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First Substitute H.B. 102

Senator J. Stuart Adams proposes the following substitute bill:


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ASSESSMENT AREA AMENDMENTS

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: R. Curt Webb

             5     
Senate Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions related to the designation of an assessment area.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    prohibits a governing body from designating an assessment area beginning on May
             14      13, 2014, and before May 12, 2015;
             15          .    authorizes a governing body to circulate a petition to designate an assessment area if
             16      the protests to an assessment area are contestable; and
             17          .    makes technical corrections.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24           11-42-102 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 246
             25           11-42-202 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapters 246 and 265


             26           11-42-206 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 265
             27      ENACTS:
             28           11-42-201.5 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29           63I-2-211 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30     
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 11-42-102 is amended to read:
             33           11-42-102. Definitions.
             34          (1) (a) "Adequate protests" means timely filed, written protests [under Section
             35      11-42-203 ] that represent [at least 50%] no less than 45% of the frontage, area, taxable value,
             36      fair market value, lots, number of connections, or equivalent residential units of the property
             37      proposed to be assessed, according to the same assessment method by which the assessment is
             38      proposed to be levied[, after eliminating:].
             39          [(a)] (b) "Adequate protests" does not include written protests relating to:
             40          (i) (A) property that has been deleted from a proposed assessment area; or
             41          [(ii)] (B) an improvement that has been deleted from the proposed improvements to be
             42      provided to property within the proposed assessment area; and
             43          [(b)] (ii) protests that have been withdrawn under Subsection 11-42-203 (3).
             44          (2) "Assessment area" means an area, or, if more than one area is designated, the
             45      aggregate of all areas within a local entity's jurisdictional boundaries that is designated by a
             46      local entity under Part 2, Designating an Assessment Area, for the purpose of financing the
             47      costs of improvements, operation and maintenance, or economic promotion activities that
             48      benefit property within the area.
             49          (3) "Assessment bonds" means bonds that are:
             50          (a) issued under Section 11-42-605 ; and
             51          (b) payable in part or in whole from assessments levied in an assessment area,
             52      improvement revenues, and a guaranty fund or reserve fund.
             53          (4) "Assessment fund" means a special fund that a local entity establishes under
             54      Section 11-42-412 .
             55          (5) "Assessment lien" means a lien on property within an assessment area that arises
             56      from the levy of an assessment, as provided in Section 11-42-501 .


             57          (6) "Assessment method" means the method
             58           by which an assessment is levied against property, whether by frontage, area, taxable
             59      value, fair market value, lot, parcel, number of connections, equivalent residential unit, any
             60      combination of these methods, or any other method
             61           that equitably reflects the benefit received from the improvement.
             62          (7) "Assessment ordinance" means an ordinance adopted by a local entity under
             63      Section 11-42-404 that levies an assessment on benefitted property within an assessment area.
             64          (8) "Assessment resolution" means a resolution adopted by a local entity under Section
             65      11-42-404 that levies an assessment on benefitted property within an assessment area.
             66          (9) "Benefitted property" means property within an assessment area that directly or
             67      indirectly benefits from improvements, operation and maintenance, or economic promotion
             68      activities.
             69          (10) "Bond anticipation notes" means notes issued under Section 11-42-602 in
             70      anticipation of the issuance of assessment bonds.
             71          (11) "Bonds" means assessment bonds and refunding assessment bonds.
             72          (12) "Commercial area" means an area in which at least 75% of the property is devoted
             73      to the interchange of goods or commodities.
             74          (13) (a) "Commercial or industrial real property" means real property used directly or
             75      indirectly or held for one of the following purposes or activities, regardless of whether the
             76      purpose or activity is for profit:
             77          (i) commercial;
             78          (ii) mining;
             79          (iii) industrial;
             80          (iv) manufacturing;
             81          (v) governmental;
             82          (vi) trade;
             83          (vii) professional;
             84          (viii) a private or public club;
             85          (ix) a lodge;
             86          (x) a business; or
             87          (xi) a similar purpose.


