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230 ILCS 5/32.1
(230 ILCS 5/32.1)
Pari-mutuel tax credit; statewide racetrack real estate
(a) In order to encourage new investment in Illinois racetrack facilities and
mitigate differing real estate tax burdens among all racetracks, the licensees
affiliated or associated with each racetrack that has been awarded live racing
dates in the current year shall receive an immediate pari-mutuel tax credit in
an amount equal to the greater of (i) 50% of the amount of the real estate
taxes paid in the prior year attributable to that racetrack, or (ii) the amount
by which the real estate taxes paid in the prior year attributable to that
racetrack exceeds 60% of the average real estate taxes paid in the prior year
for all racetracks awarded live horse racing meets in the current year.
Each year, regardless of whether the organization licensee conducted live
racing in the year of certification, the
Board shall certify in writing, prior to December 31, the real
estate taxes paid in that year for each racetrack and the amount of the
pari-mutuel tax credit that each organization licensee, inter-track wagering
licensee, and inter-track wagering location licensee that derives its license
from such racetrack is entitled in the succeeding calendar year. The real
estate taxes considered under this Section
for any racetrack shall be those taxes on the real estate parcels and related
facilities used to conduct a horse race meeting and inter-track wagering at
racetrack under this Act.
In no event shall the amount of the tax credit under this Section exceed the
amount of pari-mutuel taxes otherwise calculated under this Act.
The amount of the tax credit under this Section
shall be retained by each licensee and shall not be subject to any reallocation
or further distribution under this Act. The Board may promulgate emergency
rules to implement this Section.
(b) If the organization licensee is operating gaming pursuant to an organization gaming license issued under the Illinois Gambling Act, except the organization licensee described in Section 19.5, then, for the 5-year period beginning on the January 1 of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year during which an organization licensee begins conducting gaming operations pursuant to an organization gaming license issued under the Illinois Gambling Act, the organization licensee shall make capital expenditures, in an amount equal to no less than 50% of the tax credit under this Section, to the improvement and maintenance of the backstretch, including, but not limited to, backstretch barns, dormitories, and services for backstretch workers. Those capital expenditures must be in addition to, and not in lieu of, the capital expenditures made for backstretch improvements in calendar year 2015, as reported to the Board in the organization licensee's application for racing dates and as certified by the Board. The organization licensee is required to annually submit the list and amounts of these capital expenditures to the Board by January 30th of the year following the expenditure.
(c) If the organization licensee is conducting gaming in accordance with paragraph (b), then, after the 5-year period beginning on January 1 of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year during which an organization licensee begins conducting gaming operations pursuant to an organization gaming license issued under the Illinois Gambling Act, the organization license is ineligible to receive a tax credit under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 101-31, eff. 6-28-19.)