2006 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Watson, Reynolds
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 57-80-9, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO EXTEND THE PERIOD FOR THE TAX EXEMPTIONS GRANTED UNDER THE GROWTH AND PROSPERITY ACT TO BUSINESS ENTERPRISES THAT LOCATE IN GROWTH AND PROSPERITY COUNTIES; TO AMEND SECTION 57-80-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO EXTEND THE PERIOD WITHIN WHICH CERTAIN COUNTIES MAY APPLY TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR CERTIFICATION AS GROWTH AND PROSPERITY COUNTIES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 57-80-9, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
57-80-9. (1) Upon the issuance by the MDA of its certificate of public convenience and necessity, designating certain counties as growth and prosperity counties, any approved business enterprise in any such a growth and prosperity county or any approved business enterprise located within an eligible supervisors district within eight (8) miles of the boundary of the county that meets the criteria of Section 57-80-7(1)(b) of this act shall be exempt from all local taxes levied by the county and all state taxes for a period of ten (10) years or until December 31, 2020, whichever occurs first, and upon consent of any municipality within such county or within such supervisors district and not more than eight (8) miles from the boundary of the county that meets the criteria of Section 57-80-7(1)(b), shall be exempt from all local taxes levied by such municipality for a period of ten (10) years or until December 31, 2020, whichever occurs first.
(2) The following conditions, along with any other conditions the MDA shall promulgate from time to time by rule or regulation, shall apply to such exemptions: (a) any exemption provided under this chapter is nontransferable and cannot be applied, used or assigned to any other person or business or tax account; (b) no approved business enterprise may claim or use the exemption granted under this chapter unless that enterprise is in full compliance with all state and local tax laws, and related ordinances and resolutions; and (c) the approved business enterprise must enter into an agreement with the MDA which sets out, at a minimum the performance requirements of the approved business enterprise during the term of the exemption and provisions for the recapture of all or a portion of the taxes exempted if the performance requirements of the approved business enterprise are not met.
(3) Upon entering into such an agreement, the MDA shall forward such agreement to the State Tax Commission and the affected local taxing authorities so that the exemption can be implemented. The State Tax Commission shall promulgate rules and regulations, in accordance with the Mississippi Administrative Procedures Law, for the implementation of both local and state exemptions granted under this chapter.
(4) Any business enterprise that relocates its present operation and jobs to a growth and prosperity county or an eligible supervisors district and not more than eight (8) miles from the boundary of the county that meets the criteria of Section 57-80-7(1)(b) from another county in the state shall not receive any of the exemptions granted in this chapter.
(5) If the annualized unemployment rate in a growth and prosperity county falls below one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the state's annualized unemployment rate for three (3) consecutive calendar years, the tax exemptions authorized under Sections 57-62-5 through 57-62-15 may not be granted to additional business enterprises.
SECTION 2. Section 57-80-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
57-80-7. (1) From and after December 31, 2000, and until December 31, 2010, the following counties may apply to the MDA for the issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity:
(a) Any county of this state which has an annualized unemployment rate that is at least two hundred percent (200%) of the state's unemployment rate as of December 31 of any year from 2000 through 2010, as determined by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security's most recently published data;
(b) Any county of this state in which thirty percent (30%) or more of the population of the county is at or below the federal poverty level according to the official data compiled by the United States Census Bureau as of August 30, 2000, for counties that apply before December 31, 2002, or the most recent official data compiled by the United States Census Bureau for counties that apply from and after December 31, 2002; or
(c) Any county of this state having an eligible supervisors district.
(2) The application, at a minimum, must contain (a) the Mississippi Department of Employment Security's most recently published figures that reflect the annualized unemployment rate of the applying county as of December 31 or the most recent official data by the United States Census Bureau required by subsection (1) of this section, as the case may be, and (b) an order or resolution of the county consenting to the designation of the county as a growth and prosperity county.
(3) Any municipality of a designated growth and prosperity county or within an eligible supervisors district and not more than eight (8) miles from the boundary of the county that meets the criteria of subsection (1)(b) of this section may by order or resolution of the municipality consent to participation in the Growth and Prosperity Program.
(4) No incentive or tax exemption shall be given under this chapter without the consent of the affected county or municipality.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 2006.