Kentucky Revised Statutes Title XI. Revenue and Taxation § 132.017. Recall petition;  requirements and procedures;  reconsideration;  election;  second billing

(1)  As used in this section, “local governmental entity” includes a county fiscal court and legislative body of a city, urban-county government, consolidated local government, charter county government, unified local government, or other taxing district.

(2)  (a)  1. Except as provided in subparagraph 2. of this paragraph, the portion of a tax rate levied by an ordinance, order, resolution, or motion of a local governmental entity or district board of education subject to recall as provided for in KRS 68.245 , 132.023 , 132.027 , and 160.470 , shall go into effect forty-five (45) days after its passage.

2. When a tax rate is levied by a district board of education or other taxing district that is primarily located in a county containing an urban-county government or a consolidated local government, the portion of a tax rate levied by an ordinance, order, resolution, or motion of a district board of education or other taxing district subject to recall as provided for in KRS 68.245 , 132.023 , 132.027 , and 160.470 , shall go into effect fifty (50) days after its passage.

(b) During the same forty-five (45) day or fifty (50) day time period provided by paragraph (a) of this subsection, any five (5) qualified voters, who reside in the area where the tax levy will be imposed, may commence petition proceedings to protest the passage of the ordinance, order, resolution, or motion by filing an affidavit with the county clerk.  The affidavit shall state:

1. The five (5) qualified voters constitute the members of the petition committee;

2. The petition committee will be responsible for circulating the petition;

3. The petition committee will file the petition in the proper form within the same forty-five (45) day or fifty (50) day time period provided by paragraph (a) of this subsection;

4. The names and addresses of the petition committee members;

5. The address to which all notices to the committee are to be sent;  and

6. For petition committees filing petitions in response to a tax rate levied by a district board of education or other taxing district that is primarily located in a county containing an urban-county government or a consolidated local government, whether or not the petition committee is willing to incur all of the expenses associated with electronic petition signatures.  If the petition committee is not willing to incur all of the expenses, then electronic petition signatures shall not be allowed for the petition.

(c) Upon receipt of the affidavit, the county clerk shall immediately:

1. Notify the petition committee of all statutory requirements for the filing of a valid petition under this section;

2. Notify the petition committee that the clerk will publish a notice identifying the tax levy being challenged and providing the names and addresses of the petition committee in a newspaper of general circulation within the county, if:

a. There is a newspaper within the county in which to publish the notice;  and

b. The petition committee remits an amount equal to the cost of publishing the notice determined in accordance with the provisions of KRS 424.160 at the time of the filing of the affidavit.

If the petition committee elects to have the notice published, the clerk shall publish the notice within five (5) days of receipt of the affidavit;  and

3. Deliver a copy of the affidavit to the appropriate local governmental entity or district board of education.

(d) The petition shall be filed with the county clerk within the same forty-five (45) day or fifty (50) day time period provided by paragraph (a) of this subsection and meet the following requirements:

1. All papers of the petition shall be substantially uniform in size and style and shall be assembled in one (1) instrument for filing;

2. For a district board of education or other taxing district that is primarily located in a county containing an urban-county government or a consolidated local government, each sheet of the petition may contain the names of voters from more than one (1) voting precinct, and for a district board of education or other taxing district that is not primarily located in a county containing an urban-county government or a consolidated local government, each sheet of the petition shall contain the names of voters from one (1) voting precinct;

3. Each nonelectronic petition signature shall be executed in ink or indelible pencil;

4. Each electronic petition signature shall comply with the requirements of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, KRS 369.101 to 369.120 ;

5. Each electronic and nonelectronic petition signature shall be followed by the printed name, street address, Social Security number or birthdate, and the name and number of the designated voting precinct of the person signing;  and

6. The petition shall be signed by a number of registered and qualified voters residing in the affected jurisdiction equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the total number of votes cast in the last preceding presidential election.  Electronic petition signatures shall be included in determining whether the required number of petition signatures has been obtained when the expenses associated with the electronic petition signatures have been incurred in accordance with paragraph (b)6. of this subsection, the electronic petition signatures comply with the requirements of this subsection, and the petition was filed in response to a tax rate levied by a district board of education or other taxing district that is primarily located in a county containing an urban-county government or a consolidated local government.  The inclusion of an invalid electronic or nonelectronic petition signature on a page shall not invalidate the entire page of the petition, but shall instead result in the invalid petition signature being stricken and not counted.

