SECOND REGULAR SESSION

SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE FOR

HOUSE BILL NO. 1238

90TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY


Reported from the Committee on Local Government and Economic Development, May 3, 2000, with recommendation that the Senate Committee Substitute do pass.

TERRY L. SPIELER, Secretary.

2629S.12C


AN ACT

To repeal sections 64.342, 67.1062, 67.1063, 140.160, 141.220, 141.540, 141.610 and 353.020, RSMo 1994, sections 67.410, 67.1461, 82.300, 92.031, 135.481, 139.053, 140.110, 144.757, 144.759, 144.761 and 260.210, RSMo Supp. 1999, and both versions of section 141.550 as it appears in RSMo Supp. 1999, relating to the use and improvement of property, and to enact in lieu thereof twenty-eight new sections relating to the same subject, with an emergency clause for certain sections.


Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows:

Section A.  Sections 64.342, 67.1062, 67.1063, 140.160, 141.220, 141.540, 141.610 and 353.020, RSMo 1994, sections 67.410, 67.1461, 82.300, 92.031, 135.481, 139.053, 140.110, 144.757, 144.759, 144.761 and 260.210, RSMo Supp. 1999, and both versions of section 141.550 as it appears in RSMo Supp. 1999, are repealed and twenty-eight new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 64.337, 64.342, 67.410, 67.478, 67.481, 67.484, 67.487, 67.490, 67.493, 67.1062, 67.1063, 67.1461, 82.300, 92.031, 100.331, 135.481, 139.053, 140.110, 140.160, 141.220, 141.540, 141.550, 141.610, 144.757, 144.759, 144.761, 260.210 and 353.020, to read as follows:

64.337.  1.  In order to furnish security similar to that provided in state parks, the county commission of any county of the first classification without a charter form of government with a population of at least one hundred fifty thousand containing a part of a city with a population over three hundred fifty thousand may appoint and set the compensation of such park rangers, who shall be certified by the director of the department of public safety, as provided in chapter 590, RSMo, as it deems necessary for the prompt and proper discharge of its duties relating to the parks and recreational facilities of the county.  Such certification shall include one hundred twenty hours of training in addition to that required in section 590.105, RSMo.  The salaries of all park rangers appointed pursuant to this section shall be paid in the same manner as the salaries of other county employees.

2.  Each park ranger appointed pursuant to this section shall:

(1)  Before entering upon the discharge of his or her duties, take and subscribe an oath of office to perform his or her duties faithfully and impartially;

(2)  Have full authority, including all the powers given to other peace officers of this state, to preserve the peace, make arrests, and issue citations for violations of any state law or of any rules or regulations adopted by the governing body pursuant to section 64.345, on all land, thoroughfares and waterways within the park boundaries.

3.  Park rangers appointed pursuant to this section may carry firearms while engaged in the performance of their official duties only while within the park boundaries, subject to the training requirements of section 590.105, RSMo.

4.  All revenues received from fines levied pursuant to subsection 2 of this section shall be deposited into the county school fund and distributed pursuant to section 166.131, RSMo.

64.342.  1.  Section 64.341 to the contrary notwithstanding, the county commission of any [first class nonchartered county] county of the first classification without a charter form of government with a population of at least one hundred fifty thousand containing part of a city with a population over [four] three hundred fifty thousand [and bordering on a lake having at least one hundred and ten miles of shoreline] is hereby authorized to acquire, by purchase or gift, establish, construct, own, control, lease, equip, improve, maintain, operate and regulate, in whole or in part, concession stands or marinas within any area contiguous to the lake which is used as a public park, playground, camping site or recreation area.

2.  Such concession stands or marinas may offer refreshments for sale to the public using such areas and services therein relating to boating, swimming, picnicking, golfing, shooting, horseback riding, fishing, tennis and other recreational, cultural and educational uses upon such terms and under such regulations as the county may prescribe.

3.  All moneys derived from the operation of concession stands or marinas shall be paid into the county treasury and be credited to a "Park Fund" to be established by each county authorized under subsection 1 of this section and be used and expended by the county commission for park purposes.

67.410.  1.  Except as provided in subsection 3 of this section, any ordinance enacted pursuant to section 67.400, shall:

(1)  Set forth those conditions detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents of the city, town, village, or county the existence of which constitutes a nuisance;

(2)  Provide for duties of inspectors with regard to such buildings or structures and shall provide for duties of the building commissioner or designated officer or officers to supervise all inspectors and to hold hearings regarding such buildings or structures;

(3)  Provide for service of adequate notice of the declaration of nuisance, which notice shall specify that the property is to be vacated, if such be the case, reconditioned or removed, listing a reasonable time for commencement; and may provide that such notice be served either by personal service or by certified mail, return receipt requested, but if service cannot be had by either of these modes of service, then service may be had by publication.  The ordinances shall further provide that the owner, occupant, lessee, mortgagee, agent, and all other persons having an interest in the building or structure as shown by the land records of the recorder of deeds of the county wherein the land is located shall be made parties;

(4)  Provide that upon failure to commence work of reconditioning or demolition within the time specified or upon failure to proceed continuously with the work without unnecessary delay, the building commissioner or designated officer or officers shall call and have a full and adequate hearing upon the matter, giving the affected parties at least ten days' written notice of the hearing.  Any party may be represented by counsel, and all parties shall have an opportunity to be heard.  After the hearings, if the evidence supports a finding that the building or structure is a nuisance or detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the residents of the city, town, village, or county, the building commissioner or designated officer or officers shall issue an order making specific findings of fact, based upon competent and substantial evidence, which shows the building or structure to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the residents of the city, town, village, or county and ordering the building or structure to be demolished and removed, or repaired.  If the evidence does not support a finding that the building or structure is a nuisance or detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the residents of the city, town, village, or county, no order shall be issued;

(5)  Provide that if the building commissioner or other designated officer or officers issue an order whereby the building or structure is demolished, secured, or repaired, or the property is cleaned up, the cost of performance shall be certified to the city clerk or officer in charge of finance, who shall cause a special tax bill or assessment therefor against the property to be prepared and collected by the city collector or other official collecting taxes, unless the building or structure is demolished, secured or repaired by a contractor pursuant to an order issued by the city, town, village, or county and such contractor files a mechanic's lien against the property where the dangerous building is located.  The contractor may enforce this lien as provided in sections 429.010 to 429.360, RSMo.  Except as provided in subsection 3 of this section, at the request of the taxpayer the tax bill may be paid in installments over a period of not more than ten years.  The tax bill from date of its issuance shall be deemed a personal debt against the property owner and shall also be a lien on the property until paid.  A city not within a county or a city with a population of at least four hundred thousand located in more than one county, notwithstanding any charter provision to the contrary, may, by ordinance, provide that upon determination by the city that a public benefit will be gained the city may discharge the special tax bill, including the costs of tax collection, accrued interest and attorneys fees, if any.

2.  If there are proceeds of any insurance policy based upon a covered claim payment made for damage or loss to a building or other structure caused by or arising out of any fire, explosion, or other casualty loss, the ordinance may establish a procedure for the payment of up to twenty-five percent of the insurance proceeds, as set forth in this subsection.  The order or ordinance shall apply only to a covered claim payment which is in excess of fifty percent of the face value of the policy covering a building or other structure:

(1)  The insurer shall withhold from the covered claim payment up to twenty-five percent of the covered claim payment, and shall pay such moneys to the city to deposit into an interest-bearing account.  Any named mortgagee on the insurance policy shall maintain priority over any obligation under the order or ordinance;

(2)  The city or county shall release the proceeds and any interest which has accrued on such proceeds received under subdivision (1) of this subsection to the insured or as the terms of the policy and endorsements thereto provide within thirty days after receipt of such insurance moneys, unless the city or county has instituted legal proceedings under the provisions of subdivision (5) of subsection 1 of this section.  If the city or county has proceeded under the provisions of subdivision (5) of subsection 1 of this section, all moneys in excess of that necessary to comply with the provisions of subdivision (5) of subsection 1 of this section for the removal, securing, repair and cleanup of the building or structure, and the lot on which it is located, less salvage value, shall be paid to the insured;

(3)  If there are no proceeds of any insurance policy as set forth in this subsection, at the request of the taxpayer, the tax bill may be paid in installments over a period of not more than ten years.  The tax bill from date of its issuance shall be a lien on the property until paid;

(4)  This subsection shall apply to fire, explosion, or other casualty loss claims arising on all buildings and structures;

(5)  This subsection does not make the city or county a party to any insurance contract, and the insurer is not liable to any party for any amount in excess of the proceeds otherwise payable under its insurance policy.

3.  The governing body of any city not within a county and the governing body of any city with a population of three hundred fifty thousand or more inhabitants which is located in more than one county may enact their own ordinances pursuant to section 67.400 and are exempt from subsections 1 and 2 of this section.

4.  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 82.300, RSMo, any city may prescribe and enforce and collect fines and penalties for a breach of any ordinance enacted pursuant to section 67.400 or this section and to punish the violation of such ordinance by a fine or imprisonment, or by both fine and imprisonment.  Such fine may not exceed one thousand dollars, unless the owner of the property is not also a resident of the property, then such fine may not exceed two thousand dollars.

5.  The ordinance may also provide that a city not within a county or a city with a population of at least three hundred fifty thousand located in more than one county may seek to recover the cost of demolition prior to the occurrence of demolition, as described in this subsection.  The ordinance may provide that if the building commissioner or other designated officer or officers issue an order whereby the building or structure is ordered to be demolished, secured or repaired, and the owner has been given an opportunity for a hearing to contest such order, then the building commissioner or other designated officer or officers may solicit no less than two independent bids for such demolition work.  The amount of the lowest bid, including offset for salvage value, if any, plus reasonable anticipated costs of collection, including attorney's fees, shall be certified to the city clerk or officer in charge of finance, who shall cause a special tax bill to be issued against the property owner to be prepared and collected by the city collector or other official collecting taxes.  The municipal clerk or other officer in charge of finance shall discharge the special tax bill upon documentation by the property owner of the completion of the ordered repair or demolition work.  Upon determination by the municipal clerk or other officer in charge of finance that a public benefit is secured prior to payment of the special tax bill, the municipal clerk or other officer in charge of finance may discharge the special tax bill upon the transfer of the property.  The payment of the special tax bill shall be held in an interest-bearing account.  Upon full payment of the special tax bill, the building commissioner or other designated officer or officers shall, within one hundred twenty days thereafter, cause the ordered work to be completed, and certify the actual cost thereof, including the cost of tax bill collection and attorney's fees, to the city clerk or other officer in charge of finance who shall, if the actual cost differs from the paid amount by greater than two percent of the paid amount, refund the excess payment, if any, to the payor, or if the actual amount is greater, cause a special tax bill or assessment for the difference against the property to be prepared and collected by the city collector or other official collecting taxes.  If the building commissioner or other designated officer or officers shall not, within one hundred twenty days after full payment, cause the ordered work to be completed, then the full amount of the payment, plus interest, shall be repaid to the payor.  Except as provided in subsection 2 of this section, at the request of the taxpayer the tax bill for the difference may be paid in installments over a period of not more than ten years.  The tax bill for the difference from the date of its issuance shall be deemed a personal debt against the property owner and shall also be a lien on the property until paid.

