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1998 SPECIAL SESSION I

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SB 4005 Personal property tax relief; school construction.

Introduced by: Stanley C. Walker | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

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Personal property tax relief; school construction; Commission on State Funding of Public School Construction. Requires the Commonwealth to pay, directly to taxpayers for tax year 1998 and to localities for tax years 1999 and thereafter, a portion of the tangible personal property tax levied on any passenger car, motorcycle, and pickup or panel truck that is used for nonbusiness purposes and owned or leased by a natural person. Reimbursements for tax year 1998 will be 12.5 percent of the tax on the first $20,000 of value of the qualifying vehicle, based on the tax rate and assessment practices in effect on August 1, 1997. For tax year 1999, the payments to localities will be 27.5 percent of the reimbursable amount. For 2000, the amount will be 47.5 percent of the reimbursable amount; for 2001, 70 percent of the reimbursable amount; and for 2002 and thereafter, 100 percent of the reimbursable amount. The level of payments will not increase under this schedule if (i) actual general fund revenues for a fiscal year are less than projected general fund revenues by one-half of one percent or more; (ii) forecasted general fund revenue growth is less than five percent compared to the preceding fiscal year; or (iii) general fund revenues available for appropriation for either year of a biennial budget are projected to be less than the general funds appropriated for such years. The cost of the program is capped at 8 percent of general fund revenues in fiscal year 2000-2001 or thereafter. If the program cost is expected to exceed this limitation, the level of payments will be reduced proportionately. Personal property tax bills for tax year 1999 and thereafter shall state the amount that the Commonwealth will reimburse to the locality, and taxpayers will receive a deduction for this amount. The measure also establishes a mechanism for distributing the funds appropriated to local school divisions for public school construction. Of the available for distribution through the Virginia Public School Construction Grants Program, (i) 30.78 % will be distributed on the basis of a school division's average daily membership, adjusted for half-day kindergarten enrollment, and further adjusted by the locality's fiscal stress index and percentage of students enrolled in the federal Free Lunch Program; (ii) 34.61 % will be distributed equally among all school divisions; and (iii) 34.61 % will be distributed among the school divisions on a pro rata basis according to the school division's average daily membership, adjusted for half-day kindergarten enrollment, and further adjusted by the locality's composite index. Finally, the bill establishes the Commission on State Funding of Public School Construction, which is directed to make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly regarding future changes to the school construction assistance distribution formula and related issues.


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