2013 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 12 - Taxation
CHAPTER 21 - STAMP AND BUSINESS LICENSE TAX
SECTION 12-21-6540. Portion of tax to be transferred to State Treasurer for deposit in special tourism infrastructure development fund; applications for grants; review of applications; guidelines.
(A) During the benefit period, in addition to the amount described in Section 12-21-6530, except as otherwise provided in Section 12-21-6590, an additional amount equal to one-fourth of the license tax paid on admissions to an establishment must be transferred by the department to the State Treasurer to be deposited into the fund and distributed pursuant to the approval of the council.
(B) Deposits into the fund must be separated into special accounts based on which establishment generated the admissions tax subject to this section.
(C) Counties or municipalities within five miles of the major tourism or recreation facility or major tourism or recreation area may apply to the council for grants from the fund by submitting a grant application.
(D) Upon review of the grant application, the council shall determine the amount of monies to be received by each of the eligible counties or municipalities. All monies must be used directly or indirectly for additional infrastructure improvements. If more than one grant application is being reviewed at the same time, preference must be given to grant applications for infrastructure which directly or indirectly serve the establishment that generates the admissions tax or other development occurring as a result of the creation or expansion of the major tourism or recreation facility or major tourism or recreation area. One year after the end of the benefit period, the council, after consultation with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, may use these funds for any infrastructure in the State which it determines will aid tourism.
(E) Grants may run for more than one year and may be based upon a specified dollar amount or a percentage of the monies deposited annually into the fund. After approval of a grant application, the council may approve the release of monies to eligible counties and municipalities.
(F) The council shall adopt guidelines to administer the fund including, but not limited to, grant application criteria for review and approval of grant applications. Expenses incurred by the council in administering the fund may be paid from the fund.
HISTORY: 1997 Act No. 109, Section 1; 2007 Act No. 116, Section 4, eff June 28, 2007, applicable for tax years beginning after 2007.
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