HB 2188--Am. by SCW
[As Amended by Senate Committee of the Whole]
As Amended by Senate Committee
As Amended by House Committee
Session of 1997
By Representative Wempe

14 AN ACT concerning the department of wildlife and parks; relating to 15 improvement and development of certain state parks; long-term leases; 16 taxation. 17 18 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas: 19 Section 1. (a) The Contingent upon a favorable response from 20 federal agencies regarding development of shared resources, the 21 secretary of the department of wildlife and parks shall identify and select 22 sites suitable for the development of commercial, family oriented lodging 23 areas at the following state parks: Clinton, Hillsdale, Kanopolis, El Do- 24 rado, Cheney, Wilson, Milford, Tuttle Creek, Pomona and such other 25 state parks as the secretary deems appropriate. 26 (b) Such identification and selection of the sites shall take into con- 27 sideration the mission of the facility, the environmental considerations 28 and the availability of needed utilities. 29 (c) Family oriented lodging shall not include the development 30 of lake resorts. 31 Sec. 2. The secretary of the department of wildlife and parks is then 32 authorized to negotiate for a long-term lease with a private sector devel- 33 oper for improvement and development of any selected state park site. 34 All such leases shall be on such terms as the secretary prescribes and 35 adhere to the purposes and considerations of section 1 and amendments 36 thereto. 37 Sec. 3. The department of wildlife and parks shall advertise for pro- 38 posal plans with bids for development of sites selected under section 1 39 and amendments thereto. Advertisements for proposals with bids shall be 40 published once each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper 41 having general circulation in the community at least 60 days before the 42 time for receiving the proposals with bids. The advertisement shall also 43 be posted on readily accessible bulletin boards in all offices of the de- HB 2188--Am. by SCW

 1  partment. The advertisement shall identify the area to be developed, the
 2  purpose of the development and shall state that such further information
 3  as is available may be obtained from the department's office in Topeka.
 4    The secretary shall consider all proposals with bids submitted, the fi-
 5  nancial and legal ability of the private sector developers making such
 6  proposals with bids to carry them out and may negotiate with any private
 7  sector developer for a proposal with bid. The secretary may accept such
 8  proposal with bid as it deems to be in the public interest and in further-
 9  ance of the purposes of this act.
10    Sec. 4.  All improvements of the selected state park site shall be ex-
11  empt from ad valorem property tax but the owner or owners of the im-
12  provements shall be required to make a contract or contracts for payment
13  of service charges in lieu of the ad valorem property tax in an amount
14  equal to the value of the improvements as assessed by the county ap-
15  praiser under the then existing tax process times 100 mills. All in lieu of
16  moneys received will be divided equally between the county of location
17  and the park improvement fund [parks fee fund, established under
18  K.S.A. 32-991, and amendments thereto].
19    Sec. 5.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
20  publication in the statute book.