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Part 4 - Charter School Facilities Financing Act

22-30.5-401. Short title.

This part 4 shall be known and may be cited as the "Charter School Facilities Financing Act".

Source: L. 2002: Entire part added, p. 1753, § 31, effective June 7.

22-30.5-402. Legislative declaration.

(1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that:

(a) The "Charter Schools Act", part 1 of this article, was enacted by the general assembly without providing a method for funding the capital construction needs of charter schools;

(b) Since the enactment of the "Charter Schools Act", the general assembly has enacted legislation requiring a portion of the moneys in the state education fund to be distributed to charter schools for use in funding capital construction, but such moneys are not sufficient to fully meet the capital construction needs of charter schools;

(c) Pursuant to Senate Bill 01-237, enacted at the first regular session of the sixty-third general assembly, the general assembly declared its intent to establish a method for funding the capital construction needs of charter schools that is equitable, withstands constitutional challenge, and promotes cooperation between charter schools and their authorizing school districts and encouraged representatives of local boards of education, school district administrators, charter schools, the business community, and any other interested persons to meet and develop a comprehensive legislative proposal for funding the capital construction needs of charter schools for consideration by the sixty-third general assembly at the 2002 regular session.

(2) The general assembly further finds and declares that this part 4 is the product of legislative examination and modification of a comprehensive legislative proposal that resulted from meetings of representatives of local boards of education, school district administrators, charter schools, the business community, and any other interested persons and represents a comprehensive legislative proposal for funding the capital construction needs of charter schools that is equitable, withstands constitutional challenge, and promotes cooperation between charter schools and their authorizing school districts.

Source: L. 2002: Entire part added, p. 1753, § 31, effective June 7.

22-30.5-402. Legislative declaration.

(1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that:

(a) The "Charter Schools Act", part 1 of this article, was enacted by the general assembly without providing a method for funding the capital construction needs of charter schools;

(b) Since the enactment of the "Charter Schools Act", the general assembly has enacted legislation requiring a portion of the moneys in the state education fund to be distributed to charter schools for use in funding capital construction, but such moneys are not sufficient to fully meet the capital construction needs of charter schools;

(c) Pursuant to Senate Bill 01-237, enacted at the first regular session of the sixty-third general assembly, the general assembly declared its intent to establish a method for funding the capital construction needs of charter schools that is equitable, withstands constitutional challenge, and promotes cooperation between charter schools and their authorizing school districts and encouraged representatives of local boards of education, school district administrators, charter schools, the business community, and any other interested persons to meet and develop a comprehensive legislative proposal for funding the capital construction needs of charter schools for consideration by the sixty-third general assembly at the 2002 regular session.

(2) The general assembly further finds and declares that this part 4 is the product of legislative examination and modification of a comprehensive legislative proposal that resulted from meetings of representatives of local boards of education, school district administrators, charter schools, the business community, and any other interested persons and represents a comprehensive legislative proposal for funding the capital construction needs of charter schools that is equitable, withstands constitutional challenge, and promotes cooperation between charter schools and their authorizing school districts.

Source: L. 2002: Entire part added, p. 1753, § 31, effective June 7.

22-30.5-403. Definitions.

As used in this part 4, unless the context otherwise requires:

(2) "Budget year" means the period beginning on July 1 of each year and ending on the following June 30 for which a budget for a district is adopted.

(3) "Charter school" means a charter school as described in section 22-30.5-104, and also includes a nonprofit corporation exempt from taxation under section 501 (c) (3) of the federal "Internal Revenue Code of 1986", as amended, that owns a facility used for occupancy by pupils enrolled or to be enrolled in a charter school on behalf of a charter school and that was created for the sole purpose of holding title to such facility.

(4) "Charter school capital construction" or "capital construction" means constructing, demolishing, remodeling, financing, or refinancing the acquisition of land, buildings, or facilities used for occupancy by pupils enrolled in or to be enrolled in a charter school or an institute charter school. The term also includes actions taken to achieve the purposes set forth in section 22-42-102 (2) (a) (I) to (2) (a) (V), (2) (a) (VII), and (2) (a) (VIII).

(5) "Charter school per pupil facilities aid program moneys" means state education fund moneys to be distributed to charter schools and institute charter schools for capital construction pursuant to section 22-54-124.

(5.5) "Institute charter school" means a charter school authorized by the state charter school institute pursuant to part 5 of this article, and also includes a nonprofit corporation exempt from taxation under section 501 (c) (3) of the federal "Internal Revenue Code of 1986", as amended, that owns, on behalf of an institute charter school, a facility used for occupancy by pupils enrolled or to be enrolled in the institute charter school, which nonprofit corporation was created for the sole purpose of holding title to the facility.

(6) "School district" or "district" means a school district organized and existing pursuant to law; except that the term does not include a junior college district.

(7) "Special mill levy" means a mill levy authorized by section 22-30.5-405.

Source: L. 2002: Entire part added, p. 1754, § 31, effective June 7. L. 2009: (4) and (5) amended and (5.5) added, (SB 09-089), ch. 440, p. 2439, § 6, effective June 4; (4) amended, (SB 09-176), ch. 247, p. 1113, § 1, effective August 5.

Editor's note: (1) Amendments to subsection (4) by Senate Bill 09-176 and Senate Bill 09-089 were harmonized.

(2) Subsection (4) was amended in a 2009 act that was passed without a safety clause. The act, or portions thereof, may not take effect if the people exercise their right to petition under article V, section 1 (3) of the state constitution. For further explanation concerning the effective date, see page ix of this volume.




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