Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Counties Code and Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a county or municipality may create an urban agricultural zones (UAZ) composed of organizations or persons who grow produce or other agricultural products; who raise livestock or poultry; who process livestock or poultry; or that sell a minimum of 75% locally grown food. Provides for the creation of a UAZ board to advise the county board, county board of commissioners, or corporate authorities of a municipality on UAZs. Provides for UAZ application requirements, including the number of jobs to be created, the types of products to be produced, and if applying for a vending UAZ, the ability to accept food stamps under the provisions of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program if selling products to consumers. Provides for county and municipal public hearing and notice requirements before adoption of an ordinance to establish a UAZ. Provides that property taxes on property located within a UAZ shall not be increased, if so provided in the UAZ ordinance, for a period of up to 25 years. Provides that sales tax amounts received from the sale of agricultural products sold in a UAZ shall be deposited in the Urban Agricultural Zone Fund and specifies distribution to the county, municipality, or school districts under specified circumstances. Allows for wholesale water rates and a reduction in water connection charges for property in a UAZ. Amends the State Finance Act making conforming changes.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Removes provisions amending the Counties Code allowing county urban agricultural zones and related references. Excludes specified farmland from the definition of "blighted area" and from properties that may receive a tax abatement. Provides that an application to develop an urban agricultural zone (UAZ) shall also identify the geographic description of the area that will be included in the UAZ, all taxing units of local government impacted by the proposed UAZ, and the amount of property taxes to be abated, if any. Specifies that the real property located within a UAZ that is not subject to assessment are properties that are used for growing or raising of agricultural products if authorized by the urban agricultural ordinance. Provides tax amounts received from the sale of agricultural products grown or produced and sold (rather than just sold) in the UAZ shall be deposited in the Urban Agricultural Zone Fund. Provides that any entity providing water to a UAZ may authorize a water user who grows or raises agricultural products in the UAZ (rather than a grower UAZ) to pay wholesale water rates, if available, or pay 50% of the standard connection charge. Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2017.