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DIVISION 20. MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICTS [71000 - 73001]

  ( Division 20 added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 156. )

PART 8. FORMATION OF IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN ISSUANCE OF BONDS [72000 - 72077]

  ( Part 8 added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 156. )

CHAPTER 6. Issuance of Bonds and Payment of Debt Service by the Pomona Valley Municipal Water District [72060 - 72077]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 791. )

ARTICLE 6. Powers—Utility Tax [72072 - 72072.12]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291. )

72072.
  

In addition to the powers otherwise provided for improvement districts under this division, the board shall have the power to levy a utility tax, as provided by this article, on every person using water within any of the improvement districts established by this chapter or on every person using water within the service area of any retail water purveyor within any such improvement district.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.1.
  

Nothing in this article shall be construed as imposing a tax upon any person when the imposition of such tax upon that person would be in violation of the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of this state.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.2.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, persons subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission need not obtain an authorization from the commission to comply with the provisions of this article.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.3.
  

The board hereby is authorized to impose a tax upon every person using water within any of the improvement districts established by this chapter or on every person using water within the service area of any retail water purveyor within any such improvement district, at the rate and in the manner provided in this article. The tax imposed by this section shall be a percentage of the charges made for such use of water and shall be paid by the person paying for such water.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.4.
  

The tax imposed in this article shall be collected from the service user by the service supplier. The amount collected in one month shall be remitted to the board on or before the last day of the following month.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.5.
  

The taxes imposed by this article shall be collected, insofar as practicable, at the same time as, and along with, the charges made in accordance with the regular billing practice of the service supplier. If the amount paid by a service user to a service supplier is less than the full amount of the charge and the tax which has accrued for the billing period, a proportionate share of both the charge and the tax shall be deemed to have been paid.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.6.
  

Taxes collected from the service user which are not remitted to the board on or before the due dates provided in this article are delinquent.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.7.
  

Interest and penalties for delinquency in remittance of any tax collected by a service supplier and not remitted to the board shall be assessed as follows:

(a) Any service supplier who fails to remit any tax imposed by this article within 30 days after receipt of written notice from the board of such failure shall pay a penalty of 10 percent of the amount of the tax.

(b) If the board determines that the nonpayment of any remittance due under this article is due to fraud, a penalty of 25 percent of the amount of the tax shall be added thereto in addition to the penalty stated in subdivision (a).

(c) In addition to the penalties imposed in this section, any service supplier who fails to remit any tax imposed by this part, shall pay interest at the rate of 1 percent per month, or fraction thereof, on the amount of the tax exclusive of penalties, from the date on which the remittance first became delinquent until paid.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.8.
  

Failure by a service user to pay any tax imposed by this article shall result in the following interest and penalties on the service user:

(a) Any service user who fails to pay any tax imposed by this article within 90 days of the date of receipt of notice of the amount of tax due from the service supplier shall pay a penalty of 10 percent of the amount of the unpaid tax.

(b) In addition to the penalty imposed in this section, any service user who fails to pay any tax imposed by this article, shall pay interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum, exclusive of penalties, from the date on which the remittance first became delinquent until paid, and a collection charge of five dollars ($5) for each delinquent account.

(c) The penalties, interest, and collection charges imposed by this section shall not be billed or collected by the service supplier, but shall be determined and collected by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.9.
  

Any tax required to be paid by a service user under the provisions of this article shall be deemed a debt owed by the service user to the district. Any tax collected from a service user which has not been remitted to the board shall be deemed a debt owed to the district by the person required to collect and remit such tax. Nothing in this article shall impose any obligation upon a service supplier to take any legal action to enforce the collection of the utility users tax imposed by this article. Amounts uncollected by a service supplier shall be referred to the board for collection.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.10.
  

The board shall enforce the provisions of this article and may prescribe, adopt and enforce rules and regulations relating to the administration and enforcement of this article. The board shall not prescribe, adopt or enforce any rule or regulation which has the effect, directly or indirectly, of altering the terms and conditions of service of a service supplier serving the general public. Rules and regulations prescribed and adopted by the board shall not be inconsistent with procedures established from time to time by a service supplier serving the general public for the purpose of billing, collecting and accounting for charges in the conduct of its business.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.11.
  

Whenever the amount of any tax has been overpaid or paid more than once or had been erroneously or illegally collected or received by the board, it may be refunded, provided that a claim therefor in writing is filed with the board within two years of the date of payment.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

72072.12.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 72072.11, a service supplier may claim a refund or take as credit against taxes collected and remitted the amount overpaid, paid more than once, or erroneously or illegally collected or received when it is established in a manner prescribed by the board that the service user from whom the tax has been collected did not owe the tax; provided, however, that neither a refund nor a credit shall be allowed unless the amount of the tax so collected has either been refunded to the service user or credited to charges subsequently payable by the service user to the person required to collect and remit.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 291.)

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