             88          (b) "Commercial or industrial real property" includes real property that:
             89          (i) is used as or held for dwelling purposes; and
             90          (ii) contains four or more rental units.
             91          (14) "Connection fee" means a fee charged by a local entity to pay for the costs of
             92      connecting property to a publicly owned sewer, storm drainage, water, gas, communications, or
             93      electrical system, whether or not improvements are installed on the property.
             94          (15) (a) "Contestable protests" means timely filed, written protests that represent no
             95      less than 35% and less than 45% of the frontage, area, taxable value, fair market value, lots,
             96      number of connections, or equivalent residential units of the property proposed to be assessed,
             97      according to the same assessment method by which the assessment is proposed to be levied.
             98          (b) "Contestable protests" does not include written protests relating to:
             99          (i) (A) property that has been deleted from a proposed assessment area;
             100          (B) an improvement that has been deleted from the proposed improvements to be
             101      provided to property within the proposed assessment area; and
             102          (ii) protests that have been withdrawn under Subsection 11-42-203 (3).
             103          [(15)] (16) "Contract price" means:
             104          (a) the cost of acquiring an improvement, if the improvement is acquired; or
             105          (b) the amount payable to one or more contractors for the design, engineering,
             106      inspection, and construction of an improvement.
             107          [(16)] (17) "Designation ordinance" means an ordinance adopted by a local entity
             108      under Section 11-42-206 designating an assessment area.
             109          [(17)] (18) "Designation resolution" means a resolution adopted by a local entity under
             110      Section 11-42-206 designating an assessment area.
             111          [(18)] (19) "Economic promotion activities" means activities that promote economic
             112      growth in a commercial area of a local entity, including:
             113          (a) sponsoring festivals and markets;
             114          (b) promoting business investment or activities;
             115          (c) helping to coordinate public and private actions; and
             116          (d) developing and issuing publications designed to improve the economic well-being
             117      of the commercial area.
             118          [(19)] (20) "Energy efficiency upgrade" means an improvement that is permanently


             119      affixed to commercial or industrial real property that is designed to reduce energy
             120      consumption, including:
             121          (a) insulation in:
             122          (i) a wall, roof, floor, or foundation; or
             123          (ii) a heating and cooling distribution system;
             124          (b) a window or door, including:
             125          (i) a storm window or door;
             126          (ii) a multiglazed window or door;
             127          (iii) a heat-absorbing window or door;
             128          (iv) a heat-reflective glazed and coated window or door;
             129          (v) additional window or door glazing;
             130          (vi) a window or door with reduced glass area; or
             131          (vii) other window or door modifications;
             132          (c) an automatic energy control system;
             133          (d) in a building or a central plant, a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning and
             134      distribution system;
             135          (e) caulk or weatherstripping;
             136          (f) a light fixture that does not increase the overall illumination of a building unless an
             137      increase is necessary to conform with the applicable building code;
             138          (g) an energy recovery system;
             139          (h) a daylighting system;
             140          (i) measures to reduce the consumption of water, through conservation or more
             141      efficient use of water, including:
             142          (i) installation of low-flow toilets and showerheads;
             143          (ii) installation of timer or timing systems for a hot water heater; or
             144          (iii) installation of rain catchment systems; or
             145          (j) a modified, installed, or remodeled fixture that is approved as a utility cost-saving
             146      measure by the governing body of a local entity.
             147          [(20)] (21) "Equivalent residential unit" means a dwelling, unit, or development that is
             148      equal to a single-family residence in terms of the nature of its use or impact on an improvement
             149      to be provided in the assessment area.


