GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2017-59
HOUSE BILL 420
AN ACT changing the membership composition of rockingham county economic development and tourism.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Section 2 of Chapter 322 of the Session Laws of 1991, as amended by Chapter 52 of the Session Laws of 1995, Part V of S.L. 2005‑233, and Part III of S.L. 2009‑428, reads as rewritten:
"Sec. 2. Tourism Development Authority. –
(a) Appointment and Membership.
– When the board of commissioners adopts a resolution levying a room occupancy
tax under this act, it shall also adopt a resolution creating a county Tourism
Development Authority, which shall be a public authority under the Local
Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.
At least one‑third of the
members must be individuals affiliated with businesses that collect the tax in
the county, and at least one‑half of the members must be individuals
currently active in the promotion of travel and tourism in the county. The
Authority shall be composed of the following 12 members:
(1) The Executive Director of
the Rockingham County Economic Development Commission, and
Tourism, who shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member.
(2) A county commissioner appointed by the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners, who shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member.
(2a) The County Finance Officer, who shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member.
(3) Two owners or operators
of hotels, motels, or other taxable accommodations
and two individuals
involved in tourist businesses who have demonstrated an interest in tourism
development, appointed as follows: one by the Rockingham County Board of
Commissioners and one by each chamber of commerce in Rockingham County.that
collect the occupancy tax.
Five Seven individuals
involved in businesses or professions that are concerned with or affected by
tourism development in such a way that their expertise would benefit the Authority,
appointed as follows: one by each chamber of commerce in Rockingham County and
two by the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.Authority. These
individuals may be affiliated with businesses that collect the occupancy tax
but shall not be required to have such affiliation. (5) The President of the Chinqua‑Penn
Foundation, Inc., who shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member.
All members of the Authority shall
serve without compensation. Vacancies in the Authority shall be filled by the
authority of the member creating the vacancy.Rockingham County Board of
Commissioners. Members appointed to fill vacancies shall serve for the
remainder of the unexpired term which they are appointed to fill. Except as
provided in subsection (b) for initial members, members Members shall
serve three‑year terms. Members Voting members may serve no
more than two consecutive terms. The members shall elect a chair from the membership
voting members of the Authority, who shall serve for a term of two
years. one year. The Authority shall meet at the call of the chair
and shall adopt rules of procedure to govern its meetings. The Finance Officer
for Rockingham County shall be the ex officio finance officer of the Authority.
SECTION 2. The members of Rockingham County Economic Development and Tourism serving on the date this act becomes law shall continue to serve until the expiration of their terms. Upon the expiration of each of the members' terms, the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners shall appoint a person to Rockingham County Economic Development and Tourism as provided in Section 2 of Chapter 322 of the Session Laws of 1991, as amended by Chapter 52 of the Session Laws of 1995, Part V of S.L. 2005‑233, Part III of S.L. 2009‑428, and Section 1 of this act.
SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 28th day of June, 2017.
s/ Daniel J. Forest
President of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives