HB 1407-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1407-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Klein-Knight, Hills. 11; Rep. Caplan, Merr. 6; Rep. Vann, Hills. 24; Rep. Bouchard, Hills. 11
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
This bill includes the promotion of affordable housing under the land and community heritage investment program and requires an annual transfer from the real estate transfer tax revenue to the land and community heritage investment program trust fund.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Purpose; Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Amend RSA 227-M:1 to read as follows:
227-M:1 Purpose. The general court finds that in order to maintain New Hampshire's quality of life and economic vitality for its citizens, growth and development should be balanced with careful protection of the state's most important natural, cultural, and historical resources, and promotion of affordable housing for residents. Permanent protection of these resources, through acquisition of lands, buildings, and other physical assets, or interests in these assets, must be accomplished along with their planned long-term stewardship. The general court further recognizes the importance of public-private partnerships to achieve these ends. To protect and preserve New Hampshire's natural, cultural, and historical resources for this and future generations, the general court establishes in this chapter the New Hampshire land and community heritage investment program. The intent of the program is to conserve and preserve this state's most important natural, cultural, and historical resources and the promotion of affordable housing for residents through the acquisition of lands, and cultural and historical resources, or interests therein, of local, regional, and statewide significance, in partnership with the state's municipalities and the private sector, for the primary purposes of protecting and ensuring the perpetual contribution of these resources to the state's economy, environment, and overall quality of life.
2 Eligible Resource; Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Amend RSA 227-M:2, V to read as follows:
V. "Eligible resource" means a natural, cultural, or historical resource including archaeological sites; historic buildings and structures which house cultural events and programs; historic properties including buildings and structures; historic and cultural lands and features; ecologically significant lands; existing and potential public water supply lands; farmland; forestland; habitat for rare species or important wildlife; wildlife corridors and habitat strongholds as defined in RSA 207:1; lands for recreation; riverine, lake, estuarine, and ocean shorelands; scenic areas and viewsheds; and wetlands and associated uplands. "Eligible resource" shall include land to be used for the promotion of affordable housing for residents.
3 Stewardship; Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Amend RSA 227-M:2, VIII to read as follows:
VIII. "Stewardship" means planning for and taking the necessary actions over the long term to successfully preserve and protect the natural, cultural, or historical value of a resource asset or promote affordable housing for residents. Such actions include, as applicable, managing the resource asset in accordance with all legal obligations entered into under this chapter, performing regular maintenance and upkeep, providing for necessary monitoring, educating or informing those that might negatively impact upon the resource asset about the need and/or legal obligation to protect and preserve it, paying tax or in-lieu-of tax obligations, obtaining liability insurance, and securing sufficient levels of financial resources to carry out all such necessary actions.
4 Aquisition, Restoration, and Protection Criteria and Guidelines. Amend RSA 227-M:9, II(d) to read as follows:
(d) Extent to which project meets multiple objectives of the program (natural, historic, and cultural or promotion of affordable housing for residents);
5 New Section; Funding. Amend RSA 227-M by inserting after section 17 the following new section:
227-M:18 Funding. Each July 1, 1/4 of a percent of the revenue from the New Hampshire real estate transfer tax under RSA 78-B:13 shall be transferred to the land and community heritage trust fund for the purposes of land and community heritage investment program land and resource acquisition. Whatever portion of this deposit to the land and community heritage investment program is not used by June 30 of the following year for the funding of concrete historic, natural, or cultural resource acquisition or promotion of affordable housing for residents shall lapse to the general fund.
6 New Paragraph; Tax on Transfer of Real Property; Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Amend RSA 78-B:13 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:
IV. The commissioner shall determine the annual amount of revenue each fiscal year and deposit 1/4 of a percent of such annual revenue into the land and community heritage trust fund established in RSA 227-M:7 as provided in RSA 227-M:18.
7 Trust Fund Established; Administration. Amend RSA 227-M:7, III to read as follows:
III. Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 227-M:18, no funds of any state agency shall be transferred to the trust fund without specific authorization from the general court. Federal funds accepted by the fiscal committee and governor and council for purposes similar to those of this chapter may be deposited in the trust fund.
HB 1407-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ X ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Land and Community Heritage Investment Program
This bill expands the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) to include the promotion of affordable housing. It also requires an annual transfer of 1/4 percent of Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) to the LCHIP trust fund on July 1st each year starting July 1, 2022.
The Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) states the fiscal impact is an indeterminable decrease on the General and Educational Trust Funds as they are unable to predict the total revenues from RETT in future years. However, using FY 2021 cash basis RETT revenue data, the DRA can calculate the fiscal impact of the proposed legislation had the legislation been in place in a prior fiscal year. In FY 2021, total cash basis RETT revenue was $202.7M. One quarter of one percent of total cash basis RETT revenue for FY 2021 is $506,750. Thus, if the proposed legislation had been in place in a prior fiscal year, General and Education Trust Fund revenue would have been reduced by $506,750. However, to the extent the LCHIP trust fund revenues are not used they will be lapsed back into the General Fund.
LCHIP states there would be an indeterminable decrease in RETT revenue and an indeterminable increase in the LCHIP Trust Fund. They also state there would be an indeterminable increase in local revenue as some of the additional LCHIP funds might go to municipalities thus increasing their revenues.
New Hampshire Association of Counties states there would be no fiscal impact on county revenue or expenditures.
Department of Revenue Administration, New Hampshire Association of Counties and LCHIP
|Jan. 20, 2022||House||Hearing|
Jan. 13, 2022: Public Hearing: 01/20/2022 09:45 am LOB 202-204
Dec. 1, 2021: Introduced 01/05/2022 and referred to Ways and Means