Bill Text: MS HB586 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel; revise rate.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Failed) 2019-02-27 - Died In Committee [HB586 Detail]

Download: Mississippi-2019-HB586-Introduced.html

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2019 Regular Session

To: Transportation; Ways and Means

By: Representative Johnson (94th)

House Bill 586

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 27-55-11, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE RATE OF THE GASOLINE EXCISE TAX; TO BRING FORWARD SECTIONS 27-55-12, 27-55-19 AND 27-55-23, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS AND REFUNDS UNDER THE GASOLINE EXCISE TAX LAW, FOR PURPOSES OF POSSIBLE AMENDMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 27-55-519, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE RATE OF THE SPECIAL FUEL EXCISE TAX IMPOSED ON UNDYED DIESEL FUEL; TO BRING FORWARD SECTIONS 27-55-521, 27-55-523 AND 27-55-533, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH ARE SECTIONS OF THE MISSISSIPPI SPECIAL FUEL TAX LAW, FOR PURPOSES OF POSSIBLE AMENDMENT; TO BRING FORWARD SECTION 27-5-101, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF FUEL TAXES, FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES. 

     BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

     SECTION 1.  Section 27-55-11, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     27-55-11.  (1)  (a)  (i)  Any person in business as a distributor of gasoline or who acts as a distributor of gasoline, as defined in this article, shall pay for the privilege of engaging in such business or acting as such distributor an excise tax equal to * * *Eighteen Cents (18) Fifteen Cents (15) per gallon until the date specified in Section 65-39-35, and * * * Twelve Cents (12) per gallon thereafter, on all gasoline and blend stock stored, sold, distributed, manufactured, refined, distilled, blended or compounded in this state or received in this state for sale, use on the highways, storage, distribution, or for any purpose.

              (ii)  In addition to the tax imposed under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph (a), any person in business as a distributor of gasoline or who acts as a distributor of gasoline, as defined in this article, shall pay for the privilege of engaging in such business or acting as such distributor an excise tax equal to an amount determined under this subparagraph (ii) on all gasoline and blend stock stored, sold, distributed, manufactured, refined, distilled, blended or compounded in this state or received in this state for sale, use on the highways, storage, distribution, or for any purpose.  The amount of the tax imposed under this subparagraph (ii) shall be determined by multiplying the average wholesale price of gasoline by six percent (6%), the product of which, rounded to the nearest one-tenth (1/10) of a cent, shall be the rate of the tax.  Beginning January 1, 2020, the rate of the tax imposed under this subparagraph (ii) shall be recalculated and adjusted according to such formula twice per calendar year on January 1 and July 1.  The average wholesale price of gasoline shall be certified by the Commissioner of Revenue for the purposes of this subparagraph (ii).

          (b)  Any person in business as a distributor of aviation gasoline, or who acts as a distributor of aviation gasoline, shall pay for the privilege of engaging in such business or acting as such distributor an excise tax equal to Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) per gallon on all aviation gasoline stored, sold, distributed, manufactured, refined, distilled, blended or compounded in this state or received in this state for sale, storage, distribution or for any purpose.

          (c)  The excise taxes collected under this section shall be paid and distributed in accordance with Section 27-5-101.

     (2)  (a)  The tax herein imposed and assessed shall be collected and paid to the State of Mississippi but once in respect to any gasoline.  The basis for determining the tax liability shall be the correct invoiced gallons, adjusted to sixty (60) degrees Fahrenheit at the refinery or point of origin of shipment when such shipment is made by tank car or by motor carrier.  The point of origin of shipment of gasoline transported into this state by pipelines shall be deemed to be that point in this state where such gasoline is withdrawn from the pipeline for storage or distribution, and adjustment to sixty (60) degrees Fahrenheit shall there be made.  The basis for determining the tax liability on gasoline shipped into this state in barge cargoes and by pipeline shall be the actual number of gallons adjusted to sixty (60) degrees Fahrenheit unloaded into storage tanks or other containers in this state, such gallonage to be determined by measurement and/or gauge of storage tank or tanks or by any other method authorized by the * * *commission department.  The tank or tanks into which barge cargoes of gasoline are discharged, or into which gasoline transported by pipeline is discharged, shall have correct gauge tables listing capacity, such gauge tables to be prepared by some recognized calibrating agency and to be approved by the * * *commission department.

          (b)  The tax levied herein shall accrue at the time gasoline is withdrawn from a refinery in this state except when withdrawal is by pipeline, barge, ship or vessel.  The refiner shall pay to the * * * commissiondepartment the tax levied herein when gasoline is sold or delivered to persons who do not hold gasoline distributor permits.  The refiner shall report to the * * * commissiondepartment all sales and deliveries of gasoline to bonded distributors of gasoline.  The bonded distributor of gasoline who purchases, receives or acquires gasoline from a refinery in this state shall report such gasoline and pay the tax levied herein.

          (c)  Gasoline imported by common carrier shall be deemed to be received by the distributor of gasoline, and the tax levied herein shall accrue, when the car or tank truck containing such gasoline is unloaded by the carrier.

          (d)  With respect to distributors or other persons who bring, ship, have transported, or have brought into this state gasoline by means other than through a common carrier, the tax accrues and the tax liability attaches on the distributor or other person for each gallon of gasoline brought into the state at the time when and at the point where such gasoline is brought into the state.

          (e)  The tax levied herein shall accrue on blend stock at the time it is blended with gasoline.  The blender shall pay to the * * * commissiondepartment the tax levied herein when blend stock is sold or delivered to persons who do not hold gasoline distributor permits.  The blender shall report to the * * * commissiondepartment all sales and deliveries of blend stock to bonded distributors of gasoline.  The bonded distributor of gasoline who purchases, receives or acquires blend stock from a blender in this state shall report blend stock and pay the tax levied herein.

     SECTION 2.  Section 27-55-12, Mississippi Code of 1972, is brought forward as follows:

     27-55-12.  (1)  The United States government, the State of Mississippi, counties, municipalities, school districts and all other political subdivisions of the state, and volunteer fire departments chartered under the laws of the State of Mississippi as nonprofit corporations shall be exempt from excise taxes on gasoline, special fuel and compressed gas as follows:

          (a)  From the excise tax rate in excess of Nine Cents (9) per gallon of gasoline and from the excise tax rate in excess of One Cent (1) per gallon of aviation gasoline levied under Section 27-55-11, Mississippi Code of 1972, Five and Four-tenths Cents (5.4) thereof shall be exempt as provided in Section 27-55-19, Mississippi Code of 1972.

