H.B. 435





Chief Sponsor: Douglas V. Sagers

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions related to the taxation of property.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires a county assessor to consider whether property has been used for hazardous
             13      waste storage or radioactive waste storage in determining fair market value;
             14          .    provides that provisions requiring a county assessor to consider certain factors in
             15      determining the fair market value of property apply to the privilege tax; and
             16          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          This bill takes effect on January 1, 2015.
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23           59-4-101 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 36
             24      ENACTS:
             25           59-2-301.6 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 59-2-301.6 is enacted to read:
             29          59-2-301.6. Definitions -- Assessment of property used for radioactive or
             30      hazardous waste storage.
             31          (1) As used in this section:
             32          (a) "Hazardous waste" is as defined in Section 19-6-102 .
             33          (b) (i) "Radioactive waste" means:
             34          (A) low-level radioactive waste as defined in 42 U.S.C. Sec. 10101; or
             35          (B) high-level radioactive waste as defined in 42 U.S.C. Sec. 10101.
             36          (ii) "Radioactive waste" does not include naturally occurring radioactive materials.
             37          (2) In assessing the fair market value of property, a county assessor shall consider, as
             38      part of the determination of fair market value, whether property that is not currently used for
             39      the storage of hazardous waste or radioactive waste has been used in the past for the storage of
             40      hazardous waste or radioactive waste in a manner that affects:
             41          (a) the functionality of the property;
             42          (b) the ability to use the property; or
             43          (c) property rights.
             44          (3) This section does not prohibit a county assessor from including as part of a
             45      determination of the fair market value of property any other factor affecting the fair market
             46      value of the property.
             47          Section 2. Section 59-4-101 is amended to read:
             48           59-4-101. Tax basis -- Exceptions -- Assessment and collection.
             49          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (1)(b) and (c), a tax is imposed on the
             50      possession or other beneficial use enjoyed by any person of any real or personal property which
             51      for any reason is exempt from taxation, if that property is used in connection with a business
             52      conducted for profit.
             53          (b) Any interest remaining in the state in state lands after subtracting amounts paid or
             54      due in part payment of the purchase price as provided in Subsection 59-2-1103 (2)(b)(i) under a
             55      contract of sale is subject to taxation under this chapter regardless of whether the property is
             56      used in connection with a business conducted for profit.
             57          (c) The tax imposed under Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to property exempt from
             58      taxation under Section 59-2-1114 .

             59          (2) The tax imposed under this chapter is the same amount that the ad valorem property
             60      tax would be if the possessor or user were the owner of the property. The amount of any
             61      payments which are made in lieu of taxes is credited against the tax imposed on the beneficial
             62      use of property owned by the federal government.
             63          (3) A tax is not imposed under this chapter on the following:
             64          (a) the use of property which is a concession in, or relative to, the use of a public
             65      airport, park, fairground, or similar property which is available as a matter of right to the use of
             66      the general public;
             67          (b) the use or possession of property by a religious, educational, or charitable
             68      organization;
             69          (c) the use or possession of property if the revenue generated by the possessor or user
             70      of the property through its possession or use of the property inures only to the benefit of a
             71      religious, educational, or charitable organization and not to the benefit of any other person;
             72          (d) the possession or other beneficial use of public land occupied under the terms of an
             73      agricultural lease or permit issued by the United States or this state;
             74          (e) the use or possession of any lease, permit, or easement unless the lease, permit, or
             75      easement entitles the lessee or permittee to exclusive possession of the premises to which the
             76      lease, permit, or easement relates. Every lessee, permittee, or other holder of a right to remove
             77      or extract the mineral covered by the holder's lease, right, permit, or easement except from
             78      brines of the Great Salt Lake, is considered to be in possession of the premises,
             79      notwithstanding the fact that other parties may have a similar right to remove or extract another
             80      mineral from the same lands or estates;
             81          (f) the use or possession of property by a public agency, as defined in Section
             82      11-13-103 , to the extent that the ownership interest of the public agency in that property is
             83      subject to a fee in lieu of ad valorem property tax under Section 11-13-302 ; or
             84          (g) the possession or beneficial use of public property as a tollway by a private entity
             85      through a tollway development agreement as defined in Section 72-6-202 .
             86          (4) A tax imposed under this chapter is assessed to the possessors or users of the
             87      property on the same forms, and collected and distributed at the same time and in the same
             88      manner, as taxes assessed owners, possessors, or other claimants of property which is subject to
             89      ad valorem property taxation. The tax is not a lien against the property, and no tax-exempt

             90      property may be attached, encumbered, sold, or otherwise affected for the collection of the tax.
             91          (5) Sections 59-2-301.1 through 59-2-301.6 apply for purposes of assessing a tax under
             92      this chapter.
             93          Section 3. Effective date.
             94          This bill takes effect on January 1, 2015.

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