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SB 1480
SB 1480: revisions; community facilities districts
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Sponsor: Sen. Smith

Summary:This bill makes numerous and substantial changes to the statutes related to community facilities districts. It required cities and towns that receive a petition of 25% of the owners of land area proposed to be in a district and an application to form a district to hold a hearing to consider the application. The council may adopt a resolution of intention to form the district immediately following the hearing, but if it does not, the council must provide a written basis for not adopting the resolution and identify specific changes needed for the district to be approved. The bill provides for two options of board composition. One option is the city or town council plus two at large members that are appointed by the landowner with the most privately owned land in the district; or, the second option is five members appointed by the governing board. If an application is denied, fees may not be charged on a substantially similar application provided within one year of the denial. Application fees that exceed the actual cost of district formation must be used for district administrative costs including bond related expenses. The bill sets the terms for acceptance of public infrastructure by the city or town. Numerous other changes.

League Position: OPPOSE


2/15/2017: SB1480 passed out of Senate Finance by a vote of 5-2. The bill now proceeds to the Rules Committee.

3/2/2017: SB1480 passed the Senate COW.

3/6/2017: SB1480 passed Senate Third Read by a vote of 21-9. The bill was transmitted to the Senate.

3/22/2017: SB1480 passed out of House Ways and Means by a vote of 5-4. The bill now proceeds to the Rules Committee.

4/19/2017: SB1480 passed the House COW. SB1480 passed the House Third Read by a vote of 44-14-1-0-1.

4/20/2017: SB1480 was transmitted back to the Senate. SB1480 passed the Senate Final Read by a vote of 25-5. The bill was transmitted to the Governor.

4/26/2017: SB1480 was signed by Governor Ducey.