             150          [(21)] (22) "Governing body" means:
             151          (a) for a county, city, or town, the legislative body of the county, city, or town;
             152          (b) for a local district, the board of trustees of the local district;
             153          (c) for a special service district:
             154          (i) the legislative body of the county, city, or town that established the special service
             155      district, if no administrative control board has been appointed under Section 17D-1-301 ; or
             156          (ii) the administrative control board of the special service district, if an administrative
             157      control board has been appointed under Section 17D-1-301 ; and
             158          (d) for the military installation development authority created in Section 63H-1-201 ,
             159      the authority board, as defined in Section 63H-1-102 .
             160          [(22)] (23) "Guaranty fund" means the fund established by a local entity under Section
             161      11-42-701 .
             162          [(23)] (24) "Improved property" means property proposed to be assessed within an
             163      assessment area upon which a residential, commercial, or other building has been built.
             164          [(24)] (25) "Improvement":
             165          (a) (i) means a publicly owned infrastructure, system, or other facility, a publicly or
             166      privately owned energy efficiency upgrade, or a publicly or privately owned renewable energy
             167      system that:
             168          (A) a local entity is authorized to provide;
             169          (B) the governing body of a local entity determines is necessary or convenient to
             170      enable the local entity to provide a service that the local entity is authorized to provide; or
             171          (C) a local entity is requested to provide through an interlocal agreement in accordance
             172      with Title 11, Chapter 13, Interlocal Cooperation Act; and
             173          (ii) includes facilities in an assessment area, including a private driveway, an irrigation
             174      ditch, and a water turnout, that:
             175          (A) can be conveniently installed at the same time as an infrastructure, system, or other
             176      facility described in Subsection [(24)] (25)(a)(i); and
             177          (B) are requested by a property owner on whose property or for whose benefit the
             178      infrastructure, system, or other facility is being installed; or
             179          (b) for a local district created to assess groundwater rights in accordance with Section
             180      17B-1-202 , means a system or plan to regulate groundwater withdrawals within a specific


             181      groundwater basin in accordance with Sections 17B-1-202 and 73-5-15 .
             182          [(25)] (26) "Improvement revenues":
             183          (a) means charges, fees, impact fees, or other revenues that a local entity receives from
             184      improvements; and
             185          (b) does not include revenue from assessments.
             186          (27) (a) "Inadequate protests" means timely filed, written protests that represent less
             187      than 35% of the frontage, area, taxable value, fair market value, lots, number of connections, or
             188      equivalent residential units of the property proposed to be assessed, according to the same
             189      assessment method by which the assessment is proposed to be levied.
             190          (b) "Inadequate protests" does not include written protests relating to:
             191          (i) (A) property that has been deleted from a proposed assessment area;
             192          (B) an improvement that has been deleted from the proposed improvements to be
             193      provided to property within the proposed assessment area; and
             194          (ii) protests that have been withdrawn under Subsection 11-42-203 (3).
             195          [(26)] (28) "Incidental refunding costs" means any costs of issuing refunding
             196      assessment bonds and calling, retiring, or paying prior bonds, including:
             197          (a) legal and accounting fees;
             198          (b) charges of financial advisors, escrow agents, certified public accountant verification
             199      entities, and trustees;
             200          (c) underwriting discount costs, printing costs, the costs of giving notice;
             201          (d) any premium necessary in the calling or retiring of prior bonds;
             202          (e) fees to be paid to the local entity to issue the refunding assessment bonds and to
             203      refund the outstanding prior bonds;
             204          (f) any other costs that the governing body determines are necessary or desirable to
             205      incur in connection with the issuance of refunding assessment bonds; and
             206          (g) any interest on the prior bonds that is required to be paid in connection with the
             207      issuance of the refunding assessment bonds.
             208          [(27)] (29) "Installment payment date" means the date on which an installment
             209      payment of an assessment is payable.
             210          [(28)] (30) "Interim warrant" means a warrant issued by a local entity under Section
             211      11-42-601 .


             212          [(29)] (31) "Jurisdictional boundaries" means:
             213          (a) for a county, the boundaries of the unincorporated area of the county; and
             214          (b) for each other local entity, the boundaries of the local entity.
             215          [(30)] (32) "Local district" means a local district under Title 17B, Limited Purpose
             216      Local Government Entities - Local Districts.
             217          [(31)] (33) "Local entity" means a county, city, town, special service district, local
             218      district, an interlocal entity as defined in Section 11-13-103 , a military installation development
             219      authority created in Section 63H-1-201 , or other political subdivision of the state.
             220          [(32)] (34) "Local entity obligations" means assessment bonds, refunding assessment
             221      bonds, interim warrants, and bond anticipation notes issued by a local entity.
             222          [(33)] (35) "Mailing address" means:
             223          (a) a property owner's last-known address using the name and address appearing on the
             224      last completed real property assessment roll of the county in which the property is located; and
             225          (b) if the property is improved property:
             226          (i) the property's street number; or
             227          (ii) the post office box, rural route number, or other mailing address of the property, if
             228      a street number has not been assigned.
             229          [(34)] (36) "Net improvement revenues" means all improvement revenues that a local
             230      entity has received since the last installment payment date, less all amounts payable by the local
             231      entity from those improvement revenues for operation and maintenance costs.
             232          [(35)] (37) "Operation and maintenance costs":
             233          (a) means the costs that a local entity incurs in operating and maintaining
             234      improvements in an assessment area, whether or not those improvements have been financed
             235      under this chapter; and
             236          (b) includes service charges, administrative costs, ongoing maintenance charges, and
             237      tariffs or other charges for electrical, water, gas, or other utility usage.
             238          [(36)] (38) "Overhead costs" means the actual costs incurred or the estimated costs to
             239      be incurred by a local entity in connection with an assessment area for appraisals, legal fees,
             240      filing fees, financial advisory charges, underwriting fees, placement fees, escrow, trustee, and
             241      paying agent fees, publishing and mailing costs, costs of levying an assessment, recording
             242      costs, and all other incidental costs.


             243          [(37)] (39) "Prior assessment ordinance" means the ordinance levying the assessments
             244      from which the prior bonds are payable.
             245          [(38)] (40) "Prior assessment resolution" means the resolution levying the assessments
             246      from which the prior bonds are payable.
             247          [(39)] (41) "Prior bonds" means the assessment bonds that are refunded in part or in
             248      whole by refunding assessment bonds.
             249          [(40)] (42) "Project engineer" means the surveyor or engineer employed by or private
             250      consulting engineer engaged by a local entity to perform the necessary engineering services for
             251      and to supervise the construction or installation of the improvements.
             252          [(41)] (43) "Property" includes real property and any interest in real property, including
             253      water rights and leasehold rights.
             254          [(42)] (44) "Property price" means the price at which a local entity purchases or
             255      acquires by eminent domain property to make improvements in an assessment area.
             256          [(43)] (45) "Provide" or "providing," with reference to an improvement, includes the
             257      acquisition, construction, reconstruction, renovation, maintenance, repair, operation, and
             258      expansion of an improvement.
             259          [(44)] (46) "Public agency" means:
             260          (a) the state or any agency, department, or division of the state; and
             261          (b) a political subdivision of the state.
             262          [(45)] (47) "Reduced payment obligation" means the full obligation of an owner of
             263      property within an assessment area to pay an assessment levied on the property after the
             264      assessment has been reduced because of the issuance of refunding assessment bonds, as
             265      provided in Section 11-42-608 .
             266          [(46)] (48) "Refunding assessment bonds" means assessment bonds that a local entity
             267      issues under Section 11-42-607 to refund, in part or in whole, assessment bonds.
             268          [(47)] (49) "Renewable energy system" means a product, a system, a device, or an
             269      interacting group of devices that:
             270          (a) is permanently affixed to commercial or industrial real property; and
             271          (b) produces energy from renewable resources, including:
             272          (i) a photovoltaic system;
             273          (ii) a solar thermal system;