          (b)  From the excise tax rate in excess of Ten Cents (10) per gallon of special fuel levied at Eighteen Cents (18) per gallon under Sections 27-55-519 and 27-55-521, Four and Three-fourths Cents (4.75) thereof shall be exempt.

          (c)  From the excise tax rate in excess of One Cent (1) per gallon of special fuel taxed at Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) per gallon and from the excise tax rate in excess of One-half Cent (1/2) per gallon of special fuel used in aircraft levied under Section 27-55-519, Four and Three-fourths Cents (4.75) thereof shall be exempt.

          (d)  From the portion of the excise tax rate on compressed gas used as a motor fuel that exceeds the rate of tax in effect on June 30, 1987, Three Cents (3) thereof shall be exempt.

     (2)  The exemption provided in subsection (1) of this section for sales of gasoline, special fuel and compressed gas to volunteer fire departments shall apply only to sales of gasoline, special fuel and compressed gas for use in a vehicle owned by a volunteer fire department and used for department purposes.

     (3)  The exemption provided in subsection (1) of this section for sales of gasoline, special fuel and compressed gas also shall apply to sales of gasoline, special fuel and compressed gas to an  entity described in Section 27-51-41(2)(u) for use in buses and  other motor vehicles that are exempt from ad valorem taxation under Section 27-51-41(2)(u).

     (4)  Any person other than a bonded distributor of gasoline, bonded distributor of special fuel or bonded distributor of compressed gas who sells or delivers any gasoline, special fuel or compressed gas, subject to the exemption set forth in this section, is required to obtain credit for such exemption from a bonded distributor of gasoline, special fuel or compressed gas.

     SECTION 3.  Section 27-55-19, Mississippi Code of 1972, is brought forward as follows:

     27-55-19.  There shall not be included in the measure of the tax levied hereunder any gasoline:

          (a)  Sold or delivered by a bonded distributor of gasoline to a second bonded distributor of gasoline within this state, but nothing in this exclusion shall exempt the second bonded distributor of gasoline from paying the tax, unless the second bonded distributor of gasoline sells or delivers said gasoline to a third bonded distributor of gasoline in which event the third bonded distributor of gasoline shall be liable for the tax.

          (b)  Sold to the United States government for use of the Armed Forces only, and delivered in quantities of not less than four thousand (4,000) gallons.  Any exemption provided in this paragraph (b) may be deducted without the prior approval of the department, provided that satisfactory proof of such exemption shall be furnished to the department.  However, such exemption may be disallowed by the department if the distributor fails to furnish satisfactory proof of such exemption to the department.

          (c)  Exported to a destination beyond the borders of this state by a bonded distributor of gasoline when the tax on such gasoline has been paid or on which the tax liability imposed by this article has accrued against such bonded distributor.  Any exemption provided in this paragraph (c) may be deducted without the prior approval of the department, provided that satisfactory proof of such exemption shall be furnished to the department; however, such exemption may be disallowed by the department if the distributor fails to furnish satisfactory proof of such exemption to the department within ninety (90) days from the sale or delivery of the gasoline.

          (d)  Exported by any person to a destination beyond the borders of this state in quantities of not less than three thousand (3,000) gallons by ship, vessel, barge, railroad tank car, or pipeline, or by tank truck if such tank truck is operated by a common or contract carrier.

          (e)  Imported by, or sold to, any refiner or processor in this state for the purpose of being refined or further processed.

          (f)  Sold to any manufacturer for blending or compounding to the end that it becomes a component part of any manufactured product, or where used as a processing agent in the treatment of raw material in manufacturing a product which does not fall within the meaning of the term "gasoline" as defined in this article.

          (g)  Sold or delivered to be used for test purposes at any regularly established testing laboratory in this state.

     Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) above, evidence of exempt transactions provided in this section and subsections thereof, satisfactory to the department, shall be submitted by the distributor desiring an allowance of said exemptions to the department with the payment of the excise tax on the gasoline on which the exemption is claimed.  If the department decides that the distributor is entitled to the exemption and allowance claimed, it shall notify said distributor in writing of such allowance.  The distributor shall then be allowed to deduct from the payments made in his next monthly report, after said allowance, the amount of tax which he paid on this exempted gasoline which amount shall be arrived at by taking the amount of exempted gasoline minus two percent (2%) allowed for evaporation, shrinkage and other losses on gasoline, and multiplying the remainder by the amount of excise tax per gallon.  In cases where the amount of such tax cannot be absorbed on the estimated tax liability of the person making such payments during the next six (6) months, the amount shall be refunded to the taxpayer.  Such amount shall be certified to the State Auditor of Public Accounts by the department.  The said Auditor is hereby authorized to make such investigation and audit of the claim as he finds necessary.  If he finds that the department is correct in its determination, the Auditor may issue his warrant to the State Treasurer in favor of the taxpayer for the amount of tax erroneously paid, such refunds to be made from current gasoline, or special fuel tax collections.

     Except as otherwise provided in this section, in order to claim exemptions provided for under this article, the distributor of gasoline must file claims therefor within three (3) years from the date of sale or delivery; otherwise, claims for such exemptions shall be disallowed.

     In case gasoline and special fuel on which the tax has been previously paid are accidentally mixed, the distributor of gasoline or other person owning such mixture may ship the mixture out of the State of Mississippi, or to a Mississippi refinery, and may claim credit for the gasoline and/or special fuel tax on the gasoline and special fuel so mixed.  The distributor of gasoline or other person may also ship the mixture to a barge or pipeline storage terminal within the State of Mississippi to be brought up to gasoline specifications, or lowered to special fuel specifications, as the case might be, under the supervision of a representative of the department.  It shall be the duty of the distributor of gasoline or other person to whom the mixed product belongs to notify the department immediately after knowledge that the mixture has occurred.

     In case the distributor of gasoline or other person elects to ship the mixture to a barge or pipeline terminal for storage within this state, the department shall supervise the unloading of the mixture.

     In order to perfect a claim for credit for the tax on the gasoline and special fuel constituting any such mixture, the distributor of gasoline or other person making the claim shall do so in writing and shall furnish proof satisfactory to the department that the mixture was either shipped out of this state or to a refinery or other approved place of storage within this state.  The department shall notify the claimant, in writing, whether or not his claim is approved, and, if approved, the claimant may deduct the amount of the claim from his next tax report.  No such claim shall be allowed unless filed within three (3) years after the date of such accidental mixture.  Bonded distributors of gasoline having no gasoline tax liability with the department may assign such tax credit to a bonded distributor of gasoline having such tax liability.

