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. Official Text and Analysis.
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
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