7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Local Government Bonding Act by amending provisions relating
10 to the issuance of bonds by a local political subdivision.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ provides that a local political subdivision may not receive, from the issuance of
14 certain bonds approved by the voters at an election, an aggregate amount that
15 exceeds Ŝ→ by a certain percentage ←Ŝ the maximum principal amount stated in the bond
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
19 Ĥ→ [
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 11-14-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 189
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 11-14-301 is amended to read:
26 11-14-301. Issuance of bonds by governing body -- Computation of indebtedness
27 under constitutional and statutory limitations.
28 (1) If the governing body has declared the bond proposition to have carried and no
29 contest has been filed, or if a contest has been filed and favorably terminated, the governing
30 body may proceed to issue the bonds voted at the election.
31 (2) (a) It is not necessary that all of the bonds be issued at one time, but, except as
32 otherwise provided in this Subsection (2), bonds approved by the voters may not be issued
33 more than 10 years after the day on which the election is held.
34 (b) The 10-year period described in Subsection (2)(a) is tolled if, at any time during the
35 10-year period:
36 (i) an application for a referendum petition is filed with a local clerk, in accordance
37 with Section 20A-7-602 and Subsection 20A-7-601(3)(a), with respect to the local obligation
38 law relating to the bonds; or
39 (ii) the bonds are challenged in a court of law or an administrative proceeding in
40 relation to:
41 (A) the legality or validity of the bonds, or the election or proceedings authorizing the
43 (B) the authority of the local political subdivision to issue the bonds;
44 (C) the provisions made for the security or payment of the bonds; or
45 (D) any other issue that materially and adversely affects the marketability of the bonds,
46 as determined by the individual or body that holds the executive powers of the local political
48 (c) A tolling period described in Subsection (2)(b)(i) ends on the later of the day on
50 (i) the local clerk determines that the petition is insufficient, in accordance with
51 Subsection 20A-7-607(2)(c), unless an application, described in Subsection 20A-7-607(4)(a), is
52 made to the Supreme Court;
53 (ii) the Supreme Court determines, under Subsection 20A-7-607(4)(c), that the petition
54 for the referendum is not legally sufficient; or
55 (iii) for a referendum petition that is sufficient, the governing body declares, as
56 provided by law, the results of the referendum election on the local obligation law.
57 (d) A tolling period described in Subsection (2)(b)(ii) ends after:
58 (i) there is a final settlement, a final adjudication, or another type of final resolution of
59 all challenges described in Subsection (2)(b)(ii); and
60 (ii) the individual or body that holds the executive powers of the local political
61 subdivision issues a document indicating that all challenges described in Subsection (2)(b)(ii)
62 are resolved and final.
63 (e) If the 10-year period described in Subsection (2)(a) is tolled under this Subsection
64 (2) and, when the tolling ends and after giving effect to the tolling, the period of time
65 remaining to issue the bonds is less than one year, the period of time remaining to issue the
66 bonds shall be extended to one year.
67 (f) The tolling provisions described in this Subsection (2) apply to all bonds described
68 in this section that were approved by voters on or after May 8, 2002.
69 (3) (a) Bonds approved by the voters may not be issued to an amount that will cause
70 the indebtedness of the local political subdivision to exceed that permitted by the Utah
71 Constitution or statutes.
72 (b) In computing the amount of indebtedness that may be incurred pursuant to
73 constitutional and statutory limitations, the constitutionally or statutorily permitted percentage,
74 as the case may be, shall be applied to the fair market value, as defined under Section 59-2-102,
75 of the taxable property in the local political subdivision, as computed from the last applicable
76 equalized assessment roll before the incurring of the additional indebtedness.
77 (c) In determining the fair market value of the taxable property in the local political
78 subdivision as provided in this section, the value of all tax equivalent property, as defined in
79 Section 59-3-102, shall be included as a part of the total fair market value of taxable property
80 in the local political subdivision, as provided in Title 59, Chapter 3, Tax Equivalent Property
82 (4) Bonds of improvement districts issued in a manner that they are payable solely
83 from the revenues to be derived from the operation of the facilities of the district may not be
84 included as bonded indebtedness for the purposes of the computation.
85 (5) Where bonds are issued by a city, town, or county payable solely from revenues
86 derived from the operation of revenue-producing facilities of the city, town, or county, or
87 payable solely from a special fund into which are deposited excise taxes levied and collected by
88 the city, town, or county, or excise taxes levied by the state and rebated pursuant to law to the
89 city, town, or county, or any combination of those excise taxes, the bonds shall be included as
90 bonded indebtedness of the city, town, or county only to the extent required by the Utah
91 Constitution, and any bonds not so required to be included as bonded indebtedness of the city,
92 town, or county need not be authorized at an election, except as otherwise provided by the Utah
93 Constitution, the bonds being hereby expressly excluded from the election requirement of
94 Section 11-14-201.
95 (6) A bond election is not void when the amount of bonds authorized at the election
96 exceeded the limitation applicable to the local political subdivision at the time of holding the
97 election, but the bonds may be issued from time to time in an amount within the applicable
98 limitation at the time the bonds are issued.
99 (7) (a) A local political subdivision may not receive, from the issuance of bonds
100 approved by the voters at an election, an aggregate amount that exceeds Ŝ→ by more than 2% ←Ŝ
100a the maximum principal
101 amount stated in the bond proposition.
102 (b) The provision in Subsection (7)(a) applies to bonds issued pursuant to an election
103 held after Ĥ→ [
103a Section 2. Effective date.
103b This bill takes effect on January 1, 2019. ←Ĥ
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