             274          (iii) a wind system;
             275          (iv) a geothermal system, including:
             276          (A) a generation system;
             277          (B) a direct-use system; or
             278          (C) a ground source heat pump system;
             279          (v) a microhydro system; or
             280          (vi) other renewable sources approved by the governing body of a local entity.
             281          [(48)] (50) "Reserve fund" means a fund established by a local entity under Section
             282      11-42-702 .
             283          [(49)] (51) "Service" means:
             284          (a) water, sewer, storm drainage, garbage collection, library, recreation,
             285      communications, or electric service;
             286          (b) economic promotion activities; or
             287          (c) any other service that a local entity is required or authorized to provide.
             288          [(50)] (52) "Special service district" has the same meaning as defined in Section
             289      17D-1-102 .
             290          [(51)] (53) "Unimproved property" means property upon which no residential,
             291      commercial, or other building has been built.
             292          [(52)] (54) "Voluntary assessment area" means an assessment area that contains only
             293      property whose owners have voluntarily consented to an assessment.
             294          Section 2. Section 11-42-201.5 is enacted to read:
             295          11-42-201.5. Prohibition on designation of an assessment area before May 12,
             296      2015.
             297          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(a), a governing body of a local entity may not
             298      designate an assessment area under this part beginning on May 13, 2014, and before May 12,
             299      2015.
             300          (2) (a) Subsection (1) does not apply to an assessment area for which:
             301          (i) notice described in Subsection 11-42-201 (2)(a) is published in accordance with
             302      Subsection 11-42-202 (3) before May 13, 2014; or
             303          (ii) a designation ordinance or resolution has been adopted under Section 11-42-206
             304      before May 13, 2014, designating the assessment area and the assessment area will expire by


             305      law unless the governing body redesignates the assessment area.
             306          (b) If a governing body redesignates an assessment area described in Subsection (2)(a),
             307      the governing may not expand the boundaries of the assessment area.
             308          Section 3. Section 11-42-202 is amended to read:
             309           11-42-202. Requirements applicable to a notice of a proposed assessment area
             310      designation.
             311          (1) Each notice required under Subsection 11-42-201 (2)(a) shall:
             312          (a) state that the local entity proposes to:
             313          (i) designate one or more areas within the local entity's jurisdictional boundaries as an
             314      assessment area;
             315          (ii) provide an improvement to property within the proposed assessment area; and
             316          (iii) finance some or all of the cost of improvements by an assessment on benefitted
             317      property within the assessment area;
             318          (b) describe the proposed assessment area by any reasonable method that allows an
             319      owner of property in the proposed assessment area to determine that the owner's property is
             320      within the proposed assessment area;
             321          (c) describe, in a general way, the improvements to be provided to the assessment area,
             322      including:
             323          (i) the general nature of the improvements; and
             324          (ii) the general location of the improvements, by reference to streets or portions or
             325      extensions of streets or by any other means that the governing body chooses that reasonably
             326      describes the general location of the improvements;
             327          (d) state the estimated cost of the improvements as determined by a project engineer;
             328          (e) state that the local entity proposes to levy an assessment on benefitted property
             329      within the assessment area to pay some or all of the cost of the improvements according to the
             330      estimated direct and indirect benefits to the property from the improvements;
             331          (f) state the assessment method by which the governing body proposes to levy the
             332      assessment, including, if the local entity is a municipality or county, whether the assessment
             333      will be collected:
             334          (i) by directly billing a property owner; or
             335          (ii) by inclusion on a property tax notice issued in accordance with Section 59-2-1317 ;


