Planning and Development Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6853

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING GRANTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE INTERTOWN CAPITAL EQUIPMENT PURCHASE INCENTIVE PROGRAM.

Vote Date:

3/6/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/27/2015

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Committee on Planning and Development

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill, which is through the Office of Policy and Management, is mostly technical in language and implementation. There are statutory changes that need to be made, like the extension of certain dates in order to give out grants. In order to extend these dates, there are technical and statutory changes that need to be made. The ICE Program changes are intended to provide greater incentive for municipalities to participate in inter-municipal efforts to cooperatively purchase and share capital equipment.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

W. David LeVasseur, Acting Undersecretary, Intergovernmental Policy Division, Office of Policy and Management: The Office of Policy and Management stated its support for the ICE Program. According to his testimony, “municipalities are eligible for a grant of 30% of the cost of such equipment…up to a maximum award of $250,000. The proposed language in Raised House Bill No. 6853 is intended to allow OPM to award ICE grants for up to 80% of the cost of such equipment, not to exceed $375,000.” OPM's stance is that this bill would encourage more effective planning and communication between local municipalities in order to “help reduce the tax burden on their residents and businesses.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Jana Butts Roberson, Government Relations Chair, Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association: This chapter not only supports this bill, but it has over 400 members who are, in one way or another, associated with the planning and development process. CCAPA supports this bill because it would encourage municipalities to pursue purchases of equipment that would allow them to provide a higher level of service that perhaps, individually, they may not have been able to. The materials purchased are not always needed on a daily basis. If municipalities could share their resources, it would be more cost-effective. Municipalities, through this program, are required to work together to develop plans for efficient service, maintenance, and storage for their equipment, especially as new mandates and requirements for infrastructure and the protection of natural resources go into effect. As noted in its testimony, CCAPA also supports the bill because it reduces the “local match requirements for grant funds.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Jenna Grande

Date: March 12, 2015