1998 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Dickerson, Smith, Moffatt, Lee, Gollott, Stogner, Harvey, Robertson
Senate Bill 2886
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE TO ANNUALLY PAY TO THE COUNTIES IN WHICH THE PASCAGOULA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA IS LOCATED AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE TAX LOSS SUFFERED BY COUNTIES AS A RESULT OF STATE OWNERSHIP OF LAND IN THE PASCAGOULA RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA; TO PROVIDE THE MANNER IN WHICH THE TAX LOSS SHALL BE DETERMINED; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) The State of Mississippi shall annually pay to counties in which the Pascagoula Wildlife Management Area is located an amount equal to the tax loss suffered by such counties during the previous calendar year as a result of state ownership of land in the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area. This payment shall be in lieu of the ad valorem taxes that would have otherwise been paid on such property if it were privately owned.
(2) The amount of the payment that each county will receive shall be determined by the State Tax Commission based on documentation provided by the county tax assessors under guidelines established by the State Tax Commission.
(3) Payments received by a county pursuant to this section may be utilized in the same manner as ad valorem tax receipts. Payments received pursuant to this section by the counties shall not be included or considered as proceeds of ad valorem taxes for the purpose of the statutory growth limitations on ad valorem taxes.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 1999.