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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 3720/) Water Commission Act of 1985.

70 ILCS 3720/0.001

    (70 ILCS 3720/0.001)
    Sec. 0.001. Commissioners; terms; vacancies. Effective January 1, 2011, the terms of office of the chairperson and all commissioners of water commissions appointed pursuant to this Act shall terminate and the commission shall be reconstituted.
    (a) The commissioners shall be appointed as follows:
        (1) A chairperson, who shall also serve in the
    
capacity of a commissioner, shall be appointed by the chairperson of the county board of the home county with the advice and consent of the county board.
        (2) One commissioner from each county board district
    
within the home county shall be appointed by the chairperson of the county board of the home county with the advice and consent of the county board.
        (3) One commissioner from each county board district
    
within the home county shall be appointed by the majority vote of the mayors of those included municipalities that have the greatest percentage of their respective populations residing within such county board district of the home county. A vice-chairperson of the commission shall be appointed from the commissioners appointed pursuant to this paragraph by a majority vote of these commissioners.
    (b) All commissioners shall be residents of the home county or a resident of an included municipality.
    (c) The initial commissioners appointed pursuant to subsection (a) shall serve the following terms:
        (1) The chairperson shall serve for a term of 6 years.
        (2) At the first meeting of the commission held
    
after January 1, 2011, the commissioners appointed pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (a) shall determine publicly by lot one-third of their members to serve for a term of 2 years, one-third of their members to serve for a term of 4 years, and one-third of their members to serve for a term of 6 years, any odd number of commissioners so determined by dividing into thirds to serve 6-year terms.
        (3) At the first meeting of the commission held
    
after January 1, 2011, the commissioners and the vice-chairperson appointed pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection (a) shall determine publicly by lot one-third of their members to serve for a term of 2 years, one-third of their members to serve for a term of 4 years, and one-third of their members to serve for a term of 6 years, any odd number of commissioners so determined by dividing into thirds to serve 6-year terms.
    The successor commissioners shall serve for a term of 6 years or until their successors have been appointed and qualified in the same manner as the original appointments.
    (d) A commissioner shall be eligible for reappointment upon the expiration of his or her term. A vacancy in the office of a commissioner shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term by appointment and with the qualifications as to residency in the same manner as the original appointment was made.
    (e) A commissioner may be a member of the governing board, an officer, or an employee of the county or any unit of local government located within the county.
(Source: P.A. 96-1389, eff. 7-29-10.)

70 ILCS 3720/0.001a

    (70 ILCS 3720/0.001a)
    Sec. 0.001a. Officers. A water commission established pursuant to this Act shall, by majority vote of the water commissioners, appoint a general manager, a finance director, and a treasurer. The appointment of the general manager, finance director, and treasurer is subject to the advice and consent of the county board of the home county in which the county water commission is located. The positions of finance director and treasurer shall be filled by persons with the necessary financial background and experience to monitor and report on water commission financial matters and budgeting.
(Source: P.A. 96-1389, eff. 7-29-10.)

70 ILCS 3720/0.001b

    (70 ILCS 3720/0.001b)
    Sec. 0.001b. Powers and duties. A water commission has the power and duty to:
        (1) establish and define the responsibilities of the
    
commission and its committees;
        (2) establish and define the responsibilities of the
    
commission's management and staff;
        (3) establish a finance committee to conduct monthly
    
meetings to supervise staff's handling of financial matters and budgeting;
        (4) require the finance director and treasurer to
    
report to the finance committee the status of all commission funds and obligations;
        (5) require the treasurer to report to the commission
    
any improper or unnecessary expenditures, budgetary errors, or accounting irregularities;
        (6) require commission staff to document and comply
    
with standard accounting policies, procedures, and controls to ensure accurate reporting to the finance committee and commission and to identify improper or unnecessary expenditures, budgetary errors, or accounting irregularities;
        (7) require the commission's finance director to
    
provide monthly reports regarding the commission's cash and investment position including whether the commission has sufficient cash and investments to pay its debt service, operating expenses, and capital expenditures and maintain required reserve levels. The information shall include the required funding levels for restricted funds and unrestricted cash and investment balances with comparisons to unrestricted reserves. The information shall also include the type and performance of the commission's investments and description as to whether those investments are in compliance with the commission's investment policies;
        (8) require the commission's finance director to
    
