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2nd Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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A bill for an act
relating to local government; enabling the merger of the Minneapolis Public
Library and the Hennepin County library system; authorizing the transfer of
property, assets, and certain bond proceeds related to the Minneapolis Public
Library to Hennepin County; authorizing the transfer of Minneapolis Public
Library employees to Hennepin County; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006,
sections 275.065, subdivision 3; 383B.237; 383B.239; 383B.245; 383B.247.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

ARTICLE 1

LIBRARY MERGER

Section 1. new text beginPREEMPTION.
new text end

new text begin This act supersedes any contrary Minnesota laws and provisions of the home rule
charter and ordinances of the city of Minneapolis.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginDEFINITIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this act, the terms defined in this section have the meanings
given unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Merger date" means the first day after certificates of local approval of this act
have been filed by the Minneapolis Library Board, the city of Minneapolis, and Hennepin
County in compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivision 3, and the
transactional documents have been executed.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Hennepin County library system" means the system of public libraries created
and maintained by Hennepin County pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 383B.237
to 383B.245.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Minneapolis Public Library" means the system of public libraries, including real
property and assets, under the jurisdiction of the Minneapolis Library Board.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Minneapolis Library Board" means the library board created in chapter 17,
section 1, of the city of Minneapolis Charter.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Transactional documents" means the agreements and documents needed to
effectuate the efficient merger of the Minneapolis Public Library and the Hennepin County
library system pursuant to this act.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginTRANSFER OF ASSETS.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the Minneapolis Library Board and
the city of Minneapolis shall transfer to Hennepin County on the merger date any and all
of their interest in and rights and title to real property and assets of the Minneapolis Public
Library for use in and for the benefit of the consolidated Hennepin County library system.
The real property and assets include, but are not limited to, all buildings and land, leasehold
interests, the full library collection, and all equipment, copyrights, trademarks, licenses,
artwork, furnishings, and other personal property of the Minneapolis Library Board.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginMINNEAPOLIS CENTRAL LIBRARY PARKING RAMP.
new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the city of Minneapolis shall
transfer to Hennepin County on the merger date all of its interest in and rights and title to
the parking ramp attached to the Central Library of the Minneapolis Public Library.
new text end

new text begin (b) After the transfer of the parking ramp, Hennepin County will have the right to
operate, or contract to operate, and receive all revenues from the operation of the ramp.
new text end

new text begin (c) The city of Minneapolis will continue to be responsible for any outstanding
bonds or other debt instruments issued to fund construction of the parking ramp. Hennepin
County must reimburse the city of Minneapolis in amounts equal to payments for
principal and interest on the bonds or other debt instruments attributable to the debt for
the construction of the ramp or redemption payments, according to terms agreed between
the county and the city.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginTRANSFER OF EMPLOYEES.
new text end

new text begin (a) All persons employed in a permanent position by the Minneapolis Library Board
on the day before the merger date shall be transferred to the employment of Hennepin
County on the merger date and be subject to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes,
sections 383B.26 to 383B.457, and a memorandum of agreement between an exclusive
bargaining representative and the Minneapolis Library Board and a memorandum of
agreement between an exclusive bargaining representative and Hennepin County. The
transfer of employees pursuant to this section does not constitute severance or termination
of employment or a layoff entitling transferred employees to severance pay, termination
benefits, a retirement plan refund, or any other right that may be applicable in the case of
severance, termination, or layoff.
new text end

new text begin (b) Employees transferred pursuant to this section shall be allocated by the Hennepin
County Human Resources Director to a position in an appropriate classification within the
county's classification system. Transferred employees who are classified into a Hennepin
County job classification that is represented by an exclusive representative under
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 179A, shall be assigned to the existing Hennepin County
collective bargaining unit that represents the transferred employee's Hennepin County job
classification. A transferred employee in a nonsupervisory, nonconfidential position must
also retain representation by an exclusive representative if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the employee's position in the county classification system is comparable to the
position last held within the Minneapolis Public Library; and
new text end

