SB732T-RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS
Summary of the Truly Agreed Version of the Bill

HCS SS SB 732 -- RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS

This bill changes the laws regarding the metropolitan park and
recreation district.  In its main provisions, the bill:

(1)  Narrows the duty of the district to only the development,
operation, and maintenance of a system of parks and trails;

(2)  Clarifies that nothing will restrict the district from
entering into or initiating projects dealing with parks that are
not necessarily connected to trails;

(3)  Requires that grants awarded to municipalities for park
purposes must be consistent with the purpose of the district;

(4)  Prohibits the district from being a substitute for the
powers and responsibilities of other conservation and
environmental regulatory agencies; and

(5)  States that nothing in the statute will authorize the
district to regulate water quality, watershed, or land use issues
in the counties comprising the district.

The bill also enables St. Charles County to establish a theater,
cultural arts, and entertainment district.  In its main
provisions, the bill:

(1)  Authorizes a sales tax in the district of up to one-half of
1%;

(2)  Establishes minimum criteria for the formation of the
district, including land area and petition requirements;

(3)  Specifies the criteria for and the powers of the district's
board of directors, including the power to issue bonds;

(4)  Requires subdistricts to be formed for voting and board
representation purposes.  A subdistrict that does not vote to
approve the district and the sales tax will not be a part of the
district nor will the sales tax be imposed within that
subdistrict;

(5)  Contains ballot language for the formation and possible
dissolution of the district; and

(6)  Requires the sales tax to be collected by the municipality
and placed into a special trust fund for the purposes of the
district.

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Missouri House of Representatives
92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
Last Updated September 23, 2004 at 11:16 am