OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-772

AN ACT REQUIRING EMERGENCY GENERATORS IN CERTAIN HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill has no state or municipal impact by requiring certain state-funded housing projects to install and maintain an emergency power generation system. The bill may result in potential costs to local housing authorities, which are autonomous governmental entities, to the extent that a generator would be required at a facility managed by a housing authority.1 The cost associated with generators and all necessary fuel is up to $350,000 for a building with at least 100 units.

The bill does not provide state funds for this program. It is therefore anticipated that the managers of such facilities would need to either raise rents or divert funds from other maintenance projects in order to finance the generator.

Within the State-Sponsored Housing Portfolio, only one housing project was identified as meeting the criteria listed under the bill.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

1 Housing authorities are autonomous governmental entities which are financed through rental collections (CGS 8-45) and the issuance of bonds (CGS 8-52). They may also accept federal and state grants (CGS 8-56) as well as donations from municipalities (CGS 8-61).