DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Payments in lieu of taxes. Requires the department of natural resources (DNR) beginning in 2012 to make a semiannual payment in lieu of property taxes (PILOT) for parcels of land that: (1) consist of at least 100 acres; (2) are owned or leased by the DNR; (3) used as a state park; and (4) are subject to an exemption from property taxes. Allows a county and a conservancy district in which land owned by the DNR is located to collect a PILOT. Provides that for purposes of calculating a PILOT, the land is considered to have an assessed value of 1/3 of the statewide agricultural land value base. Establishes the PILOT transfer account within the state general fund. Appropriates from the state general fund to the PILOT transfer account the amount necessary to make required distributions to counties and conservancy districts.