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Summary: This legislation would authorize the creation of multiple County Assistance Districts (CAD) in a county commissioners precinct.
Analysis: Last legislative session two similar pieces of legislation were crafted and adopted. Both pieces of legislation amended the same section of the code and according to the committee report a subsequent error in “copying” and interpretation has caused the original legislative intent to be misconstrued and ineffective. This bill would remove the prohibition of multiple CADs being imposed on a single commissioners precinct. CADs are voter approved sales and use taxes in a particular territory for the purpose of funding certain economic development and infrastructure projects.
On the one hand, this legislation promotes local control, which we generally consider positive for limited government. On the other hand the legislation would likely lead to new taxes assuming some precincts approve multiple CADs, which would be an expansion of government. Due to this conflict we are neutral on this legislation.