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Bill Detail: SB24-194

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Title Special District Emergency Services Funding
Status Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (04/11/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Fiscal Policy & Taxes
  • Local Government
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
R. Armagost (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Roberts (D)
P. Will (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee Local Government and Housing
Date Introduced 04/02/2024

Currently, a fire protection district (district) may receive and spend
an impact fee or other similar development charge in connection with a
local government's imposition of such fee or charge to fund expenditures
by a fire and emergency services provider. Section 1 of the bill repeals
these statutory provisions for funding fire and emergency services and
section 2 prohibits a district from on its own authority imposing a fee,
rate, toll, or charge for responding to, combating, and extinguishing a fire
occurring within the district's jurisdictional boundaries, but continues to
allow a district to charge or seek reimbursement for such services as
authorized by separate state or federal law.
In place of the repealed funding mechanisms, section 3 authorizes
a district to impose its own impact fee on the construction of new
buildings, structures, facilities, or improvements on real property within
the district's jurisdictional boundaries so long as the fee is:
  • Reasonably related to the overall cost of the district's
services; and
  • Imposed in accordance with a fee schedule that is
legislatively adopted by the district's board and that applies
to all similarly situated property.
Section 4 gives districts the additional financial power to levy a
sales tax within the district's jurisdiction, at a rate determined by the
district's board, upon every transaction or other incident with respect to
which a sales tax is levied by the state. The tax must be approved by a
majority of the eligible electors within the district voting at a regular
special district election or at a special election that complies with section
20 of article X of the state constitution and related statutory requirements.
Such a sales tax must be collected, administered, and enforced by the
executive director of the department of revenue in the same manner as the
state sales tax.

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