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File #: 18-0071R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - Designating Federal Opportunity Zones
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 2/26/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 2/26/2018
Enactment #:
Title: Request for State Action - Designating Federal Opportunity Zones For the purpose of calling on the Governor to create an open process which will allow for comprehensive and transparent consideration of which census tracts in the State of Maryland should be designated as Opportunity Zones, participating in the new federal tax deferral program intended to spur private investment in underserved communities.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, Ryan Dorsey, Brandon M. Scott, John T. Bullock, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Mary Pat Clarke, Robert Stokes, Sr., Zeke Cohen, Kristerfer Burnett, Sharon Green Middleton, Shannon Sneed
Indexes: Federal, Opportunity, Request for State Action, Zone
Attachments: 1. 18-0071R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_18-0071R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Henry


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - Designating Federal Opportunity Zones
For the purpose of calling on the Governor to create an open process which will allow for comprehensive and transparent consideration of which census tracts in the State of Maryland should be designated as Opportunity Zones, participating in the new federal tax deferral program intended to spur private investment in underserved communities.
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Recent changes to federal tax laws included the introduction of a new program allowing state governors to designate low-income census tracts in their states as “Opportunity Zones” in which investments from the private sector receive favorable federal tax treatment. The goal of the program is to incentivize investments in distressed communities through capital gains deferrals, thereby reducing inequalities in access to capital and spurring growth in underserved areas.

In each state, the governor may designate up to 25% of the census tracts that meet the income and economic distress criteria for the program as Opportunity Zones. This approach is intended to both help ensure local needs and opportunities are being met and encourage concentration of capital in targeted, geographically contiguous areas where it can be most impactful.

State governors have until March 21, 2018 to make nominations to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury ...

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