Maine Revised Statutes

§13120-Q. Exceptions

The authority, with the advice of the department, the Department of Labor and such other agencies it determines appropriate, may waive the requirements of section 13120-P, subsection 2, paragraph E and section 13120-P, subsection 3, paragraph E if the municipality has experienced a historical lack of private investment and it is reasonably expected that private investment will not be available to assist with project financing and one of the following conditions is met: [2011, c. 655, Pt. DD, §7 (AMD); 2011, c. 655, Pt. DD, §24 (AFF).]

1. Sudden and severe economic dislocation.  The property is located in a municipality that has experienced a sudden and severe economic dislocation, which may include but is not limited to:
A. The loss of a significant percentage of jobs within the municipality due to the closure or downsizing of a business or other employer; [2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW).]
B. The loss of a significant percentage of the municipality's tax base due to the closure or downsizing of a business or other commercial taxpayer; or [2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW).]
C. The unanticipated loss of a significant percentage or component of a municipality's economic development infrastructure as a result of an accident, natural disaster or other catastrophe; or [2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW).]
[ 2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW) .]
2. Chronic and severe economic distress.  The property is located in a municipality that has experienced long-term economic distress, as evidenced by factors that may include, but are not limited to:
A. An unemployment rate that is significantly greater than the average State unemployment rate; [2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW).]
B. The significant migration of workers or population out of the area; and [2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW).]
C. An average personal income that is significantly below the state average or considered to be at or below the poverty level as defined in Title 22, section 5321. [2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW).]
[ 2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2001, c. 703, §6 (NEW). 2011, c. 655, Pt. DD, §7 (AMD). 2011, c. 655, Pt. DD, §24 (AFF).