Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Yeckel (Dempsey)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Job
Creation and Economic Development by a vote of 17 to 0.

This substitute:

(1)  Expands the Community Improvement District Act to allow any
district formed as a political subdivision to establish a sales
tax to fund the district.  Current law allows only the City of
Kansas City to levy this tax;

(2)  Repeals the Community Comeback Act.  The local use tax in
St. Louis County, which is used to fund the program, will be used
for economic development and enhancing local government in St.
Louis County.  The substitute defines "economic development";

(3)  Prohibits any sales tax authorized in St. Louis County for
storm water control or local parks from being assessed on the
sale of food;

(4)  Increases the maximum business license tax that can be
imposed by villages with fewer than 1,300 inhabitants from
$10,000 to $15,000 per license; and

(5)  Authorizes St. Charles County to establish a theater,
cultural arts, and entertainment district to be funded by a sales
tax of up to 0.5%.  The substitute establishes minimum criteria
for the formation of the district, including land area and
petition requirements.

The district will be controlled by a board of directors, the
number of which must be specified in the petition.  The board has
various powers, including the power to issue bonds.  Public
meetings regarding the formation of the district must be held
prior to the governing body of the county putting the proposal to
a vote of the people.  If the governing body of the county
approves a resolution to establish the district, a vote is
authorized.  After it is approved, the district will be
formalized by an ordinance from the governing body.

Subdistricts within the district can oppose the creation of the
district and be excluded from the sales tax.  The substitute
establishes a procedure for forming a governing body for a

If there are no registered voters in a subdistrict, one or more
property owners who collectively own one or more parcels of real
estate comprising at least a majority of the land situated in the
proposed subdistricts can file a petition with the circuit court
requesting the creation of a subdistrict.  The circuit clerk of
the county in which the petition is filed will present the
petition to the judge, who will set the petition for hearing.

The sales tax will be collected by the municipality and placed
into a special trust fund for the purposes of the district.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds in FY 2005, FY 2006, and
FY 2007.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that the bill expands and enhances
community improvement districts by allowing any city or county to
impose a sales tax for improvements in the district.  Only Kansas
City can impose a sales tax for this purpose.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Yeckel; and City of

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Alice Hurley, Legislative Analyst

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