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Senate Study Bill 3048

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  1  1    Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  331.386  COUNTY URBAN PUBLIC
  1  2 TRANSIT DISTRICT AUTHORIZED – DEFINITIONS – TAX AND FINANCE
  1  3 AUTHORITY.
  1  4    1.  DEFINITIONS.  As used in this section, unless the
  1  5 context otherwise requires:
  1  6    a.  "Transit district" means a county urban public transit
  1  7 district which is created by one or more counties to provide
  1  8 for the transportation of passengers who present themselves
  1  9 for transportation without discrimination up to the limit of
  1 10 the capacity of each public transit vehicle.  A "transit
  1 11 district" shall include only the urbanized areas of a county
  1 12 and the territory of any participating city.
  1 13    b.  "Urbanized area" means any area of land within two
  1 14 miles of the boundaries of a city.
  1 15    2.  TRANSIT DISTRICT CREATED.
  1 16    a.  One or more counties may create a transit district
  1 17 consisting of any urbanized areas in the county and all or
  1 18 part of the territory of any city which agrees to participate.
  1 19 A city may join a transit district by agreement adopted
  1 20 pursuant to chapter 28E.  The territories of urbanized areas
  1 21 and cities included in a transit district need not be
  1 22 contiguous.  The board of supervisors of a county included in
  1 23 a transit district may serve as the governing body of the
  1 24 transit district or a separate entity may be created pursuant
  1 25 to a chapter 28E agreement to serve as the governing body.
  1 26    b.  The governing body of a transit district has all the
  1 27 rights, powers, privileges, and immunities of a local
  1 28 government relating to the purpose for which the transit
  1 29 district is created.  In exercising its powers, the governing
  1 30 body may establish a schedule of fares and collect fares for
  1 31 the transportation of passengers.
  1 32    3.  TAX AUTHORITY.  The governing body of a transit
  1 33 district may impose a tax levy which shall not exceed the rate
  1 34 of ninety-five cents per thousand dollars of the assessed
  1 35 value of all taxable property in the transit district.  The
  2  1 proceeds of the tax levy shall be used for works and
  2  2 facilities useful for the transportation of passengers who
  2  3 present themselves for transportation without discrimination
  2  4 up to the capacity of each public transit vehicle.  The
  2  5 governing body of a transit district may divide a transit
  2  6 district into separate service areas and impose a separate
  2  7 levy not to exceed the maximum rate authorized in this
  2  8 subsection in each service area.  If a city is included in a
  2  9 transit district, the tax levy authorized pursuant to section
  2 10 384.12, subsection 10, shall be reduced by the tax levy
  2 11 imposed by the transit district within the city or part of the
  2 12 city pursuant to this subsection.  A tax levy imposed pursuant
  2 13 to section 384.12, subsection 10, and this subsection shall
  2 14 not exceed the aggregate of ninety-five cents per thousand
  2 15 dollars of the assessed value of all taxable property in a
  2 16 participating city.
  2 17    4.  BONDING AUTHORITY.
  2 18    a.  The establishment, construction, reconstruction,
  2 19 repair, equipping, remodeling, extension, maintenance, and
  2 20 operation of works, vehicles, and facilities of a transit
  2 21 district may be financed by revenue bonds as a county
  2 22 enterprise pursuant to division IV, part 4.
  2 23    b.  The establishment, construction, reconstruction,
  2 24 repair, equipping, remodeling, extension, maintenance, and
  2 25 operation of works, vehicles, and facilities of a transit
  2 26 district may be financed by general obligation bonds as an
  2 27 essential county purpose pursuant to division IV, part 3.
  2 28    Sec. 2.  Section 331.441, subsection 2, paragraph b, Code
  2 29 Supplement 2001, is amended by adding the following new
  2 30 subparagraph:
  2 31    NEW SUBPARAGRAPH.  (15)  The establishment, construction,
  2 32 reconstruction, repair, equipping, remodeling, extension,
  2 33 maintenance, and operation of works, vehicles, and facilities
  2 34 of a county urban public transit district.
  2 35    Sec. 3.  Section 331.461, subsection 2, Code Supplement
  3  1 2001, is amended by adding the following new paragraph:
  3  2    NEW PARAGRAPH.  h.  A county urban public transit district
  3  3 including the establishment, construction, reconstruction,
  3  4 repair, equipping, remodeling, extension, maintenance, and
  3  5 operation of its works, vehicles, and facilities.
  3  6    Sec. 4.  Section 384.12, subsection 10, Code 2001, is
  3  7 amended to read as follows:
  3  8    10.  A tax for the operation and maintenance of a municipal
  3  9 transit system, and for the creation of a reserve fund for the
  3 10 system, in an amount not to exceed ninety-five cents per
  3 11 thousand dollars of assessed value each year less the rate of
  3 12 tax levied for a county urban public transit district pursuant
  3 13 to section 331.386, when the revenues from the transit system
  3 14 are insufficient for such purposes, but proceeds of the tax
  3 15 may not be used to pay interest and principal on bonds issued
  3 16 for the purposes of the transit system.  
  3 17                           EXPLANATION
  3 18    This bill authorizes the establishment of a county urban
  3 19 public transit district by one or more counties.  The transit
  3 20 district may include urbanized areas of the county
  3 21 (unincorporated territory of a county within two miles of the
  3 22 boundaries of a city) and all or part of a city which agrees
  3 23 to participate.  The purpose of a transit district is to
  3 24 provide for the transportation of passengers for an
  3 25 established fare who present themselves for transportation
  3 26 without discrimination up to the limit of the capacity of each
  3 27 transit vehicle.  The board of supervisors of a county
  3 28 included in a transit district may serve as the governing body
  3 29 of the transit district or a separate entity may be created
  3 30 pursuant to a Code chapter 28E agreement.
  3 31    A transit district may impose a tax levy up to $.95 per
  3 32 $1,000 of the assessed value of the taxable property of the
  3 33 transit district to finance the transit district and its
  3 34 transportation services.  However, if a city is included in
  3 35 the transit district, the supplemental levy for municipal
  4  1 transit purposes shall be reduced by the tax levy imposed in
  4  2 the city by the governing body of the transit district.  The
  4  3 aggregate amount of any tax imposed by a city and a transit
  4  4 district on the taxable property in the city shall not exceed
  4  5 $.95 per $1,000 of the assessed value of the taxable property
  4  6 in the city.  The governing body of a transit district may
  4  7 also establish a schedule of fares and collect fares for its
  4  8 transportation services.
  4  9    The bill also amends the county bonding laws to provide
  4 10 that a transit district is a county enterprise for the purpose
  4 11 of issuing revenue bonds and an essential county purpose for
  4 12 the purpose of issuing general obligation bonds to finance its
  4 13 works, equipment, and facilities.  
  4 14 LSB 5628SC 79
  4 15 tj/cls/14
     

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