Authors: Representative Heath VanNatter
Sponsors: Senator Douglas Eckerty, Senator Jon Ford
Co-Sponsors: Senator Lonnie Randolph
Amends the procedures for the sale or disposition of nonsurplus municipally owned water, wastewater, or combined water and wastewater utility property as follows: (1) Provides that the municipal legislative body shall hold the required hearing on the sale or disposition not later than 90 days (instead of 45 days under current law) after the return of the appraisal concerning the property. (2) Provides that the legislative body may adopt an ordinance providing for the sale or disposition not less than 30 days or more than 60 days after the date of the required hearing on the proposed sale or disposition. (Under current law, the ordinance may be adopted at the hearing.) (3) Provides that not later than 30 days after an ordinance is adopted, registered voters of the municipality may submit a signed petition opposing the proposed sale or disposition. (Current law allows registered voters to submit such a petition within the 30 day period from the date of notice of the hearing to the date of the hearing on the proposed sale or disposition.) (4) Sets forth new numbers for the required number of signatures for a petition opposing a sale or disposition, based on the number of registered voters in a municipality. (Under current law, the required number of signatures is based on the number of registered voters required for a petition to place a candidate on a ballot.) (5) Specifies the effective date of an ordinance adopted under these procedures. (6) Specifies that an ordinance that: (A) is adopted before July 1, 2015, under the procedures set forth in current law; and (B) takes effect before July 1, 2015, in accordance with current law; is not subject to challenge under the amended procedures, regardless of whether the 30 day period after the date of adoption of the ordinance expires after June 30, 2015.