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Code of Virginia
Title 15.2. Counties, Cities and Towns
Chapter 24. Service Districts; Taxes and Assessments for Local Improvements
8/16/2022

§ 15.2-2413.5. Establishment or extension of the tourism improvement district.

A. Not earlier than 30 days after the conclusion of the last day of the public hearing held pursuant to § 15.2-2413.4, the governing body of the locality that conducted the hearing process shall determine:

1. Whether the notice of hearing for all hearings required to be held was published and mailed as required by law and is otherwise sufficient;

2. Whether all the businesses charged a fee within the boundaries of the proposed tourism improvement district or extension will benefit from the establishment or extension of the tourism improvement district; and

3. Whether the establishment or extension of the tourism improvement district is in the public interest.

B. If the locality determines the question of subdivision A 3 in the negative, or if the requisite number of owners file objections as provided in subsection B of § 15.2-2413.4, the locality shall not establish or extend the tourism improvement district, as applicable. Thereafter, no plan for the establishment or extension of a tourism improvement district to include any business proposed to be included in the disapproved tourism improvement district may be submitted until the expiration of at least one year from the date of disapproval.

C. If the locality shall find that notice was incorrectly or insufficiently given or that any business charged a fee within the boundaries of the proposed tourism improvement district or extension is not benefited thereby or that certain businesses benefited thereby had not been included therein, it shall call a further hearing at a definite place and time not less than 10 days and not more than 30 days after this determination. In the resolution calling such hearing, it shall specify the necessary changes, if any, to the boundaries of the proposed tourism improvement district or extension to be made in order that all of the benefited businesses are included in the general tourism improvement district, and only those businesses deemed benefited shall be subject to fees within such tourism improvement district. Notice of the further hearing shall be published and mailed in the manner provided in § 15.2-2413.4, except that, where boundaries are to be altered, this notice shall also specify the manner in which it is proposed to alter the boundaries of the proposed tourism improvement district or extension. The further hearing shall be conducted in the same manner as the original hearing.

D. If a locality determines in the affirmative all questions in subsection A, it may by ordinance establish a tourism improvement district and any ordinances provided for in § 15.2-2413.6.

2021, Sp. Sess. I, c. 500.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.