FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 662
94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES MOORE (Sponsor), BRUNS, SCHAD, NANCE, ROORDA, BROWN (50), WALTON, SCHNEIDER, DETHROW, MUNZLINGER, COX, QUINN (7) AND McGHEE (Co-sponsors).
Read 1st time January 30, 2007 and copies ordered printed.
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 320.093, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to an income tax credit for dry fire hydrants.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 320.093, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 320.093, to read as follows:
320.093. 1. Any person, firm or corporation who purchases a dry fire hydrant, as defined in section 320.273, or provides an acceptable means of water storage for such dry fire hydrant including a pond, tank or other storage facility with the primary purpose of fire protection within the state of Missouri, shall be eligible for a credit on income taxes otherwise due pursuant to chapter 143, RSMo, except sections 143.191 to 143.261, RSMo, as an incentive to implement safe and efficient fire protection controls. The tax credit, not to exceed five thousand dollars, shall be equal to fifty percent of the cost in actual expenditure for any new water storage construction, equipment, development and installation of the dry hydrant, including pipes, valves, hydrants and labor for each such installation of a dry hydrant or new water storage facility. The amount of the tax credit claimed for in-kind contributions shall not exceed twenty-five percent of the total amount of the contribution for which the tax credit is claimed.
2. Any amount of credit which exceeds the tax due shall not be refunded but may be carried over to any subsequent taxable year, not to exceed seven years. The person, firm or corporation may elect to assign to a third party the approved tax credit. The certificate of assignment and other appropriate forms [must] shall be filed with the Missouri department of revenue and the department of economic development.
3. The person, firm or corporation shall make application for the credit to the department of economic development after receiving approval of the state fire marshal. The fire marshal shall establish by rule promulgated pursuant to chapter 536, RSMo, the requirements to be met based on the National Resources Conservation Service's [Missouri] Dry Hydrant Standard. The state fire marshal or designated local representative shall review and authorize [and issue a permit for] the construction and installation of any dry fire hydrant site. Only approved dry fire hydrant sites [will] shall be eligible for tax credits as indicated in this section. Under no circumstance shall such authority deny any entity the ability to provide a dry fire hydrant site when tax credits are not requested.
4. The department of [economic development] public safety shall certify to the department of revenue that the dry hydrant system meets the requirements to obtain a tax credit as specified in subsection 5 of this section.
5. In order to qualify for a tax credit under this section, a dry hydrant or new water storage facility [must] shall meet the following minimum requirements:
(1) Each body of water or water storage structure [must] shall be able to provide two hundred fifty gallons per minute for a continuous two-hour period during a fifty-year drought or freeze at a vertical lift of eighteen feet;
(2) Each dry hydrant [must] shall be located within twenty-five feet of an all-weather roadway and [must] shall be accessible to fire protection equipment;
(3) Dry hydrants shall be located a reasonable distance from other dry or pressurized hydrants; and
(4) The site shall provide a measurable economic improvement potential for rural development.
6. New credits shall not be awarded under this section after August 28,  2011. The total amount of all tax credits allowed pursuant to this section is five hundred thousand dollars in any one fiscal year as approved by the director of the department of economic development.
7. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, RSMo, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536, RSMo, and, if applicable, section 536.028, RSMo. This section and chapter 536, RSMo, are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536, RSMo, to review, to delay the effective date or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28,  2007, shall be invalid and void.