Development, South Salt                     Lake
                Ms. Victoria Ashby, Associate General Counsel, Office of                     Legislative Research and General Counsel
                Mr. Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns    

    Sen. Valentine moved to amend 1st Sub. H.B. 66 as follows:

1.    Page 2, Line 47 through Page 3, Line 65 :    

             47          11-42-102. Definitions.
             48          (1)
{   (a)   } "Adequate protests" means      {   [   } timely filed,      {   ]   } written protests      {   [   } under Section

             49      11-42-203 that represent at least
{   50%   }        25%       of the frontage, area, taxable value, fair market value,

             50      lots, number of connections, or equivalent residential units of the property proposed to be
             51      assessed, according to the same assessment method by which the assessment is proposed to be
             52      levied, after eliminating
{   ]   } :

{   (i) filed in accordance with Section 11-42-203 ; and

             54          (ii) signed by the owners of private real property that:
             55          (A) is located within the proposed assessment area;
             56          (B) covers at least 25% of the total private land area within the proposed assessment
             57      area; and
             58          (C) is equal in value to at least 15% of the value of all private real property within the
             59      proposed assessment area.  

{   [   } (a)      {   ]   }      {   (b) "Adequate protests" does not include written   } protests relating to:

             61          (i)
{   (A)   } property that has been deleted from a proposed assessment area; or

{   [   } (ii)      {   ]   }      {   (B)   } an improvement that has been deleted from the proposed improvements to be

             63      provided to property within the proposed assessment area; and
{   [   } (b)      {   ]   }      {   (ii)   } protests that have been withdrawn under Subsection 11-42-203 (3).

             65          (2) "Assessment area" means an area, or, if more than one area is designated, the

The motion passed with Sen. Jenkins voting in opposition .

Sen. Bramble moved to replace 1st Sub. H.B. 66 with 4th Sub. H.B. 66. The         motion passed unanimously with Sen. Henderson absent for the vote.

Sen. Bramble moved to amend 4th Sub. H.B. 66 as follows:

1.    Page 5, Lines 132 through 134 :    

             132          (1) An owner of property that is proposed to be assessed within an assessment area
             133      may, within [the time specified in the notice under Section 11-42-202 ]
{   30   }        60       days after the day of

             134      the hearing described in Section 11-42-204 , file a written protest against:

2.    Page 6, Lines 158 through 160 :    

             158      fixed future date and time.
             160      period described in Section 11-42-203 .

The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Henderson and Davis absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. Bramble moved to proceed to the next item on the agenda. The motion         passed unanimously with Sens. Henderson and Davis absent for the vote.

H.B. 86    Property Tax Rate Certification Date (M. Nelson)

Rep. Nelson presented and explained the bill.

MOTION:    Sen. Valentine moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously         with Sens. Henderson and Davis absent for the vote.

Sen. Jenkins adjourned the meeting at 5:30 p.m.    

Minutes reported by Nancy A. Skidmore, Secretary.

Sen. Deidre M. Henderson, Committee Chair