The following SCAC Legislative Priorities have passed one chamber of the General Assembly. With only 12 legislative days left, now is the time to contact House and Senate members and ask for their support in getting these priorities passed!
Lot Cleanup Legislation — H. 3896
This bill allows a county to provide by ordinance that the owner of any property in the county must keep their property clean of debris and other unhealthy conditions that constitute a public nuisance. If the property owner fails to correct the conditions constituting a nuisance, then the county may enter the property, correct the conditions, and collect the cost of the cleanup on the property tax bill. This authority is currently provided to municipalities and this legislation would simply extend the same authority to county governments. Farm land is exempt from the provisions of this bill. The bill passed in the House.
H. 3896 is in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please contact your senators and ask that the bill be reported out of committee as soon as possible.
Capital Projects Sales Tax for Economic Development — S. 889
S. 889 amends the Capital Project Sales Tax (CPST) statute to allow a CPST to be imposed for land purchases, infrastructure, and site development involved in economic development. This legislation has passed the Senate and is in the Ways and Means Committee.
S. 889 is in the Ways and Means Committee. Please contact your House members and ask S.889 be scheduled for a subcommittee hearing.
Notification to Counties by the Department of Revenue (DOR) — S. 793
This legislation requires DOR to notify both the taxpayer and the effected county of a department determination regarding tax liability. Counties are authorized to appeal department determinations. The legislation also requires DOR to notify effected counties of a taxpayer’s written protest of a property tax assessment or a protest of a property tax exemption denial. S. 793 further requires DOR to notify the counties affected by a claim for refund by notifying the chief executive officer, auditor, assessor, and treasurer of each effected county. Finally, the bill limits any refund to the three tax years immediately preceding the departmental determination, unless the Administrative Law Court approves the refund.
S.793 is in the Ways and Means Committee. Please contact your House members and ask S.793 be scheduled for a subcommittee hearing.
Watercraft Taxation — H. 4715
This bill changes the way boats are taxed and the way boat registration with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is renewed. The bill taxes boats the same way automobiles are taxed and provides that the DNR registration stickers expire annually, as opposed to the current three-year cycle. Boat owners would not receive their DNR stickers until their property taxes on the boats are paid every year.
This bill is in the Senate Fish Game and Forestry Committee. Please contact your senators and ask the bill be scheduled for a subcommittee hearing.
Electronic Liens — H. 3684
This bill would permit the Department of Revenue (DOR) to develop an internet accessible system for filing liens, as opposed to them being physically filed at the county level. This bill received third reading in the House. It will likely be referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
Please contact your senators and ask that H. 3684 be scheduled for a subcommittee hearing.