67.478.  Sections 144.757 to 144.761, RSMo, and sections 67.478 to 67.493 shall be known and may be cited as the "Community Comeback Act".

67.481.  As used in sections 144.757 to 144.761, RSMo, and sections 67.478 to 67.493, the following terms mean:

(1)  "Community comeback plan" and "plan", a comprehensive countywide plan adopted by the community comeback trust board and the governing body of the county that identifies potential areas for reinvestment, projects and strategies to promote neighborhood reinvestment throughout the county, and that clearly identifies on a map the priority comeback communities.  The plan shall be a five-year strategic and operating plan, complete with goals, objectives, targets and mechanisms or methods of measuring accomplishments, revised annually;

(2)  "Community comeback program", "community comeback trust" and "trust", a fund held in the treasury of the county which shall be the repository for all taxes and other moneys raised pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761, RSMo, and sections 67.478 to 67.493, and authorized by the governing body of the county for the purposes of promoting neighborhood reinvestment;

(3)  "Community comeback program board", "community comeback trust board" and "board", the entity established pursuant to sections 67.478 to 67.493 that is responsible for administering the comeback community trust;

(4)  "Community comeback trust citizen advisory committee" and "advisory committee", an eleven-member committee established pursuant to sections 67.478 to 67.493 that is responsible for advising the community comeback fund board on the best methods of promoting neighborhood reinvestment;

(5)  "Eligible expenses", costs qualified for funding through the community comeback trust which are:

(a)  Incurred for the purchase, assembly, clearance, demolition and environmental remediation of land, structures and facilities, public or private, either as part of a neighborhood reinvestment project or to prepare sites for future use in areas with underutilized, derelict, economically challenged or environmentally troubled sites;

(b)  Related to planning, redesign, clearance, reconstruction, structure rehabilitation, site remediation, construction, modification, expansion, remodeling, structural alteration, replacement or renovation of any structure in a priority comeback community;

(c)  Expended for capital improvements or infrastructure improvements to facilitate economic development;

(d)  Expended for residential redevelopment including, but not limited to, buyouts, land-assembly costs, infrastructure improvements and costs associated with preparing sites for housing construction; professional service expenses such as architectural, planning, engineering, design, marketing or other related expenses;

(e)  Related to community improvement district or special business district expenses such as facade improvements, landscaping, street lighting, sidewalk construction, trash receptacles, park benches and other public improvements;

(f)  Expenses related to facilitating transit-oriented developments, home improvement and home buyer loan programs; and

(g)  Expenses eligible for funding through the select neighborhood action program;

(6)  "Neighborhood reinvestment project" and "project", the planning, development, redesign, clearance, reconstruction or rehabilitation or any combination thereof in order to improve those residential, commercial, industrial, public or other structures or spaces and the infrastructure serving them as may be appropriate or necessary in the interest of the general welfare;

(7)  "Petition", a petitioner's request for funding made to the community comeback trust;

(8)  "Petitioner", the governing body of any municipality, the governing body of the county, any land clearance for redevelopment authority within the county organized pursuant to chapter 99, RSMo, or any not-for-profit economic development organization with a governing board not less than two-thirds of the members of which are appointed by the chief elected official of the county or by one or more organizations with governing boards appointed by the chief elected official;

(9)  "Priority comeback community", an area in a county which encompasses an entire United States census block group and has a median household income below the median household income for such entire county;

(10)  "Priority comeback project", a funding proposal submitted to a community comeback trust by a petitioner whose area is substantially within a priority comeback community;

(11)  "Proposal", a petitioner's funding request for the eligible expenses of a neighborhood reinvestment project submitted to a trust by a petitioner;

(12)  "Select neighborhood action program" and "SNAP", a grant program, administered and funded pursuant to subsection 5 of section 67.490;

(13)  "Select neighborhood action program applicant" and "SNAP applicant", a neighborhood organization or not-for-profit organization whose mission is consistent with the community comeback plan.  The organization shall have a municipal sponsor or a county sponsor if the area is unincorporated.  The organization shall have been in existence for at least six months and meet at least once a year in order to be eligible for a SNAP grant;

(14)  "SNAP grant", an endowment of money by the board to a SNAP applicant pursuant to subsection 5 of section 67.490.

67.484.  1.  A community comeback trust may be created, incorporated and managed pursuant to this section by any county of the first classification with a charter form of government and a population of at least nine hundred thousand inhabitants according to the last decennial census, and may exercise the powers given to such trust pursuant to sections 67.478 to 67.493.  A trust may sue and be sued, issue general revenue bonds and receive county use tax revenue pursuant to the limitations of this section.  A trust shall have as its primary duties the prevention of neighborhood decline, the demolition of old deteriorating and vacant buildings, rehabilitating historic structures, the cleaning of polluted sites and the promotion of neighborhood reinvestment where such investment is essential to reverse or stabilize a stagnant or declining pattern in household income, assessed values, occupancies and related characteristics.

2.  The governing body of the county is hereby authorized to impose by ordinance a local use tax pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761, RSMo, for the purpose of funding the creation, operation and maintenance of a community comeback trust, as well as to provide revenue to the county and municipalities authorized to receive moneys generated by said tax pursuant to section 144.759, RSMo.  The governing body of the county enacting such an ordinance shall submit to the voters of such county a proposal to approve its ordinance imposing the tax.  Such ordinance shall become effective only after the majority of the voters voting on such ordinance approve such ordinance.  The question shall be submitted to the voters in the county pursuant to section 144.757, RSMo.

3.  (1)  The community comeback trust board shall be composed of seven members as provided in this subsection.  No member shall be an elected official, employee or contractor of the county or any municipality within the county or of any organization representing the county or any municipality within the county.  Board members shall be citizens of the United States and shall reside within the county.  No two members of the board shall be residents of the same county council district of such county.  No member shall receive compensation for performance of board duties.  No member shall be financially interested directly or indirectly in any contract entered into by the trust or by any petitioner.  In the event that any property owned by a board member or the immediate family member of such board member is located in a priority comeback community, the member shall disclose such information to the board and abstain from any formal or informal actions regarding any project in that neighborhood.

(2)  The chief elected official of any municipality wholly within the county and any member of the governing body of the county shall nominate individuals to serve on the board by providing a list of nominees to the county executive who shall appoint the members.  Of the total members, at least four shall be residents of municipalities within the county and at least one shall have each of the following professions: a professional architect or engineer; an urban planner or design professional; a developer or builder; and an accountant or an attorney.

(3)  The seat of a member shall be automatically vacated when the member changes his or her residence so as to no longer conform to the terms of the requirements of the member's appointment.  The board shall promptly notify the county executive of such a change of residence, the pending expiration of any member's term, any member's need to vacate his or her seat or any vacancy on the board.  A member whose term has expired shall continue to serve until the successor is appointed and qualified.

(4)  Upon the passage of an ordinance by the governing body of the county establishing the community comeback trust, the governing body of the county shall, within ten days, send by United States mail written notice of the passage of the ordinance to the chief elected officials of each municipality wholly in the county.

(5)  Each of the nominating authorities described in subdivision (2) of this subsection shall, within forty-five days of the passage of the ordinance establishing the board or within fourteen days of being notified of a board vacancy by the county executive, submit its list of nominees to the county executive.  The county executive shall appoint members within sixty days of the passage of the ordinance or within thirty days of being notified by the board of a vacancy on the board.  If a list of nominees is not submitted by the time specified, the county executive shall appoint the members using the criteria set forth in this section.

(6)  At the first meeting of the board appointed after the effective date of the ordinance, the members shall choose by lot the length of their terms.  Three shall serve for one year, two for two years, and two for three years.  All succeeding members shall serve terms of three years.  Terms shall end on December thirty-first of the respective year.  No member shall serve more than two consecutive full terms.  Full terms shall include any term longer than two years.

4.  The board, its employees and subcontractors shall be subject to the regulation of conflicts of interest as defined in sections 105.450 to 105.498, RSMo, and to the requirements for open meetings and records pursuant to chapter 610, RSMo.  The board shall enact and adopt all rules, regulations and procedures that are reasonably necessary to achieve the objectives of sections 67.478 to 67.493, and not inconsistent therewith, no sooner than twenty-seven calendar days after notifying all municipalities and the county of the proposed rule, regulation or procedure enactment or change.  Notice may be given by ordinary mail, by electronic mail or by publishing in at least one newspaper of general circulation qualified to publish legal notices.  No new or amended rule, regulation or procedure shall apply retroactively to any proposal pending before the trust without the agreement of the petitioner.  The board shall have the exclusive control of the expenditures of all money collected to the credit of the trust, subject to annual appropriations by the governing body of the county.  The county government shall provide the trust staff.  No more than five percent of the trust's annual budget shall be used for the trust's annual administrative expenses.

5.  The trust is authorized to issue bonds, notes or other obligations for any proposal, and to refund such bonds, notes or obligations, as provided in subsection 3 of this section; and to receive and liquidate property, both real and personal, or money which has been granted, donated, devised or bequeathed to the district.  The trust shall not have any power of eminent domain.

6.  (1)  Bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be issued pursuant to a resolution adopted by five-sevenths of the board which shall set out the estimated cost to the trust of the proposed improvements, and shall further set out the amount of the bonds to be issued, their purpose or purposes, their date or dates, denomination or denominations, rate or rates of interest, time or times of payment, both of principal and of interest, place or places of payment and all other details in connection with such bonds.  Any such bonds may be subject to such provision for redemption prior to maturity, with or without premium, and at such times and upon such conditions as may be provided by the resolution.

(2)  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 108.170, RSMo, such bonds shall bear interest at rate or rates determined by the trust, shall mature within a period not exceeding twenty years and may be sold at public or private sale for not less than ninety-five percent of the principal amount of such bonds.  Bonds issued by the trust shall possess all of the qualities of negotiable instruments pursuant to the laws of this state.

(3)  Such bonds may be payable to the bearer, may be registered or coupon bonds, and, if payable to bearer, may contain such registration provisions as to either principal and interest, or principal only, as may be provided in the resolution authorizing such bonds, which resolution may also provide for the exchange of registered and coupon bonds.  Such bonds and any coupons attached thereto shall be signed in such manner and by such officers of the district as may be provided by the resolution authorizing the bonds.  The trust may provide for the replacement of any bond which has become mutilated, destroyed or lost.

