HOUSE BILL NO. 4963
September 12, 2019, Introduced by Reps.
O'Malley, Leutheuser, Mueller, Sneller, Miller, Sheppard and Afendoulis and
referred to the Committee on Transportation.
September 12, 2019, Introduced by Reps. O'Malley, Leutheuser, Mueller, Sneller, Miller, Sheppard and Afendoulis and referred to the Committee on Transportation.
the people of the state of michigan enact:
(a) "Department" means the department of treasury.
(b) "Eligible municipality" means any of the following:
(i) A county.
(ii) A county that has joined with another contiguous county under an interlocal agreement under the urban cooperation act of 1967, 1967 (Ex Sess) PA 7, MCL 124.501 to 124.512.
(c) "Eligible transportation activity" means 1 or more of the following:
(i) Activities described in section 10c(l) to (o) of 1951 PA 51, MCL 247.660c.
(ii) Public transportation as defined in section 2 of the regional transit authority act, 2012 PA 387, MCL 124.542.
(d) "Excise tax" means the excise tax imposed under section 2.
(e) "Governing body" means the elected body of a municipality having legislative powers.
(g) "Local road agency" means that term as defined in section 9a of 1951 PA 51, MCL 247.659a.
(h) "Motor fuel" means that term as defined in section 4 of the motor fuel tax act, 2000 PA 403, MCL 207.1004.
(i) "Population" means that term as defined in section 13 of 1951 PA 51, MCL 247.663. The population of a county road commission or designated county road agency is the population of the county excluding the population of cities and villages within the county.
(j) "Rack", "supplier", "terminal", and "transporter" mean those terms as defined in sections 5 and 6 of the motor fuel tax act, 2000 PA 403, MCL 207.1005 and 207.1006.
Sec. 2. (1) Beginning January 1, 2020, the governing body of an eligible municipality, by ordinance, may levy, assess, and collect an excise tax on the privilege of selling or delivering motor fuel in the eligible municipality as provided in this act.
(2) The ordinance shall specify the date on which the ordinance becomes effective, which shall not be earlier than 30 days after the date on which the ordinance is approved by a vote of a majority of the electors of the eligible municipality voting on the ordinance at a November election. The clerk of the eligible municipality and all local election officials within the eligible municipality shall take those steps necessary to conduct the election, the incremental expense of which shall be reimbursed by the eligible municipality. The question presented to the voters shall state the rates at which the excise tax is authorized and that the purpose of the tax is principally for eligible transportation activities in the eligible municipality.
(3) The ordinance imposing the excise tax authorized by this act shall provide for the expiration of the excise tax not later than 5 years after it is imposed.
(a) The rates of the excise tax.
(b) The effective date of the excise tax imposed under this act.
(c) That the excise tax will be collected and remitted to the department by the supplier when motor fuel is obtained from the rack at the terminal by a transporter who will deliver the motor fuel to an entity that sells that motor fuel within the eligible municipality.
Sec. 4. (1) The governing body of a municipality and the state treasurer shall enter into an agreement providing that the tax imposed under this act be administered and collected by the department under 1941 PA 122, MCL 205.1 to 205.31. The department of treasury shall administer and collect the tax imposed by this act on behalf of the eligible municipality, and the ordinance shall provide for the administration and collection of the tax imposed by this act in the same manner as state taxes are administered and collected under 1941 PA 122, MCL 205.1 to 205.31, except for procedures for the appeal of any assessment as provided by the ordinance. Not more than 30 days after their due date, taxes, interest, and penalties collected by the department of treasury under that agreement shall be remitted to the eligible municipality that imposed the excise tax. Any remittance to the eligible municipality by the department of treasury after that date shall include interest earned on the gross collections after that deadline and before transmittal to the eligible municipality, calculated on the basis of the rate of interest accrued for this period on the common cash fund of this state.
(2) The agreement described in subsection (1) may provide for 1 or more of the following:
(a) The adoption and enforcement of rules by the eligible municipality to apply, interpret, and effectuate the provision and purposes of the excise tax.
(b) The prescribing and furnishing to suppliers of forms, instructions, manuals, and other materials necessary or convenient for the administration of the tax.
(c) The requiring of suppliers to file returns, provide information, and maintain records that are reasonable for enforcement of the tax and auditing of the returns.
(d) The examination of the books and records of a supplier for purposes of determining the correctness of a tax return or information filed, or for the determination of any further tax liability.
(e) The determination and allowance of exemptions, abatements, and refunds.
(f) The administration, collection, and remittance of the excise tax shall be done by the state treasurer.
Sec. 6. The revenues from the excise tax imposed under this act shall be deposited in a special fund and shall be used only for eligible transportation activities within the eligible municipality. If an eligible municipality levies an excise tax under this act, the available proceeds shall be distributed as follows:
(a) Fifty percent must be distributed to local road agencies in the eligible municipality in the same proportion that the population of each bears to the total population of all local road agencies in the eligible municipality.
(b) Fifty percent must be distributed to local road agencies in the same proportion that the local mileage in each bears to the total local mileage in all local road agencies in the eligible municipality.