By: Villarreal H.B. No. 2316
  relating to allowing certain tax units to impose a fee for
  processing a petition requesting that an area in the unit be
  designated as a tax increment financing reinvestment zone.
         SECTION 1.  Section 311.008, Tax Code, is amended by adding
  Subsection (f) to read as follows:
         (a)  In this section, "educational facility" includes
  equipment, real property, and other facilities, including a public
  school building, that are used or intended to be used jointly by the
  municipality or county and an independent school district.
         (b)  A municipality or county may exercise any power
  necessary and convenient to carry out this chapter, including the
  power to:
               (1)  cause project plans to be prepared, approve and
  implement the plans, and otherwise achieve the purposes of the
               (2)  acquire real property by purchase, condemnation,
  or other means to implement project plans and sell that property on
  the terms and conditions and in the manner it considers advisable;
               (3)  enter into agreements, including agreements with
  bondholders, determined by the governing body of the municipality
  or county to be necessary or convenient to implement project plans
  and achieve their purposes, which agreements may include
  conditions, restrictions, or covenants that run with the land or
  that by other means regulate or restrict the use of land; and
               (4)  consistent with the project plan for the zone:
                     (A)  acquire blighted, deteriorated,
  deteriorating, undeveloped, or inappropriately developed real
  property or other property in a blighted area or in a federally
  assisted new community in the zone for the preservation or
  restoration of historic sites, beautification or conservation, the
  provision of public works or public facilities, or other public
                     (B)  acquire, construct, reconstruct, or install
  public works, facilities, or sites or other public improvements,
  including utilities, streets, street lights, water and sewer
  facilities, pedestrian malls and walkways, parks, flood and
  drainage facilities, or parking facilities, but not including
  educational facilities; or
                     (C)  in a reinvestment zone created on or before
  September 1, 1999, acquire, construct, or reconstruct educational
  facilities in the municipality; or
               (5)  impose a fee reasonably related to the estimated
  cost to the municipality or county for reviewing a project
  designated or proposed to be designated pursuant to this chapter.
         (c)  The powers authorized by Subsection (b)(2) prevail over
  any law or municipal charter to the contrary.
         (d)  A municipality or county may make available to the
  public on request financial information regarding the acquisition
  by the municipality or county of land in the zone when the
  municipality or county acquires the land.
         (e)  The implementation of a project plan to alleviate a
  condition described by Section 311.005(a)(1), (2), or (3) and to
  promote development or redevelopment of a reinvestment zone in
  accordance with this chapter serves a public purpose.
         (f)  The governing body of a municipality or county may
  impose a reasonable fee on the property owners who submit a petition
  under Section 311.005(a)(4) for processing the petition.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies to a
  petition requesting designation of a reinvestment zone submitted on
  or after the effective date of this Act. A petition requesting
  designation of a reinvestment zone submitted before the effective
  date of this Act is governed by the law in effect when the petition
  was submitted, and the former law is continued in effect for that
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009