House File 523 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 523 BY COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT (SUCCESSOR TO HSB 56) A BILL FOR An Act designating certain county flood mitigation activities 1 as an essential county purpose. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1565HV (2) 89 md/jh
H.F. 523 Section 1. Section 331.441, subsection 2, paragraph b, Code 1 2021, is amended by adding the following new subparagraph: 2 NEW SUBPARAGRAPH . (20) The construction, reconstruction, 3 and improvement of all waterways, and real and personal 4 property, useful for the protection or reclamation of property 5 from floods or high waters, and for the protection of property 6 from the effects of flood waters, including the deepening, 7 widening, alteration, change, diversion, or other improvement 8 of watercourses, the construction of levees, embankments, 9 structures, impounding reservoirs, pumping stations or 10 conduits, and the establishment, improvement, and widening of 11 streets, avenues, boulevards, and alleys across and adjacent 12 to the project, as well as the development and beautification 13 of the banks and other areas adjacent to flood control 14 improvements. 15 EXPLANATION 16 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 17 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 18 This bill amends the definition of essential county purpose 19 to include the construction, reconstruction, and improvement 20 of all waterways, and real and personal property, useful for 21 the protection or reclamation of property from floods or high 22 waters, and for the protection of property from the effects of 23 flood waters, including the deepening, widening, alteration, 24 change, diversion, or other improvement of watercourses, 25 the construction of levees, embankments, structures, 26 impounding reservoirs, pumping stations or conduits, and the 27 establishment, improvement, and widening of streets, avenues, 28 boulevards, and alleys across and adjacent to the project, as 29 well as the development and beautification of the banks and 30 other areas adjacent to flood control improvements. 31 Under Code chapter 331, a county board of supervisors may 32 generally contract indebtedness and approve the issuance of 33 general obligation bonds to carry out an essential county 34 purpose without approval by voters at an election, while the 35 -1- LSB 1565HV (2) 89 md/jh 1/ 2
H.F. 523 issuance of general obligation bonds to carry out a general 1 county purpose generally requires approval by voters at 2 election. 3 -2- LSB 1565HV (2) 89 md/jh 2/ 2