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19 - Department of Economic and Community Development
2001-2002 Regulatory Agenda



CONTACT PERSON: Peggy Schaffer, Policy and Planning Specialist, 59 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Telephone: 624-9801

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 19-100
AGENCY: Office of Administration and Policy

Chapter 1: Municipal and State Tax Increment Financing Rule
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A MRSA 5253E
PURPOSE: The municipal and state tax increment finance programs, consistent with Chapter 207 of Title 30-A of the Maine Revised Statutes, are designed to assist municipalities in encouraging industrial, commercial, or retail development, increasing employment opportunities, and broadening tax bases. This chapter sets forth the provisions by which a municipality may utilize these programs, and describes application requirements, state review procedures, state designation procedures, the calculation of state tax increment, annual reporting requirements, and local program administration.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: January to February 2002
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, and businesses

Chapter 400: Employment Tax Increment Financing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA 6759
PURPOSE: The Employment Tax Increment Financing program is designed to encourage the creation of net new quality jobs in this State, improve and broaden the tax base and improve the general economy of the State. Consistent with the Maine Employment Tax Increment Financing Act, 36 MRSA 6751-6761, this chapter sets forth the provisions by which a business may utilize this program, and describes application requirements, state review procedures, state designation procedures, the calculation of employment tax increment, annual reporting requirements, and program administration.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter of 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Companies using or eligible for ETIF, State Agencies, Economic Development Consultants.


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 19-498
AGENCY: Office of Community Development

CHAPTER 31: Program Statement for Administering the 2003 Community Development Block Grant Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 13058, subsection 3
PURPOSE: The rule outlines the procedures by which DECD will allocate federal CDBG funds in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations and to design methods of distribution of funds.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Notice of proposed rule in August 2002, public hearings in September of 2002 and adoption in October 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: The beneficiaries are Maine's cities and towns, counties (excluding Auburn, Bangor, Lewiston and Portland) and persons of low and moderate income.

 


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