provide the commission with detailed information concerning the commission's operating performance including the budgeted and actual monthly amounts for water sales, water costs, and other operating expenses;
        (9) require commission staff to provide the
    
commission with detailed information regarding the progress of capital projects including whether the percentage of completion and costs incurred are timely;
        (10) require the commission's staff accountant to
    
perform bank reconciliations and general ledger account reconciliations on a monthly basis; the finance director shall review these reconciliations and provide them to the treasurer and the finance committee on a monthly basis;
        (11) establish policies to ensure the proper
    
segregation of the financial duties performed by employees;
        (12) restrict access to the established accounting
    
systems and general ledger systems and provide for adequate segregation of duties so that no single person has sole access and control over the accounting system or the general ledger system;
        (13) require that the finance director review and
    
approve all manual journal entries and supporting documentation; the treasurer shall review and approve the finance director's review and approval of manual journal entries and supporting documentation;
        (14) require that the finance director closely
    
monitor the progress of construction projects;
        (15) require that the finance director carefully
    
document any GAAP analysis or communications with GASB and provide full and timely reports for the same to the finance committee;
        (16) retain an outside independent auditor to perform
    
a comprehensive audit of the water commission's financial activities for each fiscal year in conformance with the standard practices of the Association of Governmental Auditors; within 30 days after the independent audit is completed, the results of the audit must be sent to the county auditor; and
        (17) on or after the effective date of this
    
amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, bill for any utility service, including previously unbilled service, supplied to a residential customer within 12 months, or a non-residential customer within 24 months, after the provision of that service to the customer; however, the water commission may bill for unpaid amounts that were billed to a customer or if the customer was notified that there is an unpaid amount before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly for service that was supplied to the customer before January 1, 2016. The time limit of this paragraph shall not apply to previously unbilled service attributed to tampering, theft of service, fraud, or the customer preventing the utility's recorded efforts to obtain an accurate reading of the meter. The commission shall: (i) label any amount attributed to previously unbilled service as such on the customer's bill and include the beginning and ending dates for the period during which the previously unbilled amount accrued; (ii) issue the makeup billing amount calculated on a prorated basis to reflect the varying rates for previously unbilled service accrued over a period of time when the rates for service have varied; and (iii) provide the customer with the option of a payment arrangement to retire the makeup bill for previously unbilled service by periodic payments, without interest or late fees, over a time equal to the amount of time the billing was delayed. The commission shall not intentionally delay billing beyond the normal bill cycle.
(Source: P.A. 100-178, eff. 8-18-17.)

70 ILCS 3720/0.01

    (70 ILCS 3720/0.01)
    Sec. 0.01. Service to areas with contaminated or tainted water.
    (a) Notwithstanding the terms of a water supply contract existing on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, a municipality with a water supply contract with a county water commission must provide water to territories outside that municipality, provided that the territory to be served currently receives well water that is tainted or contaminated. The home county board must find that the water supply in such territory is tainted or contaminated such that the health of persons served in that territory is likely to be adversely affected now or in the future. The county water commission shall determine which municipality in the home county is most appropriate for supplying water to the territory with the contaminated wells within 30 days of a county board finding that there is a tainted or contaminated water supply.
    The municipality shall provide access to water for such territory no later than 90 days after the county water commission has determined by resolution that the municipality is the most appropriate municipality for providing access to water for the territory. "Access to water" includes access through the municipal main, but the municipality need not otherwise provide infrastructure to deliver water from the municipal main. The municipality may sell water to such territory at a rate higher than the rate charged to municipal customers, in accordance with existing law.
    (b) Unless otherwise provided by law, property in unincorporated territory receiving water pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section shall not be annexed without consent of the owner of the property. A municipality's furnishing water pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section may not be conditioned on an agreement to annex. "Owner" for the purpose of this subsection is any person or persons in title, or in the case of property owned in trust, having the beneficial ownership of such property, who owned the property on the date water is first so received pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section. Upon transfer of ownership of such property, the municipality may annex it by ordinance.
    (c) This amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State.
(Source: P.A. 93-226, eff. 7-22-03.)

