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Title XI EDUCATION AND LIBRARIES

Chapter 184

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  184.503.  Creation of district and sales tax authorized — ballot language — sales tax revenue, use of — withdrawal from district, procedure. — 1.  The governing body of any eligible county may, by resolution, authorize the creation of or participation in a district, and may impose a sales tax on all retail sales made within the eligible county which are subject to sales tax under chapter 144.  The tax authorized in this section shall not exceed one-fourth of one percent, and shall be imposed solely for the purpose of funding the support of zoological activities within the district.  The tax authorized in this section shall be in addition to all other sales taxes imposed by law, and shall be stated separately from all other charges and taxes.  Such creation of or participation in such district and the levy of the sales tax may be accomplished individually or on a cooperative basis with another eligible county or other eligible counties for financial support of the district.  A petition requesting such creation of or participation in such district and the levy of the sales tax for the purpose of funding the support of zoological activities within the district may also be filed with the governing body, and shall be signed by not less than the number of qualified electors of an eligible county equal to five percent of the number of ballots cast and counted at the last preceding gubernatorial election held in such county.  No such resolution adopted or petition presented under this section shall become effective unless the governing body of the eligible county submits to the voters residing within the eligible county at a state general, primary, or special election a proposal to authorize the governing body of the eligible county to create or participate in a district and to impose a tax under this section.  The county election official shall give legal notice at least sixty days prior to such general or primary election or special election in at least two newspapers that such proposition or propositions shall be submitted at the next general or primary election or special election held for submission of this proposition.  The resolution or proposition shall be printed on the ballot and in the notice of election.  Provisions of this section to the contrary notwithstanding, no tax authorized under the provisions of this section shall be effective in any eligible noncharter county unless the tax authorized under the provisions of this section is also collected by an eligible charter county.

  2.  The ballot for the proposition in any county shall be in substantially the following form:

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Shall a retail sales tax of ______ (insert amount, not to exceed one-quarter of one percent) be levied and collected for the benefit of the Kansas City Zoological District, which shall be created and consist of the county(s) of ______ (insert name of counties), for the support of zoological activities with the district?
☐ YES ☐ NO

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The governing body of the county may place additional language on the ballot to describe the use or allocation of the funds.

  3.  In the event that a majority of the voters voting on such proposition in such county at said election cast votes for the proposition, then the district shall be deemed established and the tax rate for such subdistrict shall be deemed in full force and effect as of the first day of the year following the year of said election and the governing body of such county may proceed with the performance of all things necessary and incidental to participation in the district.  The results of the aforesaid election shall be certified by the election officials of such county to the governing body of such county not less than thirty days after the day of election.  In the event the proposition shall fail to receive a majority of the votes "FOR", then such proposition shall not be resubmitted at any election held within one year of the date of the election the proposition was rejected.  Any such resubmissions of such proposition shall substantially comply with the provisions of sections 184.500 to 184.515.

  4.  Except as modified in this section, all provisions of sections 32.085 and 32.087 shall apply to the tax imposed under this section.

  5.  All sales taxes collected by the director of revenue from the tax authorized by this section on behalf of the district, less one percent for cost of collection, which shall be deposited in the state's general revenue fund after payment of premiums for surety bonds, as provided in section 32.087, shall be deposited in a special trust fund, which is hereby created, to be known as the "Kansas City Zoological District Sales Tax Trust Fund".  The moneys in the Kansas City zoological district sales tax trust fund shall not be deemed to be state funds and shall not be commingled with any funds of the state.  The director of revenue shall keep accurate records of the amount of money collected and deposited in the trust fund and the records shall be open to the inspection of officers of the district, the counties composing the district, and the public.  Not later than the tenth day of each month the director of revenue shall distribute all moneys deposited in the Kansas City zoological district sales tax trust fund during the preceding month to the district.

  6.  The director of revenue may make refunds from the amounts in the Kansas City zoological district sales tax trust fund and credited to the district for erroneous payments and overpayments made, and may redeem dishonored checks and drafts deposited to the credit of the district.  If the district abolishes the tax, the county shall notify the director of revenue of the action at least ninety days prior to the effective date of the repeal and the director of revenue may order retention in the Kansas City zoological district sales tax trust fund, for a period of one year, of two percent of the amount collected after receipt of such notice to cover possible refunds or overpayment of the tax and to redeem dishonored checks and drafts deposited to the credit of such account.  After one year has elapsed after the effective date of abolition of the tax in the district, the director of revenue shall remit the balance in the account to the district and close the account of the district.  The director of revenue shall notify the district of each instance of any amount refunded or any check redeemed from receipts due the district.

  7.  Any of the eligible counties composing the Kansas City zoological district may withdraw from the district by adoption of a resolution and approval of the resolution by a majority of the qualified electors of the county, in the same manner provided in this section for creating or becoming a part of the district.  The governing body of a withdrawing county shall provide for the sending of formal written notice of withdrawal from the district to the governing body of the other county or each of the other counties comprising the district.  Actual withdrawal shall not take effect until ninety days after notice has been sent.  A withdrawing county shall not be relieved from any obligation that such county may have assumed or incurred by reason of being a part of the district, including, but not limited to, the retirement of any outstanding bonded indebtedness of the district.

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(L. 2010 H.B. 1316 merged with H.B. 2297)

(2013)  Section does not require but gives the county commission the discretion whether to place the petition question on the ballot. Page v. Scavuzzo, 412 S.W.3d 263 (Mo.App.W.D.).


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