     No tax liability shall accrue against the operator of a refinery when shipments of gasoline are made from such refinery, either by common carrier or by tank trucks owned and operated by the operator of said refinery, to a tax-exempt account within this state or to another refinery within this state.

     Provided, however, that when gasoline is withdrawn from the storage tank of a refiner or processor on which the tax is paid on such gasoline and it or any part thereof cannot be delivered to a purchaser, said refiner or processor may deduct the tax on all or that portion of such gasoline not delivered to a purchaser from its next gasoline distributor's tax report; provided that such refiner or processor submits with such tax report:  (1) a written report setting forth the reasons why such delivery could not be made, and (2) proof or evidence satisfactory to the department that the tax in question had theretofore been paid to the department, and (3) proof or evidence satisfactory to the department that the nondelivered gasoline was actually returned to the refinery or processor from which it was taken for the purpose of delivering it to a purchaser; and provided further, that immediately upon ascertainment by the refiner or processor that said gasoline cannot be delivered, he or it shall immediately notify the department of this fact and before moving his or its truck or other means of transporting said gasoline from the intended point of delivery; and should the department desire to inspect said truck, or other means of conveyance, such refiner or processor shall arrange for such inspection at the point or at such other point that may be designated by the department.

     The United States government, the State of Mississippi, counties, municipalities, school districts and all other political subdivisions of the state, and entities described in Section 27-55-12(3) shall be exempt from Five and Four-tenths Cents (5.4) of the portion of the gasoline excise tax rate which exceeds Nine Cents (9) per gallon.  Any exemption provided in this paragraph may be deducted without the prior approval of the department.

     SECTION 4.  Section 27-55-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, is brought forward as follows:

     27-55-23.  Any person who shall purchase and use gasoline other than aviation gasoline for agricultural, maritime, industrial, or domestic purposes, as defined in this article, which is not used in operating motor vehicles upon the highways of this state, shall be entitled to a refund of all but Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) per gallon of the tax actually paid on gasoline which is used for agricultural, maritime, industrial, domestic, or nonhighway purposes, as herein defined, provided that no such refund shall be payable unless the provisions of this article are complied with.  Provided, however, no refund shall be allowed to any person who may purchase, sell or use gasoline, either on or off the highway, in performing contracts for construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repair, where such contracts are entered into with the State of Mississippi or with any department, agency or institution of the State of Mississippi, or with any political subdivision of the State of Mississippi, or with any department, agency, or institution of such political subdivision.  Also, provided that no refund of tax paid on gasoline used on the highways of this state in motor vehicles owned or operated by the federal government, State of Mississippi, or any department or political subdivision of either will be allowed.

     Any person who shall purchase and use gasoline other than aviation gasoline for aviation purposes, as defined in this article, shall be entitled to a refund of all but Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) per gallon of the tax actually paid on gasoline thus used.

     The granting of a refund privilege to any claimant under the provisions of this article is declared to be a matter of grace rather than a matter of right, and in all cases arising under this section the burden shall be on the claimant to make proof sufficient to convince the department of the claimant's compliance with the provisions of this article; otherwise, the refund claim shall be denied or the claimant's permit cancelled by the department, as the case may be.

     Before any person shall be entitled to claim refund of any tax paid on gasoline under the provisions of this section, he shall file an information blank for a refund permit with the department.  Such information blank shall be made on forms furnished by the department and shall give a detailed description of the equipment and such other information as the department may require with respect to the equipment or machinery in which refund gasoline is to be used.  If such gasoline is not to be used in equipment or machinery, the purpose for which such gasoline is to be used shall be stated.  The information blank and supplements thereto shall be signed by the person desiring to use refund gasoline or his authorized agent and filed under the penalty of perjury.

     If additional or replacement equipment or machinery is acquired, or if the status of the claimant otherwise changes after the original information blank is filed, supplemental information reflecting these changes shall be filed at the time of filing the next refund claim.  The supplemental information blank shall contain the same information with respect to the changes as is required on the original information blank.

     Upon approval of the information blank, the department shall assign a file number to be used by the refund user.  Provided, also, that such refund user will be issued a refund certificate book to be used when purchasing refund gasoline.  Each refund certificate shall carry the file number of the refund user and, upon each purchase of refund gasoline, a certificate shall be filled in and signed on the calendar day of delivery, by either the dealer or the refund user or their authorized agents, but in no case may one (1) individual sign such certificate as both the dealer and the user.  Each certificate, however, must be signed by both the claimant and dealer, or their authorized agents, before a refund of tax can be allowed on the certificate.  Such refund certificate book shall not be transferable or assignable and shall be kept in the possession of the refund user or in his control at all times.  Upon receipt of the information blank properly completed, the department shall forward to such refund user the file number and certificate book.  Should the department refuse to issue a file number and refund certificate book, or refuse to pay any refund alleged to be due, the applicant or user may, within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice of the refusal by the department, appeal to the board of review of the Department of Revenue as hereinafter provided.

     It shall be the duty of the consumer of gasoline for which refund application is to be made, including any distributor of gasoline using his own gasoline for a refund purpose, to have storage facilities available for delivery of refund gasoline.  Such storage facilities shall be plainly marked "refund gasoline" in lettering of contrasting color and not less than four (4) inches in height.  Where refund gasoline is delivered directly into the fuel tank of equipment belonging to or used by the refund user, such equipment shall be plainly marked "refund gasoline" in lettering of contrasting color as near to the fuel tank as possible.  Such lettering shall not be less than four (4) inches in height.  It shall also be the duty of the distributor of gasoline delivering gasoline into the tanks to dye the refund gasoline a distinctive mahogany color at the time of delivery.  However, in no case shall dye be added to gasoline to be used in aircraft.

     The department is authorized to waive the requirement that refund gasoline be dyed in any case where damage to equipment or machinery would result from the addition of such dye, or where addition of dye would otherwise render gasoline unfit for its intended use.  It shall be the obligation of the user to obtain the aforementioned waiver from the department.

     Any person desiring a refund on any gasoline purchased shall make claim to the department, on forms provided by the department, within three (3) years from the date the gasoline was purchased.  No refund shall be allowed on any gasoline which shall not have been already used or consumed by the purchaser thereof before the filing of the claim; provided, however, when a claim is filed and there is an unused part of any purchase to be carried forward to the next claim, the dating of this carry-over shall take the same date of the first purchase entered on the next claim.  No person shall file more than one (1) claim during any one (1) month.  The claim shall be personally signed by the purchaser or his duly authorized agent.  The claimant shall in the claim, state that the refund claim has not and will not be assigned.  The original and duplicate of the certificate shall be retained by the claimant, at the time of purchase.  The original certificate with vendor's invoices shall be attached to the refund claim, and the duplicate shall remain in the certificate book of the claimant and shall be subject to inspection by the department at all reasonable hours.  The claimant shall preserve the duplicate certificates for three (3) years from date of purchase.  The claim shall be in the name of the purchaser and shall show the purchaser's refund file number.  Supporting invoices shall state that dye has been added to refund gasoline or that the requirement that dye be added has been waived by the department.  The claim shall be certified under the penalty of perjury.