70 ILCS 3720/0.02

    (70 ILCS 3720/0.02)
    Sec. 0.02. Rate equalization. Notwithstanding the terms of a water supply contract existing on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, all parties to a water supply contract with a county water commission, irrespective of whether such party is a charter member or subsequent entrant, shall pay rates equal to the rates paid by other parties to such water supply contract and shall not pay any additional fees, costs, or differentials as a condition of becoming a party to such water supply contract. Subsequent entrants to a water supply contract shall pay their pro-rata portion of the original capital costs less any rebates and the actual costs of connection to the water commission system.
(Source: P.A. 93-226, eff. 7-22-03.)

70 ILCS 3720/0.03

    (70 ILCS 3720/0.03)
    Sec. 0.03. Water subsidy guaranty. Except to satisfy the obligations of persons who loaned funds to the county water commission, the water rates charged to municipalities that are in effect on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly may not be increased for a period of 5 years.
(Source: P.A. 93-226, eff. 7-22-03.)

70 ILCS 3720/0.04

    (70 ILCS 3720/0.04)
    Sec. 0.04. Five-year annual transfer of funds to home county. Beginning July 1, 2003 and prior to July 1 of each year through and including 2007, each county water commission shall from any legally available sources transfer the sum of $15,000,000 to the county board of the home county to be used for county purposes. This amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly is subordinate to any legally required payment of principal, interest, or required reserve pursuant to the county water commission's debt obligations.
(Source: P.A. 93-226, eff. 7-22-03.)

70 ILCS 3720/0.05

    (70 ILCS 3720/0.05)
    Sec. 0.05. Home rule. A municipality, including a home rule unit, must regulate its water systems and provide access to water as required under the provisions of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly. This Section is a denial and limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State.
(Source: P.A. 93-226, eff. 7-22-03.)

70 ILCS 3720/1

    (70 ILCS 3720/1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 251)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Water Commission Act of 1985.
(Source: P.A. 84-119.)

70 ILCS 3720/2

    (70 ILCS 3720/2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 252)
    Sec. 2. The General Assembly hereby finds and declares that it is necessary and in the public interest to help assure a sufficient and economic supply of a source of water within those county wide areas of this State where, because of a growth in population and proximity to large urban centers, the health, safety and welfare of the residents is threatened by an ever increasing shortage of a continuing, available and adequate source and supply of water on an economically reasonable basis; however, it is not the intent of the General Assembly to interfere with the power of municipalities to provide for the retail distribution of water to their residents or the customers of their water systems. Therefore, in order to provide for a sufficient and economic supply of water to such areas, it is hereby declared to be the law of this State that:
    (a) With respect to any water commission constituted pursuant to Division 135 of the Illinois Municipal Code or established by operation of law under Public Act 83-1123, as amended, which water commission includes municipalities which in the aggregate have within their corporate limits more than 50% of the population of a county (hereinafter referred to as a "home county"), and such county is contiguous to a county which has a population in excess of 1,000,000 inhabitants, the provisions of this Act shall apply. With respect to any such water commission (hereinafter referred to as a "county water commission"):
        (i) the terms of all commissioners of such commission
    
holding office at the time a water commission becomes a county water commission shall terminate 30 days after such time and new commissioners shall be appointed as the governing board of the county water commission as hereinafter provided in subsection (c); and
        (ii) the county water commission shall continue to be
    
