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  67.578.  Certain counties (Andrew) may impose a sales tax for museum purposes, amount — ballot, effective date — collection of tax — applicable provisions and exemptions — museum board, members, duties — repeal of tax, effective date. — 1.  The governing authority of any county of the third classification without a township form of government and with more than sixteen thousand four hundred but less than sixteen thousand five hundred inhabitants may impose a sales tax in an amount not to exceed one-fifth of one percent on all retail sales made in the county which are subject to taxation pursuant to sections 144.010 to 144.525, to be used solely for the funding of museums.  For purposes of this section, the term "museums" means museums operating in the county, which are registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) corporation and which are considered by the board to be a tourism attraction.  The tax authorized by this section shall be in addition to any and all other sales taxes allowed by law, except that no sales tax shall be imposed pursuant to this section unless the governing authority submits to the voters of the county, at a county or state general, primary, or special election, a proposal to authorize the governing authority to impose the tax.

  2.  The ballot of submission shall contain, but need not be limited to, the following language:

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Shall the county of ______ (insert the name of the county) impose a sales tax of ______ (insert rate of percent) percent for the funding of museums? "Museums" means museums operating in the county, which are registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) corporation and which are considered by the museum board to be a tourism attraction.
☐ 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 sales tax shall become effective on the first day of the second calendar quarter after the director of revenue receives notice of the adoption of the tax.  If the proposal receives less than the required majority of votes, then the governing authority shall have no power to impose the tax unless and until the governing authority has again submitted another proposal to authorize the governing authority to impose the sales tax authorized by this section and such proposal is approved by the required majority of the qualified voters voting thereon.

  3.  On or after the effective date of the tax, the director of revenue shall be responsible for the administration, collection, enforcement, and operation of the tax, and sections 32.085 and 32.087 shall apply.  The director may retain an amount not to exceed one percent for deposit in the general revenue fund to offset the costs of collection.  In order to permit sellers required to collect and report the sales tax to collect the amount required to be reported and remitted, but not to change the requirements of reporting or remitting the tax, or to serve as a levy of the tax, and in order to avoid fractions of pennies, the governing authority may authorize the use of a bracket system similar to that authorized in section 144.285, and notwithstanding the provisions of that section, this new bracket system shall be used where this tax is imposed and shall apply to all taxable transactions.  Beginning with the effective date of the tax, every retailer in the county shall add the sales tax to the sale price, and this tax shall be a debt of the purchaser to the retailer until paid, and shall be recoverable at law in the same manner as the purchase price.  For purposes of this section, all retail sales shall be deemed to be consummated at the place of business of the retailer.

  4.  All applicable provisions in sections 144.010 to 144.525 governing the state sales tax, and section 32.057, the uniform confidentiality provision, shall apply to the collection of the tax, and all exemptions granted to agencies of government, organizations, and persons pursuant to sections 144.010 to 144.525 are hereby made applicable to the imposition and collection of the tax.  The same sales tax permit, exemption certificate, and retail certificate required by sections 144.010 to 144.525 for the administration and collection of the state sales tax shall satisfy the requirements of this section, and no additional permit or exemption certificate or retail certificate shall be required; except that, the director of revenue may prescribe a form of exemption certificate for an exemption from the tax.  All discounts allowed the retailer pursuant to the state sales tax law for the collection of and for payment of taxes are hereby allowed and made applicable to the tax.  The penalties for violations provided in section 32.057 and sections 144.010 to 144.525 are hereby made applicable to violations of this section.  If any person is delinquent in the payment of the amount required to be paid pursuant to this section, or in the event a determination has been made against the person for taxes and penalty pursuant to this section, the limitation for bringing suit for the collection of the delinquent tax and penalty shall be the same as that provided in sections 144.010 to 144.525.

  5.  The governing authority may authorize any museum board already existing in the county, or may establish a museum board, to expend revenue collected pursuant to this section.  In the event that no museum board already exists, the board established pursuant to this section shall consist of six members who are appointed by the governing authority from a list of candidates supplied by the chair of each of the two major political parties of the county, with three members from each of the two parties.  Members shall serve for three-year terms, but of the members first appointed, one shall be appointed for a term of one year, two shall be appointed for a term of two years, and two shall be appointed for a term of three years.  Each member shall be a resident of the county.  The members shall not receive compensation for service on the board, but shall be reimbursed from the revenues collected pursuant to this section for any reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in service on the board.  The board shall determine in what manner the revenues will be expended, and disbursements of these moneys shall be made strictly in accordance with this section.  Expenditures may be made for the employment of personnel selected by the board to assist in carrying out the duties of the board, and the board is expressly authorized to employ such personnel.

  6.  The governing authority may submit the question of repeal of the tax to the voters at any county or state general, primary, or special election.  The ballot of submission shall contain, but need not be limited to, the following language:

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Shall the county of ______ (insert name of county) repeal the sales tax of ______ (insert rate of percent) percent for the funding of museums?
☐ 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 are in favor of repeal, that repeal shall become effective on December thirty-first of the calendar year in which the repeal was approved.

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(L. 2004 S.B. 758)


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