SB 142: "An Act relating to formation of and taxation in regional educational attendance areas; and providing for an effective date."
00SENATE BILL NO. 142 01 "An Act relating to formation of and taxation in regional educational attendance 02 areas; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 14.08.031(a) is amended to read: 05 (a) The Department of Community and Regional Affairs [IN 06 CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND LOCAL 07 COMMUNITIES] shall divide the unorganized borough into educational service areas 08 using the boundaries proposed for each of the model boroughs identified for 09 formation in the report issued in 1995 by the Local Boundary Commission 10 entitled "Model Borough Boundaries." An educational service area established 11 in the unorganized borough under this subsection constitutes a regional 12 educational attendance area [OR SUB-BOUNDARIES OF THE REGIONAL 13 CORPORATIONS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE ALASKA NATIVE CLAIMS 14 SETTLEMENT ACT, UNLESS BY REFERENDUM A COMMUNITY VOTES TO
01 MERGE WITH ANOTHER COMMUNITY CONTIGUOUS TO IT BUT WITHIN 02 THE BOUNDARIES OR SUB-BOUNDARIES OF ANOTHER REGIONAL 03 CORPORATION]. 04 * Sec. 2. TRANSITION. (a) Beginning on January 1, 1999, an annual tax of 4.5 mills 05 is levied each year on the full and true value of taxable property in the area of each regional 06 educational attendance area to be formed under AS 14.08.031(a), as amended in sec. 1 of this 07 Act. Money from taxes levied under this section may be appropriated for funding for the 08 regional educational attendance areas. The provisions of AS 29.45.010 - 29.45.500 apply to 09 taxes levied under this section. The state assessor shall assess the property, collect the taxes 10 levied under this section and deposit them in the general fund, and perform the mandatory 11 duties of a municipality, a board of equalization, or a municipal official under AS 29.45.010 - 12 29.45.500, except that the state assessor may not act through the adoption of an ordinance or 13 grant exemptions from taxation not required under AS 29.45.010 - 29.45.500. 14 (b) The Department of Community and Regional Affairs shall develop a proposed 15 method of levying and collecting taxes in regional educational attendance areas formed under 16 AS 14.08.031(a), as amended in sec. 1 of this Act, after obtaining and considering public 17 comments on the question of establishing the tax system. The department shall prepare draft 18 legislation establishing a tax system, rates of taxation, and a board of equalization in each of 19 the regional educational attendance areas. By January 1, 2000, the department shall submit 20 the draft legislation to the senate and the house of representatives. 21 (c) Notwithstanding the period within which elections are to be held under 22 AS 14.08.071(a), before July 1, 1999, the qualified voters of each of the regional educational 23 attendance areas formed in AS 14.08.031(a), as amended in sec. 1 of this Act, shall elect a 24 regional school board in accordance with AS 14.08.041 - 14.08.061. 25 * Sec. 3. AS 14.08.031(b) is repealed. 26 * Sec. 4. Sections 1 and 3 of this Act take effect July 15, 1999. 27 * Sec. 5. Section 2 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).