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House Bill 1096


House Bill 1096

ARCHIVE (2011)

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DIGEST OF HB 1096 (Updated February 15, 2011 2:46 pm - DI 116)


Fire protection territories. Provides that for property taxes first due and payable after 2011, the total amount that may be levied in a civil taxing unit in the ensuing calendar year to support a fire protection territory may not exceed: (1) the amount levied in the civil taxing unit to support the fire protection territory in the current calendar year; multiplied by (2) the assessed value growth quotient. Provides that for property taxes first due and payable after 2011, in the first year in which a civil taxing unit levies a property tax to support a fire protection territory, the total amount that may be levied in that year in the civil taxing unit to support the fire protection territory may not exceed the lesser of: (1) the amount specified by the legislative body of the civil taxing unit in the hearing held before adoption of the ordinance or resolution to establish the fire protection territory; or (2) the amount levied for fire protection services in the year immediately preceding the year in which the unit first imposes property taxes to support the fire protection territory, multiplied by the assessed value growth quotient. Specifies that a member of the legislative body of a unit may not vote on a proposed ordinance or resolution authorizing the unit to join or establish a fire protection territory if that member is also an employee of another unit that: (1) is a participating unit in the fire protection territory; or (2) is proposing to become a participating unit in the fire protection territory. Provides that the provider unit, with the approval of each of the other participating units, shall annually budget the necessary money to meet the expenses of operation and maintenance of the fire protection services with the territory, plus a reasonable operating expense. (Current law provides that the provider unit, with the assistance of each of the other participating units, shall annually budget the necessary money to meet the expenses of operation and maintenance of the fire protection services with the territory, plus a reasonable operating expense, not to exceed 20% of the budgeted expenses.) Removes language that, in the case the amount levied in a particular year is insufficient to cover costs, the levy in the following year shall be increased by the amount needed and the provider unit is entitled to transfer the amount transferred from the fund as reimbursement to the provider unit. Requires the department of local government finance to review the tax rates in existing fire protection territories and reconsider whether different rates should apply for the participating units.
Current Status:
 Out of Committee - first House
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