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273.119 CONSERVATION TAX CREDIT.
    Subdivision 1. Eligibility; amount of credit. Land located in an agricultural preserve created
under chapter 40A is eligible for a property tax credit of $1.50 per acre. To begin to qualify
for the tax credit, the owner shall file with the county by January 2 of any year an application
for an agricultural preserve restrictive covenant pursuant to section 40A.10, subdivision 1. An
owner who has given notice of termination of the agricultural preserve under section 40A.11,
subdivision 2
, is not eligible for the credit. The assessor shall indicate the amount of the property
tax reduction on the property tax statement of each taxpayer receiving a credit under this section.
The credit paid pursuant to this section shall be deducted from the tax due on the property as
provided in section 273.1393.
    Subd. 2. Reimbursement for lost revenue. The county may transfer money from the county
conservation account created in section 40A.152 to the county revenue fund to reimburse the fund
for the cost of the property tax credit. The county auditor shall certify to the commissioner of
revenue, as part of the abstracts of tax lists required to be filed with the commissioner under
section 275.29, the amount of tax lost to the county from the property tax credit under subdivision
1 and the extent that the tax lost exceeds funds available in the county conservation account. Any
prior year adjustments must also be certified in the abstracts of tax lists. The commissioner
of revenue shall review the certifications to determine their accuracy. The commissioner may
make the changes in the certification that are considered necessary or return a certification to the
county auditor for corrections. The commissioner shall reimburse each taxing district, other than
school districts, from the Minnesota conservation fund under section 40A.151 for the taxes lost
in excess of the county account. The payments must be made at the time provided in section
473H.10, subdivision 3, for payment to taxing jurisdictions in the same proportion that the ad
valorem tax is distributed.
History: 1986 c 398 art 28 s 3; 1989 c 313 s 8,10; 1Sp1989 c 1 art 9 s 22; 1990 c 426 art 2
s 8; 1990 c 604 art 3 s 11