Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1032

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 6-1.1-20-3.6; IC 20-46-1.

Synopsis: Referenda for projects and school levies. Provides that a referendum on a controlled project may be held only at a general election, if the preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease for the controlled project is made after June 30, 2013. Provides that a referendum for a referendum tax levy of a school corporation may be held only at a general election, if the resolution to hold the referendum is adopted after June 30, 2013.

Effective: July 1, 2013.





Frizzell




    January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Ways and Means.







Introduced

First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1032



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 6-1.1-20-3.6; (13)IN1032.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 6-1.1-20-3.6, AS AMENDED BY P.L.198-2011, SECTION 2, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 3.6. (a) Except as provided in sections 3.7 and 3.8 of this chapter, This section applies only to a controlled project described in section 3.5(a) of this chapter. (b) If for which:
        (1)
a sufficient petition requesting the application of the local public question process has been filed as set forth in section 3.5 of this chapter; or
         (2) a resolution specifying the application of the local public question process has been adopted under section 3.7 or 3.8 of this chapter.
     (b) A political subdivision may not impose property taxes to pay debt service on bonds or lease rentals on a lease for a controlled project to which this section applies unless the political subdivision's proposed debt service or lease rental is approved in an election on a local public question held under this section.
     (c) If a preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into

a lease for a controlled project to which this section applies is made after June 30, 2013, the election on the local public question for the controlled project may be held only at a general election.
    (c) (d) Except as provided in subsection (l), (n), the following question shall be submitted to the eligible voters at the election conducted under this section:
        "Shall ________ (insert the name of the political subdivision) issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance ___________ (insert a brief description of the controlled project), which is estimated to cost not more than _______ (insert the total cost of the project) and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by ___________ (insert increase in tax rate as determined by the department of local government finance)?".
The public question must appear on the ballot in the form approved by the county election board. If the political subdivision proposing to issue bonds or enter into a lease is located in more than one (1) county, the county election board of each county shall jointly approve the form of the public question that will appear on the ballot in each county. The form approved by the county election board may differ from the language certified to the county election board by the county auditor. If the county election board approves the language of a public question under this subsection, the county election board shall submit the language to the department of local government finance for review.
    (d) (e) This subsection applies to ballot language submitted by the county election board under subsection (c) (d) before May 1, 2011. The department of local government finance shall review the language of the public question to evaluate whether the description of the controlled project is accurate and is not biased against either a vote in favor of the controlled project or a vote against the controlled project. The department of local government finance may recommend that the ballot language be used as submitted or recommend modifications to the ballot language as necessary to ensure that the description of the controlled project is accurate and is not biased. The department of local government finance shall send its recommendations to the county election board not more than ten (10) days after the language of the public question is submitted to the department for review. After reviewing the recommendations of the department of local government finance under this subsection, the county election board shall take final action to approve ballot language. The finally adopted ballot language may differ from the recommendations made by the department of local government finance.
    (e) (f) This subsection applies to ballot language submitted by the

county election board under subsection (c) (d) after April 30, 2011. The department of local government finance shall review the language of the public question to evaluate whether the description of the controlled project is accurate and is not biased against either a vote in favor of the controlled project or a vote against the controlled project. The department of local government finance may either approve the ballot language as submitted or recommend that the ballot language be modified as necessary to ensure that the description of the controlled project is accurate and is not biased. The department of local government finance shall certify its approval or recommendations to the county auditor and the county election board not more than ten (10) days after the language of the public question is submitted to the department for review. If the department of local government finance recommends a modification to the ballot language, the county election board shall, after reviewing the recommendations of the department of local government finance, submit modified ballot language to the department for the department's approval or recommendation of any additional modifications. The public question may not be certified by the county auditor under subsection (f) (g) or (h), as applicable, unless the department of local government finance has first certified the department's final approval of the ballot language for the public question.
    (f) (g) This subsection applies only to the certification of a local public question concerning a controlled project for which a preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease is made before July 1, 2013. The county auditor shall certify the finally approved public question under IC 3-10-9-3 to the county election board of each county in which the political subdivision is located. The certification must occur not later than noon:
        (1) sixty (60) days before a primary election if the public question is to be placed on the primary or municipal primary election ballot; or
        (2) August 1 if the public question is to be placed on the general or municipal election ballot.
Subject to the certification requirements and deadlines under this subsection and except as provided in subsection (l), (n), the public question shall be placed on the ballot at the next primary election, general election, or municipal election in which all voters of the political subdivision are entitled to vote. However, if a primary election, general election, or municipal election will not be held during the first year in which the public question is eligible to be placed on the ballot under this section and if the political subdivision requests the

