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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 495

February Session, 2008

 

LCO No. 2427

 

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Referred to Committee on Planning and Development

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLIC HOUSING PILOT PROGRAM AND THE LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING TAX ABATEMENT.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 8-71 of the general statutes, for the one-year period ending June 30, 2008, no payment otherwise due to any municipality under said section 8-71 shall be due from any housing authority. No municipality may impose or collect any tax, assessment or charge in lieu of any payment otherwise due to the municipality under such section for such period. Any such tax, assessment or charge already made shall be withdrawn or reversed, and any payment made by a housing authority pursuant to such tax, assessment or charge shall be refunded to the housing authority.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of the general statutes or any public or special act, for the one-year period ending June 30, 2008, no housing authority shall increase the base or percentage rent of any tenant based upon the actual or anticipated tax, assessment or charge described in subsection (a) of this section and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority or the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall not approve any such increase. Any such increase already approved or implemented shall be withdrawn or reversed to the extent based upon such tax, assessment or charge and any payments received shall be refunded or credited to the tenant.

(c) For the purposes of this section, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority shall be deemed to be a housing authority in relation to any property it owns that is subject to section 8-71 of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of the general statutes or any public or special act, for the one-year period ending June 30, 2008, no municipality that, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, received payment pursuant to subsection (a) of section 8-216 of the general statutes, shall impose or collect any tax, assessment or charge in lieu of payment pursuant to such subsection (a) on the owner of any housing for which payments would have been made during the one-year period ending June 30, 2008, but for which no appropriations were made available in public act 07-1 of the June special session. Any such tax, assessment or charge made shall be withdrawn or reversed, and any payment made by such owner pursuant to such tax, assessment or charge shall be refunded to owner.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of the general statutes or any public or special act, for the one-year period ending June 30, 2008, no owner of housing described in subsection (a) of this section shall increase the rent of any tenant based upon the actual or anticipated tax, assessment or charge described in subsection (a) of this section. Any such increase already implemented shall be withdrawn or reversed to the extent based upon such tax, assessment or charge and any payments received shall be refunded or credited to the tenant.

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

Section 1

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To protect residents from rent increases prior to restoration.

[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.]