GO ITEM #1
June 12,2014
Worksession
MEMORANDUM
June 10,2014
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Attome~lU
Worksession: Expedited Bill 24-14, Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features
Eligible Features
Expedited Bill 24-14, Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features - Eligible Features,
sponsored by Council Vice President Leventhal, 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).
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 Bill 24-14 (©9).
Council staff recommends enacting Bill 24-14. 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
Circle #
1
3
4
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Expedited Bill No.
24-14
Concerning: Property
Tax
Credit ­
Accessibility Features -
Eligible
Features
Revised:
412112014
Draft No. 1
Introduced:
May 6.2014
Expires:
November 6, 2015
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: ______- - - - ­
Effective:
July 1, 2014
Sunset Date: _N:....:.;o=n:.=;e_----=-_ _ __
Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council Vice President Leventhal
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(l)
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-l8T
Boldface
Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
[[Double boldface brackets]]
* * *
Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
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 52-1ST is amended as follows:
52-1ST. Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features:
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a)
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3
4
5
6
Definitions.
In
this Section, the following terms have the meaning
indicated.
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Feature
means a penn anent modification to a residence that results in:
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(4)
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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12
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Sec. 2•
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15
Expedited Effective Date.
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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19
Craig
L.
Rice, President, County Council
Date
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
Date
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This is a correct copy o/Council action.
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Linda M .. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bi1124-14
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.
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PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES;
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.
AmandaMihill, Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7815
Property
tax
credit are available throughout the County
N/A
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ROCKVlLLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
May 21, 2014
TO:
Craig Rice, President. County Council
~
FROM:
Jennifer A. Hughes. Director. Office of Management and Bud '.
.
~cP-
Joseph F. Beach,
Director.
Department
of
Finance
~/;~,_
Councn
Bill24-14~
Property Tax Credit-Accessillility
~tures-
Eligible
Features
SUBJECT:
Please find attached the fiscal and economic impact
statements
for the above­
referenced legislation.
JAH:fz
cc;
.Bonnie 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 ofFioance
Michael
Coveyoll, Department of Finance
David Platt, Department of Finance
Robert Hagedoom, 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 ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office of Management and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Council Bill 24-14E Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features - Eligible Features
L Legislative Summary (Enter narrative that
explains
the
purpose ofthe legislation).
This bill
will
change the accessibility feature for exterior doors from 36 inches
to
32
inches.
2.
An
estimate of changes in County revenues
and
expenditures regardless ofwhether the
revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget Includes
source of information, assumptions, and methodologies
used.
There
\\iU
be no change in revenues or expenditures as a result of this bill. Inspectors
currently measure door widths. Changing the width
amOWlt
is included in the work
inspectors currently
perform.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering
at
least the neJl."t 6 fiscal years.
There
wi11
be no impact to revenues or expenditures as a result of this bill.
4.
An
actuarial aru;tlysis 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 and expenditures
if
the bill authorizes future
spending.
The legislation does not authorize future spending.
6. An estimate ofllie
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 would 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 of
any variable that
could affect
revenue
and cost estimates.
Not applicable.
10.
Ranges ofrevenue or expenditures
that
are uncertain or difficult to project.
Not applicable
11. If a bill is
likely
to have no fiscal impact,
why
that is the case.
There \\'111 be no change in revenues or expenditures
as
a result-of this bill. Inspectors
currently measure door widths. Changing the -wi.dthamount is included
in
the work
inspectors currently perfonn.
12.
Other-fiscal impacts
or comments.
Not applicable.
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13. The
follo~ing
contributed
to
and concurred
with
this analysis: (Enter name and
department).
Reginald Jetter Director, DPS
Dennis Hetman OMB
a~£.Wu
. Office of Management and Budget
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Economic
Impact Statement
Bill 24-14E, Property Tax Credit -
Accessibility
Fe~tnres
- Eligible
Features
Background:
This legislation would change the
accessibility
features for a property tax credit.
Bill 24­
14E amends Section 52-18T of the County
Code
to
ensure that the opening for an
exterior doorway is
32
inches
rather
than
36
inches --
a difference of 4 inches.
1. The
sources
of
information,
assumptions,
and methodologies used.
Not applicable
2. A description
of
any
variable that
could affect
the economic impact estimateS.
Not applicable
3. The Bill's positive
or negative
effect,
if
any
on employment, spending,
saling,
investment,
ineomes,
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
BiB
is
likely
to
have
no economic
impact,
why
is
that the ease?
, The Bill
has
no economic impact because the effect on the cost ofconstruction
material is negligible, while there is no
effect
on
employment
for either material
suppliers
Of
construction companies.
s.
The
following
contributed to and
concurred
with this analysis:
David Platt, Rob Haged.oorn.
~d
Mike
Coveyou,.
Department
of Finance.
,h F.
Beach,
Director
~""rl1""ent
of
Finance
Page I of 1
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Public Hearing Testimony on Behalf of County Executive Isiah Leggett
Expedited
B
ill
24-14
Property Tax Credit- Accessibility 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 ofBill 24-14.
This bill would change the accessibility features eligible for a property tax
credit by amending the deflnition 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 difflculty. We believe this technical change is
appropriate as it will provide consistency in the enforcement of accessible door
widths.
We look forward to working with the Council on implementing this change.
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MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
1738 Elton Road, Suite 200, Silver Spring,
Maryland
20903
Ph: (301) 445-5400; Fax: (301) 445-5499
Web: \",,'W.mncbia.org;
Email:
info(wmncbia.org
EXECUTIVE COMMrITEE
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President
(Ptc:uanu
Dcvclopm~nt.
Inc.)
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Vice Pf'r$idcot/Cah'Cn Co.
(Marrick
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Vlce PrcsUknt/Ol2J'!.cJ.
Co.
(Elm Succt D<:vclopment)
WIIJ..!AM
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Vicc President/Mont.
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KEN
DUNN
Vice President/Prince George's
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(Konu:rra)
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AssocUte Vice President
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TOMllUDSON
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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 A117.1-2009, 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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\~ice
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