new text begin (2) an exclusive representative had represented the employee while an employee of
the Minneapolis library system.
new text end

new text begin (c) Employees transferred pursuant to this section shall retain employment and
accrued benefits and, for seniority purposes, their date of county employment will be
recorded by the employee's most recent date of employment with the Minneapolis Library
Board. "Accrued benefits" for the purposes of this section means the balance of accrued
hours of vacation, sick leave, paid time off, compensatory time, and deferred holidays.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginMINNEAPOLIS EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT FUND PARTICIPANTS.
new text end

new text begin Employees transferred to Hennepin County employment pursuant to section 5 who
are members of the Minneapolis Employee Retirement Fund, under Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 422A, on the day before the merger date may continue their participation in that
retirement fund upon agreement between the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County
set out in the transactional documents that the city shall indemnify Hennepin County for
any and all unfunded liabilities of the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund related
to these transferring participants.
new text end

Sec. 7. new text beginEXISTING DEBT AND UNISSUED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT
BONDS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The city of Minneapolis shall be solely responsible for payments on all bonds
issued prior to the merger date by the city of Minneapolis the proceeds of which were
applied to finance any portion of the Minneapolis Public Library.
new text end

new text begin (b) The city of Minneapolis shall issue bonds, as provided in the transactional
documents, before or after the merger date, for the remaining balance of the sum authorized
by the November 7, 2000, voter referendum to finance public library improvements, and
bonds for library capital improvements contained in the city's capital improvement plans.
The city of Minneapolis shall be solely responsible for all payments thereunder.
new text end

new text begin (c) All unspent proceeds from bonds referenced in paragraph (a) and paragraph
(b) shall be transferred to Hennepin County as provided in the transactional documents
to be used solely for capital improvements for the libraries located within the city of
Minneapolis and in a manner consistent with the terms of the purposes established for
the issuance of the bonds. Nothing in this section obligates Hennepin County to fund any
capital improvements in any amounts above and beyond the amount of the proceeds
transferred under this section.
new text end

new text begin (d) The outstanding principal and interest due for all bonds issued by Hennepin
County pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 383B.245, prior to the merger of the
Minneapolis Public Library and the Hennepin County library system shall be paid by levy
of a tax on the taxable property within the county outside the city of Minneapolis.
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginOPERATING FUNDS.
new text end

new text begin (a) In addition to any tax revenues that may be levied by Hennepin County to
operate the consolidated Hennepin County library system and in addition to any other
obligations set out in this act, the city of Minneapolis shall contribute funds as specified
in paragraphs (b) and (c).
new text end

new text begin (b) The city of Minneapolis shall contribute operating funds to Hennepin County for
the library system for a period of ten years after the effective date. The contribution in the
first year will be in the amount of $7,800,000. The annual contribution after the first year
will be in an amount that declines $780,000 per year from the previous year.
new text end

new text begin (c) The city of Minneapolis shall contribute funding to Hennepin County in addition
to the operating funds referenced in paragraph (b) for a period of eight years after the
effective date to extend the hours of operation of the public libraries located in the city
of Minneapolis as determined by the city in an amount provided in the transactional
documents. In the first three years after the effective date, the city of Minneapolis will
provide full funding for any such extension of hours of operation, including the costs of
reopening any shuttered Minneapolis public libraries. The contribution by the city of
Minneapolis will decline by an equal amount per year over the remaining five years as
provided in the transactional documents.
new text end

Sec. 9. new text beginPLANETARIUM.
new text end

new text begin Any unspent balance in the grant to the city of Minneapolis provided in Laws
2005, chapter 20, article 1, section 23, subdivision 16, paragraph (a), shall be redirected
and assigned to Hennepin County.
new text end

