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Department of Economic and Community Development
1998-99 Regulatory Agenda


100 - General
498 - Office of Community Development
530 - Energy Conservation Division

CONTACT PERSON: Micki Mullen, Special Projects Coordinator, 59 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333. Telephone 287-5715.

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1998-99 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:


19-100 - General

CHAPTER 400: Employment Tax Increment Financing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 M.R.S.A. 6759
PURPOSE: Amends ETIF rule to incorporate into the ETIF application process changes that took place in the 2nd Session of the 118th Legislature, specifically, the establishment of a third level of reimbursement to qualified businesses located in labor market areas with unemployment rates greater than 150% of the state average and, in the sixth year of the development program, for the potential adjustment of the level of reimbursement depending on the labor market unemployment rate at that time.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Rule-making process to be initiated in August, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Businesses that participate in the Employment Tax Increment Financing Program after June 30, 1998, and their qualified employees, that are located in labor market areas where the unemployment rate is greater than 150% of the state average. Businesses approved for ETIF after June 30, 1998 may be subject to an adjustment in the percentage of reimbursement at the beginning of the sixth year of an ETIF development program.


19-498 - Office of Community Development

CHAPTER 18: Program Statement for Administering the 1999 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 administer the Community Development Block Grant Program and allows DECD to administer the federal grant funds in a timely and efficient manner.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Notice of proposed rule in July 1998, public hearings in August of 1998 and adoption in September 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: The beneficiaries are Maine's cities and towns (excluding Auburn, Bangor, Lewiston and Portland) and primarily persons of low and moderate income.


19-530 - Energy Conservation Division

CHAPTER 409: Pilot Energy Conservation Revolving Loan Fund Program Rule
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A. 13058, sub-3
PURPOSE: The purpose of this rule amendment is to allow the Department to waive the requirement for a loan applicant under the Pilot Energy Conservation Revolving Loan Fund Program to submit three project cost estimates with an application, if the applicant can demonstrate that procuring three estimates is difficult to accomplish. Waivers must be requested in writing.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Rule-making process to be initiated in August, 1998.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Small businesses in rural locations of the state that apply for loans under the Pilot Energy Conservation Revolving Loan Fund Program are relieved of the occassionally difficult obligation to procure three costs estimates.


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