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Title XVI CONSERVATION, RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 251

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  251.615.  Sales tax authorized, ballot language — deposit of tax revenue, use of moneys — abolishment of tax, effect of — annual report, contents — severability clause. — 1.  Any city or county that has agreed to form a regional economic development district created under the regional economic development district law which consists of all of one or more entire counties, all of one or more entire cities, or all of one or more entire counties and one or more entire cities which are totally outside the boundaries of those counties may impose, by resolution of the governing body of the city or county, a sales tax on all retail sales made in the city or county which are subject to sales tax under chapter 144 for the benefit of the regional economic development district.  The sales tax may be imposed at a rate of one-eighth of one percent, one-fourth of one percent, three-eighths of one percent or one-half of one percent on the receipts from the sale at retail of all tangible personal property or taxable services at retail within any such city or county adopting such tax, if such property and services are subject to taxation by the state of Missouri under the provisions of sections 144.010 to 144.525. The resolution imposing the tax shall not become effective unless the governing body of the city or county submits to the voters of the city or county at any citywide, county, or state general, primary, or special election a proposal to authorize the city or county to impose a tax under this section.  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.

  2.  The ballot of submission for the tax authorized in this section shall be in substantially the following form:

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Shall the city or county of ______ (insert city or county name) impose a sales tax at the rate of ______ (insert amount) for economic development purposes?
☐ YES ☐ NO
If you are in favor of the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "YES". If you are opposed to the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "NO".

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If a majority of the votes cast on the proposal by the qualified voters voting thereon are in favor of the proposal, then the resolution and any amendments thereto shall be in effect.  If a majority of the votes cast by the qualified voters voting are opposed to the proposal, then the governing body of the city or county shall have no power to impose the sales tax authorized by this section unless and until the proposal is resubmitted under this section and such proposal is approved by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon.

  3.  All sales taxes collected by the director of revenue under this section on behalf of any city or county for the benefit of a regional economic development 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 "Regional Economic Development District Sales Tax Trust Fund".

  4.  The moneys in the regional economic development 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 in the trust fund which was collected in each city or county imposing a sales tax under this section, and the records shall be open to the inspection of the board of the district, the governing body of the city or county, and the public.

  5.  Not later than the tenth day of each month, the director of revenue shall distribute all moneys deposited in the trust fund during the preceding month to the city or county which levied the tax.  Such funds shall be distributed to the treasurer of the governing body of the city or county which shall deposit all such funds for the benefit of the district.  All expenditures of funds arising from the regional economic development district sales tax trust fund shall be in accordance with the regional economic development district law.

  6.  The director of revenue may authorize the state treasurer to make refunds from the amounts in the trust fund and credited to any city or county for erroneous payments and overpayments made, and may redeem dishonored checks and drafts deposited to the credit of such city or county.

  7.  If any city or county abolishes the tax, the governing body of the city or 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 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 accounts.  After one year has elapsed after the effective date of abolition of the tax in such district, the director of revenue shall remit the balance in the account to the city or county and close the account of that city or county.  The director of revenue shall notify each city or county of each instance of any amount refunded or any check redeemed from receipts due the city or county.

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

  9.  All revenue generated by the tax shall be deposited in a special trust fund and shall be used solely for the designated purposes.  If the tax is repealed, all funds remaining in the special trust fund shall continue to be used solely for the designated purposes.  Any funds in the special trust fund which are not needed for current expenditures may be invested by the city or county in accordance with applicable laws relating to the investment of other city or county funds.

  10.  The board shall consider regional economic development plans, regional economic development projects, or designations of a regional economic development district and shall hold public hearings and provide notice of any such hearings.  The board shall vote on all proposed regional economic development plans, regional economic development projects, or designations of a regional economic development district, and amendments thereto, within thirty days following completion of the hearing on any such plan, project, or designation, and shall make the final determination on use and expenditure of any funds received from the tax imposed under this section.

  11.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the regional economic development district sales tax imposed under this section when imposed within a special taxing district, including but not limited to a tax increment financing district, neighborhood improvement district, or community improvement district, shall be excluded from the calculation of revenues available to such districts, and no revenues from any sales tax imposed under this section shall be used for the purposes of any such district unless approved by the regional economic development district board established under the regional economic development district law and the governing body of the city or county imposing the tax.

  12.  The board of the district shall make a report at least annually on the use of the funds provided under this section and on the progress of any plan, project, or area designation adopted under this section and shall make such report available to the public and the governing body of the city or county imposing the tax.

  13.  (1)  No city or county imposing a sales tax under this section may repeal or amend such sales tax unless such repeal or amendment will not impair the district's ability to repay any liabilities which it has incurred, money which it has borrowed, or revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations which it has issued to finance any project or projects.

  (2)  Whenever the governing body of any city or county in which a regional economic development district sales tax has been imposed in the manner provided by this section receives a petition, signed by ten percent of the qualified voters of such city or county calling for an election to repeal such regional economic development district sales tax, the governing body shall, if such repeal will not impair the district's ability to repay any liabilities which it has incurred, money which it has borrowed, or revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations which it has issued to finance any project or projects, submit to the voters of such city or county a proposal to repeal the regional economic development district sales tax imposed under this section.  If a majority of the votes cast on the proposal by the qualified voters voting thereon are in favor of the proposal to repeal the regional economic development district sales tax, then the resolution imposing the regional economic development district sales tax, along with any amendments thereto, is repealed.  If a majority of the votes cast by the qualified voters voting thereon are opposed to the proposal to repeal the regional economic development district sales tax, then the resolution imposing the regional economic development district sales tax, along with any amendments thereto, shall remain in effect.

  14.  If any provision of the regional economic development district law or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or application of the regional economic development district law which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of the regional economic development district law are declared severable.

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(L. 2007 H.B. 741)


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