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Bill Detail: HB19-1052

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Title Early Childhood Development Special District
Status Governor Signed (04/03/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Local Government
House Sponsors J. McCluskie (D)
J. Rich (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Local Government
Date Introduced 01/04/2019

The bill authorizes the creation of early childhood development
service districts (districts) to provide services for children from birth
through 8 years of age. Early childhood development services are defined
to include early care and educational, health, mental health, and
developmental services, including prevention and intervention. Districts
are authorized to seek voter approval to levy property taxes and sales

taxes in the district to generate revenues to provide early childhood
development services.
The district must be organized pursuant to the Special District
Act as modified by the bill. Under the bill, all eligible electors in the
proposed district, rather than only property owners, are able to vote on the
organization of the district and related ballot issues. The service plan for
a proposed district is not required to be submitted to the planning
commission for each county in which the special district is proposed to
be located, and instead is submitted directly to the board of county
commissioners (board) for such counties. In addition, the bill directs that
the board shall not accept or act upon the request of a person owning
property in the proposed service area to have his or her property excluded
from the special district. The court conducting a hearing for the petition
is also directed to not accept or act upon such a petition to exclude
property from the district. The districts are governed by the Special
District Act; except that they are not subject to provisions concerning the
inclusion or exclusion of property, procedures for the levy and collection
of taxes, the certification and notice of special district taxes for general
obligation indebtedness, property tax reduction agreements, and public
improvement contracts.
A district is authorized to contract with or work with another
district or other provider of early childhood development services to
provide services throughout the district.

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