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General Assembly


Committee Bill No. 379

January Session, 2009


LCO No. 4184



Referred to Committee on Planning and Development


Introduced by:





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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall establish a land value taxation pilot program in a single municipality. To be eligible for the program a municipality shall (1) be a distressed municipality, as defined in subsection (b) of section 32-9p of the general statutes; (2) have a population of not more then twenty-six thousand; and (3) have a city manager and city council form of government. The secretary shall establish an application procedure and any other criteria for the program. Such criteria shall include provisions for periodic reports to the secretary on implementation of the program by the selected municipality. The secretary shall not select a municipality to participate in the pilot program unless the legislative body of the municipality has approved the application. The secretary shall send a notice of selection for the pilot program to the chief executive officer of the municipality.

(b) By ordinance adopted by its legislative body, a municipality selected for the program, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of section 12-62a of the general statutes, may (1) classify real estate as (A) land or land exclusive of buildings, or (B) buildings on land; and (2) establish a different rate of property tax for each class, provided the higher rate shall apply to land or land exclusive of buildings. Such ordinance shall be adopted not more than one year after receipt of the notice of selection provided by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management under subsection (a) of this section. The municipality shall send a copy of the ordinance to the secretary.

(c) The pilot program shall terminate five years after the effective date of the ordinance adopted under subsection (c) of this section.

(d) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to planning and development on progress of the program on or before January 15, 2010, and annually thereafter, until termination of the program under subsection (c) of this section. Such report shall be submitted in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

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

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a land value pilot program in one municipality.

[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.]


SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.; SEN. PRAGUE, 19th Dist.

S.B. 379