An Act To Allow Military Personnel Living in Maine To Benefit under the Maine Resident Homestead Property Tax Exemption
Mandate preamble. This measure requires one or more local units of government to expand or modify activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues but does not provide funding for at least 90% of those expenditures. Pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 21, 2/3 of all of the members elected to each House have determined it necessary to enact this measure.
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, under the current law, military personnel who are permanently stationed in the State but are legal residents of another state are ineligible for the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption; and
Whereas, these men and women serving our country and residing in the State should not be deprived of a benefit given to others; and
Whereas, an application for the homestead exemption is required to be filed by April 1st; 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. 36 MRSA §681, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 1997, c. 643, Pt. HHH, §3 and affected by §10, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 36 MRSA §684, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 1997, c. 643, Pt. HHH, §3 and affected by §10, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. Application. This Act applies to property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2008.
Sec. 4. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Homestead Property Tax Exemption Reimbursement 0886
Initiative: Provides reimbursement to municipalities for 50% of the property tax revenue loss associated with allowing nonresident members of the United States Armed Forces permanently stationed in the State to be eligible for the Maine Resident Homestead Property Tax Exemption.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$7,500||$5,000|
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.