(a) Each assessed business is entitled to a weighted vote in each referendum. In calculating weighted votes, each assessed business receives a vote equal to the relative assessment paid by that business. An assessed business paying nine hundred dollars ($900) in annual assessments has three times the weighted vote of a business paying three hundred dollars ($300). Weighted votes are used to determine all issues on the referendum. The initial referendum, and any referendum item to terminate the commission, must be approved by a majority of the weighted votes cast at the referendum. The amount of assessment and selection of commissioners is determined by the most weighted votes, whether or not there is a majority.
(b) For purposes of voting in any referendum, each assessed business is part of one industry category and one industry segment, and for voting purposes only, a business with revenue in more than one industry category or industry segment shall only be included in the category and segment in which it earns the most gross revenue.
(c) Each assessed business is eligible to vote for each item on the referendum, except that an assessed business can only vote for commissioners representing its industry category, and industry segment formulae for its industry segment.
(d) A business is not eligible to vote unless it has paid all assessments and fines outstanding as of a date established by the secretary.
13995.65(h) (1) A person sharing common ownership, management, or control of more than one assessed business may elect to calculate, administer, and pay the assessment owed by each business by any of the following methods:
(A) Calculated on the basis of each individual business location.
(B) Calculated on the basis of each business, or each group of businesses, possessing a single federal employer identification number, regardless of the number of locations involved.
(C) Calculated on the basis of the average aggregate percentage of tourism-related gross revenue received by all of the person's businesses in a particular industry segment or industry category during the period in question, multiplied by the total aggregate tourism-related gross revenue received by all of the businesses, and then multiplied by the appropriate assessment formula. For example, if a person sharing common ownership, management, or control of more than one assessed business in the retail industry segment calculates that the average percentage of tourism-related gross revenue received by all of its locations equals 6 percent during the period in question, that person may multiply all of the gross revenue received from all of those locations by 6 percent, and then multiply that product by the applicable assessment formula.
(D) Calculated on any other basis authorized by the secretary.
(2) Except as the secretary may otherwise authorize, the methods in subparagraphs (B), (C), or (D) shall not be used if the aggregate assessments paid would be less than the total assessment revenues that would be paid if the method in subparagraph (A) were used.