(4)  Bonds issued by the trust shall be payable as to principal, interest and redemption premium, if any, out of all or any part of the trust fund, including revenues derived from use taxes.  Neither the board members nor any person executing the bonds shall be personally liable on such bonds by reason of the issuance of such bonds.  Bonds issued pursuant to this section shall not constitute a debt, liability or obligation of this state, or any political subdivision of this state, nor shall any such obligations be a pledge of the faith and credit of this state, but shall be payable solely from the revenues and assets held by the trust.  The issuance of bonds pursuant to this section shall not directly, indirectly or contingently obligate this state or any political subdivision of this state to levy any form of taxation for such bonds or to make any appropriation for their payment.  Each obligation or bond issued pursuant to this section shall contain on its face a statement to the effect that the trust shall not be obligated to pay such bond nor interest on such bond except from the revenues received by the trust or assets of trust lawfully pledged for such trust, and that neither the faith or credit nor the taxing power of this state or of any political subdivision of this state is pledged to the payment of the principal of or the interest on such obligation or bond.  The proceeds of such bonds shall be disbursed in such manner and pursuant to such restrictions as the trust may provide in the resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds.

(5)  The trust may issue negotiable refunding bonds for the purpose of refunding, extending or unifying the whole or any part of such bonds then outstanding, or any bonds, notes or other obligations issued by any other public agency, public body or political subdivision in connection with any facilities or land to be acquired, leased or subleased by the trust, which refunding bonds shall not exceed the amount necessary to refund the principal of the outstanding bonds to be refunded and the accrued interest on such bonds to the date of such refunding, together with any redemption premium, amounts necessary to establish reserve and escrow funds and all costs and expenses incurred in connection with the refunding.  The board shall provide for the payment of interest and principal of such refunding bonds in the same manner as was provided for the payment of interest and principal of the bonds refunded.

(6)  In the event that any of the members or officers of the trust whose names appear on any bonds or coupons shall cease to be on the board or cease to be an officer before the delivery of such bonds, such signatures shall remain valid and sufficient for all purposes, the same as if such board members or officers had remained in office until such delivery.

(7)  The trust is hereby declared to be performing a public function and bonds of the trust are declared to be issued for an essential public and governmental purpose, and, accordingly, interest on such bonds and income from such bonds shall be exempt from income taxation by this state.  All purchases in excess of ten thousand dollars shall be made pursuant to the lowest and best bid standard as provided in section 34.040, RSMo, or pursuant to the lowest and best proposal standard as provided in section 34.042, RSMo.  The board of the trust shall have the same discretion, powers and duties as the commissioner of administration has in sections 34.040 and 34.042, RSMo.

67.487.  1.  Within fourteen days of the first meeting of the first board appointed following the effective date of the ordinance, the board shall notify by mail the chief elected officials of all municipalities wholly within the county, the chief elected official of the county and all the members of the governing body of the county of the requirement to conduct a planning process and adopt a community comeback plan.

2.  The board shall solicit full citizen, county and municipal involvement in developing the plan.  The board shall conduct public hearings throughout the county to seek input regarding the plan, and may convene meetings with the appropriate staff of the county and municipalities in order to seek input and to coordinate the logistics of producing the plan.  A copy of the plan shall be sent to the chief elected official of every municipality wholly within the county, the chief elected official of the county and each member of the governing body of the county.

3.  The board and the governing body of the county shall annually revise and adopt a plan.

4.  Each plan shall include a map of the county, as well as a text enumerating the efforts expected each year in the various subregions of the county.  Each plan shall address the factors that are causing or are likely to cause one or more of the following:

(1)  Assessed values below the county average;

(2)  Median household incomes below the county median;

(3)  An unemployment rate above the county average;

(4)  A reduction in the number of jobs with an emphasis upon those jobs paying average or above average salaries;

(5)  Failure to keep pace with the average growth rate in home values in the metropolitan area or county; and

(6)  A high vacancy rate among residential, commercial and industrial properties.

5.  Each plan shall include an analysis of the condition of the housing stock in the various subregions of the county, a market analysis of the home-buying market with a focus on the impediments to attracting home buyers to those subregions and an analysis of the physical infrastructure needs that prevent economic growth.

6.  The board may consider the following factors when determining the appropriate areas and strategies for investment:

(1)  Buildings that are unsafe or unhealthy for occupancy due to code violations, dilapidation, defective design, faulty utilities or any other negative conditions;

(2)  Factors that prevent or substantially hinder the economically viable use of buildings or lots, such as substandard design, inadequate size, lack of parking or any other conditions;

(3)  Incompatible uses that prevent economic development;

(4)  Subdivided lots of irregular form and shape and inadequate size for proper usefulness that have multiple ownership;

(5)  Depreciated or stagnant property values, including properties that contain hazardous wastes;

(6)  Abnormally high business vacancies, abnormally low lease rates, high turnover rates, abandoned buildings, or excessive vacant lots within an area developed for urban use and served by utilities;

(7)  The existence of conditions that are not conducive to public safety; and

(8)  The lack of necessary commercial facilities normally found in neighborhoods.

7.  Each plan shall outline specific strategies to address the problems facing the various subregions and neighborhoods within the county.  The plan shall also discuss the partnerships that can be made with federal, state and local governments, as well as businesses, labor organizations, nonprofit groups, religious and other groups and citizens to help implement the plan.  These strategies shall include estimated costs and time lines for completion.

8.  The board shall produce an annual report focusing on the accomplishments of the trust relative to the goals set forth in the plan, the goals for the next year and the challenges facing the trust.  The annual report shall be given to the chief elected officials of all the municipalities wholly within the county, the chief elected official of the county, the members of the governing board of the county and the public libraries within the county, and shall be posted on the county Internet web site.

9.  Every year, the board shall commission an independent financial audit, the report of which shall be distributed in the same manner as the annual report pursuant to subsection 8 of this section.

10.  Every five years, the board shall commission an independent management audit.  The management audit shall include a comprehensive analysis of development trends, factors and practices along with specific recommendations to improve the trust's ability to achieve its mission.  The management audit shall be reviewed by the advisory committee which may offer constructive advice on enhancing practices in order to achieve the goals of the program.  The management audit shall be distributed in the same manner as the annual report pursuant to subsection 8 of this section.  The board is authorized to take any necessary and proper steps to address the issues and recommendations contained within the management audit.

11.  (1)  The board shall establish an eleven member advisory committee that shall meet four times each year and shall advise petitioners, staff and the board.  The advisory committee members shall be appointed by the county executive.  At least six of the advisory committee's members shall be nominated by the municipal league within the county and at least three shall be nominated by the members of the governing body of the county.  No advisory committee member shall receive compensation for performance of duties as a committee member.

(2)  At least one of the advisory committee members shall be a university professor well-versed in regional development issues.  At least two of the advisory committee members shall be municipal officials from communities that have undertaken redevelopment programs as part of larger planning efforts.  At least one of the advisory committee members shall be an attorney with experience in redevelopment activities.  At least two of the advisory committee members shall be residents of priority comeback communities who have been active in advocating effective redevelopment policies.  At least one of the advisory committee members shall be a private professional familiar with the factors influencing business location decisions.  At least one of the advisory committee members shall be an individual familiar with education and training practices and workforce needs, with an understanding of how labor availability impacts business location decisions.  At least one of the advisory committee members shall be a planner from the private sector knowledgeable in the area of strategic planning and the principles of multiyear rolling plans.

(3)  The advisory committee shall promptly notify the county executive of the pending expiration of any member's term or any vacancy on the advisory committee.  A member whose term has expired shall continue to serve until his or her successor is appointed and qualified.

(4)  The board shall establish the advisory committee by resolution at the board's first meeting.  The board shall, within ten days of the passage of the resolution establishing the advisory committee, send by United States mail written notice of the passage of the resolution to the county's municipal league and the members of the governing body of the county.  The municipal league and the members of the governing board of the county shall, within forty-five days of the passage of the resolution establishing the advisory committee or within fourteen days of being notified of a vacancy by the county executive, submit its list of nominees to the county executive.  The county executive shall appoint members within sixty days of the passage of the resolution or within thirty days of being notified by the committee of a vacancy on the advisory committee.  If a list of nominees is not submitted by the time specified, the county executive shall appoint the members using the criteria set forth in this section before the sixtieth day from the passage of the resolution or before the thirtieth day from being notified of a vacancy on the existing advisory committee.

(5)  At the advisory committee's first meeting, the members shall choose by lot the length of their terms.  Two shall serve for one year, three for two years, three for three years and three for four years.  All succeeding committee members shall serve for four years.  Terms shall end on December thirty-first of the respective year.

(6)  The committee members shall be subject to the regulation of conflicts of interest as defined in sections 105.450 to 105.498, RSMo, and to the requirements for open meetings and records pursuant to chapter 610, RSMo.

67.490.  1.  The board shall in a timely manner adopt rules setting forth basic guidelines for acceptance and evaluation of petitions, including a common understandable format, as well as appropriate supporting material, maps, plans and data.  The board shall begin to accept petitions one month after the adoption of the plan by the governing body of the county pursuant to section 67.487.  The board shall review all petitions submitted by any petitioner.  Review shall begin no later than thirty days after submission of the petition to the commission.  In order to qualify as a proposal, a petition shall address the criteria set forth in subsection 4 of this section.  For the purposes of this subsection, the term "pending" means any proposal submitted to the board which has not yet been approved by the board.

2.  When practical, a petition shall be initially submitted to the advisory committee for constructive review and comment in a manner likely to result in a proposal that addresses a strategy outlined in the plan.

3.  The board shall hold a public hearing concerning the petition, which may be on the same day as a scheduled meeting of the board.

4.  (1)  In reviewing any petition for funding, the board shall first determine if funds are sought for eligible expenses for a neighborhood reinvestment project.  If the petition seeks such funds, the board shall certify such petition as a proposal subject to further review unless the board finds that the petition seeks funds for expenses that do not qualify as eligible expenses, or seeks funds for an endeavor other than a neighborhood reinvestment project.  If the board finds that funds are sought for ineligible expenses or for an ineligible endeavor, the board need not take any further action and shall notify the petitioner in writing of all deficiencies that prevent the petition from being a proposal.  If the board determines that there is a minor error or discrepancy in a petition, the board, with the petitioner's concurrence, may make such changes to the petition as are necessary to rectify the error that prevents the petition from being certified as a proposal subject to further review.  Within six months of certification of a petition as a proposal, the board shall issue a finding approving or disapproving such proposal.  In disapproving any proposal, the board shall issue a document indicating the reasons that the proposal was disapproved.

(2)  If the board determines that a proposal is a priority comeback project consistent with the strategies and priorities set forth in the community comeback plan and that the project is well planned, realistic, creative, resourceful, benefits the local community and is cost-effective, then the board shall award funding.  If the board determines that a proposal is a priority comeback project, but is inconsistent with the strategies and priorities in the community comeback plan, the board may award funding if it finds that the project is well planned, realistic, creative, resourceful, benefits the local community, is cost-effective and addresses the reinvestment needs of neighborhoods by one or more of the following:

(a)  Reducing or removing impediments to attracting home buyers;

(b)  Providing the necessary physical infrastructure needed to promote significant job growth;

(c)  Reducing or removing any such factor or factors that constitute an economic or social liability or a menace to the public health, safety, morals, or welfare in its present condition and use.

