MACo Policy Associate, Kevin Kinnally, testified in favor of Senate Bill 1103, “Home Sprinkler and Fire Safety Assistance Fund” on March 14, 2017 in front of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. Senator Jim Mathias is the sponsor of this bill.
SB 1103 would provide funding assistance for required sprinkler systems for those in workforce and low-income housing in rural areas without public water.
MACo’s testimony states,
Since the passage of the sprinkler system mandate in 2012 (HB 366/SB 602), rural areas have witnessed a dramatic reduction in building permits for moderate- and low-income housing. Sprinkler systems not on public water can require high pressure pumps and water storage tanks that may add $10,000 to $12,000 to the cost of a new home – a significant cost in a rural area for a home designed for a moderate- to low-income family. SB 1103 would help address this issue by providing a limited funding mechanism to offset costly sprinkler and similar building code mandates.
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