(a) The owners of at least sixty-one percent of the real property, determined by acreage, located within the boundaries of the resort area described in the petition, by metes and bounds or otherwise in a manner sufficient to describe the area, may petition a governing body to create or expand a resort area district.
(b) The petition for the creation or expansion of a resort area district shall include, where applicable, the following:
(1) The proposed name and proposed boundaries of such district and a list of the names and addresses of all owners of real property within the proposed district;
(2) A description of proposed projects and services to be provided within the district;
(3) A map showing the proposed resort area to be included in the resort area district;
(4) A list of estimated project and service costs;
(5) A feasibility or consultant study concerning the formation of the proposed district and the funds to be generated by the implementation of a resort service fee and indicating that the proposed resort service fee will provide sufficient revenue for proposed services and projects;
(6) The proposed rate or rates, not to exceed five percent of the purchase price, of the resort service fee and the proposed classes of goods and services to which each rate shall apply;
(7) The proposed effective date of the resort service fee;
(8) A certification from the State Tax Commissioner of the amount of consumers sales and service taxes collected from businesses located in the proposed district during the most recent twelve calendar month period for which such data is available that precedes the calendar quarter during which the petition will be submitted to the governing body;
(9) A development schedule; and
(10) A statement of the benefits that can be expected from the creation of the district.
(c) Within sixty days of the submission of a petition for the
creation of a resort area district, the governing body shall by
order determine the completeness of the petition. If the governing
body determines that the petition is complete, it shall set a date
for the public meeting required under section six of this article
and shall cause the petition to be filed with the clerk of the
governing body and be made available for inspection by interested
persons before the meeting. If the governing body determines that
such petition is not complete, the petition shall be returned to
the petitioners with a statement of additional information required
for such petition to be complete.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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