a body corporate and politic, and shall bear the name of the home county but shall be independent from and not a part of the county government and shall itself be a political subdivision and a unit of local government, and upon appointment of the new commissioners as the governing board of such water commission as provided in subsection (c), such water commission shall remain responsible for the full payment of, and shall by operation of law be deemed to have assumed and shall pay when due all debts and obligations of the commission as the same is constituted and as such debts and obligations existed on the date such water commission becomes a county water commission and such additional debts and obligations as are incurred by such commission after such date and prior to the appointment of the new commissioners as the governing board of such commission, and further shall continue to have and exercise all powers and functions and duties of a water commission created pursuant to Division 135 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, and the county water commission may rely on that Division, as modified and supplemented by the provisions of this Act, as lawful authority under which it may act.
    (b) Any county water commission shall have as its territory within its corporate limits, subject to taxation for its purposes, and subject to the powers and limitations as conferred by this Act, (i) all of the territory of the home county except that territory located within the corporate limits of excluded units as hereinafter defined and (ii) also all of the territory located outside the home county and included within the corporate limits of an included unit as hereinafter defined. As used in this Act, "excluded unit" means a unit of local government having a waterworks system and having within its corporate limits territory within the home county and which either, at the time any commission becomes a county water commission, receives, or has contracted at such time for the receipt of, more than 25% of the water distributed by such unit's water system from a source outside of the home county, or a unit of local government that seeks a change in status as provided in this Section. As used in this Section, "included unit" means any unit of local government having a waterworks system and having within its corporate limits territory within the home county, which unit of local government is not an excluded unit. No other water commission shall be constituted under Division 135 of the Illinois Municipal Code in any home county after the effective date of this Act to provide water from any source located outside the home county. A unit of local government may switch its status from being an included unit to an excluded unit provided that (i) it has constructed a water treatment plant prior to December 31, 2006 to comply with United States Environmental Protection Agency regulations regarding radium; (ii) it notifies the commission in writing of its desire to become an excluded unit; and (iii) it no longer demands future service from the commission and shall not be reinstated as an included unit. In the event a unit of local government switches status, the water commission shall, from any legally available sources, transfer the sums collected from that unit of local government for the period of time beginning January 1, 2006 to the date that this tax is no longer assessed within the affected excluded unit. The transfer of funds authorized herein shall be made within 90 days of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly. Except as authorized by a county water commission, no home county or included unit shall enter into any new or renew or extend any existing contract, agreement or other arrangement for the acquisition or sale of water from any source located outside a home county; provided, however, that any included unit may contract for a supply of water in case of a temporary emergency from any other unit of local government or any entity. In the event that any included unit elects to serve retail customers outside its corporate boundaries and to establish rates and charges for such water in excess of those charged within its corporate boundaries, such rates and charges shall have a reasonable relationship to the actual cost of providing and delivering the water; this provision is declarative of existing law. It is declared to be the law of this State pursuant to paragraphs (g) and (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution that in any home county, the provisions of this Act and Division 135 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as modified and supplemented by this Act and this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, constitute a limitation upon the power of any such county and upon all units of local government (except excluded units) within such county, including home rule units, limiting to such county, units of local government and home rule units the power to acquire, supply or distribute water or to establish any water commission for such purposes involving water from any source located outside the home county in a manner other than as provided or permitted by this Act and Division 135, as modified and supplemented by this Act, and further constitute an exercise of exclusive State power with respect to the acquisition, supply and distribution of water from any source located outside the home county by any such county and by units of local government (except excluded units), including home rule units, within such county and with respect to the establishment for such purposes of any water commission therein, which power may not be exercised concurrently by any unit of local government or home rule unit. Upon the request of any included unit, a county water commission shall provide such included unit Lake Michigan water in an amount up to the then current Department of Transportation allocation of Lake Michigan water for such included unit.
    With respect to a water commission to which the provisions of subsection (a) apply, all uninhabited territory that is owned and solely occupied by such a commission and is located not within its home county but within a non-home rule municipality adjacent to its home county shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, be disconnected from that municipality by operation of this Act on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991, and shall thereafter no longer be within the territory of the municipality for any purpose; except that for the purposes of any statute that requires contiguity of territory, the territory of the water commission shall be disregarded and the municipality shall not be deemed to be noncontiguous by virtue of the disconnection of the water commission territory.
    (c) The governing body of any water commission to which the provisions of subsection (a) apply shall be a board of commissioners, each to be appointed within 30 days after the water commission becomes a county water commission to a term commencing on such date, as follows:
        (i) one commissioner, who shall serve as chairman,
    
who shall be a resident of the home county, to be appointed by the chairman of the county board of such county with the advice and consent of the county board, provided that following the expiration of the term or vacancy of the current chairman serving on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, any subsequent appointment as chairman shall also be subject to the advice and consent of the county water commission;
        (ii) one commissioner from each county board district
    
within the home county, to be appointed by the chairman of the county board of the home county with the advice and consent of the county board; and
        (iii) one commissioner from each county board
    