     Any person who shall file a claim for refund under the provisions of this article shall show on each refund claim filed:  the names and addresses of the person or persons from whom the claimant customarily purchases motor fuel for use in propelling motor vehicles owned or operated by the claimant on the highways of this state.  Until the provisions of this paragraph are complied with, the refund claim shall not be allowed.

     Upon receipt of the claim, the department shall determine the amount of refund due to the claimant and the amount shall be refunded to the claimant as provided in Section 27-55-19.  If for any reason the department should determine that an erroneous claim has been paid, it may deduct such erroneous payment from any legal claim subsequently filed by the claimant to whom erroneous payment was made.

     If the department determines that any refund claim shall not be paid, it shall notify the claimant, in writing, at the earliest date possible after such determination stating the reason or reasons why such claim is disallowed.

     A refund claimant may, within sixty (60) days after receipt of notice of the disallowance of his claim, appeal to the board of review of the Department of Revenue as hereinafter provided.

     SECTION 5.  Section 27-55-519, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     27-55-519.  (1)  Any person engaged in business as a distributor of special fuel or who acts as a distributor of special fuel, as defined in this article, shall pay for the privilege of engaging in such business or acting as such distributor an excise tax on all special fuel stored, used, sold, distributed, manufactured, refined, distilled, blended or compounded in this state or received in this state for sale, storage, distribution or for any purpose, adjusted to sixty (60) degrees Fahrenheit.

     The excise tax shall become due and payable when:

          (a)  Special fuel is withdrawn from storage at a refinery, marine or pipeline terminal, except when withdrawal is by barge or pipeline.

          (b)  Special fuel imported by a common carrier is unloaded by that carrier unless the special fuel is unloaded directly into the storage tanks of a refinery, marine or pipeline terminal.

          (c)  Special fuel imported by any person other than a common carrier enters the State of Mississippi unless the special fuel is unloaded directly into the storage tanks of a refinery, marine or pipeline terminal.

          (d)  Special fuel is blended in this state unless such blending occurs in a refinery, marine or pipeline terminal.

          (e)  Special fuel is acquired tax free.

     (2)  The special fuel excise tax shall be as follows:

          (a)  * * * Eighteen Cents (18)(i)  Fifteen Cents (15) per gallon on undyed diesel fuel until the date specified in Section 65-39-35 and * * * Fourteen and Three‑fourths Cents (14.75)Twelve and Three-tenths Cents (12.3) per gallon thereafter; and

              (ii)  In addition to the tax imposed under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph (a), a tax in an amount determined under this subparagraph (ii) per gallon on undyed diesel fuel.  The amount of the tax imposed under this subparagraph (ii) shall be determined by multiplying the average wholesale price of diesel fuel by six percent (6%), the product of which, rounded to the nearest one-tenth (1/10) of a cent, shall be the rate of the tax.  Beginning January 1, 2020, the rate of the tax imposed under this subparagraph (ii) shall be recalculated and adjusted according to such formula twice per calendar year on January 1 and July 1.  The average wholesale price of diesel fuel shall be certified by the Commissioner of Revenue for the purposes of this subparagraph (ii).

          (b)  Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) per gallon on all special fuel except undyed diesel fuel and special fuel used as fuels in aircraft; and

          (c)  Five and One-fourth Cents (5.25) per gallon on special fuel used as fuel in aircraft.

     SECTION 6.  Section 27-55-521, Mississippi Code of 1972, is brought forward as follows:

     27-55-521.  (1)  An excise tax at the rate of Eighteen Cents (18) per gallon until the date specified in Section 65-39-35, Mississippi Code of 1972, and Fourteen and Three-fourths Cents (14.75) per gallon thereafter is levied on any person engaged in business as a distributor of special fuel or who acts as such who sells:

          (a)  Special fuel for use in performing contracts for construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repairs, where such contracts are entered into with the State of Mississippi, any political subdivision of the State of Mississippi, or any department, agency, institution of the State of Mississippi or any political subdivision thereof.

          (b)  Dyed diesel fuel or kerosene to a state or local governmental entity for use on the highways in a motor vehicle.

          (c)  Special fuel for use on the highway.

     (2)  An excise tax at the rate of Eighteen Cents (18) per gallon until the date specified in Section 65-39-35, Mississippi Code of 1972, and Fourteen and Three-fourths Cents (14.75) per gallon thereafter is levied on any person who:

          (a)  Uses dyed diesel fuel or kerosene in a motor vehicle on the highways of this state in violation of Section 27-55-539.

          (b)  Purchases or acquires undyed diesel fuel or kerosene for nonhighway use and subsequently uses such diesel fuel or kerosene in a motor vehicle on the highways of this state.

          (c)  Purchases or acquires special fuel for use in performing contracts as specified in this section.

     SECTION 7.  Section 27-55-523, Mississippi Code of 1972, is brought forward as follows:

     27-55-523.  For the purpose of determining the amount of his liability for the tax imposed by this article, each bonded distributor of special fuel shall, not later than the twentieth day of the month next following the month in which this article becomes effective, and not later than the twentieth day of each month thereafter, file with the commission a monthly report which shall include a statement of the number of gallons of special fuel received and sold by such distributor of special fuel within this state during the preceding calendar month, and such other information as may be reasonably necessary for the proper administration of this article.

     At the time of filing each monthly report with the commission, a distributor may take a credit for the number of gallons of special fuel that he purchased during the preceding calendar month from a distributor who pays the excise tax imposed by this article on such special fuel.

     At the time of filing each monthly report with the commission, each distributor of special fuel shall pay to the commission the full amount of the special fuel tax due from such distributor for the preceding calendar month.

     Reports and payments sent to the commission by mail must be postmarked by the due date in order to be considered timely filed, except when the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, in which case such reports and payments must be postmarked by the first working day following the due date in order to be considered timely filed.

     The monthly report of the distributor of special fuel shall be prepared and filed with the commission on forms prescribed by the commission, or the distributor of special fuel may, with the approval of the commission, furnish the required information on machine-prepared schedules.  Such monthly reports or schedules shall be signed by the distributor or his duly authorized agent and shall contain a declaration that the statements contained in such report are true and correct and are made under the penalty of perjury.

