HBA-CMT H.B. 2083 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2083 By: Lewis, Glenn Transportation 3/22/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is owned by the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, but the airport's property is located within the municipal boundaries of Grapevine, Irving, Euless, and Coppell. Because the airport is within their boundaries, these municipalities receive a significant amount of tax revenue from activities on property of the airport that Dallas and Fort Worth do not receive. Several years ago, the Joint Airports Policy Committee directed the airport to initiate discussions with these cities in hopes of reaching an agreement to share taxes that are generated on airport property. After several months of negotiations, the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth secured tax-sharing agreements with the cities of Euless and Irving. Dallas and Fort Worth, however, still seek to enter such an agreement with Grapevine. House Bill 2083 requires each non-constituent municipality with property in a county or municipal airport to pay the constituent agencies of the airport two-thirds of the excess airport revenue received by the nonconstituent municipality. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2083 amends the Transportation Code to require each non-constituent municipality no later than March 31 of each year to pay to the constituent agencies of a county or municipal airport an amount equal to two-thirds of the non-constituent municipality's excess airport revenues for the preceding calendar year. The constituent agencies are required to divide the payment according to their respective ownership interests in the airport. The bill requires each non-constituent municipality to retain an independent auditor to verify the non-constituent municipality's excess airport revenue each year. The constituent agencies are required to reimburse each non-constituent municipality for two-thirds of the cost of the verification. The bill requires the portion of the reimbursement to be paid by each constituent agency to be based on the respective ownership interests in the airport. Once each calendar year, each constituent agency is authorized to audit a non-constituent municipality's records relating to the excess airport revenue at the sole expense of the constituent agency. Each non-constituent municipality is required to determine the amount of the municipality's airport revenue according to available statistical data indicating the estimated or actual total revenue attributable to that portion of the municipality that lies within the boundaries of the airport. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.