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  319.132.  Board of trustees to assess surcharge on petroleum products per transport load, exceptions, deposit in fund, refund procedure — rate of surcharge — suspension of fees, when. — 1.  The board shall assess a surcharge on all petroleum products within this state which are enumerated by section 414.032.  Except as specified by this section, such surcharge shall be administered pursuant to the provisions of subsections 1 to 5 of section 414.102 and subsections 1 and 2 of section 414.152.  Such surcharge shall be imposed upon such petroleum products within this state and shall be assessed on each transport load, or the equivalent of an average transport load if moved by other means.  All revenue generated by the assessment of such surcharges shall be deposited to the credit of the special trust fund known as the petroleum storage tank insurance fund.

  2.  Any person who claims to have paid the surcharge in error may file a claim for a refund with the board within three years of the payment.  The claim shall be in writing and signed by the person or the person's legal representative.  The board's decision on the claim shall be in writing and may be delivered to the person by first class mail.  Any person aggrieved by the board's decision may seek judicial review by bringing an action against the board in the circuit court of Cole County pursuant to section 536.150 no later than sixty days following the date the board's decision was mailed.  The department of revenue shall not be a party to such proceeding.

  3.  The board shall assess and annually reassess the financial soundness of the petroleum storage tank insurance fund.

  4.  (1)  The board shall set, in a public meeting with an opportunity for public comment, the rate of the surcharge that is to be assessed on each such transport load or equivalent but such rate shall be no more than sixty dollars per transport load or an equivalent thereof.  A transport load shall be deemed to be eight thousand gallons.

  (2)  The board may increase or decrease the surcharge, up to a maximum of sixty dollars, only after giving at least sixty days' notice of its intention to alter the surcharge; provided however, the board shall not increase the surcharge by more than fifteen dollars in any year.  The board must coordinate its actions with the department of revenue to allow adequate time for implementation of the surcharge change.

  (3)  If the fund's cash balance on the first day of any month exceeds the sum of its liabilities, plus ten percent, the transport load fee shall automatically revert to twenty-five dollars per transport load on the first day of the second month following this event.

  (4)  Moneys generated by this surcharge shall not be used for any purposes other than those outlined in sections 319.129 through 319.133 and section 319.138.  Nothing in this subdivision shall limit the board's authority to contract with the department of natural resources pursuant to section 319.129 to carry out the purposes of the fund as determined by the board.

  5.  The board shall ensure that the fund retain a balance of at least twelve million dollars but not more than one hundred million dollars.  If, at the end of any quarter, the fund balance is above one hundred million dollars, the treasurer shall notify the board thereof.  The board shall suspend the collection of fees pursuant to this section beginning on the first day of the first quarter following the receipt of notice.  If, at the end of any quarter, the fund balance is below twenty million dollars, the treasurer shall notify the board thereof.  The board shall reinstate the collection of fees pursuant to this section beginning on the first day of the first quarter following the receipt of notice.

  6.  Railroad corporations as defined in section 388.010 and airline companies as defined in section 155.010 shall not be subject to the load fee described in this chapter nor permitted to participate in or make claims against the petroleum storage tank insurance fund created in section 319.129.

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(L. 1991 S.B. 91 & 317, A.L. 1995 H.B. 251, A.L. 1996 S.B. 708, A.L. 1998 S.B. 619, A.L. 2001 H.B. 453, A.L. 2011 S.B. 135)

(1995)  Where an underground storage tank insurance fund is financed by fees imposed upon "persons" who first receive petroleum products within Missouri and not to "persons" who operate underground storage tanks, the application of section's surcharge violates the commerce clause of the United States Constitution.  Surcharge is a fee and not a tax.  Reidy Terminal, Inc. v. Director of Revenue, 898 S.W.2d 540 (Mo. en banc).


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