     When special fuel, which would otherwise be taxable under the provisions of this article, is imported, sold, delivered or exported, under conditions which will exclude such special fuel from the tax levied under this article by reasons of one or more of the exemptions provided in this article, deduction for such exempt special fuel may be taken without prior approval of the commission on the monthly report of the bonded distributor of special fuel importing, selling, delivering or exporting such special fuel.  Provided, however, that the commission may require proof to be furnished of such deduction for exempt special fuel.

     When the Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) per gallon tax has accrued or has been paid on special fuel that is taxed at Eighteen Cents (18) per gallon, a deduction of Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) per gallon may be made.

     SECTION 8.  Section 27-55-533, Mississippi Code of 1972, is brought forward as follows:

     27-55-533.  (1)  When gasoline and special fuel on which the tax has been paid are accidentally mixed, the distributor of special fuel or other person owning such mixture may claim credit for the gasoline tax and/or special fuel tax on the gasoline and special fuel constituting such mixture.

     (2)  When dyed special fuel and undyed special fuel are accidentally mixed and the mixture is converted to nonhighway use special fuel, the distributor of special fuel or other person owning such mixture may claim credit for any taxes exceeding Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) per gallon which have been paid on such mixture.

     (3)  Proof satisfactory to the commission must be submitted with any claim for credit made pursuant to this section or the claim will be disallowed.

     (4)  The special fuels distributor or other person owning a mixture described in this section shall notify the commission immediately after gaining knowledge of such mixture.

     (5)  Upon receipt of the claim for credit, the commission shall determine the amount of refund or tax credit due the claimant and, in the case of a refund, the amount shall be refunded as provided in Section 27-55-19, Mississippi Code of 1972.

     SECTION 9.  Section 27-5-101, Mississippi Code of 1972, is brought forward as follows:

     [With regard to any county which is exempt from the provisions of Section 19-2-3, this section shall read as follows:]

     27-5-101.  Unless otherwise provided in this section, on or before the fifteenth day of each month, all gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes which are levied under the laws of this state and collected during the previous month shall be paid and apportioned by the State Tax Commission as follows:

          (a)  (i)  Except as otherwise provided in Section 31-17-127, from the gross amount of gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes produced by the state, there shall be deducted an amount equal to one-sixth (1/6) of principal and interest certified by the State Treasurer to the State Tax Commission to be due on the next semiannual bond and interest payment date, as required under the provisions of Chapter 130, Laws of 1938, and subsequent acts authorizing the issuance of bonds payable from gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax revenue on a parity with the bonds issued under authority of said Chapter 130.  The State Treasurer shall certify to the State Tax Commission on or before the fifteenth day of each month the amount to be paid to the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund" as provided by said Chapter 130, Laws of 1938, and subsequent acts authorizing the issuance of bonds payable from gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax revenue, on a parity with the bonds issued under authority of said Chapter 130; and the State Tax Commission shall, on or before the twenty-fifth day of each month, pay into the State Treasury for credit to the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund" the amount so certified to him by the State Treasurer due to be paid into such fund each month.  The payments to the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund" shall be made out of gross gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax collections before deductions of any nature are considered; however, such payments shall be deducted from the allocation to the Mississippi Department of Transportation under paragraph (c) of this section.

              (ii)  From collections derived from the portion of the gasoline excise tax that exceeds Seven Cents (7) per gallon, from the portion of the tax on aviation gas under Section 27-55-11 that exceeds Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) per gallon, from the portion of the special fuel tax levied under Sections 27-55-519 and 27-55-521, at Eighteen Cents (18) per gallon that exceeds Ten Cents (10) per gallon, from the portion of the taxes levied under Section 27-55-519, at Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) per gallon that exceeds One Cent (1) per gallon on special fuel and Five and One-fourth Cents (5.25) per gallon on special fuel used as aircraft fuel, from the portion of the excise tax on compressed gas used as a motor fuel that exceeds the rate of tax in effect on June 30, 1987, and from the portion of the gasoline excise tax in excess of Seven Cents (7) per gallon and the diesel excise tax in excess of Ten Cents (10) per gallon under Section 27-61-5 there shall be deducted:

                   1.  An amount as provided in Section 27-65-75(4) to the credit of a special fund designated as the "Office of State Aid Road Construction."

                   2.  An amount equal to the tax collections derived from Two Cents (2) per gallon of the gasoline excise tax for distribution to the State Highway Fund to be used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of highways of the State of Mississippi or the payment of interest and principal on bonds when specifically authorized by the Legislature for that purpose.

                   3.  The balance shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the State Highway Fund.

          (b)  Subject to the provisions that said basis of distribution shall in nowise affect adversely the amount specifically pledged in paragraph (a) of this section to be paid into the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund," the following shall be deducted from the amount produced by the state tax on gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax collections, excluding collections derived from the portion of the gasoline excise tax that exceeds Seven Cents (7) per gallon, from the portion of the tax on aviation gas under Section 27-55-11 that exceeds Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) per gallon, from the portion of the special fuel tax levied under Sections 27-55-519 and 27-55-521, at Eighteen Cents (18) per gallon that exceeds Ten Cents (10) per gallon, from the portion of the taxes levied under Section 27-55-519, at Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) per gallon that exceeds One Cent (1) per gallon on special fuel and Five and One-fourth Cents (5.25) per gallon on special fuel used as aircraft fuel, from the portion of the excise tax on compressed gas used as a motor fuel that exceeds the rate of tax in effect on June 30, 1987, and from the portion of the gasoline excise tax in excess of Seven Cents (7) per gallon and the diesel excise tax in excess of Ten Cents (10) per gallon under Section 27-61-5:

              (i)  Twenty percent (20%) of such amount which shall be earmarked and set aside for the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of the highways and roads of the state, provided that if such twenty percent (20%) should reduce any county to a lesser amount than that received in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1966, then such twenty percent (20%) shall be reduced to a percentage to provide that no county shall receive less than its portion for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1966;

              (ii)  The amount allowed as refund on gasoline or as tax credit on diesel fuel or kerosene used for agricultural, maritime, industrial, domestic, and nonhighway purposes;

              (iii)  Five percent (5%) of such amount shall be paid to the State Highway Fund;

              (iv)  The amount or portion thereof authorized by legislative appropriation to the Fisheries and Wildlife Fund created under Section 59-21-25;

              (v)  The amount for deposit into the special aviation fund under paragraph (d) of this section; and

              (vi)  The remainder shall be divided on a basis of nine-fourteenths (9/14) and five-fourteenths (5/14) (being the same basis as Four and One-half Cents (4-1/2) and Two and One-half Cents (2-1/2) is to Seven Cents (7) on gasoline, and six and forty-three one-hundredths (6.43) and three and fifty-seven one-hundredths (3.57) is to Ten Cents (10) on diesel fuel or kerosene).  The amount produced by the nine-fourteenths (9/14) division shall be allocated to the Transportation Department and paid into the State Treasury as provided in this section and in Section 27-5-103 and the five-fourteenths (5/14) division shall be returned to the counties of the state on the following basis:

                   1.  In each fiscal year, each county shall be paid each month the same percentage of the monthly total to be distributed as was paid to that county during the same month in the fiscal year which ended April 9, 1960, until the county receives One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00) in such fiscal year, at which time funds shall be distributed under the provisions of paragraph (b)(vi)4 of this section.

