OLR BILL ANALYSIS

HB 5319

AN ACT INCREASING FINES FOR VIOLATIONS OF MUNICIPAL BLIGHT ORDINANCES.

SUMMARY:

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

BACKGROUND

Blight Ordinances

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.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

16

Nay

4

(03/07/2012)