Section 40-9C-6Procedure for granting abatement.
(a) Subject to the limitations set out in Section 40-9C-5, any person who proposes to become a private user of brownfield development property or of a major addition thereto may apply to the governing body of any municipality or county at or about the time a voluntary cleanup plan is approved by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, for an abatement of all of the taxes allowed to be abated under this chapter with respect to such property. The application shall contain information that will permit the governing body to which it is submitted to make a reasonable cost/benefit analysis as to the proposed brownfield development property and to determine the maximum exemption period for the abatement of noneducational ad valorem taxes. The application must be accompanied by an approval of the voluntary cleanup plan.
(b) The abatements granted by the governing body shall be embodied in an agreement between the governing body and the private user, setting forth the following:
(1) The estimated amount of each abatement and the maximum exemption period not exceeding 20 years.
(2) Good faith projections by the private user of: the amount to be invested; the number of individuals to be employed, initially and in the succeeding three years; and the payroll.
(c) The private user shall file with the Department of Revenue within 90 days after the granting of the abatements a copy of the agreement required by subsection (b), the contents of which the department shall use solely for its statistical and recordkeeping activities but shall otherwise keep confidential unless consented to in writing by the private user.
(d) The abatements granted by the governing body shall be subject to termination by the governing body in the event the private user fails to implement the voluntary cleanup plan approved by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
(Act 2004-245, p. 334, §6.)