AGENDA ITEM #6B
March 31, 2015
March 27, 2015
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Action: Bill 6-15, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program -
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation
(3-0): enact Bill 6-15 with an amendment to confonn to state law.
Bill 6-15, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program - Established, sponsored by the
Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on February 3,2015. A
public hearing was held on March 3 at which representatives from the County Executive and the
Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) supported the bill. A Transportation,
Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee worksession was held on March 18.
Bill 6-15 would:
• establish a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program to assist qualifying
commercial property owners to make energy improvements;
• allow private lenders that provide capital for a commercial loan provided under a local
clean energy loan program to have annual loan payments collected by the County as a
surcharge on a real property tax bill;
• establish that the surcharge on a real property tax bill is treated as all other taxes and
charges and that an unpaid surcharge shall be, until paid, a lien on the real property on
which it is imposed; and
• generally amend the environmental sustainability law.
As Committee members may recall, in 2013 the Council enacted (and the Executive later signed)
Bill 11-13, which required the Executive to prepare a plan for implementing a Commercial
Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE). The Executive delivered the Plan to the
Council on May 19,2014. Bill 6-15 would implement that Plan.