In addition to all the rights and powers granted to a private act hospital authority under the provisions of T.C.A. § 7-57-601 et seq., beginning with the 2001 tax year, and thereafter, a private act hospital authority will be exempt from the payment of any taxes or fees to the state or any subdivisions thereof, or to any officer or employee of the state or any subdivision thereof, except as provided in T.C.A. § 67-5-209. This exemption does not include fees paid by private act hospital authorities as required by T.C.A. § 68-11-216. The property of an authority is exempt from all county and municipal taxes; however, the authority must pay all county and municipal fees. An authority may agree to the payment of tax equivalents to the creating or participating governing authority or entity. Effective January 1, 2002, any claim for exemption under T.C.A. § 67-5-209 must be determined by the State Board of Equalization, following application in the manner required by T.C.A. § 67-5-212. Exemptions will be (1) limited to property of the authority which would be exempt if owned and operated by a charitable hospital under T.C.A. § 67-5-212; and (2) granted in accordance with the same criteria used by the board of equalization in granting exemptions to property owned and operated by a charitable hospital under T.C.A. § 67-5-212.1
1T.C.A. § 67-5-209. See also T.C.A. § 67-9-201.