HB1245 (2006) Detail

Allowing municipalities to be paid usage fees for services provided to county government.


HB 1245-FN-LOCAL – AS INTRODUCED

2006 SESSION

06-2435

10/03

HOUSE BILL 1245-FN-LOCAL

AN ACT allowing municipalities to be paid usage fees for services provided to county government.

SPONSORS: Rep. Buxton, Rock 10

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

ANALYSIS

This bill allows towns and cities which provide municipal services to county government to adopt a county government usage fee program and be paid fees for such services.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

06-2435

10/03

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Six

AN ACT allowing municipalities to be paid usage fees for services provided to county government.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Section; Municipalities; Powers and Duties; County Government Usage Fee. Amend RSA 31 by inserting after section 103 the following new section:

31:103-a County Government Usage Fee; Procedure for Adoption.

I. A municipality adopting the provisions of this section shall establish a schedule of fees for the use of municipal services provided by the municipality to county government property and officials within the municipality. The fees established shall reflect the reasonable cost to the municipality, as determined by the governing body, of municipal services used by county government on property exempt from local property taxation, where such services are funded wholly or substantially through local property taxation.

II. The governing body of the municipality shall bill the county commissioners for payment from county funds all fees due and owing under this section.

III.(a) Any municipality may adopt the provisions of this section in the following manner:

(1) In a town, other than a town that has adopted a charter pursuant to RSA 49-D, the question shall be placed on the warrant of a special or annual town meeting, by the governing body or by petition pursuant to RSA 39:3.

(2) In a city or town that has adopted a charter pursuant to RSA 49-C or RSA 49-D, the legislative body may consider and act upon the question in accordance with its normal procedures for passage of resolutions, ordinances, and other legislation. In the alternative, the legislative body of such municipality may vote to place the question on the official ballot for any regular municipal election.

(b) The vote shall specify the provisions for the adoption of county government usage fees under this section. The fees shall take effect in the tax year beginning April 1 following its adoption.

(c) A municipality may rescind the provisions of this section in the manner described in subparagraph (a).

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect April 1, 2006.

LBAO

06-2435

11/9/05

HB 1245-FN - FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT allowing municipalities to be paid usage fees for services provided to county government.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The New Hampshire Municipal Association and Association of Counties state this bill may increase local revenue and county expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2006 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on state and county revenue or state and local expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

    The New Hampshire Municipal Association states this bill authorizes municipalities to vote to charge counties for the use of municipal services which are provided to tax exempt county government property within the municipality. The municipal services for which the county could be charged are those services funded wholly or substantially through the local property tax. This bill would increase local revenues by an indeterminable amount depending on the amount and nature of the municipal services provided and the amount of tax exempt county property located within the municipality to which property tax supported services are provided.

    The Association of Counties states this bill creates a method for cities and towns to charge a fee to the county governments for use of municipal services. The amount charged to the county will depend on the fees deemed appropriate by the municipality and are contingent on a vote of the municipality.

Links

HB1245 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type

Bill Text Revisions

HB1245 Revision: 9524 Date: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight

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