Maine LD 575: An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief to Maine’s Working Families

LD 575 (subjects: PROPERTY TAX , HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=575&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Donald Marean of Hollis: (R – District 16) — e-mail

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/26/2015 House Committee on Taxation suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/26/2015 Senate On motion by Senator McCormick of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Taxation, in concurrence.
5/28/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief to Maine’s Working Families

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 36 MRSA 683, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2009, c. 213, Pt. YYY, 1 and affected by c. 652, Pt. A, 63, is further amended to read:

1. Exemption amount. Except for assessments for special benefits, the just value of $10,000 $20,000 of the homestead of a permanent resident of this State who has owned a homestead in this State for the preceding 12 months is exempt from taxation. In determining the local assessed value of the exemption, the assessor shall multiply the amount of the exemption by the ratio of current just value upon which the assessment is based as furnished in the assessor’s annual return pursuant to section 383. If the title to the homestead is held by the applicant jointly or in common with others, the exemption may not exceed $10,000 $20,000 of the just value of the homestead, but may be apportioned among the owners who reside on the property to the extent of their respective interests. A municipality responsible for administering the homestead exemption has no obligation to create separate accounts for each partial interest in a homestead owned jointly or in common.

Sec. 2. 36 MRSA 1752, sub- 1-I is enacted to read:

1-I. Amusement, entertainment and recreation services. “Amusement, entertainment and recreation services” is defined pursuant to this subsection.

A. “Amusement, entertainment and recreation services” means the following services:

(1) Admission fees to entertainment venues and performances, including theaters, movies, lectures, concerts, festivals, amusement parks, water parks, fairgrounds, except for licensed agricultural fairs, racetracks, carnivals, circuses, sports activities, stadiums, amphitheaters, museums, planetariums, animal parks, petting zoos, aquariums, historical sites and convention centers;

(2) Fees charged for participation in or entry to golf courses, miniature golf courses, bowling alleys, swimming pools, skating rinks, ski lifts, billiard parlors, gymnasiums, go-cart courses, tennis and racquetball courts and paintball;

(3) Admission fees charged for exhibition shows, such as auto, boat, camping, home, garden, animal and antique shows;

(4) Fees charged for scenic and sight-seeing excursions, including aircraft, helicopter, balloon, blimp, watercraft, railroad, bus, trolley and wagon rides, whitewater rafting and guided recreation, but excluding scenic and sight-seeing excursions on federally navigable waters;

(5) Fees charged for entertainment services such as those provided by bands, orchestras, disc jockeys, comedians, clowns, jugglers, children’s entertainers and ventriloquists; and

(6) Proceeds from arcade games.

B. “Amusement, entertainment and recreation services” does not include the following services:

(1) Admission to a licensed agricultural fair or charges for participation in any events or activities occurring at the fair organized by a school or incorporated nonprofit organization if all the proceeds from the event or activity are used for the charitable purposes of the school or organization;

(2) Fees charged by health clubs, fitness centers and other facilities and swimming pools associated with those clubs, centers or facilities that are intended predominantly for human physical training and improvement rather than recreation and play; or

(3) Admission to:

(a) Museums and aquariums operated by a governmental entity or incorporated nonprofit organization;

(b) Concerts, dance productions, theatrical productions, sports activities or similar events or activities organized and performed by a school or incorporated nonprofit organization if all proceeds of the event or activity are used for the charitable purposes of that school or organization; or

(c) Festivals and special events organized by governmental entities, schools or incorporated nonprofit organizations if all the proceeds of the festival or special event are directed to support a charitable purpose.

Sec. 3. 36 MRSA 1752, sub- 17-B, as amended by PL 2013, c. 156, 2, is further amended to read:

17-B. Taxable service. “Taxable service” means the rental of living quarters in a hotel, rooming house or tourist or trailer camp; the transmission and distribution of electricity; the rental or lease of an automobile, a camper trailer, or a motor home, as defined in Title 29-A, section 101, subsection 40; the rental or lease of a pickup truck or van with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds from a person primarily engaged in the business of renting automobiles; the sale of an extended service contract on an automobile or truck that entitles the purchaser to specific benefits in the service of the automobile or truck for a specific duration; amusement, entertainment and recreation services; and the sale of prepaid calling service.

Sec. 4. Application. That section of this Act that amends the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 683, subsection 1 applies to property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2016.

Sec. 5. Effective date. This Act takes effect October 1, 2015.

SUMMARY

This bill increases the exemption amount available under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption from $10,000 to $20,000. Currently, the State reimburses municipalities 50% of the taxes lost by reason of the homestead exemption. In order to offset the increased cost to the State of the doubling of the homestead exemption, this bill also imposes the sales and use tax on amusement, entertainment and recreation services, such as admission fees to entertainment venues and performances, including movies, theaters and amusement parks, participation fees, including for bowling, golf or skiing, and fees for entertainment services, including those provided by bands, orchestras, disc jockeys and comedians.

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