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Action
MEMORANDUM
June 13,2014
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Attorney~
Action:
Expedited Bill 24-14, Property Tax Credit
Eligible Features
Accessibility Features ­
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation:
enact Bi1124-14.
Expedited Bill 24-14, Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features - Eligible Features,
sponsored by Council Vice President Leventhal and Councilmembers Navarro, Riemer, and
Branson, was introduced on May 6. A public hearing was held on June 10 at which a
representative from the Executive expressed support for Bill 24-14 (©8). A Government
Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession was held on June 12.
Bill 24-14 would change the accessibility features eligible for a property
tax
credit for installing
accessibility features on a single-family home. Specifically, Bill 24-14 would amend the
definition of feature to ensure that the opening for an exterior doorway is 32 inches rather than
36 inches. In addition to the Executive, the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry
Association urged the Council to support Bi1124-14 (©9).
Committee recommendation
(3-0): enact Bi1l24-14. As the testimony from the Executive branch
explains, this change is consistent with the U.S. Access Board's ADA Accessibility Guidelines and
will provide more realistic options to encourage builders to make this accessibility improvement
while allowing adequate clearance for wheelchairs.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 24-14
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal and Economic Impact statement
Select Correspondence
. County Executive
MNCBIA
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Expedited Bill No.
24-14
Concerning: Property Tax Credit ­
Accessibility Features - Eligible
Features
Revised:
4/21/2014
Draft No. 1
Introduced:
May 6. 2014
Expires:
November 6.2015
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: ______- - - - ­
Effective:
July 1.2014
Sunset Date:
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Ch. _ _ Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council Vice President Leventhal and Councilmembers Navarro. Riemer, and Branson
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(1)
change the accessibility features eligible for a property tax credit for installing
accessibility features on a single-family home; and
(2)
generally amend County law regarding property tax credits.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 52. Taxation
Section 52-18T
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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ExPEDITED BILL
No. 24-14
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Sec. 1. Section 52-18T is amended as follows:
52-18T. Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features!
Definitions.
In
this Section, the following terms have the meaning
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indicated.
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Feature
means a permanent modification to a residence that results in:
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an exterior doorway that provides a [36] 32-inch wide or wider
clear opening, but only if accompanied by exterior lighting that
is either controlled from inside the residence, automatically
controlled, or continuously on;
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Expedited Effective Date.
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The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on July 1,2014.
Approved:
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Craig
L.
Rice, President, County Council
Date
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M .. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill 24-14
Property Tax Credit
-
Accessibility Features-Eligible Features
DESCRIPTION:
Expedited
Bill
24-14 would amend the definition of feature to ensure
that the opening for an exterior doorway is 32 inches rather than 36
inches.
Industry representatives have indicated that the opening' of the
exterior door is intended to have the 32-inch clear opening.
If
the 36­
inch or wider clear opening is required it would require a much larger
door that may not be readily available.
To revise the accessibility features eligible for the property
tax
credit.
Departments of Permitting Services and Finance.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7815
Property
tax
credit are available throughout the County
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITIDN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
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ROCKVlLLE, MARYIAND
MEMORANDUM
May 21,2014
TO:
Craig Rice, President, County Council
e
R'/;ZS;, ...
FROM:
Jennifer
A. Hughes. Director,
Office
of
Management and Budg
~~
Joseph
F. Beach,
Direct.
or.
Department
of
Finance
PU"",
Features
SUBJECT;
Council
Bill 24-14E, Property
Tax
Credit~Aecessmility
F;tures-
Eligible
Please find attached the fiscal and
economic
impact
statements
for the abQve­
referenced
legislation.
JAH:fz
cc: .Botlnie Kirkland. Assistant Chief Administrative
Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County
Executive
Joy Nunni, Special Assistant to the County
Executive
Patrick
Lacefield, Director,
Public
Information Office
Joseph F.
Beach.
Director,
Department of Finanoe
Michael Coveyou, Department of
Finance
David Platt, Department of Finance
Robert Hagedoorn, Department of Finance
Diane Jones, Director,
Department
of Transportation
Dennis Hetman, Office of Management and Budget
Alex
Espinosa, OffICe
of Management
and
Budget
Felicia Zhang. Office of ManageQlent and Budget
Naeem
Mia. Office ofManagernent and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Council BiD 24-14E Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features - Eligible Features
L Legislative Summary (Enter narrative
that
explains
the purpose oft:he legislation).
This bill
"Will
change the accessibility feature for exterior doors from 36 inches
t.o
32
inches.
2.
An
estimate of changes
in
County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether the
revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget Includes
source
of information. assumptions,
and
methodologies
used.
There
~i1l
be
no change in revenues or expenditures as a result of tms bill. Inspectors
currently
measure
door
widths. Changing
the width
amount is
included
in the work
inspectors currently perform.
.
3.
Revenue and expenditure
estimates
covering
at
least
the next
6
fiscal years.
There
~il1
be
no impact to revenues or expenditures as a result of this
bill.
4.
