Government (County, Municipal & Local)

 

SB 789 (Fisher/Ervin): Exempts from the dual office holding prohibition school board members who are also members or officers of a volunteer fire department, directors or officers of a rural water districts, and chiefs of municipal fire departments or rural fire districts who are appointed or elected to unsalaried position in school for government except where the duties of the office would create a conflict of interest.

SB 1073 (Weedn/Taylor): Allows county commissioners the power to provide incentive awards for safety related job performance. Under this act, the county commissioners are authorized to utilize county owned equipment, labor and supplies at their disposal on property owned by the county, public schools, the state, and unincorporated towns and cities with populations of less than 2,500. Also, the act states the county may be reimbursed expenses related to any particular project upon the development and agreement of the work order.

SB 1074 (Weedn/Hilliard): Increases from $6 million to $10 million the service-ability factor for determining the basic salaries of county officers receiving maximum basic salaries of $22,000 and $19,000 respectively.

SB 1075 (Weedn/Settle): Increases the maximum amount of fees to be deposited in the County Clerk's Lien Fee Account from $10,000 to $20,000.

SB 1245 (Weedn/Taylor): Sets the current maximum salaries of county officers as minimum salaries and establishes new salary caps. In other provisions of this act, language has been deleted from the statutes exempting the safety director or coordinator in counties with populations of more than 35,000 from certain salary provisions and the provision in the statutes which prohibits a county from expending more than 75 percent of its total available revenue for current general fund purposes in any fiscal year for salaries and wages of officers and employees.

SB 1284 (Gustafson/Langmacher): Authorizes the destruction of sales tax audit records after five years by the county clerks. Also under this act, the county clerks are required to send to the state auditor and inspector, within 15 days of an election, copies of ballots concerning sales tax questions that were approved by the voters. Other provisions of the act requires the auditor to make an annual audit of expenditures of county sales tax revenue in order to determine whether the expenditures are being made according to law and constitutional provisions and requires the auditor to report any irregularities to the attorney general's office with 30 days from making the report.

HB 2316 (Kirby/Helton): Allows public housing authorities whose powers have been limited by an election to have their powers fully restored by operation of law if at least fifteen (15) years have elapsed from the date the election results were certified.

HB 2929 (Blackburn/Cain): Allows municipalities to use Improvement Districts and the Local Development Act to fund Main Street Programs through which downtown areas are revitalized.

HB 3248 (Blackburn/Cain): Amends the Local Development Act to allow municipalities to exercise necessary powers and to allow improvements to public schools to be financed under the act.

HB 3301 (Blackburn/Fisher): Amends the Central Business District Redevelopment Act: by broadening the purpose of the Act to include redevelopment of residential areas, industrial areas, and commercial areas which are not located in the central business district. A city or town may redevelop an area with blighted conditions only after the municipality prepares a redevelopment plan and holds a public hearing on the plan. The bill requires the city or town to use a public trust to undertake the redevelopment activities. These activities include developing a comprehensive program plan for redeveloping the area. The trust must hold a public hearing before adopting the program plan. The trust may issue revenue bonds or use the Local Development Act to issue tax apportionment bonds.

The bill deletes and repeals old tax increment financing provisions that conflict with the Local Development Act and unconstitutional provisions that authorized cities to issue "special obligation bonds". 

 

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