(3)  If the board determines that a proposal, which is not a priority comeback project, is consistent with the strategies and priorities set forth in the community comeback plan and is well planned, realistic, creative, resourceful, benefits the local community and is cost-effective, the board may award funding if the board adds such proposal to the plan.  If the board determines that a proposal, which is not a priority comeback project, is inconsistent with the strategies and priorities in the community comeback plan, the board may award funding if it finds that the project is well planned, realistic, creative, resourceful, benefits the local community, is cost-effective and addresses the reinvestment needs of neighborhoods by one or more of the following:

(a)  Reducing or removing impediments to attracting home buyers;

(b)  Providing the necessary physical infrastructure needed to promote significant job growth;

(c)  Reducing or removing any such factor or factors that constitute an economic or social liability or a menace to the public health, safety, morals or welfare in its present condition and use.

(4)  The board, the advisory committee and the staff of both may advise petitioners on issues related to petitions or proposals.  The board may meet informally, subject to the requirements of chapter 610, RSMo, with representatives of potential petitioners with regard to future petitions and plans.

5.  The board shall establish a select neighborhood action program.  SNAP applicants shall provide a ten-percent cash or in-kind match to be eligible for a SNAP grant.  Project categories eligible for SNAP grant funding shall be:

(1)  Neighborhood beautification projects which enhance the appearance of the overall neighborhood.  Such projects include, but are not limited to, tree and flower plantings, cleanups, entranceway landscaping, community gardens, public art and neighborhood identification signs/banners;

(2)  Neighborhood organization or capacity projects which create or increase membership in a neighborhood organization promoting community betterment.  Such projects include, but are not limited to, neighborhood newsletters, neighborhood marketing brochures, neighborhood meetings and special events, and technology such as web site development;

(3)  Neighborhood-school partnership projects which benefit a school and the adjacent neighborhood.  Involvement of both the school and the neighborhood in planning, implementation and maintenance must be substantiated.  Partnership projects include, but are not limited to, youth and community programs that promote safety, culture or the environment and that are beneficial to both the school and the neighborhood;

(4)  Capital purchase projects which include the acquisition of equipment or property.  Such projects include, but are not limited to, land acquisition, playground equipment, bicycle racks and major supplies;

(5)  Neighborhood improvement projects which benefit the local infrastructure in a neighborhood, and include construction of sidewalks or installation of street lights.

6.  Project categories ineligible for SNAP grant funding shall be:

(1)  Projects accomplished in more than twelve months;

(2)  Projects that duplicate existing private or public programs;

(3)  Projects that require ongoing services, or requests to support continual operating budgets; and

(4)  Projects that conflict with the community comeback plan.

7.  When making SNAP grant funding decisions, the board shall consider the level of neighborhood participation including the percentage of residents who are involved in planning and implementing the idea, the diversity of parties involved or that will benefit, and the amount of neighborhood opposition; the community benefit of the project, including the number of people who will benefit from the project and the overall quality of the project.

67.493.  Of the funds available to the trust, a minimum of five percent of the funds, not to exceed an unallocated balance of five hundred thousand dollars rolled over from the previous fiscal year, shall be set aside annually for the SNAP grant program.  Of the remaining funds seventy-five percent calculated on a rolling three-year average shall be set aside for priority comeback projects.  The balance of the funds shall be used to indirectly or directly benefit priority comeback communities or residents of those areas by utilizing such funds to:

(1)  Promote job preparation and job creation in areas easily accessed by residents of priority comeback communities;

(2)  Improve neighborhoods adjacent to priority comeback communities that are unlikely to be improved without such funding; and

(3)  Abate through low-interest home improvement loan programs or similar mechanisms the functional or marketable obsolescence of any owner-occupied residential structure over twenty-five years old which is located within a census block group below one hundred ten percent of the median income level for the metropolitan statistical area for this state; provided that, there is a significant threat of economic decline within the area without intervention by the trust.

67.1062.  As used in sections 67.1062 to 67.1071, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following words and phrases mean:

(1)  "Agency", an entity which provides housing-related assistance to homeless persons or the repair or replacement of housing structures which are in violation of the county housing code, and shall include not-for-profit housing partnerships as defined in 24 CFR Part 92 or successor regulations;

(2)  "City", any city not within a county;

(3)  "County", a county of the first class having a charter form of government;

(4)  "Designated authority", the board, commission, agency, or other body designated under the provisions of section 67.1065 as the authority to administer the allocation and distribution of funds to agencies;

(5)  "Homeless", an involuntary state characterized by a lack of habitable housing or shelter.

67.1063.  1.  The governing body of the county may provide for a program of assistance to homeless persons, including the repair or replacement of housing structures which are in violation of the county housing code, as provided by sections 67.1062 to 67.1071.  The governing body is hereby authorized to impose by order or ordinance the fee provided by subsection 2 or 3 of this section in order to finance this program.

2.  In addition to the fees imposed in section 59.319, RSMo, a user fee of three dollars shall be charged and collected on all instruments recorded with the recorder of deeds, over and above any other fees required by law, as a condition precedent to the recording of any instrument, but such fee shall not become effective unless the governing body of the county submits to the voters of the county a proposal to authorize the county to impose such fee and a majority of the votes cast on the proposal are in favor of the proposal.

3.  In addition to the fees imposed in section 59.319, RSMo, and in subsection 2 of this section, in any county with a population over nine hundred thousand, a user fee of three dollars shall be charged and collected on all instruments recorded with the recorder of deeds, over and above any other fees required by law, as a condition precedent to the recording of any instrument, but such fee shall not become effective unless the governing body of the county submits to the voters of the county a proposal to authorize the county to impose such fee and a majority of the votes cast on the proposal are in favor of the proposal.  If the proposal is approved, the fee shall be forwarded to the executive of the county for distribution to any agency, as defined in section 67.1062, which renovates or rehabilitates housing structures for the purpose of sale at market rates to market rate buyers.

67.1461.  1.  Each district shall have all the powers, except to the extent any such power has been limited by the petition approved by the governing body of the municipality to establish the district, necessary to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of sections 67.1401 to 67.1571 including, but not limited to, the following:

(1)  To adopt, amend and repeal bylaws, not inconsistent with sections 67.1401 to 67.1571, necessary or convenient to carry out the provisions of sections 67.1401 to 67.1571;

(2)  To sue and be sued;

(3)  To make and enter into contracts and other instruments, with public and private entities, necessary or convenient to exercise its powers and carry out its duties pursuant to sections 67.1401 to 67.1571;

(4)  To accept grants, guarantees and donations of property, labor, services or other things of value from any public or private source;

(5)  To employ or contract for such managerial, engineering, legal, technical, clerical, accounting or other assistance as it deems advisable;

(6)  To acquire by purchase, lease, gift, grant, bequest, devise or otherwise, any real property within its boundaries, personal property or any interest in such property;

(7)  To sell, lease, exchange, transfer, assign, mortgage, pledge, hypothecate or otherwise encumber or dispose of any real or personal property or any interest in such property;

(8)  To levy and collect special assessments [and taxes] as provided in sections 67.1401 to 67.1571.  However, no such assessments [or taxes] shall be levied on any property exempt from taxation pursuant to subdivision (5) of section 137.100, RSMo.  Those exempt pursuant to subdivision (5) of section 137.100, RSMo, may voluntarily participate in the provisions of sections 67.1401 to 67.1571 by execution of the petition to establish the district by the owners of any such real property, in which case such real property shall be subject to the levy of assessments by the district as provided in the petition;

(9)  If the district is a political subdivision, to levy real property taxes, [and, business license taxes in the county seat of a county of the first classification without a charter form of government containing a population of at least two hundred thousand,] as provided in sections 67.1401 to 67.1571.  However, no such [assessments or] real property taxes shall be levied on any real property exempt from taxation pursuant to subdivisions (2) and (5) of section 137.100, RSMo.  Those exempt pursuant to subdivisions (2) and (5) of section 137.100, RSMo, may voluntarily participate in the provisions of sections 67.1401 to 67.1571 by execution of the petition to establish the district by the owners of any such real property, in which case such real property shall be subject to the levy of assessments or taxes by the district as provided in the petition;

(10)  If the district is a political subdivision located in a constitutional charter city with a population of at least four hundred thousand to levy sales taxes as provided in sections 67.1401 to 67.1571.

(11)  If the district is a political subdivision located in the county seat of a county of the first classification without a charter form of government containing a population of at least two hundred thousand, to levy a business license taxes as provided in sections 67.1401 to 67.1571;

(12)  To fix, charge and collect fees, rents and other charges for use of any of the following:

(a)  The district's real property, except for public rights-of-way for utilities;

(b)  The district's personal property, except in a city not within a county; or

(c)  Any of the district's interests in such real or personal property, except for public rights-of-way for utilities;

[(11)]  (13)  To borrow money from any public or private source and issue obligations and provide security for the repayment of the same as provided in sections 67.1401 to 67.1571;

[(12)]  (14)  To loan money as provided in sections 67.1401 to 67.1571;

[(13)]  (15)  To make expenditures, create reserve funds and use its revenues as necessary to carry out its powers or duties and the provisions and purposes of sections 67.1401 to 67.1571;

[(14)]  (16)  To enter into one or more agreements with the municipality for the purpose of abating any public nuisance within the boundaries of the district including, but not limited to, the stabilization, repair or maintenance or demolition and removal of buildings or structures, provided that the municipality has declared the existence of a public nuisance;

[(15)]  (17)  Within its boundaries, to provide assistance to or to construct, reconstruct, install, repair, maintain, [and] equip and operate any of the following public improvements:

(a)  Pedestrian or shopping malls and plazas;

(b)  Parks, lawns, trees and any other landscape;

(c)  Convention centers, arenas, aquariums, aviaries and meeting facilities;

(d)  Sidewalks, streets, alleys, bridges, ramps, tunnels, overpasses and underpasses, traffic signs and signals, utilities, drainage, water, storm and sewer systems and other site improvements;

(e)  Parking lots, garages or other facilities;

(f)  Lakes, dams and waterways;

(g)  Streetscape, lighting, benches or other seating furniture, trash receptacles, marquees, awnings, canopies, walls and barriers;

(h)  Telephone and information booths, bus stop and other shelters, rest rooms and kiosks;

(i)  Paintings, murals, display cases, sculptures and fountains;

(j)  Music, news and child-care facilities; and

(k)  Any other useful, necessary or desired improvement;

[(16)]  (18)  To dedicate to the municipality, with the municipality's consent, streets, sidewalks, parks and other real property and improvements located within its boundaries for public use;

[(17)]  (19)  Within its boundaries and with the municipality's consent, to prohibit or restrict vehicular and pedestrian traffic and vendors on streets, alleys, malls, bridges, ramps, sidewalks and tunnels and to provide the means for access by emergency vehicles to or in such areas;

[(18)]  (20)  Within its boundaries, to operate or to contract for the provision of music, news, child-care or parking facilities, and buses, minibuses or other modes of transportation;

[(19)]  (21)  Within its boundaries, to lease space for sidewalk café tables and chairs;

[(20)]  (22)  Within its boundaries, to provide or contract for the provision of security personnel, equipment or facilities for the protection of property and persons;

[(21)]  (23)  Within its boundaries, to provide or contract for cleaning, maintenance and other services to public and private property;

[(22)]  (24)  To produce and promote any tourism, recreational or cultural activity or special event in the district by, but not limited to, advertising, decoration of any public place in the district, promotion of such activity and special events and furnishing music in any public place;

[(23)]  (25)  To support business activity and economic development in the district including, but not limited to, the promotion of business activity, development and retention, and the recruitment of developers and businesses;

[(24)]  (26)  To provide or support training programs for employees of businesses within the district;

[(25)]  (27)  To provide refuse collection and disposal services within the district;

[(26)]  (28)  To contract for or conduct economic, planning, marketing or other studies; and

[(27)]  (29)  To carry out any other powers set forth in sections 67.1401 to 67.1571.

