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Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation

Concerning wildfire mitigation assistance for landowners.
2022 Regular Session
State Government
Bill Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. Section 1 of the bill establishes the wildfire mitigation resources and best practices grant program (grant program) within the Colorado state forest service (forest service). To be eligible to receive a grant, a recipient must be an agency of local government, a county, municipality, special district, a tribal agency or program, or a nonprofit organization.

The forest service is tasked with reviewing grant applications. Grants must be awarded to applicants proposing to conduct outreach among landowners in high wildfire hazard areas and the forest service must consider the potential impact of the applicants' proposed outreach when awarding grants.

The forest service must report to the wildfire matters review committee on the grant program.

Commencing no later than the 2023-2024 state fiscal year, the bill requires the general assembly to annually appropriate money from the general fund to the healthy forests and vibrant communities fund to implement the grant program .Section 2 repeals extends the existing income tax deduction created to offset the landowner's costs incurred in performing wildfire mitigation measures, for the 2023 and subsequent income tax years, currently set to expire with the 2024 income tax year, through the 2025 income tax year .Section 3 creates a state income tax credit to reimburse a landowner for the costs incurred in performing wildfire mitigation measures on the landowner's property. Specifically, a landowner with a federal taxable income at or below $120,000 for the income tax year commencing on or after January 1, 2023, but prior to the 2026 income tax year , as adjusted for inflation and rounded to the nearest hundred dollar amount for each income tax year thereafter, is allowed a state income tax credit in an amount equal to 25% of up to $2,500 in costs for wildfire mitigation measures. The maximum total credit in a taxable year is $625.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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