Substitute House Bill No. 5862

Public Act No. 00-102

An Act Reducing Grants To Municipalities By The Amount Of Uncollected Land Use Fees.

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

Section 1. Section 22a-27j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any person, firm or corporation, other than a municipality, making an application for any approval required by chapters 124, 126, 440 and 444 shall pay a fee of ten dollars, in addition to any other fee which may be required, to the municipal agency or legislative body which is authorized to approve the application. Such municipal agency or legislative body shall collect such fees, retaining one dollar of such fee for administrative costs, and shall pay the remainder of such fees quarterly to the Department of Environmental Protection and the receipts shall be deposited into an account of the State Treasurer and credited to the Environmental Quality Fund established pursuant to section 22a-27g. The portion of such fund attributable to the fees established by this section shall be used by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of funding the environmental review teams program of the Bureau of Water Management within said department, the Council on Soil and Water Conservation established pursuant to section 22a-315 and the eight county soil and water conservation districts.

(b) The Department of Environmental Protection shall identify those municipalities that are not in compliance with subsection (a) of this section and provide the Office of Policy and Management with a list of such municipalities. The list shall be submitted quarterly and in such manner as the Office of Policy and Management may require. The Office of Policy and Management, when issuing payments from the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund established pursuant to section 3-55i, as amended, shall reduce each grant to a municipality by five hundred dollars for each quarter of the preceding four quarters that the municipality has failed to collect as a fee required under subsection (a) of this section to a maximum of two thousand dollars in each fiscal year. The Office of Policy and Management shall transfer any funds withheld under this subsection to the Environmental Quality Fund to be used as set forth in subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 26, 2000