Maine LD 965: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Permit the Freezing of Property Taxes on the Homes of Maine Residents Who Are 65 Years of Age or Older

LD 965 (subjects: PROPERTY TAX , ELDERLY )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=965&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Wayne Parry of Arundel: (R – District 10) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/17/2015 House Committee on Taxation suggested and ordered printed.
The RESOLUTION was REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/18/2015 Senate On motion by Senator McCormick of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Taxation, in concurrence.
5/5/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Permit the Freezing of Property Taxes on the Homes of Maine Residents Who Are 65 Years of Age or Older

Constitutional amendment. Resolved: Two thirds of each branch of the Legislature concurring, that the following amendment to the Constitution of Maine be proposed:

Constitution, Art. IX, 8, sub- 6 is enacted to read:

6. Primary residence of individuals 65 years of age or older. The Legislature has the power to provide that the taxes may not be increased on the primary residence of a person who is 65 years of age or older and who owns the residence if the residence is a single-family residence, no member of the household is less than 55 years of age and the residence is the only property owned by any household member. If the property ceases to be the primary residence of a person who is 65 years of age or older, the property must be taxed in the same manner as other property.

; and be it further
Constitutional referendum procedure; form of question; effective date. Resolved: That the municipal officers of this State shall notify the inhabitants of their respective cities, towns and plantations to meet, in the manner prescribed by law for holding a statewide election, at a statewide election held in the month of November following the passage of this resolution, to vote upon the ratification of the amendment proposed in this resolution by voting upon the following question:

“Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to allow for freezing property taxes on primary residences of persons who are 65 years of age or older?”

The legal voters of each city, town and plantation shall vote by ballot on this question and designate their choice by a cross or check mark placed within the corresponding square below the word “Yes” or “No.” The ballots must be received, sorted, counted and declared in open ward, town and plantation meetings and returns made to the Secretary of State in the same manner as votes for members of the Legislature. The Governor shall review the returns. If it appears that a majority of the legal votes are cast in favor of the amendment, the Governor shall proclaim that fact without delay and the amendment becomes part of the Constitution of Maine on the date of the proclamation; and be it further

Secretary of State shall prepare ballots. Resolved: That the Secretary of State shall prepare and furnish to each city, town and plantation all ballots, returns and copies of this resolution necessary to carry out the purposes of this referendum.

SUMMARY

This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to enact a law freezing property taxes on a primary residence of a person who is 65 years of age or older and who owns the residence if the residence is a single-family residence, no member of the household is less than 55 years of age and the residence is the only property owned by any household member. If the property ceases to be the primary residence of a person who is 65 years of age or older, the property must be taxed in the same manner as other property.

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