7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill creates authority for a county to impose a property tax levy to fund animal
10 welfare services.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ authorizes a county to impose a property tax levy for animal welfare services under
14 certain circumstances;
15 ▸ requires a county or a municipality that receives animal welfare services from the
16 county to reduce the rate of property tax that the county or the municipality imposes
17 for general tax purposes to offset the revenue generated by the animal welfare
18 services levy for the first year in which the county imposes an animal welfare
19 services levy; and
20 ▸ exempts a county levy for animal welfare services from the limitation on the
21 aggregate amount of property tax levies that a county may impose.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
25 This bill provides a special effective date.
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 10-5-112, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapter 322
29 10-6-133, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapter 322
30 17-36-31, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 176
31 59-2-911, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 270
33 11-46-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953
35 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
36 Section 1. Section 10-5-112 is amended to read:
37 10-5-112. Property tax levy set by ordinance -- Maximum -- Certification.
38 (1) Not later than June 22 of each year, or September 1 in the case of a property tax
39 increase under Sections 59-2-919 through 59-2-923, the council, at a regular meeting or special
40 meeting called for that purpose, shall by ordinance or resolution set the real and personal
41 property tax levy for town purposes, but the levy may be set at an appropriate later date with
42 the approval of the State Tax Commission.
43 (2) The combined levies for each town, for all purposes in any year, excluding the
44 retirement of general obligation bonds and the payment of any interest, and taxes expressly
45 authorized by law to be levied in addition, may not exceed .007 per dollar of taxable value of
46 taxable property.
47 (3) The town clerk shall certify the ordinance or resolution setting the levy to the
48 county auditor, or auditors, if the town is located in more than one county, not later than June
49 22 of each year.
50 (4) For the first fiscal year after the year in which a county imposes a levy under
51 Section 11-46-104, a town shall reduce the levy imposed under this section for general tax
52 purposes by the amount necessary to offset the revenue described in Subsection
54 Section 2. Section 10-6-133 is amended to read:
55 10-6-133. Property tax levy -- Time for setting -- Computation of total levy --
56 Apportionment of proceeds -- Maximum levy.
57 (1) (a) Before June 22 of each year, or September 1 in the case of a property tax rate
58 increase under Sections 59-2-919 through 59-2-923, the governing body of each city, including
59 charter cities, at a regular meeting or special meeting called for that purpose, shall by ordinance
60 or resolution set the real and personal property tax levy for various municipal purposes.
61 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a), the governing body may set the levy at an
62 appropriate later date with the approval of the State Tax Commission.
63 (2) In [
64 determine the requirements of each fund for which property taxes are to be levied and shall
65 specify in [
66 apportioned to each fund.
67 (3) The proceeds of the levy apportioned for city general fund purposes shall be
68 credited as revenue in the city general fund.
69 (4) The proceeds of the levy apportioned for special fund purposes shall be credited to
70 the appropriate accounts in the applicable special funds.
71 (5) For the first fiscal year after the year in which a county imposes a levy under
72 Section 11-46-104, a city shall reduce the levy imposed under this section for general tax
73 purposes by the amount necessary to offset the revenue described in Subsection
76 any year, excluding the retirement of general obligation bonds and the payment of any interest,
77 and taxes expressly authorized by law to be levied in addition, may not exceed .007 per dollar
78 of taxable value of taxable property.
79 Section 3. Section 11-46-104 is enacted to read:
80 11-46-104. County tax for provision of animal welfare services.
81 (1) As used in this section:
82 (a) "County" means a county:
83 (i) of the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class; and
84 (ii) in which the county is the sole provider of animal welfare services under this part.
85 (b) "Municipality" means a city or a town that receives animal welfare services from
86 the county.
87 (2) Subject to Subsections (5) and (6), a legislative body in a county may levy annually
88 a tax not to exceed .0002 of taxable value of taxable property in the county to provide the
89 services described in this chapter.
90 (3) (a) Except as provided in Section 17-36-31, the levy described in this section is in
91 addition to other taxes that the county is authorized to levy.
