Substitute Senate Bill No. 1154
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1154

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-261


AN  ACT  CONCERNING EXPANSION OF THE STATE PAYMENT
IN LIEU OF TAXES PROGRAM  TO  INCLUDE  MUNICIPALLY
OWNED AIRPORTS.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 12-19a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) On or  before January first, annually, the
Secretary of the  Office  of Policy and Management
shall determine the  amount  due, as a state grant
in lieu of  taxes,  to  each  town  in  this state
wherein    state-owned   real    property,    [or]
reservation land held in trust by the state for an
Indian  tribe  OR  A  MUNICIPALLY  OWNED  AIRPORT,
except  that  which  was  acquired  and  used  for
highways and bridges,  but  not excepting property
acquired and used  for  highway  administration or
maintenance  purposes,  is   located.   The  grant
payable to any  town  under the provisions of this
section in the  state  fiscal year commencing July
1, 1993, and each fiscal year thereafter, shall be
equal to the  total of (1) one hundred per cent of
the property taxes which would have been paid with
respect to any  facility  listed in subsection (w)
of section 1-1 and any other facility certified by
the  Commissioner  of  Correction,  on  or  before
August first of  each  year, to have been used for
incarcerative purposes during the preceding fiscal
year, (2) forty  per  cent  of  the property taxes
which would have  been  paid  with  respect to the
buildings  and  grounds   comprising   Connecticut
Valley Hospital in  Middletown.  Such  grant shall
commence with the  fiscal  year  beginning July 1,
1995, and continuing each year thereafter and, (3)
twenty per cent  of the property taxes which would
have  been  paid   with   respect   to  all  other
state-owned real property  AND WITH RESPECT TO ALL
MUNICIPALLY  OWNED  AIRPORTS,   except   for   the
exemption  applicable to  such  property,  on  the
assessment list in  such  town  for the assessment
date two years  prior  to  the commencement of the
state fiscal year  in which such grant is payable.
THE GRANT PROVIDED  PURSUANT  TO  THIS SECTION FOR
ANY MUNICIPALLY OWNED AIRPORT SHALL BE PAID TO ANY
MUNICIPALITY  IN WHICH  THE  AIRPORT  IS  LOCATED,
EXCEPT  THAT  THE  GRANT  APPLICABLE  TO  SIKORSKY
AIRPORT  SHALL  BE   PAID  HALF  TO  THE  TOWN  OF
STRATFORD AND HALF  TO THE CITY OF BRIDGEPORT. For
the fiscal year  ending  June 30, 1993, the amount
of  the grant  payable  to  each  municipality  in
accordance  with this  section  shall  be  reduced
proportionately in the  event  that  the  total of
such  grants  in  such  year  exceeds  the  amount
appropriated for the purposes of this section with
respect to such year.
    Sec. 2. Section 12-19b of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Not later than  April  first in any assessment
year, any town  to  which a grant is payable under
the provisions of section 12-19a shall provide the
Secretary of the  Office  of Policy and Management
with the assessed  valuation  of  the  state-owned
land and buildings  AND  THE ASSESSED VALUATION OF
THE MUNICIPALLY OWNED  AIRPORT as of the first day
of  October  immediately  preceding,  adjusted  in
accordance  with  any   gradual   increase  in  or
deferment  of assessed  values  of  real  property
implemented in accordance  with  section 12-62c or
subsection  (e)  of   section   12-62a,  which  is
required for computation  of  such grant. Any town
which neglects to transmit to the Secretary of the
Office  of  Policy  and  Management  the  assessed
valuation  as  required   by  this  section  shall
forfeit two hundred  fifty  dollars  to the state,
provided the secretary  may  waive such forfeiture
in  accordance  with   procedures   and  standards
adopted by regulation  in  accordance with chapter
54. Said secretary  may on or before the first day
of September of  the  state  fiscal  year in which
such  grant  is   payable,   reevaluate  any  such
property when, in  his  judgment, the valuation is
inaccurate and shall  notify  such  town  of  such
reevaluation. Any town  aggrieved by the action of
the secretary under the provisions of this section
may, within two  weeks  of  such notice, appeal to
the  superior  court  for  the  judicial  district
wherein such town  is  located.  Any  such  appeal
shall be privileged.
    Sec. 3. This  act  shall  take  effect July 1,
1997.

Approved June 27, 1997