State Affairs and Government

CHAPTER 42-64.21
Rhode Island Tax Increment Financing

SECTION 42-64.21-5

§ 42-64.21-5. Financing.

(a) Up to the limits established in subsection (b) of this section and in accordance with a TIF agreement, the division of taxation shall pay to the developer incremental state revenues directly realized from projects or businesses operating in the qualifying TIF area from the taxes assessed and collected under chapters 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, and 30 of Title 44 of the general laws or realized from such venue ticket sales or parking taxes as may be established and levied under state law.

(b) Up to 75 percent of the projected annual incremental revenues may be allocated under a TIF agreement. The incremental revenue for the revenues listed in subsection (a) of this section shall be calculated as the difference between the amount collected in any fiscal year from any eligible revenue source included in the TIF agreement, less the revenue increment base for that eligible revenue.

(c) The division of taxation is hereby authorized and empowered to segregate the annual incremental revenues allocated under a TIF agreement and transfer such amounts to the general treasurer for deposit in a restricted account known as the TIF fund. The TIF fund shall be used solely to pay for the incentives granted under this chapter. The director of the department of revenue shall annually determine if a surplus exists in the TIF fund over amounts necessary to fund incentives under this chapter in a fiscal year and may authorize the general treasurer to transfer any surplus to the general fund. The unexpended balance of such sum of money received and appropriated for the TIF fund remaining in the treasury at the close of each fiscal year, shall be continued to and is hereby annually appropriated for the same account for the ensuing year.

(d) Under conditions defined by the commerce corporation and in consultation with the department of revenue, those taxes eligible for inclusion in this TIF program may instead be exempted up to the levels permitted by this act in cases of significant taxpayers. Such significant taxpayers may instead be required to contribute payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) into a dedicated fund established by the commerce corporation. Such payments shall be up to 75 percent of the amount that would otherwise be due to the state in the form of taxation as per the provisions of this statute. Such dedicated funds must be used for the purposes described in this act. The commerce corporation may issue revenue bonds secured by this dedicated fund. Such bonds shall not be a general obligation of the state.

(e) The commerce corporation shall promulgate an application form and procedure for the program.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2015, ch. 141, art. 19, § 4.)