An Act To Return Local Revenue Sharing to Full Funding
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, it is crucial that the State provide some certainty for the revenue distributions to local governments for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and the fiscal years thereafter before the start of fiscal year 2013-14 and before local governments finish their budget decisions; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA §5681, sub-§2, ¶G is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA §5681, sub-§5, as amended by PL 2009, c. 213, Pt. S, §4 and affected by §16, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 3. 30-A MRSA §5681, sub-§5-D is enacted to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill establishes a plan to return the state-municipal revenue-sharing program to full funding over a 3-year period and replace the arbitrary fixed-dollar reductions used to reduce funding for local governments and balance the General Fund budget. This plan is intended to replace fixed-dollar reductions to this program and provide some long-term certainty in this revenue source for local governments.
The phased-in return to full 5% funding of the state-municipal revenue sharing starts with a transfer to the Local Government Fund of 3.5% of the revenue-sharing tax revenue collected during fiscal year 2013-14 and increases to 4% of revenue collected in fiscal year 2014-15 and finally to 5% of the revenue collected in fiscal year 2015-16 and thereafter. A portion of the transfers to the Local Government Fund are transferred each month to the Disproportionate Tax Burden Fund according to a scheduled phased-in increase to the percentage share. The Disproportionate Tax Burden Fund's share of total state-municipal revenue-sharing program distribution is unchanged from the current law.