2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 62. Public Finance
§62-861. Tax increment financing - Apportionment - Adjustment.

62 OK Stat § 62-861 (2014) What's This?

A. A project plan may contain a provision that the increments from certain local taxes or fees may be used to finance project costs in areas qualified under the Local Development Act. The increment from local taxes or fees levied from and after the effective date of the approval of such plan shall be apportioned in the following manner for a period not to exceed twenty-five (25) fiscal years thereafter or the period required for payment of project costs, whichever is less; provided, however, that for any increment district established after November 1, 1992, such time period shall be tolled for a period of time equal to the pendency of any litigation directly or indirectly challenging the increment district or apportionment or disbursement:

1. That portion of the ad valorem taxes which are produced by the levy at the rate fixed each year by or for each such ad valorem taxing entity upon the base assessed value of the increment district determined pursuant to Section 862 of this title and as to an area later added to the increment district, the effective date of the addition to the increment district, shall be paid to each taxing entity and all or any portion of local sales taxes, other local taxes or local fees collected each year which are not subject to apportionment shall be paid or retained as otherwise provided by law; and

2. All or any portion of:

a.ad valorem taxes, in excess of such amount specified in paragraph 1 of this subsection,

b.the increment of local sales taxes, other local taxes or local fees, or a combination thereof, paid to or for the benefit of the city, town, or county approving the plan, and

c.with its consent, evidenced by agreement in writing, the increment of local sales tax, other local taxes or local fees, or combination thereof, payable to any other local public taxing entity,

shall be apportioned to, and when collected, shall be paid into an apportionment fund established for the project pursuant to the project plan. Such revenues shall be used for the payment of the project costs and for the payment of the principal of, the interest on, and any premiums due in connection with the bonds of, loans, notes, or advances of money to, or indebtedness incurred to finance project costs, whether funded, refunded, assumed, or otherwise, for financing, in whole or in part, eligible project costs. For the purposes of this section, “local sales tax” means amounts payable to or for the benefit of a local governmental entity calculated as a percentage of gross sales whether imposed by ordinance, resolution, covenant, or agreement. Nothing shall prohibit the increments from being used to directly pay eligible project costs. When all eligible project costs and such bonds, loans, advances of money or indebtedness, if any, including interest thereon and any premiums due in connection with them, have been paid and the governing body adopts an ordinance or resolution dissolving the tax apportionment financing, all ad valorem taxes upon the taxable property within the boundary of such district shall be paid into the funds of the respective taxing entities.

B. If a project plan contains a provision for apportionment as provided in subsection A of this section, and notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the governing body shall direct in the resolution or ordinance approving the plan which portion of the increments, including whether any or all, to be paid into the apportionment fund shall constitute a part of the general fund to be appropriated annually by the governing body, and which portion, including whether any or all, shall constitute funds of a public entity authorized to issue tax apportionment bonds or notes or to incur project costs.

C. To the extent that collections exceed project costs and the provisions for payment of principal and interest along with sufficient reserves on any bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of Section 863 of this title, the excess shall be paid into the funds of the respective taxing entities unless the taxing entity agrees to some other use of such collections.

D. Except as provided in subsection E of this section, for any year in which taxes or fees are apportioned in the manner specified in paragraph 2 of subsection A of this section, any increase in assessed valuation of taxable real property or taxable personal property within the boundaries of such district in excess of the base assessed value shall not be considered by any taxing entity in computing any debt limitation or for any other purpose except for the levy of taxes and in determining the amount to be apportioned.

E. In the event there is a change in the assessment ratio for ad valorem tax property valuations of property within the boundaries of an increment district, the portions of valuations for assessment pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of subsection A of this section shall be proportionately adjusted in accordance with such reassessment.

F. Nothing in this section shall be construed as relieving property in such project area from being assessed as provided in the Ad Valorem Tax Code of the Oklahoma Statutes, or as relieving owners of such property from paying a uniform rate of taxes, as required by Section 5 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.

G. Subject to constitutional exemptions, if property in an increment district is owned by a public entity and is leased to or operated for a private use, including, without limitation, use by a not-for-profit corporation or trust, the portion of the property so leased or operated shall be assessed by the county assessor as if such portion of the property were taxable, and, during the term of the increment district, the public entity owning such property shall pay or require the user thereof to pay ad valorem taxes or an in lieu ad valorem tax payment in an amount not less than the amount that would have resulted if taxes had otherwise been levied on such portion of the property. If property subject to ad valorem tax in an increment district is acquired by a private not-for-profit corporation or public or private trust, it shall continue to be assessed and subject to ad valorem taxes or an in lieu ad valorem payment by the user thereof until termination of the increment district unless and only to the extent of the portion of the property and the use thereof that is:

1. Acquired to implement the project plan;

2. Converted to a new tax-exempt use by a tax-exempt user; or

3. Entitled to claim a constitutional exemption notwithstanding statutory provisions.

During the period of an increment district, such nonexempt uses and interests are severable for purposes of ad valorem and in lieu of ad valorem assessment and payments, notwithstanding any statutory provisions to the contrary.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 342, § 12. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 96, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2000, c. 351, § 4, emerg. eff. June 6, 2000; Laws 2003, c. 255, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2008, c. 367, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.

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