OLR BILL ANALYSIS
AN ACT INCREASING FINES FOR VIOLATIONS OF MUNICIPAL BLIGHT ORDINANCES.
This bill increases the daily fine that a municipality may impose for violating regulations preventing housing blight from between $ 10 and $ 100 per day to:
1. $ 100 per day for the first 30 days of the violation,
2. $ 250 per day for the 31st to 60th days of the violation, and
3. $ 500 per day from the 61st day of the violation until it is corrected.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012
By law, municipalities can adopt an ordinance to prevent housing blight and impose fines for each day that a violation continues. Any unpaid fine imposed by a municipality under a blight ordinance is a lien on the property against which the fine was imposed. Such liens take precedence over all other liens and encumbrances, except taxes, filed after July 1, 1997 (CGS § 7-148aa).
Municipalities that choose to issue citations for violating anti-blight ordinances must follow a statutory procedure for notifying property owners about alleged violations and their right to a hearing. Under CGS § 7-152c, the procedure for receiving notice of an alleged violation and for contesting it is the same as that for municipal parking tickets.
Planning and Development Committee