             336          (g) state:
             337          (i) the date described in Section 11-42-203 and the location at which protests against
             338      designation of the proposed assessment area or of the proposed improvements are required to
             339      be filed; and
             340          (ii) the method by which the governing body will determine the number of protests
             341      required to defeat the designation of the proposed assessment area or acquisition or
             342      construction of the proposed improvements;
             343          (h) state the date, time, and place of the public hearing required in Section 11-42-204 ;
             344          (i) if the governing body elects to create and fund a reserve fund under Section
             345      11-42-702 , include a description of:
             346          (i) how the reserve fund will be funded and replenished; and
             347          (ii) how remaining money in the reserve fund is to be disbursed upon full payment of
             348      the bonds;
             349          (j) if the governing body intends to designate a voluntary assessment area, include a
             350      property owner consent form that:
             351          (i) estimates the total assessment to be levied against the particular parcel of property;
             352          (ii) describes any additional benefits that the governing body expects the assessed
             353      property to receive from the improvements; and
             354          (iii) designates the date and time by which the fully executed consent form is required
             355      to be submitted to the governing body;
             356          (k) if the local entity intends to levy an assessment to pay operation and maintenance
             357      costs or for economic promotion activities, include:
             358          (i) a description of the operation and maintenance costs or economic promotion
             359      activities to be paid by assessments and the initial estimated annual assessment to be levied;
             360          (ii) a description of how the estimated assessment will be determined;
             361          (iii) a description of how and when the governing body will adjust the assessment to
             362      reflect the costs of:
             363          (A) in accordance with Section 11-42-406 , current economic promotion activities; or
             364          (B) current operation and maintenance costs;
             365          (iv) a description of the method of assessment if different from the method of
             366      assessment to be used for financing any improvement; and


             367          (v) a statement of the maximum number of years over which the assessment will be
             368      levied for:
             369          (A) operation and maintenance costs; or
             370          (B) economic promotion activities; and
             371          (l) if the governing body intends to divide the proposed assessment area into zones
             372      under Subsection 11-42-201 (1)(b), include a description of the proposed zones.
             373          (2) A notice required under Subsection 11-42-201 (2)(a) may contain other information
             374      that the governing body considers to be appropriate, including:
             375          (a) the amount or proportion of the cost of the improvement to be paid by the local
             376      entity or from sources other than an assessment;
             377          (b) the estimated amount of each type of assessment for the various improvements to
             378      be financed according to the method of assessment that the governing body chooses; and
             379          (c) provisions for any improvements described in Subsection 11-42-102 [(24)]
             380      (25)(a)(ii).
             381          (3) Each notice required under Subsection 11-42-201 (2)(a) shall:
             382          (a) (i) (A) be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the local entity's
             383      jurisdictional boundaries, once a week for four consecutive weeks, with the last publication at
             384      least five but not more than 20 days before the day of the hearing required in Section
             385      11-42-204 ; or
             386          (B) if there is no newspaper of general circulation within the local entity's jurisdictional
             387      boundaries, be posted in at least three public places within the local entity's jurisdictional
             388      boundaries at least 20 but not more than 35 days before the day of the hearing required in
             389      Section 11-42-204 ; and
             390          (ii) be published on the Utah Public Notice Website described in Section 63F-1-701 for
             391      four weeks before the deadline for filing protests specified in the notice under Subsection
             392      (1)(g); and
             393          (b) be mailed, postage prepaid, within 10 days after the first publication or posting of
             394      the notice under Subsection (3)(a) to each owner of property to be assessed within the proposed
             395      assessment area at the property owner's mailing address.
             396          Section 4. Section 11-42-206 is amended to read:
             397           11-42-206. Adoption of a resolution or an ordinance regarding a proposed


             398      assessment area -- Designation of an assessment area may not occur if adequate protests
             399      filed -- Recording of resolution or ordinance and notice of proposed assessment.
             400          (1) (a) After holding a public hearing under Section 11-42-204 and considering protests
             401      filed under Section 11-42-203 , and subject to Subsection (3), the governing body shall hold a
             402      public meeting to adopt a resolution or ordinance:
             403          (i) abandoning the proposal to designate an assessment area; or
             404          (ii) designating an assessment area as described in the notice under Section 11-42-202
             405      or with the changes made as authorized under Subsection 11-42-204 (4).
             406          (b) In accordance with Section 11-42-203 , the governing body:
             407          (i) may not schedule the public meeting before the expiration of the 60-day protest
             408      period; and
             409          (ii) shall consider and report on any timely filed protests.
             410          (2) If the notice under Section 11-42-202 indicates that the proposed assessment area is
             411      a voluntary assessment area, the governing body shall:
             412          (a) delete from the proposed assessment area all property whose owners have not
             413      submitted an executed consent form consenting to inclusion of the owner's property in the
             414      proposed assessment area; and
             415          (b) determine whether to designate a voluntary assessment area, after considering:
             416          (i) the amount of the proposed assessment to be levied on the property within the
             417      voluntary assessment area; and
             418          (ii) the benefits that property within the voluntary assessment area will receive from
             419      improvements proposed to be financed by assessments on the property.
             420          (3) (a) If adequate protests have been filed, the governing body may not designate an
             421      assessment area as described in the notice under Section 11-42-202 .
             422          (b) If inadequate protests have been filed, the governing body may designate the
             423      described assessment area.
             424          (c) If contestable protests have been filed, the governing body may not designate the
             425      described assessment area unless the governing body:
             426          (i) (A) circulates a petition to designate the assessment area described in the notice
             427      under Section 11-42-202 ; and
             428          (B) clearly indicates on the petition that it is a petition to designate the assessment area;


