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2007 Senate Bill 47: Authorize local "water resource improvement" TIFAs

Public Act 94 of 2008

  1. Introduced by Sen. Jason Allen (R) on January 24, 2007, to authorize local governments to create "water resource improvement tax increment financing authorities" with the purpose of using "captured" tax revenues to pay for broadly defined "water resource improvement" projects that aid in "water resource improvement" and economic growth, including streets, plazas, pedestrian malls, and any improvements to these including street furniture and beautification, parks, parking facilities, recreational facilities, right of way acquisitions, structures, waterways, bridges, lakes, ponds, canals, utility lines or pipes, sewer systems, water systems, storm water systems, or buildings that aid. A municipality could condemn and take property under its eminent domain powers and give the property to the authority. A municipality could also add special assessments to property tax bills to pay for these projects, and could create a tax increment finance authority (TIFA) to "capture" the increment of extra local property tax revenue that would result from the economic growth which might be generated by the "water resource" improvements. The “captured” tax revenue would be used to pay off the debt incurred by borrowing to provide these new facilities.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee on January 24, 2007.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 1, 2007, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 6, 2007, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 6, 2007.
  2. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 7, 2007.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 7, 2007.
    • Referred to the House New Economy And Quality Of Life Committee on March 7, 2007.
      • Reported in the House on February 7, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 20, 2008, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that would require these boards to prepare a resource management plan in consultation with the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Natural Resources, or any other entity with expertise in water quality management and invasive species management. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Melton (D) on March 20, 2008, to define a “water resource improvement district” or “district” as an inland body of water and land that is up to one mile from an inland lakewith public access points, or an inland body of water and parcels of land that are contiguous to it where there is no public access point. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
  4. Passed 106 to 2 in the House on March 20, 2008, to authorize local governments to create "water resource improvement tax increment financing authorities" with the purpose of using "captured" tax revenues to pay for broadly defined "water resource improvement" projects that aid in "water resource improvement" and economic growth, including streets, plazas, pedestrian malls, and any improvements to these including street furniture and beautification, parks, parking facilities, recreational facilities, right of way acquisitions, structures, waterways, bridges, lakes, ponds, canals, utility lines or pipes, sewer systems, water systems, storm water systems, or buildings that aid. A municipality could condemn and take property under its eminent domain powers and give the property to the authority. A municipality could also add special assessments to property tax bills to pay for these projects, and could create a tax increment finance authority (TIFA) to "capture" the increment of extra local property tax revenue that would result from the economic growth which might be generated by the "water resource" improvements. The “captured” tax revenue would be used to pay off the debt incurred by borrowing to provide these new facilities.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on March 25, 2008. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on April 8, 2008.

Comments

Email your representatives like I did!  by truckingal on March 22, 2008 
Dear Sir:
I am writing to express my extreme displeasure at your vote to implement this bill-another attempt at encouraging 'takings' of private property. I thought the Michigan Legislature made loud public statements regarding their displeasure with the Kelo decision and passed resolutions to discourage 'takings' for private profit. And then you slide thru legislation to encourage more takings without letting people know what you're up to?

I live in your district, a small township in Jackson County that is primarily low-income at the north end of the township and contains many senior citizens on fixed budgets. We continually must fight small-town political hacks who are overly-impressed with their powers and attempt to ramrod control of our property -particularly lakefront property. Our millpond is clean and relatively undeveloped-we like it that way. However, there are interests in other areas that would like to force through 'Rails to Trails' initiatives,'special lakefront assessment districts' and other nefarious schemes in the interest of 'conservation'. We cant afford major sewer contracts or other 'improvements' here and are happy with the way things are. I also dont need some petty bureaucrat condemning my small property so they can either get funding to make it public access, tax me for cement benches for some out-of-county Yuppie to sit on once in awhile or force me to put in a sewer system that would cost me many thousands of dollars due to the distance from the main road and effectively force me off my land. None of this would improve the lot of the heron that nests in my front yard, or the mink that travels the shore hunting or the common mergansers who stop every year with the loons on their way north. It wouldnt prevent the muskrats from undermining my bank or discourage the hundreds of Canadian Geese who bless us with their company every year. It also wont clean up the residual heavy metals laid down in the bottom muck dating back to Henry Ford's little enterprise upstream many years ago. All these types of controls have done is prevent me from improving my residence and increased my taxes! (and no, it's not big enough to make a movie on-the resultant erosion would destroy our pond).

I voted for you and it appears I made a mistake. I wont make it again. I saw the Socialists and big developers pull 'Urban Renewal by Natural Catastrophy' on New Orleans. Now it appears MIchigan is attempting the same coup d'etat under cover of Michigan's severe economic conditions. The blue-collar workers who have retired to these small enclaves are obviously an embarrassment to the God-like beings who believe that Michigan stops at Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids,Kalamazoo and Traverese City and believe only in high technology for the future....and the rest of us should just get out of the way, while they take our property for their own personal playgounds and to chase some elusive world clean water controls/goals. The American people are angry-and nowhere are they angrier than Michigan.

Wouldn't...  by Anonymous Citizen on February 13, 2008 
Cutting All The Taxes help tourism???
Why do these mental midgets think that you can get out of a hole by digging it deeper?

Less Government + Less Taxes = More Prosperity

if that were so,  by Anonymous Citizen on March 24, 2007 
then detroit wouldn't have been able to pollute it in the first place.



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