                   2.  If after payments in 1 above, any county has not received a total of One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00) at the end of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1961, and each fiscal year thereafter, then any available funds not distributed under 1 above shall be used to bring such county or counties up to One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00) or such funds shall be divided equally among such counties not reaching One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00) if there is not sufficient money to bring all the counties to said One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00).

                   3.  When a county has been paid an amount equal to the total which was paid to the same county during the fiscal year ended April 9, 1960, such county shall receive no further payments during the then current fiscal year until the last month of such current fiscal year, at which time distribution will be made under 2 above, except as set out in 4 below.

                   4.  During the last month of the current fiscal year, should it be determined that there are funds available in excess of the amount distributed for the year under 1 and 2 above, then such excess funds shall be distributed among the various counties as follows:

                        One-third (1/3) of such excess to be divided equally among the counties;

                        One-third (1/3) of such excess to be paid to the counties in the proportion which the population of each county bears to the total population of the state according to the last federal census;

                        One-third (1/3) of such excess to be paid to the counties in the proportion which the number of square miles of each county bears to the total square miles in the state.

                   5.  It is the declared purpose and intent of the Legislature that no county shall be paid less than was paid during the year ended April 9, 1960, unless the amount to be distributed to all counties in any year is less than the amount distributed to all counties during the year ended April 9, 1960.

     The Municipal Aid Fund as established by Section 27-5-103 shall not participate in any portion of any funds allocated to any county hereunder over and above One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00).

     In any county having countywide road or bridge bonds, or supervisors district or district road or bridge bonds outstanding, which exceed, in the aggregate, twelve percent (12%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county or district, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to set aside not less than sixty percent (60%) of such county's share or district's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes to be used in paying the principal and interest on such road or bridge bonds as they mature.

     In any county having such countywide road or bridge bonds or district road or bridge bonds outstanding which exceed, in the aggregate, eight percent (8%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, but which do not exceed, in the aggregate, twelve percent (12%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to set aside not less than thirty-five percent (35%) of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes to be used in paying the principal and interest of such road or bridge bonds as they mature.

     In any county having such countywide road or bridge bonds or district road or bridge bonds outstanding which exceed, in the aggregate, five percent (5%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, but which do not exceed, in the aggregate, eight percent (8%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to set aside not less than twenty percent (20%) of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes to be used in paying the principal and interest of such road and bridge bonds as they mature.

     In any county having such countywide road or bridge bonds or district road or bridge bonds outstanding which do not exceed, in the aggregate, five percent (5%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to set aside not less than ten percent (10%) of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes to be used in paying the principal and interest on such road or bridge bonds as they mature.

     The portion of any such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes thus set aside for the payment of the principal and interest of road or bridge bonds, as provided for in this section, shall be used first in paying the currently maturing installments of the principal and interest of such countywide road or bridge bonds, if there be any such countywide road or bridge bonds outstanding, and secondly, in paying the currently maturing installments of principal and interest of district road or bridge bonds outstanding.  It shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to pay bonds and interest maturing in each supervisors district out of the supervisors district's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes of such district.

     The remaining portion of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes, after setting aside the portion above provided for the payment of the principal and interest of bonds, shall be used in the construction and maintenance of any public highways, bridges, or culverts of the county, including the roads in special or separate road districts, in the discretion of the board of supervisors, or in paying the interest and principal of county road and bridge bonds or district road and bridge bonds, in the discretion of the board of supervisors.

     In any county having no countywide road or bridge bonds or district road or bridge bonds outstanding, all such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes shall be used in the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of the public highways, bridges, or culverts of the county as the board of supervisors may determine.

     In every county in which there are county road bonds or seawall or road protection bonds outstanding which were issued for the purpose of building bridges or constructing public roads or seawalls, such funds shall be used in the manner provided by law.

          (c)  From the amount produced by the nine-fourteenths (9/14) division allocated to the Transportation Department, there shall be deducted:

              (i)  The amount paid to the State Treasurer for the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund" under paragraph (a) of this section;

              (ii)  Any amounts due counties in accordance with Section 65-33-45 which have outstanding bonds issued for seawall or road protection purposes, issued under provisions of Chapter 319, Laws of 1924, and amendments thereto;

              (iii)  Except as otherwise provided in Section 31-17-127, the remainder shall be paid by the State Tax Commission to the State Treasurer on the fifteenth day of each month next succeeding the month in which the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes were collected to the credit of the State Highway Fund.

     The funds allocated for the construction, reconstruction, and improvement of state highways, bridges, and culverts, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall first be used in conjunction with funds supplied by the federal government for such purposes and allocated to the State Transportation Department to be expended on the state highway system.  It is specifically provided hereby that the necessary portion of such funds hereinabove allocated to the State Transportation Department may be used for the prompt payment of principal and interest on highway bonds heretofore issued, including such bonds issued or to be issued under the provisions of Chapter 312, Laws of 1956, and amendments thereto.

     Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to reduce the amount of such gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene excise taxes levied by the state, allotted under the provisions of Title 65, Chapter 33, Mississippi Code of 1972, to counties in which there are outstanding bonds issued for seawall or road protection purposes issued under the provisions of Chapter 319, Laws of 1924, and amendments thereto; the amount of said gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene excise taxes designated in this section for the payment of bonds and interest authorized and issued or to be issued under the provisions of Chapter 130, Laws of 1938, and subsequent acts authorizing the issuance of bonds payable from gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax revenue, shall, in such counties, be considered as being paid "into the State Treasury to the credit of the State Highway Fund" within the meaning of Section 65-33-45 in computing the amount to be paid to such counties under the provisions of said section, and this section shall be administered in connection with Title 65, Chapter 33, Mississippi Code of 1972, and Sections 65-33-45, 65-33-47 and 65-33-49 dealing with seawalls, as if made a part of this section.