public question to be placed on the ballot at a special election, the public question shall be placed on the ballot at a special election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May or November of the year. The certification must occur not later than noon sixty (60) days before a special election to be held in May (if the special election is to be held in May) or noon on August 1 (if the special election is to be held in November). However, in 2009, a political subdivision may hold a special election under this section on any date scheduled for the special election if notice of the special election was given before July 1, 2009, to the election division of the secretary of state's office as provided in IC 3-10-8-4. The fiscal body of the political subdivision that requests the special election shall pay the costs of holding the special election. The county election board shall give notice under IC 5-3-1 of a special election conducted under this subsection. A special election conducted under this subsection is under the direction of the county election board. The county election board shall take all steps necessary to carry out the special election.
    (h) This subsection applies only to the certification of a local public question concerning a controlled project for which a preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease is made after June 30, 2013. The county auditor shall certify the finally approved public question under IC 3-10-9-3 to the county election board of each county in which the political subdivision is located. The certification must occur not later than noon on August 1 of the year in which the public question is to be placed on the general election ballot. Subject to the certification requirements and deadlines under this subsection and except as provided in subsection (n), the public question shall be placed on the ballot at the next general election in which all voters of the political subdivision are entitled to vote.
    (g) (i) The circuit court clerk shall certify the results of the public question to the following:
        (1) The county auditor of each county in which the political subdivision is located.
        (2) The department of local government finance.
    (h) (j) Subject to the requirements of IC 6-1.1-18.5-8, the political subdivision may issue the proposed bonds or enter into the proposed lease rental if a majority of the eligible voters voting on the public question vote in favor of the public question.
    (i) (k) If a majority of the eligible voters voting on the public question vote in opposition to the public question, both of the following apply:


        (1) The political subdivision may not issue the proposed bonds or enter into the proposed lease rental.
        (2) Another public question under this section on the same or a substantially similar project may not be submitted to the voters earlier than one (1) year after the date of the election.
    (j) (l) IC 3, to the extent not inconsistent with this section, applies to an election held under this section.
    (k) (m) A political subdivision may not artificially divide a capital project into multiple capital projects in order to avoid the requirements of this section and section 3.5 of this chapter.
    (l) (n) This subsection applies to a political subdivision for which a petition requesting a public question has been submitted under section 3.5 of this chapter. The legislative body (as defined in IC 36-1-2-9) of the political subdivision may adopt a resolution to withdraw a controlled project from consideration in a public question. If the legislative body provides a certified copy of the resolution to the county auditor and the county election board not later than forty-nine (49) days before the election at which the public question would be on the ballot, the public question on the controlled project shall not be placed on the ballot and the public question on the controlled project shall not be held, regardless of whether the county auditor has certified the public question to the county election board. If the withdrawal of a public question under this subsection requires the county election board to reprint ballots, the political subdivision withdrawing the public question shall pay the costs of reprinting the ballots. If a political subdivision withdraws a public question under this subsection that would have been held at a special election and the county election board has printed the ballots before the legislative body of the political subdivision provides a certified copy of the withdrawal resolution to the county auditor and the county election board, the political subdivision withdrawing the public question shall pay the costs incurred by the county in printing the ballots. If a public question on a controlled project is withdrawn under this subsection, a public question under this section on the same controlled project or a substantially similar controlled project may not be submitted to the voters earlier than one (1) year after the date the resolution withdrawing the public question is adopted.
    (m) (o) If a public question regarding a controlled project is placed on the ballot to be voted on at a public question under this section, the political subdivision shall submit to the department of local government finance, at least thirty (30) days before the election, the following information regarding the proposed controlled project for

posting on the department's Internet web site:
        (1) The cost per square foot of any buildings being constructed as part of the controlled project.
        (2) The effect that approval of the controlled project would have on the political subdivision's property tax rate.
        (3) The maximum term of the bonds or lease.
        (4) The maximum principal amount of the bonds or the maximum lease rental for the lease.
        (5) The estimated interest rates that will be paid and the total interest costs associated with the bonds or lease.
        (6) The purpose of the bonds or lease.
        (7) In the case of a controlled project proposed by a school corporation:
            (A) the current and proposed square footage of school building space per student;
            (B) enrollment patterns within the school corporation; and
            (C) the age and condition of the current school facilities.

SOURCE: IC 20-46-1-14; (13)IN1032.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-46-1-14, AS AMENDED BY P.L.113-2010, SECTION 98, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 14. (a) This section applies only to a referendum specified in a resolution adopted under section 8 of this chapter before July 1, 2013.
    (a) (b) The referendum shall be held in the next primary election, general election, or municipal election in which all the registered voters who are residents of the appellant school corporation are entitled to vote after certification of the question under IC 3-10-9-3. The certification of the question must occur not later than noon:
        (1) sixty (60) days before a primary election if the question is to be placed on the primary or municipal primary election ballot; or
        (2) August 1 if the question is to be placed on the general or municipal election ballot.
However, if a primary election, general election, or municipal election will not be held during the first year in which the public question is eligible to be placed on the ballot under this chapter and if the appellant school corporation requests the public question to be placed on the ballot at a special election, the public question shall be placed on the ballot at a special election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May or November of the year. The certification must occur not later than noon sixty (60) days before a special election to be held in May (if the special election is to be held in May) or noon on August 1 (if the special election is to be held in November).
    (b) (c) If the referendum is not conducted at a primary election,

general election, or municipal election, the appellant school corporation in which the referendum is to be held shall pay all the costs of holding the referendum.

SOURCE: IC 20-46-1-14.5; (13)IN1032.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 20-46-1-14.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 14.5. (a) This section applies only to a referendum specified in a resolution adopted under section 8 of this chapter after June 30, 2013.
    (b) The referendum shall be held in the next general election in which all the registered voters who are residents of the appellant school corporation are entitled to vote after certification of the question under IC 3-10-9-3. The certification of the question must occur not later than noon on August 1 of the year in which the referendum is held.