SB 778 - This act requires vessel owners to provide proof that they have paid personal property taxes when applying for or renewing a vessel's certificate of number.
The act also requires vessel owners that are applying for or renewing a certificate of registration for a vessel documented with the U.S. Coast Guard to prove that personal property taxes have been paid on such vessel. The act increases the application fees that must accompany an application for a certificate of number. The application fee for a vessel under 16 feet in length is increased from $10 to $25. The application fee for vessels between 16 feet and less than 26 feet is increased from $20 to $55. The application fee for vessels between 26 feet but less than 40 feet is increased from $30 to $100. The application fee for vessels 40 feet and over is increased from $40 to $150. The act directs that the first $2,000,000 collected from the fees be deposited in general revenue, while the fees collected in excess of $2,000,000 be deposited in newly created Missouri State Water Patrol Fund. The money in the newly created fund is to be used for the expenses of the state water patrol.
The act provides that within available appropriations under the fund, the commissioner of the water patrol shall establish an equitable pay plan for water patrol members and radio personnel.