Substitute Senate Bill No. 1265
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1265

              SPECIAL ACT NO. 97-14


AN  ACT  AMENDING  THE  TASK  FORCE  ON  MUNICIPAL
PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section  10 of public act 95-228,
as amended by section 2 of public act  96-217,  is
repealed  and the following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a)  There  is  established  a  task  force to
study  technical  issues  related   to   municipal
property  tax collection functions, administrative
functions  related  to  municipal   property   tax
collection and alternative methods of property tax
collection functions.  The  task  force  shall  be
composed of: The Secretary of the Office of Policy
and Management, or his designee, who  shall  serve
as  a  chairman  of  the  task force; the Attorney
General, or  his  designee;  the  Commissioner  of
Revenue   Services,   or  his  designee;  one  tax
collector certified  in  accordance  with  section
12-130a  of  the general statutes who is currently
employed as a municipal tax or  revenue  collector
to  be  appointed  by  the  minority leader of the
House  of  Representatives;  one  member  of   the
Connecticut  chapter  of  the  Government  Finance
Officers  Association  to  be  appointed  by   the
speaker  of  the  House  of  Representatives;  one
member of The University of Connecticut, Institute
of Public Service to be appointed by the president
pro tempore of the Senate; and one member  of  the
Municipal   Finance   Advisory  Commission  to  be
appointed by the minority leader  of  the  Senate.
One representative from each town conducting pilot
programs pursuant to sections 11 and 12 of  public
act  95-228  and one representative from each town
or town  and  borough  conducting  pilot  programs
pursuant  to  section  4  of [this act] PUBLIC ACT
96-217 AND SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT  shall  serve  as
nonvoting  members  of  the  task  force. The task
force shall convene its initial meeting  no  later
than August 6, 1995.
    (b)  The study of the task force shall include
an evaluation of the legal,  financial  reporting,
accountability  and  other technical and practical
issues related to the charge of the task force.
    (c)  The  task  force  may submit findings and
recommendations    and    legislative    proposals
necessary  to implement its recommendations to the
General Assembly and the joint standing committees
of  the  General  Assembly  having  cognizance  of
matters relating to finance, revenue  and  bonding
and  planning  and development, in accordance with
the provisions of section  11-4a  of  the  general
statutes on or before February 1, 1996, January 1,
1997, and February 1, 1998. The task  force  shall
submit  its  final  recommendations not later than
January  1,  [1999]  2001,  and  any   legislative
proposals     necessary     to    implement    its
recommendations.  The   Office   of   Policy   and
Management shall be the staff agency to assist the
task force in implementing the provisions of  this
section.
    Sec.  2.  Section  13 of public act 95-228, as
amended by section 3  of  public  act  96-217,  is
repealed  and the following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    Nothing  contained  in  section  11  or  12 of
public act 95-228, [or in] section 4 of [this act]
PUBLIC  ACT  96-217 OR SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT shall
be  construed  to  authorize  any  other  town  to
implement a program as described in said sections.
The pilot programs established in sections 11  and
12  of  public  act  95-228, [and in] section 4 of
[this act] PUBLIC ACT 96-217 AND SECTION 3 OF THIS
ACT shall not be renewed or otherwise extended. No
participant in the pilot program established under
section  11  or  12  of  public  act  95-228, [or]
section 4 of  [this  act]  PUBLIC  ACT  96-217  OR
SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT shall be permitted to extend
any  provisions  for  tax  collections  authorized
under  said  pilot programs beyond the time period
provided in said pilot programs.
    Sec.  3. The Secretary of the Office of Policy
and Management shall establish a pilot program for
the  fiscal years commencing July 1, 1997, July 1,
1998, and July 1, 1999, in no more than  the  five
towns   approved  by  the  Office  of  Policy  and
Management. The  purpose  of  said  pilot  program
shall   be   to   improve   the   tax   collection
capabilities of each  such  town.  Notwithstanding
any   provision   of   the   general  statutes  or
regulations adopted thereunder, the approved towns
are  authorized,  for  the  period  of  the  pilot
program  only,  to  employ  a  third-party  agent,
acting   under  the  direction  of  the  town  tax
collection  official  to   collect   current   and
delinquent  property  taxes,  interest  and  fees,
provided such collection shall not  extend  beyond
June  30,  2000.  All  procurement  processes  and
contracts entered into pursuant  to  this  section
shall  be  approved  by  the  Office of Policy and
Management prior to their  execution.  Said  towns
shall   submit   a  final  report  no  later  than
September 15, 2000, to the task force  established
pursuant  to  section  10 of public act 95-228, as
amended by sections 1 and 2 of this act, comparing
tax   collections   under  the  pilot  program  to
previous   years,   any   administrative   savings
realized by participation in the pilot program and
any  additional   information   the   task   force
requests.
    Sec. 4. This  act  shall  take effect from its
passage.

Approved June 13, 1997