2.  Each district which is located in a blighted area or which includes a blighted area shall have the following additional powers:

(1)  Within its blighted area, to contract with any private property owner to demolish and remove, renovate, reconstruct or rehabilitate any building or structure owned by such private property owner; and

(2)  To expend its revenues or loan its revenues pursuant to a contract entered into pursuant to this subsection, provided that the governing body of the municipality has determined that the action to be taken pursuant to such contract is reasonably anticipated to remediate the blighting conditions and will serve a public purpose.

3.  Each district shall annually reimburse the municipality for the reasonable and actual expenses incurred by the municipality to establish such district and review annual budgets and reports of such district required to be submitted to the municipality; provided that, such annual reimbursement shall not exceed one and one-half percent of the revenues collected by the district in such year.

4.  Nothing in sections 67.1401 to 67.1571 shall be construed to delegate to any district any sovereign right of municipalities to promote order, safety, health, morals and general welfare of the public, except those such police powers, if any, expressly delegated pursuant to sections 67.1401 to 67.1571.

5.  The governing body of the municipality establishing the district shall not decrease the level of publicly funded services in the district existing prior to the creation of the district or transfer the financial burden of providing the services to the district unless the services at the same time are decreased throughout the municipality, nor shall the governing body discriminate in the provision of the publicly funded services between areas included in such district and areas not so included.

82.300.  1.  Any city with a population of three hundred fifty thousand or more inhabitants which is located in more than one county may enact all needful ordinances for preserving order, securing persons or property from violence, danger and destruction, protecting public and private property and for promoting the general interests and ensuring the good government of the city, and for the protection, regulation and orderly government of parks, public grounds and other public property of the city, both within and beyond the corporate limits of such city; and to prescribe and impose, enforce and collect fines, forfeitures and penalties for the breach of any provisions of such ordinances and to punish the violation of such ordinances by fine or imprisonment, or by both fine and imprisonment; but no fine shall exceed five hundred dollars nor imprisonment exceed twelve months for any such offense, except as provided in subsection 2 of this section.

2.  Any city with a population of three hundred fifty thousand or more inhabitants which is located in more than one county which operates a publicly owned treatment works in accordance with an approved pretreatment program [under] pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251, et seq. and chapter 644, RSMo, may enact all necessary ordinances which require compliance by an industrial user with any pretreatment standard or requirement.  Such ordinances may authorize injunctive relief or the imposition of a fine of at least one thousand dollars but not more than five thousand dollars per violation for noncompliance with such pretreatment standards or requirements.  For any continuing violation, each day of the violation shall be considered a separate offense.

3.  Any city with a population of more than four hundred thousand inhabitants may enact all needful ordinances to protect public and private property from illegal and unauthorized dumping and littering, and to punish the violation of such ordinances by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars or by imprisonment not to exceed twelve months for each offense, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

92.031.  1.  Such cities may, in the alternative to imposing the levies for debt service and for capital improvements and operating expenses for hospital, public health, recreation grounds and museum purposes as provided for in section 92.030, elect by ordinance to levy and impose an annual tax for debt service [which tax levy shall be in addition to and independent of the] and an annual tax [levy] for capital improvements and operating expenses for hospital, public health, recreation grounds and museum purposes [provided for] such as are referred in subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of subsection 2 of section 92.030, which tax levies shall be independent of the other tax levies provided for in section 92.030.

2.  In the event such cities make such election, the limits on individual and total annual tax levy rate [for debt service] referred to in subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of subsection 2 of section 92.030 [shall be treated as zero for the purpose of calculating the additional tax levy rate authorized] for debt service and for capital improvements and operating expenses for hospital, public health, recreation grounds and museum purposes shall not apply.  [Such authorized] The tax levy rate for capital improvements and operating expenses for hospital, public health, recreation grounds and museum purposes may be increased from its current rate to a rate not to exceed one dollar per hundred dollars assessed valuation by submission to and approval by a vote of the people.

100.331.  1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 100.330 or any other provision of law to the contrary, beginning August 28, 2000, the number of commissioners in any city not within a county shall be five; provided that, by the process of attrition the number of commissioners shall be reduced from fifteen to five by the expiration of the terms of currently serving commissioners and nonreplacement of any vacancies.  Commissioners shall be appointed for a term of four years each.  All commissioners shall be appointed by the mayor of any such city, shall be taxpayers of the city, and shall have resided in the city for five years immediately prior to their appointment.  All vacancies shall be filled by the mayor of the city for the unexpired term, subsequent to the time the number of commissioners is reduced to five by attrition.

2.  At any time, the governing body of a city not within a county may adopt a plan of consolidation to combine the planned industrial expansion authority of such city with the land reutilization authority of such city.

135.481.  1.  (1)  Any taxpayer who incurs eligible costs for a new residence located in a distressed community or within a census block group as described in subdivision (10) of section 135.478 shall receive a tax credit equal to fifteen percent of such costs against his or her tax liability.  The tax credit shall not exceed forty thousand dollars per new residence in any ten-year period;

(2)  Notwithstanding the foregoing, based on the approval of the governing body of a constitutional charter city with a population of at least four hundred thousand, any taxpayer who incurs eligible costs for a new residence described above, which is constructed on property subject to an "industrial development contract" as defined in section 100.310, RSMo, and which lies within an area with a city zoning classification of urban redevelopment district established after January 1, 2000, and before December 31, 2001, and which is constructed in connection with the qualified rehabilitation of a structure more than ninety years old eligible for the historic structures rehabilitation tax credit described in sections 253.545 to 253.559, RSMo, shall receive a credit equal to one hundred percent of demolition costs associated with development of such new residence, if the total project is under way by January 1, 2000.

2.  Any taxpayer who incurs eligible costs for a new residence located within a census block as described in subdivision (6) of section 135.478 shall receive a tax credit equal to fifteen percent of such costs against his or her tax liability.  The tax credit shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars per new residence in any ten-year period.

3.  Any taxpayer who is not performing substantial rehabilitation and who incurs eligible costs for rehabilitation of an eligible residence or a qualifying residence shall receive a tax credit equal to twenty-five percent of such costs against his or her tax liability.  The minimum eligible costs for rehabilitation of an eligible residence shall be ten thousand dollars.  The minimum eligible costs for rehabilitation of a qualifying residence shall be five thousand dollars.  The tax credit shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars in any ten-year period.

4.  Any taxpayer who incurs eligible costs for substantial rehabilitation of a qualifying residence shall receive a tax credit equal to thirty-five percent of such costs against his or her tax liability.  The minimum eligible costs for substantial rehabilitation of a qualifying residence shall be ten thousand dollars.  The tax credit shall not exceed seventy thousand dollars in any ten-year period.

5.  A taxpayer shall be eligible to receive tax credits for new construction or rehabilitation pursuant to only one subsection of this section.

6.  No tax credit shall be issued pursuant to this section for any structure which is in violation of any municipal or county property, maintenance or zoning code.

7.  No tax credit shall be issued pursuant to sections 135.475 to 135.487 for the construction or rehabilitation of rental property.

139.053.  1.  The governing body of any county, excluding township counties, may by ordinance or order provide for the payment of all or any part of current real and personal property taxes which are owed, at the option of the taxpayer, on an annual, semiannual or quarterly basis at such times as determined by such governing body.

2.  The ordinance shall provide the method by which the amount of property taxes owed for the current tax year in which the payments are to be made shall be estimated.  The collector shall submit to the governing body the procedures by which taxes will be collected pursuant to the ordinance or order.  The estimate shall be based on the previous tax year's liability.  A taxpayer's payment schedule shall be based on the estimate divided by the number of pay periods in which payments are to be made.  The taxpayer shall at the end of the tax year pay any amounts owed in excess of the estimate for such year.  The county shall at the end of the tax year refund to the taxpayer any amounts paid in excess of the property tax owed for such year.  No interest shall be paid by the county on excess amounts owed to the taxpayer.  Any refund paid the taxpayer pursuant to this subsection shall be an amount paid by the county only once in a calendar year.

3.  If a taxpayer fails to make an installment payment of a portion of the real or personal property taxes owed to the county, then such county may charge the taxpayer interest on the [entire] amount of [such] property taxes still owed for that year.

4.  Any governing body enacting the ordinance or order specified in this section shall first agree to provide the county collector with reasonable and necessary funds to implement the ordinance or order.

140.110.  1.  The collectors of the respective counties shall collect the taxes contained in the back tax book.  Any person interested in or the owner of any tract of land or lot contained in the back tax book may redeem the tract of land or town lot, or any part thereof, from the state's lien thereon, by paying to the proper collector the amount of the original taxes, as charged against the tract of land or town lot described in the back tax book together with interest from the day upon which the tax first became delinquent at the rate specified in section 140.100.

2.  Any payment for personal [or real] property taxes received by the county collector shall first be applied to any back delinquent personal taxes [and to each individual parcel of real estate] on the back tax book before a county collector accepts any payment for all or any part of [real or] personal property taxes due and assessed on the current tax book.

3.  Any payment for real property taxes received by the county collector shall first be applied to back delinquent taxes on the same individual parcel of real estate on the back tax book before a county collector accepts payment for real property taxes due and assessed on the current tax book.

4.  Subsection 3 of this section shall not apply to payment for real property taxes by financial institutions, as defined in section 381.410, RSMo, who pay tax obligations which they service from escrow accounts, as defined in Title 24, Part 3500, Section 17, Code of Federal Regulations.

140.160.  1.  No proceedings for the sale of land and lots for delinquent taxes [under the provisions of] pursuant to this chapter, relating to the collection of delinquent and back taxes and providing for foreclosure sale and redemption of land and lots therefor, shall be valid unless initial proceedings therefor shall be commenced within three years after delinquency of such taxes, and any sale held pursuant to initial proceedings commenced within such period of three years shall be deemed to have been in compliance with the provisions of said law insofar as the time at which such sales are to be had is specified therein; provided further, that in suits or actions to collect delinquent drainage and/or levee assessments on real estate such suits or actions shall be commenced within three years after delinquency, otherwise no suit or action therefor shall be commenced, had or maintained, except that the three-year limitation described in this subsection shall not be applicable if any written instrument conveys any real estate having a tax-exempt status, if such instrument causes such real estate to again become taxable real property and if such instrument has not been recorded in the office of the recorder in the county in which the real estate has been situated.  Such three-year limitation shall only be applicable once the recording of the title has occurred.

