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s_lg_2017a_2017-02-14t14:01:30z5 Hearing Summary

Date: 02/14/2017

Location: SCR 354

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1018



SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer House Bill 17-1018 to the Committee of the W PASS







03:50 PM -- HB 17-1018



Senator Gardner, prime sponsor, discussed the provisions of House Bill 17-1018 concerning the voter-approval window for regional transportation authorities (RTAs). He also distributed a packet of letters in support of the bill (Attachment G). This bill extends the statutory authority of RTAs to impose a property tax of five mills until January 1, 2029, if approved by voters within the RTA boundary. Under current law, RTAs are permitted to seek voter approval to levy this property tax until January 1, 2019. RTAs are formed by two or more local governments to finance, construct, operate, and maintain regional transportation systems. They are authorized to issue bonds to be repaid through several means, including motor vehicle registration fees, sales and use taxes, visitor benefit taxes, and property taxes. Sales and use taxes are the primary source of RTA funding. The creation of RTAs and the imposition of any new taxes must be approved by voters within the proposed authority's boundaries.



170214 AttachG.pdf170214 AttachG.pdf



The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation was approved by area voters in the 2016 general election to serve Telluride and eastern San Miguel County. Voters approved a 0.25 percent sales tax and a property tax of 0.75 mills. The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation property tax is expected to generate about $600,000 per year.



The following persons testified on the bill:



03:55 PM --
Dan Blankenship, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, spoke in support of the bill and distributed a handout that described the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (Attachment H).



170214 AttachH.pdf170214 AttachH.pdf



04:03 PM --
Ms. Ann Rajewski, Colorado Association of Transit Agencies, spoke in support of the bill.



04:05 PM --
Morgan Cullen, Colorado Municipal League, spoke in support of the bill.



04:05 PM --
Eric Bergman, Colorado Counties, Inc., spoke in support of the bill.



Greg Clifton, Town Manager, Town of Telluride, submitted a letter of support for the bill (Attachment I).



170214 AttachI.pdf170214 AttachI.pdf



04:08 PM



The chair closed testimony on the the bill and Senator Gardner closed his remarks on the bill.


BILL: HB17-1018
TIME: 04:10:03 PM
MOVED: Gardner
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1018 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Crowder
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Gardner
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







04:10 PM



The committee adjourned.








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