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Substitute Senate Bill No. 700

Public Act No. 06-163

AN ACT CONCERNING LAND RECORD FEES PAID BY A MUNICIPALITY, THE PROPERTY DESCRIPTION OF A DISTRICT IN REDDING AND THE FILING DEADLINE FOR CERTAIN TAX EXEMPTIONS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (e) of section 7-34a of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(e) In addition to the fees for recording a document under subsection (a) of this section, town clerks shall receive a fee of thirty dollars for each document recorded in the land records of the municipality. The town clerk shall retain one dollar of any fee paid pursuant to this subsection and three dollars of such fee shall become part of the general revenue of the municipality and used to pay for local capital improvement projects, as defined in section 7-536. Not later than the fifteenth day of each month, town clerks shall remit twenty-six dollars of the fees paid pursuant to this subsection during the previous calendar month to the State Treasurer. Upon deposit in the General Fund, such amount shall be credited to the land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation account established pursuant to section 4-66aa. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any document recorded on the land records by an employee of the state or of a municipality in conjunction with said employee's official duties. As used in this subsection, "municipality" includes each town, consolidated town and city, city, consolidated town and borough, borough, district, as defined in chapter 105 or 105a, any municipal corporation or department thereof created by a special act of the General Assembly, and each municipal board, commission and taxing district not previously mentioned.

Sec. 2. Section 1 of special act 05-14 is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):

For purposes of this section:

(1) "District" means certain real property, situated in the town of Redding, County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut shown and designated as Parcel D on "Property survey for The Gilbert & Bennett Mfg. Co. in Georgetown Redding, Connecticut Sheet 3 of 3" and dated September 20, 1987, which map is on file in the Redding town clerk's office as Map 3436, excepting, however, so much of such property as has previously been conveyed to other, including, but not limited to, (A) the premises described in a certain deed to the town of Wilton, dated September 22, 1999, and recorded in the Wilton Land Records at volume 1193, page 183, (B) the premises described in a certain deed to the town of Redding, dated November 4, 1999, and recorded in the Redding Land Records at volume 235, page 33, and (C) the premises described in a certain deed to the town of Redding dated November 4, 1999, and recorded in the Redding Land Records at volume 267, page 240; except upon action on or after the effective date of this section by the voters, as provided in section 7-325 of the general statutes, to enlarge the district, "district" shall include all those certain pieces or parcels of land, with the improvements thereon, situated in the Town of Redding, County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, being shown as: "Parcel A (Assessor's No. 32-1, 2, 3) Acres = 41.4822"; "Parcel B (Assessor's No. 34-1) Acres = 1.4529"; "Parcel C (Assessor's No. 35-1) Acres = 1.8746"; all as shown on "Property Survey for THE GILBERT & BENNETT MFG. Co.", sheets 1, 2 and 3, on file in the Redding Town Clerk's Office as Map Nos. 3434, 3435 and 3436; together with that certain parcel of land (Redding Assessor's Map 103, Block 35, Lot 4) being shown as "Total Area = 0.765 AC." on "Map Prepared for Gilbert & Bennett Manufacturing Co. Redding, Connecticut" dated July 18, 1988, and on file in the Redding Town Clerk's Office as Map No. 3626, and upon its discontinuance, that certain parcel of land being shown as North Main Street on said maps;

(2) "Voter" means (A) any person who is an elector of the district, (B) any citizen of the United States of the age of eighteen years or more who, jointly or severally, is liable to the district for taxes assessed against such citizen on an assessment of not less than one thousand dollars on the last-completed grand list of such district, or who would be so liable if not entitled to an exemption under subdivision (17), (19), (22), (23), (25) or (26) of section 12-81 of the general statutes, or (C) holders of record of interest in real property within such district; and

(3) "Qualified green building and sustainable design project" shall have the same meaning as in 26 USC 142.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the time limit set forth in subsection (d) of section 12-120b of the general statutes, any person in the town of Wallingford who failed to file a written request for a reconsideration of the decision by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to modify or deny an exemption granted by the assessor of said town, under the provisions of subdivision (72) of section 12-81 of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes, for the assessment year commencing October 1, 2000, may file a request for such reconsideration provided (1) such request is filed not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section, and (2) is accompanied by all documentation and information specified in the secretary's letter of modification or denial dated October 1, 2002. Said secretary shall, not later than thirty days following receipt of such person's request and the required supporting documentation and information, reconsider the decision to modify or deny said exemption, and shall send a written determination with respect thereto to such person. If aggrieved by the secretary's determination, such person may request a hearing before said secretary, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (d) of said section 12-120b. If said secretary determines that such person is eligible for the exemption claimed for the assessment year commencing October 1, 2000, under the provisions of subdivision (72) of said section 12-81, said secretary shall notify such person and the assessor of the town of Wallingford of such approval and shall include reimbursement with respect thereto in the next certification said secretary makes to the Comptroller under the provisions of section 12-94b of the general statutes. If taxes have been paid on the machinery and equipment for which such exemption is approved by said secretary, the town of Wallingford shall reimburse the person who made such payment in an amount equal to the reimbursement issued by the Treasurer with respect to such exempt machinery and equipment.

Approved June 6, 2006