This Week’s MACo Testimony – Week of March 4, 2013

The MACo staff gave testimony this week on the following bills:

March 5, 2013:

MACo opposed legislation greatly expanding a recordation tax loophole for indemnity deeds of trust and other commercial financing instruments.

MACo opposed the “bottle bill,” citing widespread cost concerns and the detrimental impact on current single-stream curbside recycling efforts.

MACo opposed legislation to mandate potentially unreachable recycling mandates, and landfill limits, backed up by substantial compliance penalties.

MACo supported refining amendments to improve and clarify speed camera progams.

March 6, 2013:

MACo supported better cross-agency information to track principal residences to oversee tax credit eligibility.

MACo opposed a state-mandated tax credit against local property taxes, raising concerns about accountability and fiscal losses.

MACo offered amendments to provide greater public accountability for open meetings violations without undue penalties and burdens on public bodies.

March 7, 2013:

MACo opposed a state mandate eliminating local code adoption.

MACo supported legislation to add a county “seat at the table” for state pension oversight.

MACo opposed broadening this homeowner tax credit to a wide range of trust arrangements, potentially creating new tax avoidance vehicles.

MACo supported provisions to encourage that post-foreclosure property continue to be properly maintained and accountable for taxes.

MACo supported its initiative bill to partially “decouple” counties’ personal property tax rates

MACo opposed legislation greatly expanding a recordation tax loophole for indemnity deeds of trust and other commercial financing instruments.

MACo sought clarifications to tax provisions dealing with low-income housing projects in transition.

March 8, 2013:

MACo sought to reframe the charge and membership of a group tasked to evaluate licensing schemes.

MACo supported its initiative bill to create a census-based cycle for comprehensive plan adoption.

MACo opposed the “bottle bill,” citing widespread cost concerns and the detrimental impact on current single-stream curbside recycling efforts.

 

To see online versions of MACo’s written testimony from the 2013 legislative session, click here.

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