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Governor's Bill No. 6389

January Session, 2009

 

LCO No. 2864

 

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Referred to Committee on Planning and Development

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. CAFERO, 142nd Dist.

SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th Dist.

 

AN ACT PROMOTING REGIONALIZATION.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, any public or special act or any local charter or home rule ordinance, the chief executive officers of two or more municipalities seeking to enter into an interlocal agreement regarding the purchase of goods or equipment, the delivery of a service or the provision of a function may select a single attorney from among the counsels for their respective municipalities to review and approve such agreement and any subagreement that is a part thereto. Such agreement may provide for the selection by such chief executive officers of a single office or person to administer the agreement.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) There is created a regionalization incentive grant program that the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall administer to promote the regional provision of required governmental functions or services. Grants shall be available for capital infrastructure costs that are or may be incurred due to the regionalization of a required governmental function or service or the expansion of such a function or service to a greater number of municipalities than are providing such a function or service on a regionalized basis on the effective date of this section. The amount of any such grant shall be: (1) Not more than three million dollars for an application submitted jointly by not less than three municipalities serving a combined population of at least fifty thousand, or (2) not more than one million dollars for an application submitted jointly by not less than four municipalities. Any such application shall be made in the form and manner as the secretary prescribes. In awarding such grants, the secretary may give priority to consideration of the regionalization of a function or service or the expansion of a regionalized function or service that benefits the greatest number of municipalities or the greatest population and that, in the opinion of the secretary, has the potential of providing the greatest savings to participating municipalities. Costs associated with planning shall not be eligible for a grant under this section.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective from passage) There is created a municipal capital equipment purchase grant program that the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall administer. The purpose of such program shall be to encourage the joint acquisition by municipalities of equipment necessary to the performance or delivery of a required governmental function or service. Any such equipment may be acquired by exercise of prepayment or purchase options in existing capital leases entered into by such municipalities. Grants shall be available for acquisition costs of (1) equipment that has an anticipated remaining useful life of not less than five years from the date of purchase, including data processing equipment that has a unit price of less than one thousand dollars, or (2) a maintenance vehicle, pick-up truck, tractor, truck tractor or utility trailer, as defined in section 14-1 of the general statutes, or any similar type of vehicle that municipalities use in the performance or delivery of a required governmental function or service. Application for such grant shall be made in the form and manner as the secretary prescribes. The grant payable under this section shall be seventy-five per cent of the total cost each municipality incurs or will incur due to the joint acquisition of eligible equipment, or two hundred fifty thousand dollars, whichever is less.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Any municipality that has entered into an interlocal agreement to carry out a function or service pursuant to section 7-148cc of the general statutes and section 2 of this act, which has been approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and without regard to whether any funds are provided under said section 2, shall receive a bonus entitlement from the proceeds of the Local Capital Improvement Fund established under section 7-535 of the general statutes. Such bonus entitlement shall equal ten per cent of such municipality's entitlement under section 7-536 of the general statutes for the fiscal year preceding that in which the secretary first determines that the municipality meets the regionalization incentive grant program's eligibility requirements. The municipality shall receive such bonus entitlement, which shall be added to the amount of the municipality's entitlement as determined in accordance with this section and said section 7-536, in each of the three fiscal years following the fiscal year in which the secretary determines the municipality's eligibility for such bonus entitlement. In each such year, the secretary shall deduct the total amount of bonus entitlements for which all eligible municipalities qualify from the amount to be allocated from the proceeds of the Local Capital Improvement Fund before determining each municipality's entitlement in accordance with section 7-536 of the general statutes.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Any municipality that has entered into an interlocal agreement to carry out a function or service pursuant to section 7-148cc of the general statutes and section 2 of this act, which has been approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and without regard to whether any funds are provided under said section 2, shall receive a bonus grant from the funds appropriated to the Commissioner of Transportation for town aid road fund grants, pursuant to sections 13a-175a to 13a-175e, inclusive, of the general statutes and section 13a-175i of the general statutes. Such bonus grant shall equal ten per cent of such municipality's town aid road fund grant for the fiscal year preceding that in which the secretary first determines that the municipality meets the regionalization incentive grant program's eligibility requirements. The municipality shall receive such bonus grant, which shall be added to the amount of the municipality's town aid road fund grant as determined in accordance with this section and sections 13a-175a to 13a-175e, inclusive, of the general statutes, and section 13a-175i of the general statutes, in each of the three fiscal years following the fiscal year in which the secretary determines the municipality's eligibility for such bonus grant. In each such year, the Commissioner of Transportation shall deduct the total amount of bonus grants for which all eligible municipalities qualify from the amount to be distributed in town aid road fund grants before determining each municipality's grant under sections 13a-175a to 13a-175e, inclusive, of the general statutes, and section 13a-175i of the general statutes.

Sec. 6. (NEW) (Effective from passage) On or before December 31, 2010, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall, within available appropriations, conduct or sponsor a regional incentive seminar in order to apprise local governmental officials of the cost benefits of engaging in a regional approach to the delivery of services and purchase of goods. To the extent possible, municipalities that have adopted successful regional endeavors shall participate in such seminar.

Sec. 7. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 12-62 of the general statutes, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may grant any town an extension, not exceeding two years, of the date by which the town shall implement a revaluation if the secretary determines that the town's inability to enter into an interlocal agreement for the services of a revaluation company is due solely to the year by which the town shall effect a revaluation pursuant to said section 12-62. The chief executive officer of a town seeking such an extension shall submit a written extension request to said secretary, together with a letter signed by the chief executive officer of any other town or towns with which the town requesting extension intends to enter into such an agreement. The letter from the chief executive officer of such other town or towns shall indicate such officer's or officers' willingness to enter into an interlocal agreement for revaluation company services with the town requesting such extension. The secretary shall send notice of any extension granted under this section to the chief executive officer of the town that submitted the extension request, and shall send a copy of said notice to each chief executive officer that signed such letter or letters.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

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Sec. 6

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Sec. 7

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Statement of Purpose:

To implement the Governor's budget recommendations by promoting the regionalization of required municipal functions and services.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]