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469.1794 DURATION EXTENSION TO OFFSET DEFICITS.
    Subdivision 1. Authority. Subject to the conditions and limitations imposed by this section,
an authority may, by resolution, extend the duration limit under section 469.176, subdivision
1b
, 1c, 1e, or 1g, that applies to a preexisting district by up to the maximum number of years
permitted under subdivision 5, plus any amount authorized by the commissioner of revenue
under subdivision 6.
    Subd. 2. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings
given.
(b) "Extended district" means a tax increment financing district whose duration limit is
extended under this section.
(c) "Preexisting district" has the meaning given in section 469.1792, subdivision 2.
(d) "Preexisting obligation" has the meaning given in section 469.1792, subdivision 2.
(e) "Qualifying obligation" means:
(1) a preexisting obligation that is:
(i) a general obligation bond of the municipality;
(ii) a general obligation bond of the authority;
(iii) a revenue bond of the authority to which other revenues or money of the authority in
addition to tax increments are pledged to pay;
(iv) an interfund loan, including an advance or payment made by the municipality or
authority after June 1, 2002, to pay an obligation listed in items (i) to (iii);
(v) an obligation assumed by a developer before January 1, 2001, to repay a general
obligation bond issued by a municipality to fund cleanup and development activities, if the
developer assumed the obligation more than five years after the issuance of the bonds; or
(2) a bond issued to refinance a preexisting obligation under clause (1).
    Subd. 3. Preconditions. Before an authority may extend the duration of district under this
section, the following conditions must be met with regard to the district:
(1) the original local tax rate under section 469.177, subdivision 1a, does not apply under an
election made under section 469.1792, subdivision 3, or under other operation of law;
(2) for a district in the metropolitan area or taconite tax relief area, the fiscal disparities
contribution is computed under section 469.177, subdivision 3, paragraph (a);
(3) the municipality has transferred any available increments in other districts to pay
qualified obligations of the district or other districts in the municipality under section 469.1763,
subdivision 6
; and
(4) the authority finds that, taking into account all of the increments that are available to pay
qualifying obligations for the district, the increments from the district will be insufficient to pay
the amount of qualifying obligations and that the insufficiency is a result of (i) the changes in the
class rates and (ii) elimination of the state-determined general education property tax levy under
Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 5.
    Subd. 4. Notice; hearing; and approvals. The authority may extend the duration of a
district under this section only after the municipality has approved the extension after providing
public notice and holding a hearing in the manner provided under section 469.175, subdivision 3.
    Subd. 5. Maximum extension. (a) The maximum extension for a district under this
subdivision equals the lesser of:
(1) four years; or
(2) the tax reform percentage for the district, determined under paragraph (b), multiplied by
the remaining duration of the district rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions in excess of
one-third are rounded up.
(b) The tax reform percentage for the district, as estimated by the county auditor, equals:
(1)(i) the total taxes paid by the original tax capacity for the district for taxes payable
in 2001, minus
(ii) the average of the total taxes paid by the original tax capacity for the district for taxes
payable in 2002 and in 2003, divided by
(2) the total taxes paid by the original tax capacity for the district for taxes payable in 2001.
(c) In the resolution approving the extension, the municipality may elect to treat all
preexisting obligations as qualified obligations for purposes of this section. If the municipality
makes an election under this paragraph, the maximum duration is reduced by one-half of the
amount otherwise permitted under paragraph (a).
(d) The remaining duration of a district is the number of calendar years, beginning after
December 31, 2001, in which the district may collect increment under its duration limit under
section 469.176, subdivision 1b, 1c, 1e, or 1g, or a special law approved before January 1,
2002, as applicable.
(e) For purposes of this subdivision, "taxes" exclude taxes levied against market value, rather
than tax capacity, and the state general tax under section 275.025.
    Subd. 6. Commissioner authority. (a) If the municipality determines that the extension
permitted under subdivision 5 will not provide sufficient revenue to pay in full the amount
of qualifying obligations, the municipality may apply to the commissioner of revenue for an
additional duration extension. The commissioner may authorize an extension of the duration of
the district of up to two years after determining that:
(1) the insufficiency of revenues to pay the qualifying obligations, which will be offset by the
additional extension of the duration limit, result from (i) the changes in the class rates and (ii)
elimination of the state-determined general education property tax levy under Laws 2001, First
Special Session chapter 5;
(2) the municipality has or is transferring all available increments from other preexisting
districts and after August 1, 2001, has not entered into new obligations or authorized new
spending that reduced the amount of those increments that are available for transfer to pay
qualifying obligations; and
(3) increases in increments over the term of the district are unlikely to eliminate the
insufficiency.
(b) The commissioner may:
(1) establish the form of and time for applications under this subdivision; and
(2) require the municipality to provide the information that the commissioner determines is
necessary or useful in evaluating the application.
(c) This subdivision does not apply to a district if the authority has made an election under
subdivision 5, paragraph (c).
    Subd. 7. Limits on use of increments. (a) Tax increments of an extended district may
only be used to pay preexisting obligations of the district and administrative expenses, effective
upon the final required approval of the extension under this section. All tax increments that are
attributable to an extension of the duration of a district under this section must be used only to
pay qualified obligations of the district. If increments from a district subject to this subdivision
are pledged to pay preexisting obligations that are not qualified obligations, increments received
under the duration limit, determined without regard to this section, must be used to pay qualified
obligations and preexisting obligations that are not qualified obligations in proportion to their
relative shares of all payments due on all preexisting obligations.
(b) If the authority elects to extend the duration of a district under this section and if
increments from one or more other districts are pledged to pay preexisting obligations of the
extended district, increments from all of the districts may only be used to pay preexisting
obligations and administrative expenses.
    Subd. 8. Decertification. An extended district must be decertified at the end of the first
calendar year when sufficient increments have been received to pay the qualified obligations of
the extended district. Any remaining unspent increments must be distributed as excess increments
under section 469.176, subdivision 2, paragraph (c), clause (4).
History: 1Sp2003 c 21 art 10 s 8