          (d)  The proceeds of the Five and One-fourth Cents (5.25) of the tax per gallon on oils used as a propellant for jet aircraft engines, and Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) of the tax per gallon on aviation gasoline and the tax of One Cent (1) per gallon for each gallon of gasoline for which a refund has been made pursuant to Section 27-55-23 because such gasoline was used for aviation purposes, shall be paid to the State Treasury into a special fund to be used exclusively, pursuant to legislative appropriation, for the support and development of aeronautics as defined in Section 61-1-3.

          (e)  State highway funds in an amount equal to the difference between Forty-two Million Dollars ($42,000,000.00) and the annual debt service payable on the state's highway revenue refunding bonds, Series 1985, shall be expended for the construction or reconstruction of highways designated under the highway program created under Section 65-3-97.

          (f)  "Gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes" as used in this section shall be deemed to mean and include state gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes levied and imposed on distributors of gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene, and all state excise taxes derived from any fuel used to propel vehicles upon the highways of this state, when levied by any statute.

     [With regard to any county which is required to operate on a countywide system of road administration as described in Section 19-2-3, this section shall read as follows:]

     27-5-101.  Unless otherwise provided in this section, on or before the fifteenth day of each month, all gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes which are levied under the laws of this state and collected during the previous month shall be paid and apportioned by the State Tax Commission as follows:

          (a)  (i)  Except as otherwise provided in Section 31-17-127, from the gross amount of gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes produced by the state, there shall be deducted an amount equal to one-sixth (1/6) of principal and interest certified by the State Treasurer to the State Tax Commission to be due on the next semiannual bond and interest payment date, as required under the provisions of Chapter 130, Laws of 1938, and subsequent acts authorizing the issuance of bonds payable from gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax revenue on a parity with the bonds issued under authority of said Chapter 130.  The State Treasurer shall certify to the State Tax Commission on or before the fifteenth day of each month the amount to be paid to the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund" as provided by said Chapter 130, Laws of 1938, and subsequent acts authorizing the issuance of bonds payable from gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax revenue, on a parity with the bonds issued under authority of said Chapter 130; and the State Tax Commission shall, on or before the twenty-fifth day of each month, pay into the State Treasury for credit to the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund" the amount so certified to him by the State Treasurer due to be paid into such fund each month.  The payments to the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund" shall be made out of gross gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax collections before deductions of any nature are considered; however, such payments shall be deducted from the allocation to the Transportation Department under paragraph (c) of this section.

              (ii)  From collections derived from the portion of the gasoline excise tax that exceeds Seven Cents (7) per gallon, from the portion of the tax on aviation gas under Section 27-55-11 that exceeds Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) per gallon, from the portion of the special fuel tax levied under Sections 27-55-519 and 27-55-521, at Eighteen Cents (18) per gallon that exceeds Ten Cents (10) per gallon, from the portion of the taxes levied under Section 27-55-519, at Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) per gallon that exceeds One Cent (1) per gallon on special fuel and Five and One-fourth Cents (5.25) per gallon on special fuel used as aircraft fuel, from the portion of the excise tax on compressed gas used as a motor fuel that exceeds the rate of tax in effect on June 30, 1987, and from the portion of the gasoline excise tax in excess of Seven Cents (7) per gallon and the diesel excise tax in excess of Ten Cents (10) per gallon under Section 27-61-5 there shall be deducted:

                   1.  An amount as provided in Section 27-65-75(4) to the credit of a special fund designated as the "Office of State Aid Road Construction."

                   2.  An amount equal to the tax collections derived from Two Cents (2) per gallon of the gasoline excise tax for distribution to the State Highway Fund to be used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of highways of the State of Mississippi or the payment of interest and principal on bonds when specifically authorized by the Legislature for that purpose.

                   3.  The balance shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the State Highway Fund.

          (b)  Subject to the provisions that said basis of distribution shall in nowise affect adversely the amount specifically pledged in paragraph (a) of this section to be paid into the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund," the following shall be deducted from the amount produced by the state tax on gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax collections, excluding collections derived from the portion of the gasoline excise tax that exceeds Seven Cents (7) per gallon, from the portion of the tax on aviation gas under Section 27-55-11 that exceeds Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) per gallon, from the portion of the special fuel tax levied under Sections 27-55-519 and 27-55-521, at Eighteen Cents (18) per gallon, that exceeds Ten Cents (10) per gallon, from the portion of the taxes levied under Section 27-55-519, at Five and Three-fourths Cents (5.75) that exceeds One Cent (1) per gallon on special fuel and Five and One-fourth Cents (5.25) per gallon on special fuel used as aircraft fuel, from the portion of the excise tax on compressed gas used as a motor fuel that exceeds the rate of tax in effect on June 30, 1987, and from the portion of the gasoline excise tax in excess of Seven Cents (7) per gallon and the diesel excise tax in excess of Ten Cents (10) per gallon under Section 27-61-5:

              (i)  Twenty percent (20%) of such amount which shall be earmarked and set aside for the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of the highways and roads of the state, provided that if such twenty percent (20%) should reduce any county to a lesser amount than that received in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1966, then such twenty percent (20%) shall be reduced to a percentage to provide that no county shall receive less than its portion for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1966;

              (ii)  The amount allowed as refund on gasoline or as tax credit on diesel fuel or kerosene used for agricultural, maritime, industrial, domestic and nonhighway purposes;

              (iii)  Five percent (5%) of such amount shall be paid to the State Highway Fund;

              (iv)  The amount or portion thereof authorized by legislative appropriation to the Fisheries and Wildlife Fund created under Section 59-21-25;

              (v)  The amount for deposit into the special aviation fund under paragraph (d) of this section; and

              (vi)  The remainder shall be divided on a basis of nine-fourteenths (9/14) and five-fourteenths (5/14) (being the same basis as Four and One-half Cents (4-1/2) and Two and One-half Cents (2-1/2) is to Seven Cents (7) on gasoline, and six and forty-three one-hundredths (6.43) and three and fifty-seven one-hundredths (3.57) is to Ten Cents (10) on diesel fuel or kerosene).  The amount produced by the nine-fourteenths (9/14) division shall be allocated to the Transportation Department and paid into the State Treasury as provided in this section and in Section 27-5-103 and the five-fourteenths (5/14) division shall be returned to the counties of the state on the following basis:

                   1.  In each fiscal year, each county shall be paid each month the same percentage of the monthly total to be distributed as was paid to that county during the same month in the fiscal year which ended April 9, 1960, until the county receives One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00) in such fiscal year, at which time funds shall be distributed under the provisions of paragraph (b)(vi)4 of this section.

