Any veteran, as defined in section 197.447, who served on active duty in World War I or II, or during the periods June 27, 1950, to July 1, 1955, or July 1, 1958, to July 27, 1973, and who owns land which was purchased at public auction pursuant to this chapter may apply for a credit as provided in this section if the veteran has developed and cultivated the land for agricultural purposes within five years after the date of purchase.
A veteran who desires to receive a credit shall apply to the county board not later than six years after the date of purchase. The application shall state: (a) that the veteran is the owner of the land; (b) the price of the land, improvements and timber as appraised at the time of purchase and the actual price paid by the veteran; and (c) the number of acres of land purchased and the number of acres which the veteran has developed and cultivated for agricultural purposes.
If the board finds that the veteran is eligible for a credit and that land purchased by the veteran is primarily devoted to use for agricultural purposes it shall pay a credit to the veteran equal to one-half of the difference between the appraised price at the time of purchase and the actual price paid for the land. A credit shall be limited to one purchase of 320 acres of contiguous land.