2004 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Scott, Bailey, Banks, Blackmon, Broomfield, Buck, Burnett, Clarke, Coleman (65th), Flaggs, Harrison, Hines, Middleton, Myers, Straughter, Thomas, West, Young
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 57-1-18, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE FROM 10,000 TO 20,000 FOR MAXIMUM POPULATION OF A SMALL MUNICIPALITY UNDER THE SMALL MUNICIPALITIES AND LIMITED POPULATION COUNTIES FUND GRANT PROGRAM; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 57-1-18, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
57-1-18. (1) For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(a) "Limited population county" means a county in the State of Mississippi with a population of thirty thousand (30,000) or less according to the most recent federal decennial census at the time the county submits its application to the MDA under this section.
(b) "MDA" means the Mississippi Development Authority.
(c) "Project" means highways, streets and other roadways, bridges, sidewalks, utilities, airfields, airports, acquisition of equipment, acquisition of real property, development of real property, improvements to real property, and any other project approved by the MDA.
(d) "Small municipality" means a municipality in the State of Mississippi with a population of twenty thousand (20,000) or less according to the most recent federal decennial census at the time the municipality submits its application to the MDA under this section.
(2) (a) There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special fund to be designated as the "Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Fund," which shall consist of funds appropriated or otherwise made available by the Legislature in any manner and funds from any other source designated for deposit into such fund. Unexpended amounts remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not lapse into the State General Fund, and any investment earnings or interest earned on amounts in the fund shall be deposited to the credit of the fund. Monies in the fund shall be used to make grants to small municipalities and limited population counties or natural gas districts created by law and contained therein to assist in completing projects under this section.
(b) Monies in the fund which are derived from proceeds of bonds issued under Sections 1 through 16, Laws of 2002, Chapter 538, and/or Sections 1 through 16 of House Bill No. 1595, 2003 Regular Session, may be used to reimburse reasonable actual and necessary costs incurred by the MDA in providing assistance related to a project for which funding is provided under this section from the use of proceeds of such bonds. An accounting of actual costs incurred for which reimbursement is sought shall be maintained for each project by the MDA. Reimbursement of reasonable actual and necessary costs for a project shall not exceed three percent (3%) of the proceeds of bonds issued for such project. Monies authorized for a particular project may not be used to reimburse administrative costs for unrelated projects. Reimbursements under this subsection shall satisfy any applicable federal tax law requirements.
(3) The MDA shall establish a grant program to make grants to small municipalities and limited population counties from the Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Fund. A small municipality or limited population county may apply to the MDA for a grant under this section in the manner provided for in this section.
(4) A small municipality or limited population county desiring assistance under this section must submit an application to the MDA. The application must include a description of the project for which assistance is requested, the cost of the project for which assistance is requested, the amount of assistance requested and any other information required by the MDA.
(5) The MDA shall have all powers necessary to implement and administer the program established under this section, and the department shall promulgate rules and regulations, in accordance with the Mississippi Administrative Procedures Law, necessary for the implementation of this section.
(6) The MDA shall file an annual report with the Governor, Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives not later than December 1 of each year, describing all assistance provided under this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2004.