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DIVISION 2. DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
Chapter 5. Fish and Game Management
Article 1. Generally
1504. Payment of assessments and amount equivalent to taxes on wildlife management areas. (a) When income is derived directly from real property acquired and operated by the state as a wildlife management area, and regardless of whether income is derived from property acquired after October 1, 1949, the department may pay annually to the county in which the property is located an amount equal to the county taxes levied upon the property at the time title to the property was transferred to the state. The department may also pay the assessments levied upon the property by any irrigation, drainage, or reclamation district.
(b) Any delinquent penalties or interest applicable to any of those assessments made before September 9, 1953, are hereby canceled and shall be waived.
(c) Payments provided by this section shall only be made from funds that are appropriated to the department for the purposes of this section.
(d) As used in this section, the term "wildlife management area" includes waterfowl management areas, deer ranges, upland game bird management areas, and public shooting grounds.
(e) Any payment made under this section shall be made on or before December 10 of each year, with the exception of newly acquired property for which payments shall be made pursuant to subdivision (f).
(f) Any payment made for the purposes of this section shall be made within one year of the date title to the property was transferred to the state, or within 90 days from the date of designation as a wildlife management area, whichever occurs first, prorated for the balance of the year from the date of designation as a wildlife management area to the 30th day of June following the date of designation as a wildlife management area, and, thereafter, payments shall be made on or before December 10 of each year.
(g) Notwithstanding any other law, payments provided under this section shall not be allocated to a school district, a community college district, or a county superintendent of schools.
History.—Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456, in effect September 11, 1957. Stats. 1988, Ch. 525, in effect January 1, 1989, added the subdivision letters and added subdivisions (e) and (f). Stats. 1989, Ch. 1382, in effect January 1, 1990, substituted "the purposes of this section" for "newly acquired property" after "payments for" in subdivision (f). Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 24 (SB 83), in effect June 24, 2015.