SENATE BILL 505
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
John Arthur Smith and Stuart Ingle
RELATING TO TAXATION; INCREASING THE MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAX; DISTRIBUTING THE REVENUE FROM THE TAX TO THE STATE ROAD FUND, A NEW STATE ROAD MAINTENANCE FUND AND THE GENERAL FUND.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. A new section of the Tax Administration Act is enacted to read:
"[NEW MATERIAL] STATE ROAD MAINTENANCE FUND.--
A. The "state road maintenance fund" is created as a nonreverting fund in the state treasury. No income earned on the fund shall be transferred to another fund.
B. The department of transportation shall administer the fund, and money in the fund is subject to appropriation by the legislature to the department of transportation only for expenditure for reconstruction, resurfacing or other improvement or maintenance of existing public roads, streets, alleys or bridges, including right-of-way and materials acquisition.
C. Money in the fund shall not be pledged for the payment of bonds or debentures or expended to pay the principal or interest of outstanding bonds or debentures.
D. Money in the fund shall be disbursed on warrants signed by the secretary of finance and administration pursuant to vouchers signed by the secretary of transportation or the secretary's authorized representative."
SECTION 2. Section 7-14-4 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1988, Chapter 73, Section 14) is amended to read:
"7-14-4. DETERMINATION OF AMOUNT OF MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAX.--The rate of the motor vehicle excise tax is [three] four percent and is applied to the price paid for the vehicle. If the price paid does not represent the value of the vehicle in the condition that existed at the time it was acquired, the tax rate shall be applied to the reasonable value of the vehicle in such condition at such time. However, allowances granted for vehicle trade-ins may be deducted from the price paid or the reasonable value of the vehicle purchased."
SECTION 3. Section 7-14-10 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1988, Chapter 73, Section 20, as amended) is amended to read:
"7-14-10. DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEEDS.--The receipts from the tax and any associated interest and penalties shall be deposited in the "motor vehicle suspense fund", hereby created in the state treasury. As of the end of each month, the net receipts attributable to the tax and associated penalties and interest shall be distributed as follows:
A. [four and fifteen-hundredths] three and twelve-hundredths percent to the state road fund; [and]
B. forty-eight and forty-four hundredths percent to the state road maintenance fund; and
[B.] C. the remainder to the general fund."
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2019.
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