2007 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Watson
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 57-30-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE PERIOD OF TIME THAT A FAMILY-ORIENTED ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISE MAY RECEIVE PAYMENTS FROM THE SALES TAX INCENTIVE FUND IF THE ENTERPRISE IS UNABLE TO COLLECT SALES TAXES AS A RESULT OF CERTAIN DISASTERS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 57-30-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
57-30-3. (1) (a) There is created in the State Treasury a special fund to be known as the "Sales Tax Incentive Fund," into which shall be deposited such money as provided in Section 27-65-75(16). The monies in the fund shall be used for the purpose of making the incentive payments authorized in this section. The fund shall be administered by the MDA. Unexpended amounts remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not lapse into the General Fund, and any interest earned on or investment earnings on the amounts in the fund shall be deposited to the credit of the fund. The MDA may use not more than one percent (1%) of interest earned or investment earnings, or both, on amounts in the fund for administration and management of the incentive program.
(b) Subject to the provisions of this section, incentive payments may be made by the MDA to an approved participant that incurs indebtedness or incurs capital costs, or both, to locate a project in the state. The payments to an approved participant shall be for the amount of sales tax revenue collected on the gross proceeds of sales of a project, after making the diversions required in Section 27-65-75, except the diversion provided for in Section 27-65-75(1). The MDA shall ensure that payments made pursuant to this section are utilized to pay the debt service incurred by the approved participant for the project as approved by the MDA or any project capital cost incurred by the approved participant for the project as approved by the MDA, or both. The MDA shall make payments to an approved participant on a semiannual basis with payments being made in the months of January and July. For the purposes of determining the amount of indebtedness or project capital costs, or both, incurred for any ancillary business, as described in Section 57-30-1(c), which is eligible for incentive payments under this section, the amount of such indebtedness or project capital costs, or both, shall be limited to an amount not greater than the indebtedness or project capital costs, or both, incurred for the primary project. The aggregate amount that an approved participant may receive shall not exceed thirty-five percent (35%) of the portion of the original indebtedness that is funded from private sources or project capital cost that is funded from private sources, or both, incurred by such participant for the project. The MDA shall make the calculations necessary to make the payments provided for in this section. The MDA shall cease making incentive payments to an approved participant on the occurrence of the earlier of (i) the date thirty-five percent (35%) of theportion of theoriginal indebtednessthat is funded from private sources, or any refinancing of theportion of theoriginal indebtednessthat is funded from private sources, incurred for the project or the portion of the original project capital cost that is funded from private sources incurred for the project, or both, is satisfied, (ii) ten (10) years from the date the original indebtedness for the project was incurred, without regard to any refinancing or additional financing for any addition to or expansion of the project, or (iii) the project ceases operations; however, if the approved participant is located in an area that has been declared by the Governor to be a disaster area and as a result of the disaster the approved participant is unable to collect sales taxes, the MDA may extend the ten-year period until such time as the participant is able to collect sales taxes or for three (3) years, whichever occurs first.
(2) At such time as payments are no longer required to be made to an approved participant, the MDA shall notify the State Tax Commission and the sales tax revenue collected from such project shall no longer be deposited into the Sales Tax Incentive Fund, and any amounts remaining in the fund that were collected from such participant shall be transferred to the State General Fund; however, if the project is located in a municipality, a portion of such amount shall be paid to such municipality in the same manner and amounts as provided for in Section 27-65-75(1).
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.