22nd Alaska State Legislature
Information from Representative Vic Kohring

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State Capitol, Room 24
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-2186
Fax: (907) 465-3818

600 East Railroad Avenue
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 373-1842
Fax: (907) 373-4729

Sponsor Statement for HB 389
Municipal Tax Exemption - Deteriorated Properties

An Act changing the date of repeal of a provision authorizing an exemption from and deferral of municipal property taxes on certain types of deteriorated property; and providing for an effective date.
Released: March 6, 2002
Contact: Mike Krieber, Legislative Aide to Rep. Kohring, at (907) 465-4858

Alaska Statute 29.45.050 allows municipalities to exempt certain properties from property taxes. Historical sites, non-profit organization properties, and student housing are examples of allowed exemptions.

AS 29.45.050(o) allows municipalities to exempt deteriorated properties once substantial rehabilitation improvements have started. This concept is to encourage economic revitalization and increase a municipality's tax base.

AS 29.45.050(o) sunsets July 1, 2002. This bill deletes the sunset clause.

There are many safeguards within the statute to protect the public from potential abuse of the tax exemption by individuals. In order to qualify for the tax exemption, several steps must be taken by the local governing body. The statute will still require that the "deteriorated property"

  1. has been the subject of an order by a government agency requiring the property to be vacated, condemned, or demolished by reason of noncompliance with laws, ordinances, or regulations;
  2. has a structure on it not less than 15 years of age that has undergone substantial rehabilitation, renovation, or replacement, subject to any conditions prescribed in the ordinance; or
  3. is located in a deteriorating or deteriorated area with boundaries that have been determined by the municipality.

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