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Substitute House Bill No. 5438

Public Act No. 06-101

AN ACT CONCERNING ENTERPRISE ZONE REPORTING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 32-70a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(a) On or before [October 1, 1993] October 1, 2006, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall [adopt] establish goals for enterprise zones designated under section 32-70. The commissioner shall review such goals every five years and update them as necessary and appropriate. Such goals shall include, but not be limited to, increasing private investment, expanding the tax base, providing job training and job creation for residents of enterprise zones and reducing property abandonment and housing blight in enterprise zones.

(b) On or before [January 1, 1994] October 1, 2006, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall [adopt] establish performance standards to measure the progress of municipalities with enterprise zones in attaining the goals for enterprise zones established under subsection (a) of this section. The commissioner shall review and update such performance standards as appropriate and necessary.

(c) On or before [July 1, 1994] July 1, 2011, and [annually] every five years thereafter, each [municipality in which] business located within an enterprise zone [is located] shall electronically submit, in a format determined by the commissioner, a report to the [commissioner evaluating the progress of the municipality in meeting the performance standards established under subsection (b) of this section. ] municipality, which shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) The name of the business;

(2) The enterprise zone address of each business;

(3) The date on which the business was first certified;

(4) The number of full-time jobs the business had at the time of application;

(5) The number of part-time jobs the business had at the time of application;

(6) The number of full-time jobs of the business filled by residents of the enterprise zone as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(7) The number of part-time jobs of the business filled by residents of the enterprise zone as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(8) The number of full-time jobs the business had as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(9) The number of part-time jobs the business had as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(10) The average annual wage paid by the business to its full-time employees as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(11) The average annual wage paid by the business to its part-time employees as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(12) The number of employees of the business eligible for health benefits as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(13) The per cent of average employee contribution to the health plan of the business as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(14) The amount invested by the business in job training as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(15) The amount of square footage of the building or buildings residing at the enterprise zone address at the time of application;

(16) The amount of square footage of the building or buildings residing at the enterprise zone address as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(17) The amount invested by the business or property owner in the building or buildings residing at the enterprise zone address as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(18) The amount invested in personal property, excluding machinery and equipment used in the manufacture of goods, as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(19) The amount invested in machinery and equipment used in the manufacture of goods as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(20) The amount of the personal property tax abatement awarded to the business as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(21) The amount of the real property tax abatement awarded to the business as of June thirtieth of each year since certification;

(22) The amount of personal property tax actually paid by the business to the municipality as of June thirtieth of each year since certification; and

(23) The amount of real property tax actually paid by the business to the municipality as of June thirtieth of each year since certification.

(d) On or before July 1, 2011, and every five years thereafter, each municipality in which an enterprise zone is located shall electronically submit, in a format determined by the commissioner, a report to the commissioner evaluating the progress of the municipality in meeting the performance standards established under subsection (b) of this section. Each municipal report shall include, to the extent available, a list of all businesses certified within the municipality's enterprise zone, and the information provided by businesses under subsection (c) of this section.

[(d)] (e) On or before [January 1, 1995] February 1, 2011, the commissioner shall assess the performance of each enterprise zone. In making such assessment the commissioner shall consider the report submitted under subsection (c) of this section by the municipality in which the enterprise zone is located and any other information he deems relevant. The commissioner shall [submit a copy of his assessment to the municipality along with] report the findings of said assessment and any recommendations for improvement in the performance of the enterprise zone in the Department of Economic and Community Development's annual report.

[(e)] (f) On or before [January 1, 1998] January 1, 2013, the commissioner shall assess the performance of each enterprise zone and [, notwithstanding the provisions of section 32-70, may remove] may recommend to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Development Authority and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, that the designation be removed if he determines that the enterprise zone has not met performance standards established under subsection (b) of this section. Upon such recommendation, the General Assembly may remove the designation.

Approved June 2, 2006