SCS CSHB 10(CRA): "An Act authorizing a borough to charge a city for costs of collecting certain taxes; relating to a mandatory exemption from municipal property taxes for residences of certain widows or widowers, and to optional exemptions from municipal property taxes for property of certain fraternal organizations, for certain college property, and for certain residential property; providing for an effective date by amending the effective date of sec. 3, ch. 117, SLA 2000, as amended by sec. 2, ch. 74, SLA 2003, and by sec. 3, ch. 67, SLA 2008; and providing for an effective date."
00 SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 10(CRA) 01 "An Act authorizing a borough to charge a city for costs of collecting certain taxes; 02 relating to a mandatory exemption from municipal property taxes for residences of 03 certain widows or widowers, and to optional exemptions from municipal property taxes 04 for property of certain fraternal organizations, for certain college property, and for 05 certain residential property; providing for an effective date by amending the effective 06 date of sec. 3, ch. 117, SLA 2000, as amended by sec. 2, ch. 74, SLA 2003, and by sec. 3, 07 ch. 67, SLA 2008; and providing for an effective date." 08 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 09 * Section 1. AS 29.35.170(b) is amended to read: 10 (b) Except as provided in AS 29.45.700, taxes [TAXES] levied by a city in a 11 borough shall be collected by the [A] borough and returned in full to the levying city. 12 However, a borough may charge a city a fee for costs of collecting a tax that is not 13 also levied by a majority of the cities in the borough or levied by the borough on 14 an areawide basis. This subsection applies to home rule and general law
01 municipalities. 02 * Sec. 2. AS 29.45.030(e) is amended to read: 03 (e) The real property owned and occupied as the primary residence and 04 permanent place of abode by a [(1)] resident who is (1) 65 years of age or older; (2) a 05 disabled veteran; [OR] (3) [RESIDENT] at least 60 years of age and [OLD WHO IS] 06 the widow or widower of a person who qualified for an exemption under (1) [OR (2)] 07 of this subsection; or (4) the widow or widower of a person who qualified for an 08 exemption under (2) of this subsection, is exempt from taxation on the first 09 $150,000 of the assessed value of the real property. A municipality may, in case of 10 hardship, provide for exemption beyond the first $150,000 of assessed value in 11 accordance with regulations of the department. Only one exemption may be granted 12 for the same property and, if two or more persons are eligible for an exemption for the 13 same property, the parties shall decide between or among themselves who is to receive 14 the benefit of the exemption. Real property may not be exempted under this subsection 15 if the assessor determines, after notice and hearing to the parties, that the property was 16 conveyed to the applicant primarily for the purpose of obtaining the exemption. The 17 determination of the assessor may be appealed under AS 44.62.560 - 44.62.570. 18 * Sec. 3. AS 29.45.050(b) is amended to read: 19 (b) A municipality may by ordinance 20 (1) classify and exempt from taxation 21 (A) the property of an organization not organized for business 22 or profit-making purposes and used exclusively for community purposes if the 23 income derived from rental of that property does not exceed the actual cost to 24 the owner of the use by the renter; 25 (B) historic sites, buildings, and monuments; 26 (C) land of a nonprofit organization used for agricultural 27 purposes if rights to subdivide the land are conveyed to the state and the 28 conveyance includes a covenant restricting use of the land to agricultural 29 purposes only; rights conveyed to the state under this subparagraph may be 30 conveyed by the state only in accordance with AS 38.05.069(c); 31 (D) all or any portion of private ownership interests in property
01 that, based upon a written agreement with the University of Alaska, is used 02 exclusively for student housing for the University of Alaska; property may be 03 exempted from taxation under this subparagraph for no longer than 30 years 04 unless the exemption is specifically extended by ordinance adopted within the 05 six months before the expiration of that period; 06 (E) property of a private, nonprofit four-year college or 07 university that is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency 08 recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the 09 United States Department of Education, or both, that is not subject to the 10 mandatory exemption described in AS 29.45.030(a)(3); however, a private 11 leasehold, contract, or other interest in the property is taxable to the 12 extent of the private interest; 13 (2) classify as to type and exempt or partially exempt some or all types 14 of personal property from ad valorem taxes. 15 * Sec. 4. AS 29.45.050 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 16 (t) A municipality may, by ordinance ratified by the voters, exclude or exempt 17 or partially exempt from taxation the property of a fraternal society, order, or 18 association that is exempt from federal taxes under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(8) or (10) 19 (Internal Revenue Code) if the property is used predominantly for one or more of the 20 following purposes: 21 (1) religious; 22 (2) charitable; 23 (3) scientific; 24 (4) literary; 25 (5) educational; or 26 (6) fraternal. 27 * Sec. 5. AS 29.45 is amended by adding a new section to read: 28 Sec. 29.45.053. Exemption for certain residences of law enforcement 29 officers. (a) A municipality may, by ordinance, provide for the designation of areas 30 within its boundaries that are eligible for tax exemptions on parcels of residential 31 property. The amount of the tax exemption provided in the ordinance may not exceed
01 $150,000 of the assessed value of a parcel. The exemption may be granted for a parcel 02 only if it is 03 (1) entirely within an eligible area; 04 (2) primarily used for residential purposes; and 05 (3) owned and occupied as the primary place of abode by a law 06 enforcement officer. 07 (b) Only one exemption may be granted for the same parcel under an 08 ordinance adopted under (a) of this section, and, if two or more individuals are eligible 09 for an exemption for the same parcel, the individuals shall decide between or among 10 themselves who is to receive the benefit of the exemption. 11 (c) The municipality that adopts the ordinance under (a) of this section may 12 not request state funds to cover any loss of revenue to the municipality caused by the 13 ordinance. 14 (d) The ordinance adopted under (a) of this section must define "law 15 enforcement officer" to include only some or all positions listed in the definition of 16 "peace officer" in AS 01.10.060 or in the definition of "police officer" in 17 AS 18.65.290. The ordinance may include other eligibility requirements for an area; 18 however, an eligible area must 19 (1) meet the eligibility requirements under a federal program of special 20 assistance for urban development, neighborhood revitalization, or law enforcement, 21 without regard to whether an application for the federal assistance on behalf of the 22 area has been made or whether the area has received or is receiving the federal 23 assistance; 24 (2) have a statistically higher occurrence of crime than the 25 municipality as a whole; the crime rate for an eligible area must be established in the 26 ordinance; or 27 (3) meet the requirements of (1) and (2) of this subsection. 28 (e) The municipality may establish a specific area as an eligible area for 29 purposes of this section only in the ordinance adopted under (a) of this section or by 30 adopting a separate ordinance. The municipality is not required to establish as an 31 eligible area for purposes of this section every area that meets the requirements of the
01 ordinance that is adopted under (a) of this section. 02 * Sec. 6. Section 19, ch. 117, SLA 2000, as amended by sec. 2, ch. 74, SLA 2003, and by 03 sec. 3, ch. 67, SLA 2008, is amended to read: 04 Sec. 19. Section 3 of this Act takes effect November 30, 2012 . 05 * Sec. 7. Section 2 of this Act takes effect January 1, 2010.