Sec. 10. new text beginMINNEAPOLIS LIBRARY BOARD.
new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding any other laws to the contrary or any provision of the
Minneapolis city charter, the Minneapolis Library Board and all of its functions will be
dissolved upon the merger date.
new text end

new text begin (b) All outstanding liabilities of the Minneapolis Library Board as of the merger date
will be assumed by the city of Minneapolis as provided in the transactional documents.
new text end

Sec. 11. new text beginBALLPARK TAX LEVY.
new text end

new text begin (a) The funds allowed pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 473.757, subdivision
2, for the purpose of extending the hours of operation of Hennepin County libraries and
Minneapolis public libraries shall apply to the merged system of the Minneapolis and
Hennepin County libraries after the merger date.
new text end

new text begin (b) Any funds expended pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 473.757,
subdivision 2, shall be in supplement to those funds used to extend the hours of operation
referenced in section 8, paragraph (c).
new text end

Sec. 12. new text beginTRANSACTIONAL DOCUMENTS; AGREEMENTS.
new text end

new text begin The Minneapolis Library Board, the city of Minneapolis, and Hennepin County
may enter into transactional documents to effectuate the merger of the library systems as
provided in this act; provided that before these documents are entered into, each of these
entities, or all of them jointly, must conduct a public hearing after published notice of the
hearing on the merger. The hearing must be held on a weeknight, beginning between 6:00
p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All agreements entered into by the board, the city, and the county
to effectuate the merger must be consistent with and aid in the accomplishment of the
Guiding Principles for the Consolidation of Library Services in Hennepin County adopted
by the Minneapolis Public Library Board on March 7, 2007.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

STATUTORY CHANGES

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 275.065, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Notice of proposed property taxes.

(a) The county auditor shall prepare
and the county treasurer shall deliver after November 10 and on or before November 24
each year, by first class mail to each taxpayer at the address listed on the county's current
year's assessment roll, a notice of proposed property taxes.

(b) The commissioner of revenue shall prescribe the form of the notice.

(c) The notice must inform taxpayers that it contains the amount of property taxes
each taxing authority proposes to collect for taxes payable the following year. In the case
of a town, or in the case of the state general tax, the final tax amount will be its proposed
tax. In the case of taxing authorities required to hold a public meeting under subdivision 6,
the notice must clearly state that each taxing authority, including regional library districts
established under section 134.201, and including the metropolitan taxing districts as
defined in paragraph (i), but excluding all other special taxing districts and towns, will
hold a public meeting to receive public testimony on the proposed budget and proposed or
final property tax levy, or, in case of a school district, on the current budget and proposed
property tax levy. It must clearly state the time and place of each taxing authority's
meeting, a telephone number for the taxing authority that taxpayers may call if they have
questions related to the notice, and an address where comments will be received by mail.

(d) The notice must state for each parcel:

(1) the market value of the property as determined under section 273.11, and used
for computing property taxes payable in the following year and for taxes payable in the
current year as each appears in the records of the county assessor on November 1 of the
current year; and, in the case of residential property, whether the property is classified as
homestead or nonhomestead. The notice must clearly inform taxpayers of the years to
which the market values apply and that the values are final values;

(2) the items listed below, shown separately by county, city or town, and state general
tax, net of the residential and agricultural homestead credit under section 273.1384, voter
approved school levy, other local school levy, and the sum of the special taxing districts,
and as a total of all taxing authorities:

(i) the actual tax for taxes payable in the current year; and

(ii) the proposed tax amount.

If the county levy under clause (2) includes an amount for a lake improvement
district as defined under sections 103B.501 to 103B.581, the amount attributable for that
purpose must be separately stated from the remaining county levy amount.

