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General Assembly

File No. 171

    February Session, 2018

House Bill No. 5184

House of Representatives, April 4, 2018

The Committee on Planning and Development reported through REP. LEMAR of the 96th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT PERMITTING THE AMENDMENT OF MUNICIPAL CHARTERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF MODIFYING BUDGET ADOPTION DATES.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of title 7 and chapters 164, 170 and 204 of the general statutes and any special act, municipal charter or home rule ordinance, a municipality, upon a two-thirds vote of its legislative body, may amend its charter for the sole purpose of modifying its budget adoption dates. Such budget adoption dates may include, but need not be limited to, applicable dates relating to an executive presentation of a proposed budget, public hearings, fiscal authority action, publications, referenda or final budget adoption. Any vote by the legislative body of a municipality pursuant to this section shall include a reference to this section. For the purposes of this section, "municipality" has the same meaning as provided in section 7-401 of the general statutes.

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

Section 1

from passage

New section

PD

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do 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.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

There is no fiscal impact resulting from the bill, which permits municipalities to alter the timing of their budget adoption process, but does not change any costs associated with the process.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5184

AN ACT PERMITTING THE AMENDMENT OF MUNICIPAL CHARTERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF MODIFYING BUDGET ADOPTION DATES.

SUMMARY

This bill authorizes municipal legislative bodies, by a two-thirds vote, to amend budget adoption dates in their charters. Dates subject to modification include those concerning: the executive presentation of the proposed budget, public hearings, action by the fiscal authority, publications, referenda, and final budget adoption.

The bill's authorization applies regardless of conflicting (1) special act, charter, or home rule ordinance provisions or (2) statutes on municipalities, local taxes, public schools, or boards of education. (Generally, to amend a charter, a municipality must (1) ask the General Assembly to make the change in the municipality's special act charter or (2) in the case of home rule charters, establish a charter revision commission and comply with a statutory procedure.)

“Municipalities” covered by the authorization include towns; cities; boroughs; consolidated towns and cities; consolidated towns and boroughs; school districts; regional school districts; metropolitan districts; and similar municipal corporations, organizations, authorities, and taxing districts.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

22

Nay

0

(03/16/2018)

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