Section 8-17-91

Disposition of funds; overpayments.

(a) The proceeds from the permit fees, inspection fees, and penalties, if any, collected by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries and the Revenue Commissioner pursuant to Section 8-17-87 together with one-third of the proceeds of the six cent ($.06) additional motor fuel excise tax levied on gasoline under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of Section 40-17-325, shall be paid into the State Treasury and distributed by the State Treasurer as follows:

(1) An amount equal to five percent or no less than $175,000, whichever is greater, of the combined proceeds received each month shall accrue to the credit of, and be deposited in, the Agricultural Fund; and

(2) The balance of the proceeds shall be distributed as follows:

a. 13.87 percent of the balance of the proceeds shall be distributed equally among each of the 67 counties of the state monthly.

The county shall deposit the proceeds into the county's special RRR Fund as provided for in Section 40-17-362, and may use the proceeds so deposited for any purpose authorized under that section.

b. $408,981 shall be allocated to the State Department of Transportation monthly and deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Public Road and Bridge Fund. Such funds are hereby appropriated to the State Department of Transportation to be used to match federal aid discretionary funds that may from time to time become available to the State Department of Transportation. In the event that in any fiscal year other State Department of Transportation funds are insufficient to match the department's regular federal aid apportionment, then at the Director of the State Department of Transportation's recommendation, and approval by the Governor, funds appropriated under this subsection may be used to match the federal aid apportionment.

c. 2.76 percent of the balance of the proceeds shall be allocated among the incorporated municipalities of the state as follows:

1. A portion of the municipalities' share of the balance of the proceeds that is equal to 45.45 percent of the municipalities' share of the balance of the proceeds shall be allocated equally among the 67 counties of the state.

2. The entire residue of the municipalities' share of the balance of the proceeds being an amount equal to 54.55 percent of the municipalities' share of the balance of the proceeds shall be allocated among the 67 counties of the state on the basis of the ratio of the population of each such county to the total population of the state according to the then next preceding federal decennial census, or any special federal census heretofore held in any county subsequent to the effective date of the 1980 federal decennial census.

3. The amount so allocated or apportioned to each county shall be distributed among the municipalities in the county with respect to which the allocation or apportionment is made, each such distribution among the municipalities to be on the basis of the ratio of the population of each such municipality to the total population of all municipalities in the applicable county according to the then next preceding federal decennial census.

4. The population of any municipality incorporated subsequent to the taking of the then next preceding federal decennial census shall be deemed to be the population shown by the census for that municipality taken pursuant to the requirements of Section 11-41-4. Any municipality incorporated after September 1983, shall not participate in the distribution provided for in this section until the fiscal year next succeeding the fiscal year during which it is incorporated, the first distribution to such municipality to be made in respect of receipts of the inspection fee by the state during October of the fiscal year next succeeding the incorporation.

5. Use of the inspection fee by a municipality shall be for transportation planning, the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, widening, alteration, and improvement of public roads, bridges, streets, and other public ways, including payment of the principal of and interest on any securities at any time issued by the municipality pursuant to law for the payment of which any part of the net tax proceeds were or may be lawfully pledged; provided, that no part of the balance of the proceeds referred to in this section shall be expended contrary to the provisions of the Constitution; and provided further, that funds distributed to municipalities under the provisions of this division shall not be commingled with other funds of the municipality, except the municipalities' portion of the highway gasoline tax, and shall be kept and disbursed by such municipality from a special fund only for the purposes hereinabove provided.

d. An additional five percent of the balance each month computed after deducting the distributions in paragraphs a. and c. shall accrue to the credit of, and be deposited in, the Agricultural Fund.

e. In addition to any and all other funds heretofore or hereafter appropriated, for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015, there is appropriated to the Department of Revenue as a first charge against the fees collected pursuant to this article, the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) to offset the Revenue Department's costs to implement and administer this article. Beginning October 1, 2016, and every year thereafter an amount equal to two and one-half percent of the balance of the proceeds received each month after deducting the distributions in paragraphs a., b., c., and d. or no less than eighty-seven thousand five hundred dollars ($87,500), whichever is greater, is appropriated and shall accrue to the credit of, and be deposited to, the Department of Revenue to offset its costs of collection.

f. The balance of the proceeds after a., b., c., d., and e. above have been distributed monthly shall accrue to the credit of and be deposited in the Public Road and Bridge Fund.

(b) In the event of the collection hereunder from any person of an amount in excess of the amount of all inspection fees, interest, or penalties properly and lawfully required to be paid by such person, such person may apply to the Revenue Commissioner in the case of the inspection fees, interest, and penalties paid to the Revenue Commissioner. In the case of overpayment of the permit fees or penalties paid to the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, the person may apply to the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries for a refund of the amount of such overpayment. If such application for refund is approved in whole or in part by the commissioner, the commissioner shall submit to the state Comptroller a statement, approved by the state Attorney General, setting forth the amount determined to have been overpaid and the date of the overpayment. If an application for refund submitted to the Revenue Commissioner is approved in whole or in part by the Revenue Commissioner, he or she shall submit to the state Comptroller a statement, setting forth the amount determined to have been overpaid and the date of the overpayment. In each case, the state Comptroller shall then draw his or her warrant in favor of the person making such overpayment upon the State Treasurer for the amount specified in the statement, and such amount shall be paid out of current months' collections before any distribution is made under subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The application for refund of the permit fees provided for in this article shall be filed with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries within 12 calendar months from the date upon which the overpayment was made, and no amount shall be refunded unless the application therefor is filed within the time prescribed herein.

For any period prior to October 1, 2016, the application for refund of the inspection fee provided for in this article shall be filed with the Revenue Commissioner within 12 calendar months from the date upon which the overpayment was made, and no amount shall be refunded unless the application therefor is filed within the time prescribed herein. For the period beginning October 1, 2016, the application for refund of the inspection fee provided for in this article must be filed with the Revenue Commissioner within the time limits provided by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights in Chapter 2A of Title 40. No amount shall be approved for refund by the Revenue Commissioner unless the application therefor is filed within the time prescribed therein.

(d) The Department of Agriculture and Industries or the Department of Revenue shall have authority to make and issue rules and regulations relating to the procedure to be followed in filing an application for a refund and for payment of any refund made under this article.

(e) In the event of the collection from any person by the Revenue Commissioner of an amount in excess of the amount lawfully required for the six cent ($.06) additional motor fuel excise tax levied on gasoline under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of Section 40-17-325, when one-third of the amounts so collected have been deposited in the State Treasury and distributed as provided herein, any refund properly approved by the Revenue Commissioner shall be paid out of current months' collections before any distribution of the current months' collections is made under subsection (a) of this section.

(Acts 1971, No. 1403, p. 2363, §11; Acts 1979, No. 79-307, p. 460, §1; Acts 1984, No. 84-185, p. 279, §2; Acts 1986, Ex. Sess., No. 86-716, p. 132, §1; Act 2004-516, p. 996, §1; Act 2004-546, p. 1164, §1; Act 2012-400, p. 1092, §1; Act 2015-54, §1.)