OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

http://www.cga.ct.gov/ofa

SB-772

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

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 6915)

Senate Calendar No.: 74


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 certain 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 As the bill does not provide state funds for this program, it is 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.

Based on the specifications in the bill, the requirements currently apply only to certain housing projects in New Haven based on current population levels.2 The cost associated with generators and all necessary fuel is up to $350,000 for a building with at least 100 units.

At least one housing project with five buildings is known to meet the criteria in the bill. It is unclear whether other housing projects also meet the criteria of the bill.

Senate “A” limits electric generator requirements to certain housing projects in municipalities of a specific size that are at least fifteen stories in height with age-restricted dwellings. In effect, Senate “A” currently applies the requirements to New Haven housing authority based on current population levels.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

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).

2 Based on the Department of Public Health's 2015 population estimates.