(e) Upon the filing of the petition with the county clerk, the ordinance, order, resolution, or motion shall be suspended from going into effect until after the election referred to in subsection (3) of this section is held, or until the petition is finally determined to be insufficient and no further action may be taken pursuant to paragraph (i) of this subsection.

(f) The county clerk shall immediately notify the presiding officer of the appropriate local governmental entity or district board of education that the petition has been received and shall, within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the petition, make a determination of whether the petition contains enough signatures of qualified voters to place the ordinance, order, resolution, or motion before the voters.

(g) If the county clerk finds the petition to be sufficient, the clerk shall certify to the petition committee and the local governmental entity or district board of education within the thirty (30) day period provided for in paragraph (f) of this subsection that the petition is properly presented and in compliance with the provisions of this section, and that the ordinance, order, resolution, or motion levying the tax will be placed before the voters for approval.

(h) If the county clerk finds the petition to be insufficient, the clerk shall, within the thirty (30) day period provided for in paragraph (f) of this subsection, notify, in writing, the petition committee and the local governmental entity or district board of education of the specific deficiencies found.  Notification shall be sent by certified mail and shall be published at least one (1) time in a newspaper of general circulation within the county containing the local governmental entity or district board of education levying the tax. If there is not a newspaper within the county in which to publish the notification, then the notification shall be posted at the courthouse door.

(i) A final determination of the sufficiency of a petition shall be subject to final review by the Circuit Court of the county in which the local governmental entity or district board of education is located, and shall be limited to the validity of the county clerk's determination.  Any petition challenging the county clerk's final determination shall be filed within ten (10) days of the issuance of the clerk's final determination.

(j) The local governmental entity or district board of education may cause the cancellation of the election by reconsidering and amending the ordinance, order, resolution, or motion to levy a tax rate which will produce no more revenue from real property, exclusive of revenue from new property as defined in KRS 132.010 , than four percent (4%) over the amount of revenue produced by the compensating tax rate defined in KRS 132.010 from real property.  The action by the local governmental entity or district board of education shall be valid only if taken within fifteen (15) days following the date the clerk finds the petition to be sufficient.

(3)  (a) If an election is necessary under the provisions of subsection (2) of this section, the local governmental entity shall cause to be submitted to the voters of the district at the next regular election, the question as to whether the property tax rate shall be levied.  The question shall be submitted to the county clerk not later than the second Tuesday in August preceding the regular election.

(b) If an election is necessary for a school district under the provisions of subsection (2) of this section, the district board of education may cause to be submitted to the voters of the district in a called common school election not less than thirty-five (35) days nor more than forty-five (45) days from the date the signatures on the petition are validated by the county clerk, or at the next regular election, at the option of the district board of education, the question as to whether the property tax rate shall be levied.  If the election is held in conjunction with a regular election, the question shall be submitted to the county clerk not later than the second Tuesday in August preceding the regular election.  The cost of a called common school election shall be borne by the school district holding the election.  Any called common school election shall comply with the provisions of KRS 118.025 .

(c) In an election held under paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection, the question shall be so framed that the voter may by his or her vote answer “for” or “against.”  If a majority of the votes cast upon the question oppose its passage, the ordinance, order, resolution, or motion shall not go into effect.  If a majority of the votes cast upon the question favor its passage, the ordinance, order, resolution, or motion shall become effective.

(d) If the ordinance, order, resolution, or motion fails to pass pursuant to an election held under paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection, the property tax rate which will produce four percent (4%) more revenues from real property, exclusive of revenue from new property as defined in KRS 132.010 , than the amount of revenue produced by the compensating tax rate defined in KRS 132.010 , shall be levied without further approval by the local governmental entity or district board of education.

(4)  Notwithstanding any statutory provision to the contrary, if a local governmental entity or district board of education has not established a final tax rate as of September 15, due to the recall provisions of this section, KRS 68.245 , 132.027 , or 160.470 , regular tax bills shall be prepared as required in KRS 133.220 for all districts having a tax rate established by that date;  and a second set of bills shall be prepared and collected in the regular manner, according to the provisions of KRS Chapter 132, upon establishment of final tax rates by the remaining districts.

(5)  If a second billing is necessary, the collection period shall be extended to conform with the second billing date.

(6)  All costs associated with the second billing shall be paid by the taxing district or districts requiring the second billing.


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