7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions related to railroads.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ repeals the state sales and use tax exemption for sales of fuel to a rail carrier for use
13 in a locomotive engine and deposits the resulting revenue into the General Fund;
14 ▸ creates the Rail Transportation Restricted Account; and
15 ▸ provides the purposes for which the Department of Transportation may use money
16 in the account.
17 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2021:
19 ▸ to the Transit Transportation Investment Fund -- Rail Transportation Restricted
20 Account, as an ongoing appropriation:
21 • from the General Fund, $3,660,000;
22 ▸ to the Transit Transportation Investment Fund -- Rail Transportation Restricted
23 Account, as a one-time appropriation:
24 • from the General Fund, ($2,135,000);
25 ▸ to Transportation -- Railroad Crossing Safety Grants, as an ongoing appropriation:
26 • from Rail Transportation Restricted Account, $366,000; and
27 ▸ to Transportation -- Railroad Crossing Safety Grants, as a one-time appropriation:
28 • from Rail Transportation Restricted Account, ($213,500).
29 Other Special Clauses:
30 This bill provides a special effective date.
31 Utah Code Sections Affected:
33 59-12-103.3, Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 72-2-131, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
37 Section 1. Section 59-12-103.3 is enacted to read:
38 59-12-103.3. Sales and use tax base -- Rate for locomotive fuel.
39 (1) (a) Notwithstanding Section 59-12-104 and except as provided in Subsection
40 59-12-103(2)(d) or (e), a state tax at a rate of 4.85% is imposed on amounts paid or charged for
41 sales of fuel to a common carrier that is a railroad for use in a locomotive engine.
42 (b) The state tax imposed by Subsection (1)(a) shall be deposited into the General
44 (2) Except for the tax imposed by Subsection (1), in accordance with Section
45 59-12-104, sales of fuel to a common carrier that is a railroad for use in a locomotive engine
46 are exempt from the taxes imposed by this chapter.
47 (3) For purposes of Subsection 11-41-102(5), "sales and use tax" does not include a tax
48 imposed under Subsection (1).
49 (4) For purposes of Subsection 59-12-102(7), "agreement sales and use tax" includes a
50 tax imposed under Subsection (1).
51 Section 2. Section 72-2-131 is enacted to read:
52 72-2-131. Rail Transportation Restricted Account -- Grants for railroad crossing
54 (1) As used in this section, "eligible entity" means:
55 (a) a public entity; or
56 (b) a private entity that is exempt from federal income taxation under Section
57 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code.
58 (2) There is created in the Transit Transportation Investment Fund, created in Section
59 72-2-124, the Rail Transportation Restricted Account.
60 (3) The account shall be funded by:
61 (a) appropriations to the account by the Legislature;
62 (b) private contributions;
63 (c) donations or grants from public or private entities; and
64 (d) interest earned on money in the account.
65 (4) Upon appropriation, the department shall:
66 (a) use an amount equal to 10% of the money deposited into the account to provide
67 grants in accordance with Subsection (5);
68 (b) use an amount equal to 10% of the money deposited into the account to pay the
69 costs of performing environmental impact studies in connection with construction,
70 reconstruction, or renovation projects related to railroad crossings on Ĥ→ class A, ←Ĥ class B
70a Ĥ→ , ←Ĥ or class C roads;
72 (c) use the remaining money deposited into the account to pay:
73 (i) the costs of construction, reconstruction, or renovation projects related to railroad
74 crossings on Ĥ→ class A, ←Ĥ class B Ĥ→ , ←Ĥ or class C roads; or
75 (ii) debt service related to a project described in Subsection (4)(b).
76 (5) (a) The department may award grants to one or more eligible entities to be used for
77 the purpose of improving safety at railroad crossings on Ĥ→ class A, ←Ĥ class B Ĥ→ , ←Ĥ or
77a class C roads.
78 (b) An eligible entity may use grant money for any expense related to improving safety
79 at railroad crossings on Ĥ→ class A, ←Ĥ class B Ĥ→ , ←Ĥ or class C roads, including:
80 (i) signage; and
81 (ii) safety enhancements to a railroad crossing.
82 (c) The department shall prioritize, in the following order, grants to applicants that
83 propose projects impacting railroad crossings that:
84 (i) have demonstrated safety concerns, including emergency services access; and
85 (ii) have high levels of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
86 Section 3. Appropriation.
87 The following sums of money are appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
88 2020, and ending June 30, 2021. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for
89 fiscal year 2021. The Legislature authorizes the State Division of Finance to transfer the
90 following amounts between the following funds or accounts as indicated. Expenditures and
91 outlays from the funds or accounts to which the money is transferred must be authorized by an
93 ITEM 1
94 To Transit Transportation Investment Fund - Rail Transportation Restricted Account
95 From General Fund
96 From General Fund, One-time
97 Schedule of Programs:
98 Rail Transportation Restricted Account $1,525,000
99 ITEM 2
100 To Transportation -- Railroad Crossing Safety Grants
101 From Rail Transportation Restricted Account
102 From Rail Transportation Restricted Account, One-Time
103 Schedule of Programs:
104 Railroad Crossing Safety Grants $152,500
105 The Legislature intends that appropriations under this item be used to award grants
106 under Subsection 72-2-131(5).
107 Section 4. Effective date.
108 This bill takes effect on January 1, 2021.