SB 1364 Creates theater, cultural arts, and entertainment districts in St. Charles County
LR Number:4768S.01I Fiscal Note:4768-01
Committee:Economic Development, Tourism & Local Government
Last Action:03/10/04 - Hearing Conducted S Economic Development, Tourism and Journal page:
Local Government Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 2004
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SB 1364 - This act enables Saint Charles County to establish a theater, cultural arts, and entertainment district. The sales tax in the district shall be up to one-half of one percent. The act establishes minimum criteria for the formation of the district, including land area, and petition requirements.

The district will be controlled by a board of directors, the number of which must be specified in the petition. The act lays out criteria for the board of directors. The board has various powers, including the power to issue bonds. The bonding power is provided in detail in the act.

Public meetings regarding the formation of the district must take place before the governing body of the county can put the proposal to a vote of the people in the proposed district. Once the governing body of the county approves a resolution to establish the district, a vote is authorized. After it is approved, the district shall be formalized by an ordinance from the governing body.

The act allows for subdistricts in the district that may oppose the creation of the district and thereby avoid the sales tax to support the district. The act establishes a procedure for forming a governing body for a subdistrict.

If there are no registered voters in a subdistrict, one or more property owners who collectively own one or more parcels of real estate comprising at least a majority of the land situated in the proposed subdistricts within the proposed district may file a petition with the circuit court requesting the creation of a theater, cultural arts, and entertainment district. The circuit clerk of the county in which the petition is filed pursuant to this section shall present the petition to the judge, who shall set the petition for hearing. The court shall hear the case without a jury. If the court determines the petition is defective or the proposed district or its plan of operation is unconstitutional, it shall refuse to incorporate the district. If the court determines the petition is not legally defective and the proposed district and plan of operation are not unconstitutional, the court shall order an election for voter approval and certify the questions to the circuit clerk.

The act contains ballot language for the formation and possible dissolution of the district. In the event that a district is dissolved, the act contains provisions to govern such dissolution.

The sales tax is to be collected by the municipality and placed into a special trust fund for the purposes of the district. The act also contains sourcing language for the treatment of out-of-district purchases.