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HOUSE BILL NO. 555
INTRODUCED BY J. MCKENNEY, D. WYATT, D. EWER, D. FUCHS, K. GALVIN-HALCRO, G. GOLIE,
S. KITZENBERG, M. LINDEEN, G. MATTHEWS, K. MESAROS, K. OHS, B. RYAN, B. SIMON,
C. SQUIRES, J. STOVALL, J. WITT
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISHMENT AND CREATION OF AN AEROSPACE TRANSPORTATION AND TECHNOLOGY DISTRICT TO ACCOMMODATE AND SUPPORT A REUSABLE SPACE LAUNCH VEHICLE SPACEPORT; AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF UP TO $20 MILLION OF STATE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS TO PAY THE COSTS OF SPACEPORT INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS; AMENDING SECTIONS 7-15-4283, 7-15-4288, AND 7-15-4301, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 7-15-4283, MCA, is amended to read:
"7-15-4283. Definitions related to tax increment financing. For purposes of 7-15-4282 through 7-15-4292 and 7-15-4297 through 7-15-4299, the following definitions apply unless otherwise provided or indicated by the context:
(1) "Actual taxable value" means the taxable value of taxable property at any time, as calculated from the assessment roll last equalized.
(2) "Aerospace transportation and technology district" means a tax increment financing aerospace transportation technology district created pursuant to [section 4].
(3) "Aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development project" means a project undertaken within or for an aerospace transportation and technology district that consists of any or all of the activities authorized by 7-15-4288.
(2)(4) "Base taxable value" means the actual taxable value of all taxable property within an urban renewal area, or
industrial district, or aerospace transportation and technology district prior to the effective date of a tax increment financing
provision. This value may be adjusted as provided in 7-15-4287 or 7-15-4293. (3)(5) "Incremental taxable value" means the amount, if any, by which the actual taxable value at any time exceeds the
base taxable value of all property within an urban renewal area, or industrial district, or aerospace transportation and
technology district subject to taxation. (4)(6) "Industrial district" means a tax increment financing industrial district created pursuant to 7-15-4299. (5)(7) "Industrial infrastructure development project" means a project undertaken within or for an industrial district that
consists of any or all of the activities authorized by 7-15-4288. (6)(8) "Municipality", for the purpose of an industrial district created pursuant to 7-15-4297 through 7-15-4299 and
operating pursuant to 7-15-4282 through 7-15-4293 and part 43 of this chapter, means any incorporated city or town,
county, or city-county consolidated local government. (7)(9) "Tax increment" means the collections realized from extending the tax levies, expressed in mills, of all taxing
bodies in which the urban renewal area, or industrial district, aerospace transportation and technology district, or a part
thereof of an area or district is located against the incremental taxable value. (8)(10) "Tax increment provision" means a provision for the segregation and application of tax increments as authorized
by 7-15-4282 through 7-15-4292. (9)(11) "Taxes" means all taxes levied by a taxing body against property on an ad valorem basis. (10)(12) "Taxing body" means any city, town, county, school district, or other political subdivision or governmental unit
of the state, including the state, which levies taxes against property within the urban renewal area, or industrial district, or
an aerospace transportation and technology district."
Section 2. Section 7-15-4288, MCA, is amended to read:
"7-15-4288. Costs that may be paid by tax increment financing. The tax increments may be used by the municipality
to pay the following costs of or incurred in connection with an urban renewal project,
or industrial infrastructure
development project, or aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development project:
(1) land acquisition;
(2) demolition and removal of structures;
(3) relocation of occupants;
(4) the acquisition, construction, and improvement of infrastructure,
or industrial infrastructure, or aerospace
transportation and technology infrastructure , which that includes streets, roads, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, pedestrian malls,
alleys, parking lots and offstreet parking facilities, sewers, sewer lines, sewage treatment facilities, storm sewers, waterlines,
waterways, water treatment facilities, natural gas lines, electrical lines, telecommunications lines, rail lines, rail spurs,
bridges, spaceports for reusable launch vehicles with associated runways and launch, recovery, fuel manufacturing, and
cargo holding facilities, publicly owned buildings, and any public improvements authorized by parts 41 through 45 of
chapter 12, parts 42 and 43 of chapter 13, and part 47 of chapter 14 and items of personal property to be used in connection
with improvements for which the foregoing costs may be incurred;
(5) costs incurred in connection with the redevelopment activities allowed under 7-15-4233;
(6) acquisition of infrastructure-deficient areas or portions of areas;
(7) administrative costs associated with the management of the industrial district or the aerospace transportation and technology district;
(8) assemblage of land for development or redevelopment by private enterprise or public agencies, including sale, initial leasing, or retention by the municipality itself at its fair value;
(9) the compilation and analysis of pertinent information required to adequately determine the infrastructure needs of secondary, value-adding industries in the industrial district or the needs of an aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development project in the aerospace transportation and technology district;
(10) the connection of the industrial district or the aerospace transportation and technology district to existing infrastructure outside the industrial district or the aerospace transportation and technology district;
(11) the provision of direct assistance, through industrial infrastructure development projects or aerospace transportation technology infrastructure development projects, to secondary, value-adding industries to assist in meeting their infrastructure and land needs within the industrial district or the aerospace transportation and technology district; and
(12) the acquisition, construction, or improvement of facilities or equipment for reducing, preventing, abating, or eliminating pollution."
