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2015 Regular Session
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Bill Title: Relating to a principal Act for predator control districts; and prescribing an effective date.
Catchline/Summary: Authorizes landowners who meet certain criteria to petition for formation of predator damage control district within county.
Establishes petition filing and hearing requirements. Modifies definition of "predatory animals" to include bears, bobcats and red foxes. Requires county commissioners to appoint advisory board that shall submit annual report and make recommendations about activities in district to commissioners.] for newly formed predator damage control district. Establishes presumptive charges of $1 per acre for tax lots of 10 or more acres and $25 flat rate charge for tax lots of less than 10 acres for purpose of paying actual cost to county of preventing, reducing and mitigating damage to property from predatory animals within district. Requires advisory board to consider annually whether presumptive charges are sufficient and to recommend charges to county. Requires county to consider recommended charges and authorizes county to amend recommended charges and to further increase or reduce charges to reflect deficit or excess from previous years. Establishes presumption that owner of certain land within district has elected to incur charge and authorizes owner to elect not to incur charge. Authorizes owners of all other land within district to elect to incur charge. Requires board to submit to county list of landowners electing to incur charges. Requires county to certify list and amount of charges to county assessor. Provides that charges are to be collected and accounted for in same manner as county taxes. Provides that county may not provide services to prevent, reduce or mitigate damage from predatory animals to property within predator damage control district if owner elects not to incur charge or if charge remains delinquent. Requires permanent tax rate on lands in predator damage control district to be expressed as per acre rate and on dollars per thousand dollars of assessed value basis, not to exceed $1 per acre.] Sunsets January 2, 2022. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.
Chapter Number: Chapter 650
Fiscal Impact: Has Minimal Fiscal Impact
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