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House Bill 1390


House Bill 1390

ARCHIVE (2013)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Fire protection territories. Specifies the factors that the department of local government finance (DLGF) shall consider when a civil taxing unit (unit) requests an increase in the unit's maximum property tax levy to meet the unit's obligations to a fire protection territory. Provides that 10 or more taxpayers may file a petition with the DLGF requesting the DLGF to reduce the maximum permissible property tax levy and the actual property tax levy for a unit that is the provider unit of a fire protection territory. Specifies the factors the DLGF shall consider if such a petition is filed. Provides 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: (1) an employee of an entity that is providing services under a contract with another unit that is or is proposing to be a member of the fire protection territory; or (2) an independent contractor that is providing services under a contract with such a unit. Specifies that if a member of the legislative or fiscal body of a participating unit in a fire protection territory is an employee of another unit that is also a participating unit in the fire protection territory, or if the member is employed by a contractor of such a unit or is an independent contractor contracting with such a unit, the member: (1) may not vote on the proposed budget, property tax levy, or property tax rate of the fire protection territory, or on the salaries or benefits of employees of the fire protection territory; and (2) may not serve on any board or committee established by the participating units for purposes of governing the fire protection territory or otherwise overseeing the fire protection territory. Provides that if a legislative or fiscal body of a unit is unable to vote: (1) on a proposed ordinance or resolution authorizing the unit to join or establish a fire protection territory; or (2) on a proposed budget, property tax levy, or property tax rate of a fire protection territory or on the salaries or benefits of employees of a fire protection territory because a majority of the members of the legislative or fiscal body are prohibited from voting, the county fiscal body of the county in which the greatest percentage of the unit's assessed valuation is located shall vote on the issue for which the legislative or fiscal body is unable to vote. Specifies certain appointments that must be made to any board or committee established by participating units for purposes of governing or overseeing a fire protection territory.
Current Status:
 In Committee - first House
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