An
actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would affect
retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Not applicable.
5. Later actions
that may
affect future
revenue
andexpenditurcs
if
the
bill
authorizes
future
spending.
The
legislation
does
not authorize
future
spending.
6.
An
estimate ofthe
staff
time needed to implement the
bill.
There will
be
no additional staff time needed
to
implement the regulation.
7.
An
explanation ofhow the addition ofnew
staff
respOnsibilities
wou14
affect other
duties~
Not applicable.
8. An estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
No additional appropriation will
be
needed.
9. A description ofany variable
thai
could
affect
revenue and cost estimates.
Not applicable.
10. Ranges ofrevenue or expenditures
that
are uncertain or difficult to project
Not applicable
11. I
f
a
bill
is likely to have no fiscal impact,
why
that
is the case.
There '\;till
be
no change in revenues or expenditures as a result ·of this bill. Inspectors
currentl
y
measure
door
widths.
Changing
the
'\;tidth .amount
is included
in
the work
inspectors currently petfonn.
12. Other·fiscal impacts or comments.
Not applicable.
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13. The following contributed
to
and concurred
with
this analysis: (Enter name and
department).
Reginald Jetter Director. DPS
Dennis Hetman OMB
~J£.Wu
Office of Management and Budget
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Economic
Impact Statement
Bill 24-14E,
Property
Tax Credit -Accessibility Features -
Eligible
Features
Baekground:
This legislation would change the accessibility features for a
property
tax
credit. Bill 24­
14E
amends
Section 52-1ST ofthe County Code to ensure
that
the opening for an
exterior doorway is
32
inches rather
than
36 inches - a difference of4 inches.
I.
The
sourees
of
information, assumptions, and methodoJogies used..
Not applicable
2. A
description of
any
variable that could
atTect
the economic
impact estimates.
Not applicable
3. The Bill's positive or negative effect,
if
any on employment, spending, sa"ing.
investment,
incomes, and
property values
in the County.
Bill 24-14E has no economic effect on employment, spending, saving, investment.
incomes, and
property
values in the County
4. H a BiOis likely to have no economic impact, why
is
that
the case?
. The Bill
has
no economic impact because
the
effect on the cost of construction
material is negligible, while there is no effect on employment for either
material
suppliers or construction c.ompanies.
S. The fonowing contributed to and concurred with this analysis:
David Platt. Rob Hagedoom, and :Mike Coveyou.
Department
ofFinance.
Pagel of 1
(j)
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Public Hearing Testimony on Behalf of County Executive Isiah Leggett
Expedited
Bill 24-14
Property Tax Credit - Accessibilii)' Features Eligible Features
June
10,2014
Good afternoon Council President Rice and Members of the County
Council. For the record, my name is Reginald Jetter, Customer Service Division
Chief within the Department of Permitting Services, and I am speaking today on
behalf of County Executive Isiah Leggett in support of Bill 24-14.
This bill would change the accessibility features eligible for a property tax
credit by amending the defmition of "feature."
It
would amend the required
exterior doorway width from a 36-inch wide or wider clear opening to a 32-inch
wide or wider clear opening. This change is consistent with United States Access
Board, ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). This change provides more
realistic options to builders while allowing adequate clearance for wheelchairs to
move freely through doors without difficulty. We believe this technical change is
appropriate as it will provide consistency in the
enforcem~nt
of accessible door
widths.
We look forward to working with the Council on implementing this change.
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MARILAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL BUIlDING INTIUSTRY ASSOCIATION
1738 Elton Road, Suite 200, Silver Spring, Maryland 20903
Ph:
(301) 445·5400;
Fax:
(301) 445:5499
Web: \yww.mncbia.Qrg; Email: info@mncbia.otg
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
C1..'I.RK
WAGNER
President
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CK B..\JLEY
(pl.c:2sann Development.
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"icc Prcsidcnl/C1h.<ert Co.
(MarrickP"'P<'1ie1)
DOUG MEEKER
Vicc President/Charta Co.
(FJm
S""",
Development)
\V1I.IlAM
KOMlNERS
Vtce President/Mont. Co.
(Icrch,
l-".arly
&
Brewer, Oltd.)
KEN DUNN
V'ice President/Prince George's Co.
(Soltesz)
June 9, 2014
To: Montgomery County Council
Re: Expedited Bill 24-14, Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features - Eligible
Features
The Building Industry supports Expedited Bill 24-14, Property Tax Credit ­
Accessibility Features - Eligible Features.
The amendment changes the definition to ensure that the clear opening of an external
doorway is 32 inches or wider rather than 36 inches or wider. This change would
match:
Standard practice,
Montgomery County's Design for Life Technical Guidelines, and
ANSI A117.l-2009, Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and
Facilities.
For these reasons, please support Expedited Bill 24-14.
Annette Rosenblum, Director of Regulatory Affairs
Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association
Maryland Center for Housing
11825 W. Market Place
Fulton, MD 20759
arosenblum@mncbia.org
301-445-5407 (Office)
240-678-8100 (Cell)
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