Section 11-99-4Creation of tax increment districts and approval of project plans.
In order to exercise its powers under this chapter, a public entity shall take the following steps:
(1) The local governing body shall hold a public hearing at which all interested parties are afforded a reasonable opportunity to express their views on the concept of tax increment financing, on the proposed creation of a tax increment district and its proposed boundaries, and its benefits to the public entity. Notice of the hearing shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in either the county or in the city, as the case may be, in which the proposed tax increment district is to be located with such notice to be published at least twice in the 15-day period immediately preceding the date of the hearing. Prior to publication, a copy of the notice shall be sent by first class mail to the chief executive officer of each deferred tax recipient.
(2) In addition to the notice required by subdivision (1) of this section, and either before or after such hearing, the local governing body shall make a written submission to the governing body of each deferred tax recipient. The submission shall include a description of the proposed boundaries of the tax increment district, the tentative plans for the development or redevelopment of the tax increment district, and an estimate of the general impact of the proposed project plan on property values and tax revenues. Not later than the fifteenth day after the date on which the notice required by subdivision (1) of this section is mailed, each deferred tax recipient shall designate a representative empowered to meet with the local governing body to discuss the project plan and the tax increment financing and shall notify the local governing body of its designation. Failure of any deferred tax recipient to designate a representative within the 15-day period, or to notify the local governing body of its designation, shall not prevent the local governing body from proceeding hereunder. If a deferred tax recipient which has failed to so designate a representative shall thereafter designate a representative and shall notify the local governing body of such designation, such representative shall be entitled to notice of any meetings held thereafter pursuant to this section, and shall be entitled to attend such meetings, but shall have no right to have matters discussed again which have already been discussed. The local governing body shall call a meeting, or meetings, of the representatives of the deferred tax recipients to be held at any time after 20 days from the mailing notice referred to in subdivision (1) of this section. Each representative shall be notified of each meeting at least three days before it is to be held, but such notice may be waived. At the meetings the local governing body and the representatives of the deferred tax recipients may discuss the boundaries of the tax increment district, development within such district, the exclusion of particular parcels of property from such district, and tax collection for such district. On the motion of the local governing body any other matter relevant to the proposed tax increment district may be discussed.
(3) The local governing body shall adopt a resolution, which need not be published, which:
a. Describes the boundaries of the tax increment district with sufficient definiteness to identify with ordinary and reasonable certainty the territory included, which shall include only those whole units of property, other than publicly owned property such as streets, easements, and rights-of-ways, assessed for general property tax purposes and, if the public entity is a county, which shall include only those areas which lie outside the corporate limits of any municipality, unless the governing body of a municipality has consented to the inclusion of land within its corporate limits within a tax increment district formed by a county;
b. Creates the tax increment district as of a given date after the date of adoption of the resolution, and fixes the period for its duration, which may be for a period not to exceed 30 years in the case of a tax increment district in which not less than 50 percent, by area, of the real property within the tax increment district is a blighted or economically distressed area, and which may be for a period not to exceed 35 years in the case of a tax increment district in which not less than 50 percent, by area, of the real property within the tax increment district is an enhanced use lease area or a Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone, unless an amendment is made to the project plan under subdivision (7) of this section;
c. Assigns a name to the tax increment district for identification purposes, such as "tax increment district number one";
d. Contains findings, which shall not be subject to review except after a showing of fraud, corruption, or undue influence, that:
1. Not less than 50 percent, by area, of the real property within the tax increment district is either (i) a blighted area and is in need of rehabilitation or conservation work, (ii) an enhanced use lease area, or (iii) a Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone; and
2. The aggregate value of equalized taxable property in the district plus all existing districts created by the public entity does not exceed 10 percent of the total value of equalized taxable property within the public entity or 50 percent if the public entity is a Class 3 municipality. Provided, however, that equalized taxable property located within the boundaries of a military reservation, jurisdiction over which has been ceded to the United States pursuant to Section 42-3-1, shall be excluded from aggregated value.
(4) The local governmental body shall prepare and adopt a project plan for each tax increment district. The plan shall include a statement listing the kind, number, and location of all proposed public works or improvements or, in the case of a Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone, public works or improvements or private improvements, within the district; a detailed list of estimated project costs; and a description of the methods of financing all estimated project cost and the time when related costs or monetary obligations are to be incurred. For purposes of this chapter, any work or improvement for a military installation and located within an enhanced use lease area shall be deemed to be for public uses and purposes. The project plan shall also include: A map showing existing uses and condition of real property in the district; a map showing proposed improvements and uses therein; proposed changes of zoning, master map plan, building code, and other ordinances or resolutions affecting the district; a list of estimated nonproject costs; and a proposed plan for the relocation of families, persons, and businesses to be temporarily or permanently displaced from housing or commercial facilities in the district by implementation of the plan.
(5) The local governing body shall certify before approving the project plan that:
a. The proposed tax increment district on the whole has not been subject to growth and development through investment by private enterprise and it is not reasonable to anticipate that the land in the district will be developed without the adoption of the project plan;
b. A feasible method exists for the relocation and compensation of individuals, families, and businesses that will be displaced by the project in decent, safe, and sanitary accommodations within their means and without undue hardship to such individuals, families, and businesses;
c. The plan conforms to the applicable master plan of the local entity (if there is one); and
d. The plan will afford maximum opportunity, consistent with the sound needs of the public entity as a whole, for the rehabilitation or redevelopment of the tax increment district by private enterprise.
(6) A copy of the project plan shall be mailed to the governing body of each deferred tax recipient, before approval of the project plan.
(7) The local governing body may at any time adopt an amendment to a project plan by complying with the procedures for the original adoption of a project plan.
(Acts 1987, No. 87-824, p. 1660, §4; Acts 1988, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 88-918, p. 512, §1; Act 2005-112, p. 178, §1; Act 2007-204, p. 246, §1; Act 2008-482, p. 1055, §1; Act 2010-184, p. 262, §3; Act 2013-51, p. 80, §3.)