                   2.  If after payments in 1 above, any county has not received a total of One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00) at the end of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1961, and each fiscal year thereafter, then any available funds not distributed under 1 above shall be used to bring such county or counties up to One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00) or such funds shall be divided equally among such counties not reaching One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00) if there is not sufficient money to bring all the counties to said One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00).

                   3.  When a county has been paid an amount equal to the total which was paid to the same county during the fiscal year ended April 9, 1960, such county shall receive no further payments during the then current fiscal year until the last month of such current fiscal year, at which time distribution will be made under 2 above, except as set out in 4 below.

                   4.  During the last month of the current fiscal year, should it be determined that there are funds available in excess of the amount distributed for the year under 1 and 2 above, then such excess funds shall be distributed among the various counties as follows:

                        One-third (1/3) of such excess to be divided equally among the counties;

                        One-third (1/3) of such excess to be paid to the counties in the proportion which the population of each county bears to the total population of the state according to the last federal census;

                        One-third (1/3) of such excess to be paid to the counties in the proportion which the number of square miles of each county bears to the total square miles in the state.

                   5.  It is the declared purpose and intent of the Legislature that no county shall be paid less than was paid during the year ended April 9, 1960, unless the amount to be distributed to all counties in any year is less than the amount distributed to all counties during the year ended April 9, 1960.

     The Municipal Aid Fund as established by Section 27-5-103 shall not participate in any portion of any funds allocated to any county hereunder over and above One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000.00).

     In any county having road or bridge bonds outstanding which exceed, in the aggregate, twelve percent (12%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to set aside not less than sixty percent (60%) of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes to be used in paying the principal and interest on such road or bridge bonds as they mature.

     In any county having such road or bridge bonds outstanding which exceed, in the aggregate, eight percent (8%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, but which do not exceed, in the aggregate, twelve percent (12%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to set aside not less than thirty-five percent (35%) of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes to be used in paying the principal and interest of such road or bridge bonds as they mature.

     In any county having such road or bridge bonds outstanding which exceed, in the aggregate, five percent (5%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, but which do not exceed, in the aggregate, eight percent (8%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to set aside not less than twenty percent (20%) of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes to be used in paying the principal and interest of such road and bridge bonds as they mature.

     In any county having such road or bridge bonds outstanding which do not exceed, in the aggregate, five percent (5%) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of the county, it shall be the duty of the board of supervisors to set aside not less than ten percent (10%) of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes to be used in paying the principal and interest on such road or bridge bonds as they mature.

     The portion of any such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes thus set aside for the payment of the principal and interest of road or bridge bonds, as provided for in this section, shall be used in paying the currently maturing installments of the principal and interest of such road or bridge bonds, if there be any such road or bridge bonds outstanding.

     The remaining portion of such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes, after setting aside the portion above provided for the payment of the principal and interest of bonds, shall be used in the construction and maintenance of any public highways, bridges or culverts of the county, in the discretion of the board of supervisors.

     In any county having no road or bridge bonds outstanding, all such county's share of the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes shall be used in the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of the public highways, bridges or culverts of the county, as the board of supervisors may determine.

     In every county in which there are county road bonds or seawall or road protection bonds outstanding which were issued for the purpose of building bridges or constructing public roads or seawalls, such funds shall be used in the manner provided by law.

          (c)  From the amount produced by the nine-fourteenths (9/14) division allocated to the Transportation Department, there shall be deducted:

              (i)  The amount paid to the State Treasurer for the "Highway Bonds Sinking Fund" under paragraph (a) of this section;

              (ii)  Any amounts due counties in accordance with Section 65-33-45 which have outstanding bonds issued for seawall or road protection purposes, issued under provisions of Chapter 319, Laws of 1924, and amendments thereto; and

              (iii)  Except as otherwise provided in Section 31-17-127, the remainder shall be paid by the State Tax Commission to the State Treasurer on the fifteenth day of each month next succeeding the month in which the gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes were collected to the credit of the State Highway Fund.

     The funds allocated for the construction, reconstruction and improvement of state highways, bridges and culverts, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall first be used in conjunction with funds supplied by the federal government for such purposes and allocated to the Transportation Department to be expended on the state highway system.  It is specifically provided hereby that the necessary portion of such funds hereinabove allocated to the Transportation Department may be used for the prompt payment of principal and interest on highway bonds heretofore issued, including such bonds issued or to be issued under the provisions of Chapter 312, Laws of 1956, and amendments thereto.

     Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to reduce the amount of such gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene excise taxes levied by the state, allotted under the provisions of Title 65, Chapter 33, Mississippi Code of 1972, to counties in which there are outstanding bonds issued for seawall or road protection purposes issued under the provisions of Chapter 319, Laws of 1924, and amendments thereto; the amount of said gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene excise taxes designated in this section for the payment of bonds and interest authorized and issued or to be issued under the provisions of Chapter 130, Laws of 1938, and subsequent acts authorizing the issuance of bonds payable from gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene tax revenue, shall, in such counties, be considered as being paid "into the State Treasury to the credit of the State Highway Fund" within the meaning of Section 65-33-45 in computing the amount to be paid to such counties under the provisions of said section, and this section shall be administered in connection with Title 65, Chapter 33, Mississippi Code of 1972, and Sections 65-33-45, 65-33-47 and 65-33-49 dealing with seawalls, as if made a part of this section.

          (d)  The proceeds of the Five and One-fourth Cents (5.25) of the tax per gallon on oils used as a propellant for jet aircraft engines, and Six and Four-tenths Cents (6.4) of the tax per gallon on aviation gasoline and the tax of One Cent (1) per gallon for each gallon of gasoline for which a refund has been made pursuant to Section 27-55-23 because such gasoline was used for aviation purposes, shall be paid to the State Treasury into a special fund to be used exclusively, pursuant to legislative appropriation, for the support and development of aeronautics as defined in Section 61-1-3.

          (e)  State highway funds in an amount equal to the difference between Forty-two Million Dollars ($42,000,000.00) and the annual debt service payable on the state's highway revenue refunding bonds, Series 1985, shall be expended for the construction or reconstruction of highways designated under the highway program created under Section 65-3-97.

          (f)  "Gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes" as used in this section shall be deemed to mean and include state gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene taxes levied and imposed on distributors of gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene, and all state excise taxes derived from any fuel used to propel vehicles upon the highways of this state, when levied by any statute.

     SECTION 10.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2019.


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