Maine LD 646: An Act To Provide Incentives for Municipal Cooperation and Shared Services

LD 646 (subjects: MUNICIPALITIES , INTERLOCAL AGREEMENTS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=646&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Nathan Libby of Androscoggin: (D – District 21) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

1 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 Senate Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator WILLETTE of Aroostook REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION
Sent down for concurrence.
3/5/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. in concurrence
6/30/2015 House Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. , in concurrence.
1/28/2016 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Provide Incentives for Municipal Cooperation and Shared Services

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

Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA 2201, as amended by PL 2009, c. 636, Pt. D, 1, is further amended to read:

2201. Purpose

It is the purpose of this chapter to permit public agencies of the State or any adjoining state, including but not limited to municipalities, counties and school administrative units, and federal agencies and Indian tribes and their political subdivisions to make the most efficient use of their powers by enabling them to cooperate on a basis of mutual advantage and thereby to provide services and facilities within the State in a manner and pursuant to forms of governmental organization that will accord best with geographic, economic, population and other factors influencing the needs and development of communities. It is also the purpose of this chapter to provide incentives for greater interlocal cooperation among local governments by allowing such governments to shelter that portion of a municipality’s equalized taxable valuation dedicated to the financial support of joint services and functions provided by 2 or more local governments.

Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA 2205, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 737, Pt. A, 2 and Pt. C, 106 and amended by PL 1989, c. 6; c. 9, 2; and c. 104, Pt. C, 8 and 10, is further amended by adding at the end a new paragraph to read:

If an agreement made under this chapter will result in one or more municipalities taking advantage of the incentives provided under section 2209, the agreement must be filed with the property tax division within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services for verification purposes.

Sec. 3. 30-A MRSA 2209 is enacted to read:

2209. Incentives

A municipality that is financing the delivery of joint services under the terms of an agreement made according to this chapter may shelter a certain amount of imputed value from the determination of equalized just value of taxable property conducted by the property tax division within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services pursuant to Title 36, sections 208 and 305.

1. Calculation of dedicated value. The assessed value dedicated to the support of a joint service must be calculated as follows:

A. Determine the total amount of General Fund support provided by the municipality during its fiscal year to fund the joint service less any revenues derived from the act of providing that service to calculate the property tax support for that joint service; and
B. Divide the property tax support for the joint service by the municipality’s property tax rate for that fiscal year to determine the total assessed value required to generate the property taxes necessary to support the joint service.

2. Assessor’s return. On forms provided by the Department of Administration and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services, the municipal assessor shall annually certify, as of the date of commitment, the assessed value required to support each joint service provided by the municipality pursuant to an agreement made under this chapter. In making the annual determination of the equalized just value of the real and personal property located within the municipality, the total equalized assessed value required to generate the property taxes necessary to support the joint services financed by the municipality must be excluded from the equalized joint value.

Sec. 4. 36 MRSA 305, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2003, c. 426, 2, is further amended to read:

1. Just value. Certify to the Secretary of State before the first day of February the equalized just value of all real and personal property in each municipality and unorganized place that is subject to taxation under the laws of this State, except that portion of total equalized assessed value dedicated to the support of joint services as calculated pursuant to Title 30-A, section 2209, and except that percentage of captured assessed value located within a tax increment financing district that is used to finance that district’s development plan, the captured assessed value located within a municipal affordable housing development district and the valuation amount by which the current assessed value of commercial and industrial property within a municipal incentive development zone, as determined in Title 30-A, section 5284, exceeds the assessed value of commercial and industrial property within the zone as of the date the zone is approved by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, known in this subsection as the “sheltered value,” up to the amount invested by a municipality in infrastructure improvements under an infrastructure improvement plan adopted pursuant to Title 30-A, section 5283. The equalized just value must be uniformly assessed in each municipality and unorganized place and be based on 100% of the current market value. It must separately show for each municipality and unorganized place the actual or estimated value of all real estate that is exempt from property taxation by law , is dedicated to the support of joint services or is the captured value within a tax increment financing district that is used to finance that district’s development plan, as reported on the municipal valuation return filed pursuant to section 383, or that is the sheltered value of a municipal incentive development zone. The valuation as filed remains in effect until the next valuation is filed and is the basis for the computation and apportionment of the state and county taxes;

summary

This bill provides an incentive for municipalities to enter into collaborative agreements with other municipalities or units of local government to provide joint services under the terms of the State’s longstanding laws governing interlocal cooperation. The incentive provided by the bill is the ability of the municipalities participating in an interlocal agreement to calculate the value of taxable property within the municipality that is dedicated to financing the joint agreements and cause that value to be sheltered in the calculation of each municipality’s equalized just value. The equalized just value is a determining factor in the distribution of General Purpose Aid to local schools, municipal revenue sharing and the apportionment of county taxes.

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