             429          (ii) collects for the petition described in Subsection (3)(c)(i)(A):
             430          (A) the signatures of owners of private real property that is located within the proposed
             431      assessment area;
             432          (B) enough signatures to exceed the number of contestable protest signatures received
             433      by the governing body protesting the described assessment area by no less than 5% based on
             434      the same assessment method representation that was used to calculate the number of
             435      contestable protest signatures; and
             436          (C) the necessary signatures described in Subsection (3)(c)(ii)(B) no later than 60 days
             437      after the day on which the public hearing described in Subsection (1)(a) is held;
             438          (iii) submits the signatures on the petition to the county clerk, municipal clerk, or
             439      municipal recorder, respectively, for certification;
             440          (iv) holds a public meeting after the county clerk, municipal clerk, or municipal
             441      recorder notifies the governing body that the clerk or recorder has certified the petition in
             442      accordance with Subsection (3)(e); and
             443          (v) at the public meeting casts a unanimous vote to adopt a designation resolution or
             444      ordinance designating the assessment area.
             445          (d) A property owner who signs the petition may withdraw the owner's signature from
             446      the petition at any time before the expiration of the 60-day period described in Subsection
             447      (3)(c)(ii)(C) by filing a written withdrawal with the county clerk, municipal clerk, or municipal
             448      recorder, respectively.
             449          (e) No later than 30 days after receiving a petition described in Subsection (3)(c)(i)
             450      from a governing body for certification, a county clerk, municipal clerk, or municipal recorder
             451      shall:
             452          (i) determine if the petition complies with the petition and signature requirements of
             453      Subsections (3)(c)(i) and (ii);
             454          (ii) certify the petition if the petition is in compliance or reject the petition; and
             455          (iii) notify the governing body in writing that the petition has been certified or rejected.
             456          (f) If the county clerk, municipal clerk, or municipal recorder, respectively, fails to
             457      certify or reject a petition within 30 days after it is submitted by the governing body, the
             458      petition shall be considered to be rejected.
             459          (4) (a) If the governing body adopts a designation resolution or ordinance designating


             460      an assessment area, the governing body shall, within 15 days after adopting the designation
             461      resolution or ordinance:
             462          (i) record the original or certified copy of the designation resolution or ordinance in the
             463      office of the recorder of the county in which property within the assessment area is located; and
             464          (ii) file with the recorder of the county in which property within the assessment area is
             465      located a notice of proposed assessment that:
             466          (A) states that the local entity has designated an assessment area; and
             467          (B) lists, by legal description and tax identification number, the property proposed to
             468      be assessed.
             469          (b) A governing body's failure to comply with the requirements of Subsection (4)(a)
             470      does not invalidate the designation of an assessment area.
             471          (5) After the adoption of a designation resolution or ordinance under Subsection (1)(a),
             472      the local entity may begin providing the specified improvements.
             473          Section 5. Section 63I-2-211 is enacted to read:
             474          63I-2-211. Repeal dates -- Title 11.
             475          Section 11-42-201.5 is repealed July 1, 2015.


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