In the case of a town or the state general tax, the final tax shall also be its proposed
tax unless the town changes its levy at a special town meeting under section 365.52. If a
school district has certified under section 126C.17, subdivision 9, that a referendum will
be held in the school district at the November general election, the county auditor must
note next to the school district's proposed amount that a referendum is pending and that,
if approved by the voters, the tax amount may be higher than shown on the notice. In
the case of the city of Minneapolis, deleted text beginthe levy for the Minneapolis Library Board anddeleted text end the
levy for Minneapolis Park and Recreation shall be listed separately from the remaining
amount of the city's levy. In the case of the city of St. Paul, the levy for the St. Paul
Library Agency must be listed separately from the remaining amount of the city's levy.
In the case of Ramsey County, any amount levied under section 134.07 may be listed
separately from the remaining amount of the county's levy. In the case of a parcel where
tax increment or the fiscal disparities areawide tax under chapter 276A or 473F applies,
the proposed tax levy on the captured value or the proposed tax levy on the tax capacity
subject to the areawide tax must each be stated separately and not included in the sum of
the special taxing districts; and

(3) the increase or decrease between the total taxes payable in the current year and
the total proposed taxes, expressed as a percentage.

For purposes of this section, the amount of the tax on homesteads qualifying under
the senior citizens' property tax deferral program under chapter 290B is the total amount
of property tax before subtraction of the deferred property tax amount.

(e) The notice must clearly state that the proposed or final taxes do not include
the following:

(1) special assessments;

(2) levies approved by the voters after the date the proposed taxes are certified,
including bond referenda and school district levy referenda;

(3) a levy limit increase approved by the voters by the first Tuesday after the first
Monday in November of the levy year as provided under section 275.73;

(4) amounts necessary to pay cleanup or other costs due to a natural disaster
occurring after the date the proposed taxes are certified;

(5) amounts necessary to pay tort judgments against the taxing authority that become
final after the date the proposed taxes are certified; and

(6) the contamination tax imposed on properties which received market value
reductions for contamination.

(f) Except as provided in subdivision 7, failure of the county auditor to prepare or
the county treasurer to deliver the notice as required in this section does not invalidate the
proposed or final tax levy or the taxes payable pursuant to the tax levy.

(g) If the notice the taxpayer receives under this section lists the property as
nonhomestead, and satisfactory documentation is provided to the county assessor by the
applicable deadline, and the property qualifies for the homestead classification in that
assessment year, the assessor shall reclassify the property to homestead for taxes payable
in the following year.

(h) In the case of class 4 residential property used as a residence for lease or rental
periods of 30 days or more, the taxpayer must either:

(1) mail or deliver a copy of the notice of proposed property taxes to each tenant,
renter, or lessee; or

(2) post a copy of the notice in a conspicuous place on the premises of the property.

The notice must be mailed or posted by the taxpayer by November 27 or within
three days of receipt of the notice, whichever is later. A taxpayer may notify the county
treasurer of the address of the taxpayer, agent, caretaker, or manager of the premises to
which the notice must be mailed in order to fulfill the requirements of this paragraph.

(i) For purposes of this subdivision, subdivisions 5a and 6, "metropolitan special
taxing districts" means the following taxing districts in the seven-county metropolitan area
that levy a property tax for any of the specified purposes listed below:

(1) Metropolitan Council under section 473.132, 473.167, 473.249, 473.325,
473.446, 473.521, 473.547, or 473.834;

(2) Metropolitan Airports Commission under section 473.667, 473.671, or 473.672;
and

(3) Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission under section 473.711.

For purposes of this section, any levies made by the regional rail authorities in the
county of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington under chapter
398A shall be included with the appropriate county's levy and shall be discussed at that
county's public hearing.

(j) The governing body of a county, city, or school district may, with the consent
of the county board, include supplemental information with the statement of proposed
property taxes about the impact of state aid increases or decreases on property tax
increases or decreases and on the level of services provided in the affected jurisdiction.
This supplemental information may include information for the following year, the current
year, and for as many consecutive preceding years as deemed appropriate by the governing
body of the county, city, or school district. It may include only information regarding:

(1) the impact of inflation as measured by the implicit price deflator for state and
local government purchases;

(2) population growth and decline;

(3) state or federal government action; and

(4) other financial factors that affect the level of property taxation and local services
that the governing body of the county, city, or school district may deem appropriate to
include.

