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2009 House Bill 4700: Authorize school recreation property tax increase
Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on March 25, 2009 To give school districts the power to increase property taxes by up to 1 mill for 20 years to operate swimming pools, recreation centers, auditoriums, conference centers, and more as part of a "recreation authority." A school millage election would be required. The tax increase could be used to operate existing school facilities and programs.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on March 25, 2009
Reported in the House on February 23, 2009 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on April 30, 2009 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that requires school districts to post detailed spending reports ("check registers") on the internet every quarter in order to be eligible to impose the proposed tax increase.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. James "Jase" Bolger (R) on April 30, 2009 To establish that school districts which levy a recreation millage under a separate Recreation and Playgrounds Act may not also levy the one-mill tax authorized by this law.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2009
Passed 68 to 41 in the House on April 30, 2009.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To give school districts the power to increase property taxes by up to 1 mill for 20 years to operate swimming pools, recreation centers, auditoriums, conference centers, and more as part of a "recreation authority." A school millage election would be required. The tax increase could be used to operate existing school facilities and programs. Senate Bill 222 does the same thing and passed the Senate 37-0.
Received in the Senate on May 5, 2009
Referred to the Senate Local, Urban, & State Affairs Committee on May 5, 2009

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