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Governor Brown Signs into Law AB 229 and SB 628, Giving New Life to Tax Increment Financing

In late September, Governor Brown signed into law AB 229 and SB 628, which are intended to finance public capital facilities or other specified projects of communitywide significance previously financed by redevelopment...more

Los Angeles County Ballot: "P" is for Parks, Prevention and Protection – or Profligacy?

The full title of Measure P is: Safe Neighborhood Parks, Gang Prevention, Youth/Senior Recreation, Beaches/Wildlife Protection Measure. The initiative seeks to ensure continued funding for these listed concerns via a $23 tax...more

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts: New Hope for Cities and Counties

On September 29, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 628 (Chapter 785) which provides a mechanism for cities and counties to form Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) to divert property tax...more

Redeveloping Redevelopment: Recent Legislation

THE RISE AND (UNINTENDED) FALL OF REDEVELOPMENT IN CALIFORNIA. The rise and fall of redevelopment agencies in California has been extensively written about, including in this publication. The history of redevelopment...more

N.C. General Assembly Is Back In Session: Local Government Powers Are In the Spotlight

The North Carolina General Assembly has returned to Raleigh for its "short session", and the legislative bodies are already off to the races with proposed legislation affecting land use controls and local government powers in...more

HB 14-1375 Passes Senate; Veto Request in the Works

HB 14-1375, a bill that will negatively impact the use of the urban renewal tool of tax increment financing throughout the state, passed the Senate on Wed., May 7, 2014, and is headed to Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk for...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap

The House and Senate will reconvene on Monday, May 5, 2014. This will be the last session week until after the May 20 primary. Here’s what happened in Harrisburg this week: Waterfront Development - Senator...more

A Small Step Toward "Redevelopment 2.0"? Gov. Brown's Proposal to Expand the Use of Infrastructure Financing Districts

Over two years have passed since Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature dissolved the 400-plus redevelopment agencies throughout the state and ordered them to wind down their operations and finances, with the goal of...more

Michigan Lawmakers Evaluate Lower Severance Tax and Infrastructure Bills for Carbon Dioxide-Injected Oil and Gas Wells

While legislation driven by the rapid growth of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has dominated oil and gas legislation in recent years, this week, Michigan lawmakers considered bills to enhance viability of other...more

Decision on Florida CDD Has Broad Implications for Tax-Exempt Bonds

The IRS issued a Technical Advice Memorandum (TAM) on May 9, 2013, that the Village Center Community Development District (the "District") is not a division of state or local government, and therefore is not a political...more

Paper Carryout Bag Charge Is Not A Tax

Taxpayers and a manufacturer of plastic bags challenged a county ordinance that prohibits retail stores from providing customers with plastic carryout bags and requires the stores to charge their customers ten cents for each...more

Local Government Economic Development Property Tax Exemptions

Over the last several years, county and city governments have looked anew at a more than 30-year-old provision in the Florida Constitution that permits using property tax exemptions as economic development tools. The Florida...more

Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The State Legislature finalized three major bills—the tax bill, bonding bill, and the stadium bill—this week after long floor debates and dozens of amendments. Lawmakers ultimately put their stamp of approval on the three...more

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Heats Up

Tax Increment Finance continues to be a hot topic at the capitol. The House has its bill, HF2460, on the calendar for debate in the House. Many groups interested in economic development are following this legislation and are...more

Gas Tax Advances, Statute Of Repose Comes Out of Repose

SSB3141, a bill that would increase Iowa’s gas tax by five cents per year in 2013 and 2014, took another tentative step forward this week when it was voted out of the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill would...more

Property Taxes And Public Safety

A heavily amended property tax bill got the green light from the Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee this week. HF2274 (formerly HSB 519), the Governor’s commercial property tax reform proposal, now...more

California Supreme Court Kills Redevelopment Agencies. Now What?

California’s redevelopment agencies (RDAs) receive 12 percent of the state’s property tax revenue. In this economic climate, that put a bull's-eye on their heads. Upon taking office, Governor Brown pushed through legislation...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Elimination of Redevelopment Agencies

In a highly anticipated decision, the California Supreme Court ruled on December 29, 2011, that legislation adopted in July to dissolve redevelopment agencies is constitutional, but that legislation adopted concurrently to...more

Update on Redevelopment Law: Governor Signs Trailer Bills to End Redevelopment Agencies Unless They Make Payments - Uncertainty...

This is the third in a series of blog entries monitoring the proposed elimination of redevelopment agencies. Governor Jerry Brown has approved the "all cuts" 2011-2012 budget for the State of California, in the process...more

Florida Real Estate and Land Development Laws Effective Now: List from Florida Senate

Today, hundreds of new laws are effective here in Florida having been signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, demonstrating a controversial and concrete attempt by Florida lawmakers to resolve the state’s current...more

Update On Redevelopment Law: No News Is...No News

This is the first in a series of blog entries monitoring the proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies and describing alternative public funding sources for redevelopment projects. After much discussion, debate and...more

‘Tis the Season

It occurred to me that the Virginia Local Government Law blog ought to say something about the legal issues that face local governments at the holidays. And there are many. This time of year, there are the seasonal First...more

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