The information may be presented using tables, written narrative, and graphic
representations and may contain instruction toward further sources of information or
opportunity for comment.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 383B.237, is amended to read:


383B.237 LIBRARY SYSTEM.

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners may establish and maintain a system
of public libraries for the free use of the residents of the county. The board shall determine
the locations of the libraries, and may levy taxes for library operations and maintenance
on all taxable property within the county deleted text beginwhich was not taxed in 1980 by the city of
Minneapolis for the support of any free public library
deleted text end. The county may acquire, lease,
construct, alter, or contract for the use of any real or personal property necessary for the
establishment and operation of a free county library system. Acquisition of real property
may be undertaken in accordance with chapter 117.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 383B.239, is amended to read:


383B.239 BOARD.

The county board shall direct, operate and manage the county library system. A
county library board consisting of deleted text beginsevendeleted text endnew text begin 11new text end members who reside in the county library
service area shall be appointed by the county board. new text beginFor the first three years following the
merger of the Minneapolis Public Library and the Hennepin County library system, three
of the members shall be residents of the city of Minneapolis. When appointing members
of the county library board who are residents of the city of Minneapolis, the county board
must consult with the Minneapolis mayor and city council.
new text endThe library board shall provide
advice and make recommendations on any matter pertaining to the library system to
the county board and the library director and shall exercise the powers and perform the
duties delegated to it by the county board, which may include, but are not limited to, the
establishment of rules governing library operations, review of the annual operating budget
for submission to the county board, development of a long-range plan and acceptance of
gift and trust funds. The library board shall determine the contents of the collections of the
library system and shall be responsible for the use of library meeting rooms.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 383B.245, is amended to read:


383B.245 LIBRARY LEVY.

new text begin (a) new text endThe county board may levy a tax on the taxable property within the county
deleted text begin outside of any city in which is situated a free public library of the citydeleted text end to acquire, better,
and construct county library buildings and branches and to pay principal and interest
on bonds issued for that purpose.

new text begin (b) new text endThe county board may by resolution adopted by a five-sevenths vote issue and
sell general obligation bonds of the county in the manner provided in sections 475.60 to
475.73. The bonds shall not be subject to the limitations of sections 475.51 to 475.59, but
the maturity years and amounts and interest rates of each series of bonds shall be fixed
so that the maximum amount of principal and interest to become due in any year, on the
bonds of that series and of all outstanding series issued by or for the purposes of libraries,
shall not exceed an amount equal to 0.01612 percent of market value of all taxable
property in the countydeleted text begin, which was not taxed in 1987 by any city for the support of any
free public library,
deleted text end as last finally equalized before the issuance of the new series. When
the tax levy authorized in this section is collected it shall be appropriated and credited to
a debt service fund for the bonds in amounts required each year in lieu of a countywide
tax levy for the debt service fund under section 475.61.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 383B.247, is amended to read:


383B.247 MERGER.

The county and the library board of the city of Minneapolis may agree to merge their
public library systems at a time and in a manner as they may agreenew text begin as enabled pursuant to
this act
new text end. deleted text beginThe merger shall be subject to enabling legislation by the legislature.
deleted text end

Sec. 6. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This act is effective the day after the transactional documents have been fully
executed and certificates of local approval have been filed by the Minneapolis Library
Board, the city of Minneapolis, and Hennepin County in compliance with Minnesota
Statutes, section 645.021, subdivision 3. The Minneapolis Library Board, the city of
Minneapolis, and Hennepin County must not file a certificate of local approval until the
Minneapolis Library Board, the city of Minneapolis, and the exclusive representatives
of at least 80 percent of the represented Minneapolis library employees have reached an
agreement addressing the impact of the merger on employees.
new text end