2.  In order to enable county and city collectors to be able to collect delinquent and back taxes, the county auditor in all counties having a county auditor shall annually audit and list all delinquent and back taxes and provide a copy of such audit and list to the county collector and to the governing body of the county.  A copy of the audit and list may be provided to city collectors within the county at the discretion of the county collector.

141.220.  The following words, terms and definitions, when used in sections 141.210 to 141.810, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the text clearly indicates a different meaning:

(1)  "Appraiser" shall mean an independent appraiser not an employee of the collector or collection authority;

(2)  "Collector" shall mean the collector of the revenue in any county affected by sections 141.210 to 141.810;

(3)  "County" shall mean any county of the first class [one] in this state having a charter form of government, [except counties] any county of the first class not having a charter form of government[, which is now operating under the provisions of sections 141.210 to 141.810, or which may hereafter elect to do so in accordance with the provisions of section 141.230] with a population of at least one hundred fifty thousand but less than one hundred sixty thousand and any county of the first class not having a charter form of government with a population of at least eighty-two thousand but less than eighty-five thousand;

(4)  "Court" shall mean the circuit court of any county affected by sections 141.210 to 141.810;

(5)  "Delinquent land tax attorney" shall mean a licensed attorney at law, employed or designated by the collector as hereinafter provided;

(6)  "Land taxes" shall mean taxes on real property or real estate and shall include the taxes both on land and the improvements thereon;

(7)  "Land trustees" and "land trust" shall mean the land trustees and land trust as the same are created by and described in section 141.700;

(8)  "Municipality" shall include any incorporated city or town, or a part thereof, located in whole or in part within a county of class one, which municipality now has or which may hereafter contain a population of two thousand five hundred inhabitants or more, according to the last preceding federal decennial census;

(9)  "Person" shall mean any individual, male or female, firm, copartnership, joint adventure, association, corporation, estate, trust, business trust, receiver or trustee appointed by any state or federal court, trustee otherwise created, syndicate, or any other group or combination acting as a unit, and the plural as well as the singular number;

(10)  "School district", "road district", "water district", "sewer district", "levee district", "drainage district", "special benefit district", "special assessment district", or "park district" shall include those located within a county as such county is described in subdivision (3) of this section;

(11)  "Sheriff" and "circuit clerk" shall mean the sheriff and circuit clerk, respectively, of any county affected by sections 141.210 to 141.810;

(12)  "Tax bill" as used in sections 141.210 to 141.810 shall represent real estate taxes and the lien thereof, whether general or special, levied and assessed by any taxing authority;

(13)  "Tax district" shall mean the state of Missouri and any county, municipality, school district, road district, water district, sewer district, levee district, drainage district, special benefit district, special assessment district, or park district, located in any municipality or county as herein described;

(14)  "Tax lien" shall mean the lien of any tax bill as defined in subdivision (12) of this section;

(15)  "Taxing authority" shall include any governmental, managing, administering or other lawful authority, now or hereafter empowered by law to issue tax bills, the state of Missouri or any county, municipality, school district, road district, water district, sewer district, levee district, drainage district, special benefit district, special assessment district, or park district, affected by sections 141.210 to 141.810.

141.540.  1.  In any county [having more than one courthouse] at a certain front door of [which] whose courthouse sales of real estate are customarily made by the sheriff under execution, the sheriff shall advertise for sale and sell the respective parcels of real estate ordered sold by him or her pursuant to any judgment of foreclosure by any court [under] pursuant to sections 141.210 to 141.810 at any of [said] such courthouses, but the sale of such parcels of real estate shall be held at the same front door as sales of real estate are customarily made by the sheriff under execution.

2.  Such advertisements may include more than one parcel of real estate, and shall be in substantially the following form:

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

UNDER JUDGMENT OF

FORECLOSURE OF LIENS FOR

DELINQUENT LAND TAXES

No. ........

In the Circuit Court of .......

County, Missouri.

In the Matter of Foreclosure of Liens

for Delinquent Land Taxes

Collector of Revenue of .......

County, Missouri,

Plaintiff,

--vs.--

Parcels of Land encumbered with

Delinquent Tax Liens,

Defendants.

WHEREAS, judgment has been rendered against parcels of real estate for taxes, interest, penalties, attorney's fees and costs with the serial numbers of each parcel of real estate, the description thereof, the name of the person appearing in the petition in the suit, and the total amount of the judgment against each such parcel for taxes, interest, penalties, attorney's fees and costs, all as set out in said judgment and described in each case, respectively, as follows: (Here set out the respective serial numbers, descriptions, names and total amounts of each judgment, next above referred to.) and,

WHEREAS, such judgment orders such real estate sold by the undersigned sheriff, to satisfy the total amount of such judgment, including interest, penalties, attorney's fees and costs,

NOW, THEREFORE,

Public Notice is hereby given that I ..........., Sheriff of ............ County, Missouri, will sell such real estate, parcel by parcel, at public auction, to the highest bidder, for cash, between the hours of nine o'clock A.M. and five o'clock P.M., at the ...... front door of the ...... County Courthouse in ......, Missouri, on ......, the ...... day of ......, 19.., and continuing from day to day thereafter, to satisfy the judgment as to each respective parcel of real estate sold.  If no acceptable bids are received as to any parcel of real estate, said parcel shall be sold to the Land Trust of ...... (insert name of County), Missouri.

Any bid received shall be subject to confirmation by the court.

..............................................

Sheriff of .............. County,

Missouri.

.....................................

Delinquent Land Tax Attorney

Address: ....................

First Publication ...............,

[19] 20...

3.  Such advertisement shall be published four times, once a week, upon the same day of each week during successive weeks prior to the date of such sale, in a daily newspaper of general circulation regularly published in the county, qualified according to law for the publication of public notices and advertisements.

4.  In addition to the provisions herein for notice and advertisement of sale, the county collector shall enter upon the property subject to foreclosure of these tax liens and post a written informational notice in any conspicuous location thereon.  This notice shall describe the property and advise that it is the subject of delinquent land tax collection proceedings before the circuit court brought pursuant to sections 141.210 to 141.810 and that it may be sold for the payment of delinquent taxes at a sale to be held at [a specific time] ten o'clock a.m., date and place, and shall also contain a file number and the address and phone number of the collector.  If the collector chooses to post such notices as authorized by this subsection, such posting must be made not later than the fourteenth day prior to the date of the sale.

5.  The collector shall, concurrently with the beginning of the publication of sale, cause to be prepared and sent by restricted, registered or certified mail with postage prepaid, a brief notice of the date, location, and time of sale of property in foreclosure of tax liens pursuant to sections 141.210 to 141.810, to the persons named in the petition as being the last known persons in whose names tax bills affecting the respective parcels of real estate described in said petition were last billed or charged on the books of the collector, or the last known owner of record, if different, and to the addresses of said persons upon said records of the collector.  The terms "restricted", "registered" or "certified mail" as used in this section mean mail which carries on the face thereof in a conspicuous place, where it will not be obliterated, the endorsement, "DELIVER TO ADDRESSEE ONLY", and which also requires a return receipt or a statement by the postal authorities that the addressee refused to receive and receipt for such mail.  If the notice is returned to the collector by the postal authorities as undeliverable for reasons other than the refusal by the addressee to receive and receipt for the notice as shown by the return receipt, then the collector shall make a search of the records maintained by the county, including those kept by the recorder of deeds, to discern the name and address of any person who, from such records, appears as a successor to the person to whom the original notice was addressed, and to cause another notice to be mailed to such person.  The collector shall prepare and file with the circuit clerk prior to confirmation hearings an affidavit reciting to the court any name, address and serial number of the tract of real estate affected of any such notices of sale that are undeliverable because of an addressee's refusal to receive and receipt for the same, or of any notice otherwise nondeliverable by mail, or in the event that any name or address does not appear on the records of the collector, then of that fact.  The affidavit in addition to the recitals set forth above shall also state reason for the nondelivery of such notice.

6.  The collector may, at his or her option, concurrently with the beginning of the publication of sale, cause to be prepared and sent by restricted, registered or certified mail with postage prepaid, a brief notice of the date, location, and time of sale of property in foreclosure of tax liens pursuant to sections 141.210 to 141.810, to the mortgagee or security holder, if known, of the respective parcels of real estate described in said petition, and to the addressee of [said] such mortgagee or security holder according to the records of the collector.  The terms "restricted", "registered" or "certified mail" as used in this section mean mail which carries on the face thereof in a conspicuous place, where it will not be obliterated, the endorsement, "DELIVER TO ADDRESSEE ONLY", and which also requires a return receipt or a statement by the postal authorities that the addressee refused to receive and receipt for such mail.  If the notice is returned to the collector by the postal authorities as undeliverable for reasons other than the refusal by the addressee to receive and receipt for the notice as shown by the return receipt, then the collector shall make a search of the records maintained by the county, including those kept by the recorder of deeds, to discern the name and address of any security holder who, from such records, appears as a successor to the security holder to whom the original notice was addressed, and to cause another notice to be mailed to such security holder.  The collector shall prepare and file with the circuit clerk prior to confirmation hearings an affidavit reciting to the court any name, address and serial number of the tract of real estate affected by any such notices of sale that are undeliverable because of an addressee's refusal to receive and receipt for the same, or of any notice otherwise nondeliverable by mail, and stating the reason for the nondelivery of such notice.

141.550.  1.  The sale shall be conducted, the sheriff's return thereof made, and the sheriff's deed pursuant to the sale executed, all as provided in the case of sales of real estate taken under execution except as otherwise provided in sections 141.210 to 141.810, and provided that such sale need not occur during the term of court or while the court is in session.

2.  The following provisions shall apply to any sale [under] pursuant to this section of property located within any municipality contained wholly or partially within a county with a population of over six hundred thousand and less than nine hundred thousand:

(1)  The sale shall be held on the day for which it is advertised, between the hours of nine o'clock a.m. and five o'clock p.m. and continued day to day thereafter to satisfy the judgment as to each respective parcel of real estate sold;

(2)  The sale shall be conducted publicly, by auction, for ready money.  The highest bidder shall be the purchaser unless the highest bid is less than the full amount of all tax bills included in the judgment, interest, penalties, attorney's fees and costs then due thereon.  No person shall be eligible to bid at the time of the sale [if that] unless such person has, no later than ten days before the sale date, demonstrated to the satisfaction of the official charged by law with conducting the sale that he or she is not the owner of any parcel of real estate in the county which is affected by a tax bill which has been delinquent for more than six months and is not the owner of any parcel of real property with two or more violations of the municipality's building or housing codes.  A prospective bidder may make such a demonstration by presenting statements from the appropriate collection and code enforcement officials of the municipality.

3.  Such sale shall convey the whole interest of every person having or claiming any right, title or interest in or lien upon such real estate, whether such person has answered or not, subject to rights-of-way thereon of public utilities upon which tax has been otherwise paid, and subject to the lien thereon, if any, of the United States of America.

