House Study Bill 514 - Introduced HOUSE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL BY CHAIRPERSON HIGHFILL) A BILL FOR An Act setting the dates for the submission of local public 1 measures to the electors. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5227YC (5) 87 ss/rj
H.F. _____ Section 1. Section 39.2, subsection 4, unnumbered paragraph 1 1, Code 2018, is amended to read as follows: 2 Unless otherwise provided by law Except as provided in 3 sections 75.1, 423B.1, or other law , special elections on 4 public measures are limited to the following dates: 5 Sec. 2. Section 75.1, Code 2018, is amended by adding the 6 following new subsection: 7 NEW SUBSECTION . 3. A proposition to authorize an issuance 8 of bonds shall only be submitted to the electors on the first 9 Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each year. 10 Sec. 3. Section 423B.1, subsection 5, Code 2018, is amended 11 to read as follows: 12 5. The county commissioner of elections shall submit the 13 question of imposition of a local option tax at an election 14 held on a date specified in section 39.2, subsection 4 , 15 paragraph “a” the first Tuesday after the first Monday in 16 November . The election shall not be held sooner than sixty 17 days after publication of notice of the ballot proposition. 18 The ballot proposition shall specify the type and rate of tax 19 and in the case of a vehicle tax the classes that will be 20 exempt and in the case of a local sales and services tax the 21 date it will be imposed which date shall not be earlier than 22 ninety days following the election. The ballot proposition 23 shall also specify the approximate amount of local option tax 24 revenues that will be used for property tax relief and shall 25 contain a statement as to the specific purpose or purposes for 26 which the revenues shall otherwise be expended. If the county 27 board of supervisors decides under subsection 6 to specify a 28 date on which the local option sales and services tax shall 29 automatically be repealed, the date of the repeal shall also be 30 specified on the ballot. The rate of the vehicle tax shall be 31 in increments of one dollar per vehicle as set by the petition 32 seeking to impose the tax. The rate of a local sales and 33 services tax shall not be more than one percent as set by the 34 governing body. The state commissioner of elections shall 35 -1- LSB 5227YC (5) 87 ss/rj 1/ 2
H.F. _____ establish by rule the form for the ballot proposition which 1 form shall be uniform throughout the state. 2 Sec. 4. APPLICABILITY. Notwithstanding section 47.6, 3 subsection 1, paragraph “b”, the governing body of a political 4 subdivision may, by a resolution filed with the county 5 commissioner of elections, remove a public measure from a 6 ballot that is not in compliance with section 75.1, subsection 7 3, as enacted by this Act, or section 423B.1, as amended by 8 this Act, prior to January 1, 2019. 9 EXPLANATION 10 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 11 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 12 This bill requires all propositions to authorize the 13 issuance of bonds by a county, township, school corporation, 14 city, or any local board or commission or the imposition 15 of local option taxes by a city or county to be submitted 16 to electors on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in 17 November of each year. The bill exempts such elections from 18 certain limitations on the withdrawal of public measures from a 19 ballot until January 1, 2019. 20 -2- LSB 5227YC (5) 87 ss/rj 2/ 2