South Carolina General Assembly
111th Session, 1995-1996

Bill 175

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

                    Current Status

Bill Number:                       175
Type of Legislation:               General Bill GB
Introducing Body:                  Senate
Introduced Date:                   19950110
Primary Sponsor:                   Rose 
All Sponsors:                      Rose 
Drafted Document Number:           JIC\5089HTC.95
Companion Bill Number:             3169
Residing Body:                     Senate
Current Committee:                 Finance Committee 06 SF
Subject:                           Local Option Gasoline Tax


Body    Date      Action Description                       Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  _______________________________________  _______ ____________

Senate  19950110  Introduced, read first time,             06 SF
                  referred to Committee
Senate  19941017  Prefiled, referred to Committee          06 SF

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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION 1. Title 6 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:


Local Option Gasoline Tax

Section 6-14-10. This chapter may be cited as the Local Option Gasoline Tax Act.

Section 6-14-20. Subject to the requirements of this chapter, the governing body of a county or municipality may impose by ordinance a tax of not more than five cents a gallon on retail sales of gasoline within its jurisdiction for a specific purpose and for a specific period of time to collect a limited amount of money.

Section 6-14-30. (A) The governing body of a county or municipality may vote to impose the tax authorized by this chapter, subject to a referendum, by enacting an ordinance. The ordinance must specify:

(1) the purpose for which the proceeds of the tax is to be used, which may include projects located within or without, or both within and without, the boundaries of the county or municipality imposing the tax and which may include:

(a) highways, roads, streets, and bridges;

(b) water, sewer, and water and sewer projects;

(c) retirement of existing general obligation debt of the county or municipality issued for any combination of subitems (a) and (b) of this item; and

(d) any combination of the projects described in subitems (a) through (c) of this item;

(2) the maximum time, stated in calendar years or calendar quarters, or a combination thereof, not to exceed seven years, for which the tax may be imposed; and

(3) the maximum cost of the project or facilities funded from proceeds of the tax and the maximum amount of net proceeds to be raised by the tax.

(B) Upon receipt of the ordinance, the county election commission or municipal election commission shall conduct a referendum on the question of imposing the optional gasoline tax in the jurisdiction. The referendum must be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. The commission shall cause the date and purpose of the referendum to be published once a week for four consecutive weeks immediately preceding the date of the referendum, in a newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction.

(C) A separate question must be included on the referendum ballot for each purpose and the question must read substantially as follows:

`Must a cent(s) a gallon gasoline tax be imposed in (county or municipality) for not more than (time) to raise the amounts specified for the following purposes:

(1) $ for

Yes []

No []

(2) etc.'

(D) All qualified electors desiring to vote in favor of imposing the tax for a particular purpose shall vote `yes' and all qualified electors opposed to levying the tax for a particular purpose shall vote `no'. If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of imposing the tax for one or more of the specified purposes, then the tax is imposed as provided in this chapter; otherwise the tax is not imposed. A subsequent referendum on this question must not be held more than once in twelve months and any referendum must be held on the date specified in subsection (B). The election commission shall conduct the referendum under the election laws of this State, mutatis mutandis, and shall certify the result no later than December thirty-first to the appropriate governing body and to the Department of Revenue and Taxation. Included in the certification must be the total of the project costs receiving a favorable vote. Expenses of the referendum must be paid by the jurisdiction conducting the referendum.

Section 6-14-40. (A) If the tax is approved in the referendum, the tax is imposed on May first following the date of the referendum. If the certification is not timely made to the Department of Revenue and Taxation, the imposition is postponed for twelve months.

(B) The tax terminates on the earlier of:

(1) the final day of the maximum time specified for the imposition; or

(2) the end of the calendar month during which the Department of Revenue and Taxation determines that the tax has raised revenues sufficient to provide the county or municipality net proceeds equal to or greater than the amount specified as the amount to be raised by the tax.

(C) When the local gasoline tax is imposed for more than one purpose, the governing body of the jurisdiction authorizing the referendum for the tax shall determine the priority for the expenditure of the net proceeds of the tax for the purposes stated in the referendum.

(D) Amounts collected in excess of the required proceeds must first be applied, if necessary, to complete a project for which the tax was imposed; otherwise, the excess amounts must be credited to the general fund of the jurisdiction imposing the tax.

Section 6-14-50. The tax levied pursuant to this chapter must be administered and collected by the Department of Revenue and Taxation in the same manner that the sales and use tax is administered and collected. The sales tax return shall contain a line reporting gallons of gasoline sold for the purpose of calculating the tax. Every establishment selling gasoline at retail in a jurisdiction imposing the tax shall obtain a retail sales license.

Section 6-14-60. The revenues of the tax collected in each county or municipality under this chapter must be remitted to the State Treasurer and credited to a fund separate and distinct from the general fund of the State. After deducting the amount of refunds made and costs to the Department of Revenue and Taxation of administering the tax, not to exceed one percent of the revenues, the State Treasurer shall distribute the revenues quarterly to the county or municipality in which the tax is imposed and these revenues must be used only for the purpose stated in the imposition ordinance. The State Treasurer may correct misallocation costs or refunds by adjusting subsequent distributions, but these adjustments must be made in the same fiscal year as the misallocation.

Section 6-14-70. The Department of Revenue and Taxation shall furnish data to the State Treasurer and to the counties and municipalities receiving revenues for the purpose of calculating distributions and estimating revenues. Information about a specific taxpayer is considered confidential and is governed by the provisions of Section 12-54-240. A person violating this section is subject to the penalties provided in Section 12-54-240.

Section 6-14-80. The Department of Revenue and Taxation may promulgate regulations necessary to implement this chapter."

SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.