4.  The collector shall advance the sums necessary to pay for the publication of all advertisements required by sections 141.210 to 141.810 and shall be allowed credit therefor in his or her accounts with the county.  [He] The collector shall give credit in such accounts for all such advances recovered by him or her.  Such expenses of publication shall be apportioned pro rata among and taxed as costs against the respective parcels of real estate described in the judgment; provided, however, that none of the costs herein enumerated, including the costs of publication, shall constitute any lien upon the real estate after such sale.

[141.550.  1.  The sale shall be conducted, the sheriff's return of the sale made, and the sheriff's deed pursuant to the sale executed, all as provided in the case of sales of real estate taken under execution except as otherwise provided in sections 141.210 to 141.810, and provided that such sale need not occur during the term of court or while the court is in session.

2.  The sale shall be held on the day for which it is advertised, between the hours of nine o'clock a.m. and five o'clock p.m. and continued day to day thereafter to satisfy the judgment as to each respective parcel of real estate sold.

3.  The sale shall be conducted publicly, by auction, for ready money.  The highest bidder shall be the purchaser unless the highest bid is less than the full amount of all tax bills included in the judgment, interest, penalties, attorney's fees and costs then due on the real estate.  No person shall be eligible to bid on a parcel at the time of the sale if such person is the owner of any other parcel of real estate in the county which is affected by a delinquent tax bill.

4.  Such sale shall convey the whole interest of every person having or claiming any right, title or interest in or lien upon such real estate, whether such person has answered or not, subject to rights-of-way thereon of public utilities upon which tax has been otherwise paid, and subject to the lien on the real estate, if any, of the United States of America.

5.  The collector shall advance the sums necessary to pay for the publication of all advertisements required by sections 141.210 to 141.810 and shall be allowed credit therefor in the collector's accounts with the county.  The collector shall give credit in such accounts for all such advances recovered by the collector.  Such expenses of publication shall be apportioned pro rata among and taxed as costs against the respective parcels of real estate described in the judgment; provided, however, that none of the costs enumerated in this section, including the costs of publication, shall constitute any lien upon the real estate after such sale.] 141.610.  Each court administrator's or sheriff's deed given pursuant to the provisions of the land tax collection law shall be presumptive evidence that the suit and all proceedings therein and all proceedings prior thereto from and including assessment of the lands affected thereby and all notices required by law were regular and in accordance with all provisions of the law relating thereto.  After two years from the date of the recording of such court administrator's or sheriff's deed, the presumption shall be conclusive[, unless at the time that this section takes effect the two-year period since the recording of such sheriff's deed has expired, or less than six months of such period of two years remains unexpired, in which latter case the presumption shall become conclusive six months after] pursuant to sections 141.210 to 141.810 [take effect].  Notwithstanding section 516.010, RSMo, no suit to set aside or to attack the validity of any such court administrator's or sheriff's deed shall be commenced or maintained unless the suit is filed [prior to the time that the presumption becomes conclusive, as aforesaid] within two years from the date the court administrator's or sheriff's deed is recorded.

144.757.  1.  Any county or municipality, except municipalities within a county of the first classification having a charter form of government with a population in excess of nine hundred thousand may, by a majority vote of its governing body, impose a local use tax if a local sales tax is imposed as defined in section 32.085, RSMo, at a rate equal to the rate of the local sales tax in effect in such county or municipality; provided, however, that no ordinance or order enacted pursuant to [the authority granted by the provisions of this act] sections 144.757 to 144.761 shall be effective unless the governing body of the county or municipality submits to the voters thereof at a municipal, county or state general, primary or special election prior to August 7, 1996, or after December 31, 1996, a proposal to authorize the governing body of the county or municipality to impose a local use tax [under the provisions of this act] pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761.  Municipalities within a county of the first classification having a charter form of government with a population in excess of nine hundred thousand may, upon voter approval received pursuant to paragraph (b) of subdivision (2) of subsection 2 of this section, impose a local use tax at the same rate as the local municipal sales tax with the revenues from all such municipal use taxes to be distributed pursuant to subsection 4 of section 94.890, RSMo.  The municipality shall within thirty days of the approval of the use tax imposed pursuant to paragraph (b) of subdivision (2) of subsection 2 of this section select one of the distribution options permitted in subsection 4 of section 94.890, RSMo, for distribution of all municipal use taxes.

2.  (1)  The ballot of submission except for counties and municipalities described in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection, shall contain substantially the following language:

Shall the .............. (county or municipality's name) impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently .......... (insert percent), provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out of state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

YES NO

If you are in favor of the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "Yes".  If you are opposed to the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "No".

(2)  (a)  The ballot of submission in a county of the first classification having a charter form of government with a population in excess of nine hundred thousand shall contain substantially the following language:

[Shall the county governing body be authorized to impose a local use tax which is equal to the total of the existing county sales tax of one percent and the existing county transportation sales taxes of three-quarters of one percent, provided that if any county sales tax is repealed, reduced or raised by voter approval, the respective local use tax shall also be repealed, reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out of state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.]  For the purposes of preventing neighborhood decline, demolishing old deteriorating and vacant buildings, rehabilitating historic structures, cleaning polluted sites, promoting reinvestment in neighborhoods by creating the (name of county) Community Comeback Program; and for the purposes of enhancing local government services; shall the county governing body be authorized to collect a local use tax equal to the total of the existing county sales tax rate of (insert tax rate), provided that if the county sales tax is repealed, reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be repealed, reduced or raised by the same voter action? The Community Comeback Program shall be required to submit to the public a comprehensive financial report detailing the management and use of funds each year.

A use tax is the equivalent of a sales tax on purchases from out-of-state sellers by in-state buyers and on certain taxable business transactions.  A use tax return shall not be required to be filled by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

YES NO

If you are in favor of the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "Yes".  If you are opposed to the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "No".

(b)  The ballot of submission in a municipality within a county of the first classification having a charter form of government with a population in excess of nine hundred thousand shall contain substantially the following language:

Shall the municipality be authorized to impose a local use tax at the same rate as the local sales tax by a vote of the governing body, provided that if any local sales tax is repealed, reduced or raised by voter approval, the respective local use tax shall also be repealed, reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out of state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

YES NO

If you are in favor of the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "Yes".  If you are opposed to the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "No".

(3)  The ballot of submission in any city not within a county shall contain substantially the following language:

Shall the ............... (city name) impose a local use tax at the same rate as the local sales tax, currently at a rate of ........ (insert percent) which includes the capital improvements sales tax and the transportation tax, provided that if any local sales tax is repealed, reduced or raised by voter approval, the respective local use tax shall also be repealed, reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out of state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

YES NO

If you are in favor of the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "Yes".  If you are opposed to the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "No".

(4)  If any of such ballots are submitted on August 6, 1996, and if a majority of the votes cast on the proposal by the qualified voters voting thereon are in favor of the proposal, then the ordinance or order and any amendments thereto shall be in effect October 1, 1996, provided the director of revenue receives notice of adoption of the local use tax on or before August 16, 1996.  If any of such ballots are submitted after December 31, 1996, and if a majority of the votes cast on the proposal by the qualified voters voting thereon are in favor of the proposal, then the ordinance or order and any amendments thereto shall be in effect on the first day of the calendar quarter which begins at least forty-five days after the director of revenue receives notice of adoption of the local use tax.  If a majority of the votes cast by the qualified voters voting are opposed to the proposal, then the governing body of the county or municipality shall have no power to impose the local use tax as herein authorized unless and until the governing body of the county or municipality shall again have submitted another proposal to authorize the governing body of the county or municipality to impose the local use tax [under the provisions of this act] pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761 and such proposal is approved by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon.

3.  The local use tax may be imposed at the same rate as the local sales tax then currently in effect in the county or municipality upon all transactions which are subject to the taxes imposed [under] pursuant to sections 144.600 to 144.745 within the county or municipality adopting such tax; provided, however, that if any local sales tax is repealed or the rate thereof is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be deemed to be repealed, reduced or raised by the same action repealing, reducing or raising the local sales tax.

4.  For purposes of sections 144.757 to 144.761 and sections 67.478 to 67.493, RSMo, the use tax may be referred to or described as the equivalent of a sales tax on purchases made from out-of-state sellers by in-state buyers and on certain intrabusiness transactions.  Such a description shall not change the classification, form or subject of the use tax or the manner in which it is collected.

144.759.  1.  All local use taxes collected by the director of revenue [under this act] pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761 on behalf of any county or municipality, less one percent for cost of collection, which shall be deposited in the state's general revenue fund after payment of premiums for surety bonds as provided in section 32.087, RSMo, shall be deposited with the state treasurer in a local use tax trust fund, which fund shall be separate and apart from the local sales tax trust funds.  The moneys in such local use tax trust fund shall not be deemed to be state funds and shall not be commingled with any funds of the state.  The director of revenue shall keep accurate records of the amount of money in the trust fund which was collected in each county or municipality imposing a local use tax, and the records shall be open to the inspection of officers of the county or municipality and to the public.  No later than the tenth day of each month, the director of revenue shall distribute all moneys deposited in the trust fund during the preceding month, except as provided in subsection 2 of this section, to the county or municipality treasurer, or such other officer as may be designated by the county or municipality ordinance or order, of each county or municipality imposing the tax authorized by [this act] sections 144.757 to 144.761, the sum due the county or municipality as certified by the director of revenue.

2.  The director of revenue shall distribute all moneys which would be due any county of the first classification having a charter form of government and having a population of nine hundred thousand or more to the county treasurer or such other officer as may be designated by county ordinance, who shall distribute such moneys as follows: the portion of the use tax imposed by the county which equals one-half the rate of sales tax [levied pursuant to section 94.660, RSMo,] in effect for such county shall be disbursed to the [bi-state agency authorized pursuant to sections 70.370 to 70.441, RSMo, to be used only to provide the local share of construction costs for additional light rail lines] county community comeback trust authorized pursuant to sections 67.478 to 67.493, RSMo.  The treasurer or such other officer as may be designated by county ordinance shall distribute one-third of the balance to the county and to each city, town and village in group B according to section 66.620, RSMo, as modified by this section, a portion of the remainder of such balance equal to the percentage ratio that the population of each such city, town or village bears to the total population of all such group B cities, towns and villages.  For the purposes of this subsection, population shall be determined by the last federal decennial census or the latest census that determines the total population of the county and all political subdivisions therein.  For the purposes of this subsection, each city, town or village in group A according to section 66.620, RSMo, but whose per capita sales tax receipts during the preceding calendar year pursuant to sections 66.600 to 66.630, RSMo, were less than the per capita countywide average of all sales tax receipts during the preceding calendar year, shall be treated as a group B city, town or village until the per capita amount distributed to such city, town or village equals the difference between the per capita sales tax receipts during the preceding calendar year and the per capita countywide average of all sales tax receipts during the preceding calendar year.