92 (b) The levy described in this section is not subject to the aggregate maximum levy
93 limitation described in Section 59-2-908.
94 (4) (a) The county shall levy and collect the tax described in this section in the same
95 manner as other general taxes of the county.
96 (b) The county shall deposit revenue collected from the levy described in this section
97 into a fund known as the county animal welfare fund.
98 (5) Before a county that provides animal welfare services on behalf of one or more
99 municipalities may impose a tax under this section for the first time:
100 (a) the county shall notify each municipality of:
101 (i) the total cost to the county for providing animal welfare services; and
102 (ii) the total amount of revenue the county will generate by imposing a levy under this
104 (b) the county and the municipalities shall determine the county's and each
105 municipality's percentage share of the county's cost for providing animal welfare services; and
106 (c) the county shall notify the State Tax Commission of:
107 (i) the names of the municipalities;
108 (ii) the revenue calculated by multiplying the county's percentage share of the cost for
109 providing animal welfare services by the total amount of revenue the county will generate by
110 imposing a levy under this section; and
111 (iii) for each municipality described in Subsection (5)(c)(i), the revenue calculated by
112 multiplying the municipality's percentage share of the cost for providing animal welfare
113 services by the total amount of revenue the county will generate by imposing a levy under this
115 (6) A county, as a condition of providing animal welfare services, may not prohibit a
116 municipality from imposing a local animal control ordinance within the municipality that is
117 different than a county animal control ordinance.
118 Section 4. Section 17-36-31 is amended to read:
119 17-36-31. Tax levy -- Amount.
120 (1) (a) Before June 22 of each year, the county legislative body shall levy a tax on the
121 taxable real and personal property within the county.
122 (b) In the legislative body's computation of the total levy subject to Sections 59-2-908
123 and 59-2-911, [
124 specify the amount of the levy apportioned to each fund.
125 (2) The proceeds of the tax apportioned for purposes of the county general fund shall
126 be credited in the county general fund.
127 (3) The proceeds of the tax apportioned for utility and other special fund purposes shall
128 be credited to the appropriate accounts in the utility or other special funds.
129 (4) For the first calendar year in which a county imposes a levy under Section
130 11-46-104, the county shall reduce the levy imposed under this section for general tax purposes
131 by the amount necessary to offset the revenue described in Subsection 11-46-104(5)(c)(ii).
132 Section 5. Section 59-2-911 is amended to read:
133 59-2-911. Exceptions to maximum levy limitation.
134 (1) The maximum levies set forth in Section 59-2-908 do not apply to and do not
136 (a) levies made to pay outstanding judgment debts;
137 (b) levies made in any special improvement districts;
138 (c) levies made for extended services in any county service area;
139 (d) levies made for county library services;
140 (e) levies made for county animal welfare services;
143 structures as a condition of state assistance when a Presidential Declaration has been issued
144 under the Disaster Relief Act of 1974, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 5121;
146 any bonded or voter authorized indebtedness, including the bonded or voter authorized
147 indebtedness of county service areas, special service districts, and special improvement
155 counties under Title 17, Chapter 34, Municipal-Type Services to Unincorporated Areas;
157 equipment and to defray administration, personnel, and other costs of providing emergency
158 medical and paramedic services, but this exception only applies to those counties in which a
159 resolution setting forth the intention to make those levies has been duly adopted by the county
160 legislative body and approved by a majority of the voters of the county voting at a special or
161 general election;
163 59-2-1602; and
165 (2) (a) Upon the retirement of bonds issued for the development of a convention
166 complex described in Section 17-12-4, and notwithstanding Section 59-2-908, any county of
167 the first class may continue to impose a property tax levy equivalent to the average property tax
168 levy previously imposed to pay debt service on those retired bonds.
169 (b) Notwithstanding that the imposition of the levy described in Subsection (2)(a) may
170 not result in an increased amount of ad valorem tax revenue, the levy is subject to the notice
171 requirements of Section 59-2-919.
172 (c) The [
173 of convention facilities as defined in Section 59-12-602.
174 Section 6. Effective date.
175 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2021.