1. A development business qualifying under this section is eligible to receive incentives and assistance only as provided in this section. Sections 15E.193, 15E.193B, and 15E.196 do not apply to an eligible development business qualifying under this section.
2. An eligible development business includes a developer or development contractor that constructs, expands, or rehabilitates a building space with a minimum capital investment of at least five hundred thousand dollars in that part of a city or county in which there is a designated enterprise zone. An eligible development business is eligible for one, but not both, of the following exemptions to the capital investment requirements:
a. For an eligible development business purchasing a vacant building suitable for industrial use, the fair market value of the building and land, not to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars, as determined by the local enterprise zone commission, shall be deducted from the capital investment requirement.
b. For an eligible development business that rehabilitates a building space that has been in an enterprise zone for at least five years, the fair market value as established by an appraisal of the building, not to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars, shall be deducted from the capital investment requirement.
3. Upon completion of the construction, expansion, or rehabilitation project by the eligible development business, the building space shall not be occupied by a retail business.
4. An eligible development business shall complete its construction, expansion, or rehabilitation within three years from the time the eligible development business receives approval from the department. The failure to complete construction, expansion, or rehabilitation within three years shall result in the eligible development business becoming ineligible and subject to the repayment requirements and penalties provided in subsection 8.
5. Prior to applying for assistance under this section, an eligible development business shall enter into an agreement with at least one business for purposes of locating the business in all or a portion of the building space for a period of at least five years.
6. An eligible development business shall provide the enterprise zone commission with all of the following information:
a. The long-term strategic plan for the development business which shall include infrastructure needs and a copy of any agreement entered into by the eligible development business as required under subsection 5.
b. Information relating to the benefits the development business will bring to the area.
c. Examples of why the development business should be considered or would be considered a good business enterprise.
d. An affidavit that the development business has not, within the last five years, violated state or federal environmental and worker safety statutes, rules, and regulations or if such violation has occurred that there were mitigating circumstances or the violations did not seriously affect public health or safety or the environment.
7. An eligible development business, which has been approved to receive incentives and assistance by the department of economic development pursuant to section 15E.195, shall be eligible to receive all of the following incentives and assistance for a period not to exceed ten years:
a. An eligible development business may claim a tax credit up to a maximum of ten percent of the new investment that is directly related to the construction, expansion, or rehabilitation of building space to be used for manufacturing, processing, cold storage, distribution, or office facilities. For purposes of this section, "new investment" includes the purchase price of land and the cost of improvements made to real property. The tax credit may be claimed by an eligible development business for the tax year in which the construction, expansion, or rehabilitation is completed. The tax credit may be used to reduce the tax liability imposed under chapter 422, division II, III, or V, or chapter 432. Any credit in excess of the tax liability for the tax year may be credited to the tax liability for the following seven years or until depleted, whichever occurs earlier. If the business is a partnership, S corporation, limited liability company, or estate or trust electing to have the income taxed directly to the individual, an individual may claim the tax credit allowed. The amount claimed by the individual shall be based upon the pro rata share of the individual's earnings of the partnership, S corporation, limited liability company, or estate or trust.
b. Sales, services, and use tax refund, as provided in section 15.331A.
c. The county or city for which an eligible enterprise zone is certified may exempt from all property taxation all or a portion of the value added to the property upon which an eligible development business constructs, expands, or rehabilitates property in an enterprise zone. The amount of value added for purposes of this* shall be the amount of the increase in assessed valuation of the property following the construction, expansion, or rehabilitation by the development business in the enterprise zone. If an exemption provided pursuant to this* is made applicable to only a portion of the property within an enterprise zone, the definition of that subset of eligible property must be by uniform criteria that further some planning objective established by the city or county enterprise zone commission and approved by the city or county. The exemption may be allowed for a period not to exceed ten years beginning the year the eligible development business enters into an agreement with the county or city to construct, expand, or rehabilitate property in an enterprise zone.
8. If a development business has received incentives or assistance under this section and fails to maintain the requirements of this section to be an eligible development business, the business is subject to repayment of all or a portion of the incentives and assistance that it has received. The department of revenue and finance shall have the authority to recover the value of state taxes or incentives provided under this section. The value of state incentives provided under this section includes applicable interest and penalties. The department of economic development and the city and county, as applicable, shall enter into an agreement with the business specifying the method for determining the amount of incentives or assistance paid which will be repaid in the event of failure to maintain the requirements of this section. In addition, a business that fails to maintain the requirements of this section shall not receive incentives or assistance for each year during which the business is not in compliance.
9. The department of economic development and the department of revenue and finance shall each adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A to jointly administer this section.
10. An eligible business under section 15E.193 is not eligible for incentives and assistance listed in section 15E.196 if the property is owned, or was previously owned, by an approved development business that has received incentives and assistance under this section.
11. If, within five years of the completion of a construction, expansion, or rehabilitation project, the development business or its successor sells or leases any space to any retail business, the development business shall proportionally refund any tax credits, refunds, or exemptions which were claimed under this section.
2001 Acts, ch 141, §5, 8
Referred to in § 15E.195, 15E.196
*The word "paragraph" probably intended; corrective legislation is pending
Section applies retroactively on and after January 1, 2001; 2001 Acts, ch 141, §8
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