3.  The director of revenue may authorize the state treasurer to make refunds from the amounts in the trust fund and credited to any county or municipality for erroneous payments and overpayments made, and may redeem dishonored checks and drafts deposited to the credit of such counties or municipalities.  If any county or municipality abolishes the tax, the county or municipality shall notify the director of revenue of the action at least ninety days prior to the effective date of the repeal, and the director of revenue may order retention in the trust fund, for a period of one year, of two percent of the amount collected after receipt of such notice to cover possible refunds or overpayment of the tax and to redeem dishonored checks and drafts deposited to the credit of such accounts.  After one year has elapsed after the effective date of abolition of the tax in such county or municipality, the director of revenue shall authorize the state treasurer to remit the balance in the account to the county or municipality and close the account of that county or municipality.  The director of revenue shall notify each county or municipality of each instance of any amount refunded or any check redeemed from receipts due the county or municipality.

4.  Except as modified in [this act] sections 144.757 to 144.761, all provisions of sections 32.085 and 32.087, RSMo, applicable to the local sales tax, except for subsection 12 of section 32.087, RSMo, and all provisions of sections 144.600 to 144.745 shall apply to the tax imposed [under this act] pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761, and the director of revenue shall perform all functions incident to the administration, collection, enforcement, and operation of the tax.

144.761.  1.  No county or municipality imposing a local use tax pursuant to [this act] sections 144.757 to 144.761 may repeal or amend such local use tax unless such repeal or amendment is submitted to and approved by the voters of the county or municipality in the manner provided in section 144.757; provided, however, that the repeal of the local sales tax within the county or municipality shall be deemed to repeal the local use tax imposed [under this act] pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761.

2.  Whenever the governing body of any county or municipality in which a local use tax has been imposed in the manner provided by [this act] sections 144.757 to 144.761 receives a petition, signed by fifteen percent of the registered voters of such county or municipality voting in the last gubernatorial election, calling for an election to repeal such local use tax, the governing body shall submit to the voters of such county or municipality a proposal to repeal the county or municipality use tax imposed [under the provisions of this act] pursuant to sections 144.757 to 144.761.  If a majority of the votes cast on the proposal by the registered voters voting thereon are in favor of the proposal to repeal the local use tax, then the ordinance or order imposing the local use tax, along with any amendments thereto, is repealed.  If a majority of the votes cast by the registered voters voting thereon are opposed to the proposal to repeal the local use tax, then the ordinance or order imposing the local use tax, along with any amendments thereto, shall remain in effect.

260.210.  1.  It is unlawful for any person to:

(1)  Dump or deposit, or permit dumping or depositing of any solid wastes onto the surface of the ground or into streams, springs, and all bodies of surface or ground water, whether natural or artificial, within the boundaries of the state except in a solid waste processing facility or solid waste disposal area having a permit as required by section 260.205; provided[,] that, this [provision] subdivision shall not prohibit the use or require a permit for the use of solid wastes in normal farming operations or in the processing or manufacturing of other products in a manner that will not create a public nuisance or adversely affect the public health, and shall not prohibit the disposal of or require a permit for the disposal by an individual of solid wastes resulting from his or her own residential activities on property owned or lawfully occupied by him or her when such wastes do not thereby create a public nuisance or adversely affect the public health;

(2)  Construct or alter a solid waste processing facility or solid waste disposal area of a solid waste management system without approval from the department;

(3)  Conduct any solid waste burning operations in violation of the rules and regulations of the Missouri air conservation commission or the department;

(4)  Except as otherwise provided, store, collect, transport, process, or dispose of solid waste in violation of the rules, regulations or orders of the department or in such a manner as to create a public nuisance or adversely affect the public health; or

(5)  Refuse entry or access, requested for purposes of inspecting solid waste processing facilities or solid waste disposal areas, to an agent or employee of the department who presents appropriate credentials, or hinder the agent or employee in carrying out the inspection.  A suitably restricted search warrant, upon a showing of probable cause in writing and upon oath, shall be issued by any circuit or associate circuit judge having jurisdiction to any such agent or employee for the purpose of enabling him to make such inspection.

2.  Information obtained from waste disposed or deposited in violation of this section may be a rebuttable presumption that the person so identified committed the violation of sections 260.200 to 260.345.  If the operator or passenger of any vehicle is witnessed by a peace officer or employee of the department of natural resources to have violated the provisions of this section and the identity of the operator is not determined or otherwise apparent, it may be a rebuttable presumption that the person in whose name such vehicle is registered committed the violation.

3.  No person shall be held responsible [under the provisions of] pursuant to this section for the dumping or depositing of any solid waste on land owned or lawfully occupied by him or her without his or her express or implied consent, permission or knowledge.

4.  The department shall investigate reports of the dumping or depositing of solid waste or demolition waste in a manner contrary to the requirements of sections 260.200 to 260.345.  The department shall immediately issue a cease and desist order if it determines that any person has been or is dumping or depositing solid waste or demolition waste, or has allowed the dumping or disposal of solid waste or demolition waste or has received compensation for same, in a manner contrary to sections 260.200 to 260.345.  The department shall order the owner of the property or the person placing solid waste or demolition waste thereon, or both, to remove all solid waste from the premises if it determines that the waste might be reasonably expected to cause a public nuisance or health hazard.

5.  The department shall order a site cleaned up pursuant to the provisions of section 260.230, when it determines that the property owner or the operator has accepted remuneration or otherwise benefited financially for placing solid waste or demolition waste in or on the site in contravention of this section.  Persons who knowingly haul solid waste or demolition waste to a site which is operating without a permit, persons who operate such a site and persons who own the property where the solid waste or demolition waste is being dumped or deposited shall be jointly and severally liable for cleanup costs and any damage to third parties caused by the dumping or disposing of solid waste or demolition waste on the property if the owner or operator has accepted remuneration or otherwise benefited financially from such disposal.  The provisions of sections 260.230 and 260.240, relating to the issuance of orders, shall be applicable to an action [under] pursuant to this section.  Any person aggrieved by any action of the department [under] pursuant to this section may appeal in the manner provided in section 260.235.  Any person may bring civil action for actual and exemplary damages against the responsible party if the person has sustained injury due to violations of this section.

6.  Notwithstanding subsection 1 of section 260.250, any solid waste disposal area or solid waste processing facility serving a city with a population of more than four hundred thousand inhabitants may accept yard waste commingled with solid waste that results from an illegal dump cleanup activity or program conducted by the local government of such city pursuant to this section.  The local government of such city shall provide certification to the solid waste disposal area or solid waste processing facility that the origin of the yard waste is from the clean up of illegally dumped solid waste.

7.  Any person who engages in building construction, modification or in construction, modification or demolition which produces demolition waste, in types and quantities established by the department, shall dispose of such waste in a demolition or sanitary landfill or other authorized sites as provided by rule.  Each such person shall maintain records of sites used for demolition disposal for a period of one year.  These records shall be made available to the department upon request.

[7.]  8.  Cities and counties which issue building permits shall reprint the following on each permit or on a separate notice:

"Notice: The disposal of demolition waste is regulated by the department of natural resources [under] pursuant to chapter 260, RSMo.  Such waste, in types and quantities established by the department, shall be taken to a demolition landfill or a sanitary landfill for disposal."

[8.]  9.  A demolition landfill may accept clean fill, waste resulting from building or demolishing structures and all other waste not required to be placed in a sanitary landfill or a hazardous waste disposal facility for final disposition.

[9.]  10.  Notwithstanding subsection [6] 7 of this section, certain wastes may be disposed of as provided by this subsection:

(1)  A person engaged in any activity which produces clean fill may use such material for fill, reclamation or other beneficial purposes on his or her own property or on the property of another person with the permission of the owner of such property, provided that such use does not violate any state law or local ordinance or order;

(2)  A person engaged in any activity which produces wood waste may reuse or recycle such waste or may dispose of wood waste on the site where generated if such disposal is in compliance with applicable state law or local ordinances or orders;

(3)  A person who engages in clearance, trimming or removal of trees, brush or other vegetation may use wood wastes from such activities for beneficial purposes including, but not limited to, firewood, ground cover, erosion control, mulch, compost or cover for wildlife.

353.020.  The following terms, whenever used or referred to in this chapter, mean:

(1)  "Area", that portion of the city which the legislative authority of such city has found or shall find to be blighted so that the clearance, replanning, rehabilitation, or reconstruction thereof is necessary to effectuate the purposes of this law.  Any such area may include buildings or improvements not in themselves blighted, and any real property, whether improved or unimproved, the inclusion of which is deemed necessary for the effective clearance, replanning, reconstruction or rehabilitation of the area of which such buildings, improvements or real property form a part;

(2)  "Blighted area", that portion of the city within which the legislative authority of such city determines that by reason of age, obsolescence, inadequate or outmoded design or physical deterioration, have become economic and social liabilities, and that such conditions are conducive to ill health, transmission of disease, crime or inability to pay reasonable taxes;

(3)  "City" or "such cities", any city within this state and in any county of the first classification with a charter form of government and a population of at least nine hundred thousand inhabitants.  The county's authority pursuant to this chapter shall be restricted to the unincorporated areas of such county;

(4)  "Development plan", a plan, together with any amendments thereto, for the development of all or any part of a blighted area, which is authorized by the legislative authority of any such city;

(5)  "Legislative authority", the city council or board of aldermen of the cities affected by this chapter;

(6)  "Mortgage", a mortgage, trust indenture, deed of trust, building and loan contract, or other instrument creating a lien on real property, to secure the payment of an indebtedness, and the indebtedness secured by any of them;

(7)  "Real property" includes lands, buildings, improvements, land under water, waterfront property, and any and all easements, franchises and hereditaments, corporeal or incorporeal, and every estate, interest, privilege, easement, franchise and right therein, or appurtenant thereto, legal or equitable, including restrictions of record, created by plat, covenant, or otherwise, rights-of-way, and terms for years;

(8)  "Redevelopment", the clearance, replanning, reconstruction or rehabilitation of any blighted area, and the provision for such industrial, commercial, residential or public structures and spaces as may be appropriate, including recreational and other facilities incidental or appurtenant thereto;

(9)  "Redevelopment project", a specific work or improvement to effectuate all or any part of a development plan;

(10)  "Urban redevelopment corporation", a corporation organized [under the provisions of] pursuant to this chapter; except that any life insurance company organized [under] pursuant to the laws of, or admitted to do business in, the state of Missouri may from time to time within five years after April 23, 1946, undertake, alone or in conjunction with, or as a lessee of any such life insurance company or urban redevelopment corporation, a redevelopment project [under] pursuant to this chapter, and shall, in its operations with respect to any such redevelopment project, but not otherwise, be deemed to be an urban redevelopment corporation for the purposes of this section and sections 353.010, 353.040, 353.060 and 353.110 to 353.160.

Section B.  Because immediate action is necessary in order to prevent further neighborhood decline and to stimulate economic investment, the enactment of sections 67.478, 67.481, 67.484, 67.487, 67.490 and 67.493 and the repeal and reenactment of sections 144.757, 144.759, 144.761 and 353.020 is deemed necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, peace and safety, and is hereby declared to be an emergency act within the meaning of the constitution, and the enactment of sections 67.478, 67.481, 67.484, 67.487, 67.490 and 67.493 and the repeal and reenactment of sections 144.757, 144.759, 144.761 and 353.020 shall be in full force and effect upon its passage and approval.