Section 3. Section 7-15-4301, MCA, is amended to read:
"7-15-4301. Authorization to issue urban renewal bonds, industrial infrastructure development bonds, aerospace
transportation and technology infrastructure development bonds, and refunding bonds. (1) A municipality
the power to may:
(a) issue bonds from time to time in its discretion, to finance the undertaking of any urban renewal project,
infrastructure development project, or aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development project under
this part and part 42, including, without limiting the generality thereof of projects, the payment of principal and interest
upon any advances for surveys and plans for urban renewal projects, and industrial infrastructure development projects, and
aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development projects; and
(b) issue refunding bonds for the payment or retirement of
such bonds previously issued by it.
Such The bonds shall may not pledge the general credit of the municipality and shall must be made payable, as to
both principal and interest, solely from the income, proceeds, revenues, and funds of the municipality derived from or held
in connection with its undertaking and carrying out of urban renewal projects, or industrial infrastructure development
projects, or aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development projects under this part and part 42 and this
part, including the tax increment received and pledged by the municipality pursuant to 7-15-4282 through 7-15-4292, and, if
such the income, proceeds, revenues, and funds of the municipality are insufficient for such the payment, from other
revenues of the municipality pledged to such the payment. Payment of such the bonds, both as to principal and interest, may
be further secured by a pledge of any loan, grant, or contribution from the federal government or other source in aid of any
urban renewal projects, or industrial infrastructure development projects, or aerospace transportation and technology
infrastructure development projects of the municipality under this part and part 42 or by a mortgage on all or part of any
(3) Bonds issued under this section
shall must be authorized by resolution or ordinance of the local governing body."
Section 4. Aerospace transportation and technology districts. (1) A local governing body, by ordinance and following a public hearing, may authorize the creation of an aerospace transportation and technology district for aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development projects if the proposed aerospace transportation and technology district:
(a) consists of a continuous area with an accurately described boundary;
(b) is zoned for use in accordance with the area master planning document;
(c) does not include any property included within an existing urban renewal area district or industrial infrastructure development district created pursuant to this part;
(d) is found to be deficient in infrastructure improvements for industrial development; and
(e) has as its purpose the development of infrastructure to encourage the location and retention of aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development projects in the state.
(2) An aerospace transportation and technology district may use tax increment financing pursuant to the provisions of 7-15-4282 through 7-15-4293.
Section 5. Authorization of bonds. (1) The board of examiners is authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $20 million for aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development projects, as defined in 7-15-4283, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, in accordance with the terms and in the manner required by Title 17, chapter 5, part 8, and upon the authority granted to the board by this section. The bonds are in addition to any other authorization to the board to issue and sell general obligation bonds and subject to the conditions set forth in this section.
(2) For purposes of the general obligation bonds authorized in this section, 7-15-4288(5) and (7) is excluded from the definition of aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development projects.
(3) It is the intent of the legislature that debt service payments for the bonds authorized by this section will be covered by the increased taxes paid to the state by the venture star project. When requesting the board of examiners to issue the bonds, the department of commerce shall present to the department of administration for presentation to the board of examiners the following:
(a) evidence satisfactory to the board that venture star has committed itself to locate its project in Montana and has acquired a site for the project; and
(b) a certificate signed by the director of the office of budget and program planning that the tax revenue to be received by the state from the venture star project will be sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds.
Section 6. Legislative consent. The appropriation authorized in [section 5] constitutes legislative consent, within the meaning of 18-2-102, for the aerospace transportation and technology infrastructure development project provided for in [section 5].
Section 7. Requirement for approval of state debt. Because [section 5] authorizes the creation of state debt, Article II, section 18, of the Montana constitution requires a vote of two-thirds of the members of each house of the legislature for passage.
Section 8. Codification instruction. [Section 4] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 7, chapter 15, part 42, and the provisions of Title 7, chapter 15, part 42, apply to [section 4].
Section 9. Severability. If a part of [this act] is invalid, all valid parts that are severable from the invalid part remain in effect. If a part of [this act] is invalid in one or more of its applications, the part remains in effect in all valid applications that are severable from the invalid applications.
Section 10. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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