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Second Substitute H.B. 75
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill makes changes to property tax provisions related to low-income housing.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . requires the owner of property subject to a low-income housing covenant to
13 annually provide certain information to a county assessor;
14 . provides for assessment when the required information is not provided;
15 . provides for a penalty for failure to provide certain information to an assessor;
16 . provides authority to waive, reduce, or compromise the penalty in certain
17 circumstances; and
18 . makes technical and conforming changes.
19 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
22 This bill takes effect on January 1, 2013.
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 59-2-301.3, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 113
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 59-2-301.3 is amended to read:
29 59-2-301.3. Definitions -- Assessment of real property subject to a low-income
30 housing covenant.
31 (1) As used in this section:
32 (a) "low-income housing covenant" means an agreement:
33 (i) between:
34 (A) the Utah Housing Corporation; and
35 (B) an owner of real property upon which residential rental housing is located; and
36 (ii) in which the owner described in Subsection (1)(a)(i)(B) agrees to limit the amount
37 of rent that a renter may be charged for the residential rental housing; and
38 (b) "residential rental housing" means housing that:
39 (i) is used:
40 (A) for residential purposes; and
41 (B) as a primary residence; and
42 (ii) is rental property.
43 (2) [
45 the fair market value of real property subject to a low-income housing covenant, take into
46 account all relevant factors that affect the fair market value of the property, including:
47 (a) the information provided in Subsection (3); and
48 (b) any effects the low-income housing covenant may have on the fair market value of
49 the real property.
50 (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), to have a county assessor take into
51 account a low-income housing covenant under Subsection (2), the owner of a property subject
52 to a low-income housing covenant shall, by April 30 of each year, provide to the county
54 (i) a signed statement from the property owner that the project continues to meet the
55 requirements of the low-income housing covenant;
56 (ii) a financial operating statement for the property for the prior year;
57 (iii) rent rolls for the property for the prior year; and
58 (iv) federal and commercial financing terms and agreements for the property.
59 (b) If the April 30 described in Subsection (3)(a) falls within the first twelve months
60 after a low-income housing operation begins on the property, a property owner shall provide
61 estimates of the information required by Subsections (3)(a)(ii) through (iv).
62 (4) If the owner of a property subject to a low-income housing covenant fails to meet
63 the requirements of Subsection (3):
64 (a) the assessor shall:
65 (i) make a record of the failure to meet the requirements of Subsection (3); and
66 (ii) make an estimate of the fair market value of the property in accordance with
67 Subsection (2) based on information available to the assessor; and
68 (b) subject to Subsection (5), the owner shall pay a penalty equal to the greater of:
69 (i) $250; or
70 (ii) 5% of the tax due on the property for that year.
71 (5) (a) Only one penalty per year may be imposed per housing project subject to a
72 low-income housing covenant.
73 (b) Upon making a record of the action, and upon reasonable cause shown, an assessor
74 may waive, reduce, or compromise the penalty imposed under Subsection (4)(b).
75 Section 2. Effective date.
76 This bill takes effect on January 1, 2013.
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