Introduced Senate Bill (S)

Authored by

DIGEST

Sales tax district for healthy food programs. Allows the fiscal body of a county to designate a special food desert district (district) if the district is located in a census tract with low median income and low access to the nearest supermarket as determined by the United States Department of Agriculture in its Food Access Research Atlas. Provides that if a district is designated, an additional 1% sales tax applies to retail transactions within the district. Specifies that this additional 1% sales tax is imposed, paid, and collected in the same manner as the state sales tax. Establishes the healthy Sales tax district for healthy food programs. Allows the fiscal body of a county to designate a special food desert district (district) if the district is located in a census tract with low median income and low access to the nearest supermarket as determined by the United States Department of Agriculture in its Food Access Research Atlas. Provides that if a district is designated, an additional 1% sales tax applies to retail transactions within the district. Specifies that this additional 1% sales tax is imposed, paid, and collected in the same manner as the state sales tax. Establishes the healthy food and community development financing fund (fund) under the administration of the Indiana housing and community development authority (IHCDA). Requires the amounts received from the additional 1% sales tax to be paid monthly by the treasurer of state to the fund. Requires the IHCDA to: (1) establish an account within the fund for each district designated by a county; (2) deposit money received from the treasurer of state from the tax collected in a district in the district's account; and (3) expend money from the account only for projects within the district in which the tax revenue is collected. Authorizes the IHCDA to conduct a healthy food and community development financing program, in coordination with each county that has designated a district, to provide financing in the form of grants or loans for eligible projects. Provides that the projects eligible for financing may include: (1) healthy food; (2) affordable housing; and (3) community development; projects. Provides that the fiscal body of the county that designated the district may adopt an ordinance to specify the types of eligible projects that may be financed within the district. Provides that the IHCDA may contract with one or more nonprofit organizations or community development financial institutions to administer the program through a public-private partnership. Provides that an applicant for a grant or a loan from the fund must demonstrate the capacity to successfully implement the project and the ability to repay the loan. Specifies that an applicant that is a grocery store must agree to the following: (1) To accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. (2) To accept Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children benefits. (3) To promote the hiring of local residents. Specifies the purposes for which financing for a project may be used. Continuously appropriates money in the fund. ... View more