15-37-117. (Temporary) Disposition of metalliferous mines license taxes. (1) Metalliferous mines license taxes collected under the provisions of this part must, in accordance with the provisions of 17-2-124, be allocated as follows:
(a) to the credit of the general fund of the state, 47% of total collections each year;
(b) to the state special revenue fund to the credit of the hard-rock mining impact trust account established in 90-6-304(2), 2.5% of total collections each year;
(c) to the hard-rock mining reclamation debt service fund established in 82-4-312, 8.5% of total collections each year;
(d) to the natural resources operations state special revenue account established in 15-38-301, 7% of total collections each year; and
(e) within 60 days of the date the tax is payable pursuant to 15-37-105, to the county or counties identified as experiencing fiscal and economic impacts, resulting in increased employment or local government costs, under an impact plan for a large-scale mineral development prepared and approved pursuant to 90-6-307, in direct proportion to the fiscal and economic impacts determined in the plan or, if an impact plan has not been prepared, to the county in which the mine is located, 35% of total collections each year, to be allocated by the county commissioners as follows:
(i) not less than 37.5% to the county hard-rock mine trust account established in 7-6-2225; and
(ii) all money not allocated to the account pursuant to subsection (1)(e)(i) to be further allocated as follows:
(A) 33 1/3% is allocated to the county for general planning functions or economic development activities as described in 7-6-2225(3)(c) through (3)(e);
(B) 33 1/3% is allocated to the elementary school districts within the county that have been affected by the development or operation of the metal mine; and
(C) 33 1/3% is allocated to the high school districts within the county that have been affected by the development or operation of the metal mine.
(2) When an impact plan for a large-scale mineral development approved pursuant to 90-6-307 identifies a jurisdictional revenue disparity, the county shall distribute the proceeds allocated under subsection (1)(e) in a manner similar to that provided for property tax sharing under Title 90, chapter 6, part 4.
(3) The department shall return to the county in which metals are produced the tax collections allocated under subsection (1)(e). The allocation to the county described by subsection (1)(e) is a statutory appropriation pursuant to 17-7-502.
(4) A payment required pursuant to this section may be withheld if, for more than 90 days, a local government fails to:
(a) file a financial report required by 15-1-504;
(b) remit any amounts collected on behalf of the state as required by 15-1-504; or
(c) remit any other amounts owed to the state or another taxing jurisdiction. (Terminates June 30, 2027--sec. 5, Ch. 387, L. 2015.)