district within the home county, to be appointed by the majority vote of the mayors of those included units which are municipalities and which have the greatest percentage of their respective populations residing within such county board district of the home county.
    The mayors of the respective county board districts shall meet for the purpose of making said respective appointments at a time and place designated by that mayor in each county board district of the included unit with the largest population voting for a commissioner upon not less than 10 days' written notice to each other mayor entitled to vote.
    The commissioners so appointed shall serve for a term of 6 years, or until their successors have been appointed and have qualified in the same manner as the original appointments, except that at the first meeting of such commissioners, (A) the commissioners first appointed pursuant to paragraph (ii) of this subsection shall determine publicly by lot 1/3 of their number to serve for terms of 2 years, 1/3 of their number to serve for terms of 4 years and 1/3 of their number to serve for terms of 6 years, any odd number of commissioners so determined by dividing into thirds to serve 6 year terms, and (B) the commissioners first appointed pursuant to paragraph (iii) of this subsection shall determine publicly by lot 1/3 of their number to serve for terms of 2 years, 1/3 of their number to serve for terms of 4 years and 1/3 of their number to serve for terms of 6 years, any odd number of commissioners so determined by dividing into thirds to serve 6 year terms. The commissioner first appointed pursuant to paragraph (i) of this subsection, who shall serve as chairman, shall serve for a term of 6 years. Any commissioner may be a member of the governing board or an officer or employee of such county or any unit of local government within such county. A commissioner is eligible for reappointment upon the expiration of his term. A vacancy in the office of a commissioner shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term by appointment and qualification as to residency in the same manner as the original appointment was made. Each commissioner shall receive the same compensation which shall not be more than $600 per year, except that no such commissioner who is a member of the governing board or an officer or employee of such county or any unit of local government within such county may receive any compensation for serving as a commissioner. Each commissioner may be removed by the appointing authority for any cause for which any other county or municipal officer may be removed. The county water commission shall determine its own rules of proceeding. A quorum shall be a majority of the commissioners then in office. All ordinances or resolutions shall be passed by not less than a majority of a quorum. No commissioner or employee of the commission, no member of the county board or other official elected within such county, no mayor or president or other member of the corporate authorities of any unit of local government within such county, and no employee of such county or any such unit of local government, shall be interested directly or indirectly in any contract or job of work or materials, or the profits thereof, or services to be performed for or by the commission. A violation of any of the foregoing provisions of this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor. A conviction is cause for the removal of a person from his office or employment.
    (d) Except as provided in subsection (g), subject to the referendum provided for in subsection (e), a county water commission may borrow money for corporate purposes on the credit of the commission, and issue general obligation bonds therefor, in such amounts and form and on such conditions as it shall prescribe, but shall not become indebted in any manner or for any purpose in an amount including existing indebtedness in the aggregate to exceed 5.75% of the aggregate value of the taxable property within the territorial boundaries of the county water commission, as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue and as most recently available at the time of the issue of said bonds. Before or at the time of incurring any indebtedness, except as provided in subsection (g), the commission shall provide for the collection of a direct annual tax, which shall be unlimited as to rate or amount, sufficient to pay the interest on such debt as it falls due and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof at maturity, which shall be within 40 years after the date of issue thereof. Such tax shall be levied upon and collected from all of the taxable property within the territory of the county water commission. Dissolution of the county water commission for any reason shall not relieve the taxable property within such territory of the county water commission from liability for such tax. The clerk of the commission shall file a certified copy of the resolution or ordinance by which such bonds are authorized to be issued and such tax is levied with the County Clerk of each county in which any of the territory of the county water commission is located and such filing shall constitute, without the doing of any other act, full and complete authority for each such County Clerk to extend such tax for collection upon all the taxable property within the territory of the county water commission subject to such tax in each and every year required sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on such bonds, as aforesaid, without limit as to rate or amount, and shall be in addition to and in excess of all other taxes authorized to be levied by the commission or any included unit. The general obligation bonds shall be issued pursuant to an ordinance or resolution and may be issued in one or more series, and shall bear such date or dates, mature at such time or times and in any event not more than 40 years from the date thereof, be sold at such price at private or public sale as determined by a county water commission, bear interest at such rate or rates such that the net effective interest rate received upon the sale of such bonds does not exceed the maximum rate determined under Section 2 of the Bond Authorization Act, which rates may be fixed or variable, be in such denominations, be in such form, either coupon or registered, carry such conversion, registration, and exchange privileges, be executed in such manner, be payable in such medium of payment at such place or places within or without the State of Illinois, be subject to such terms of redemption, and contain or be subject to such other terms as the ordinance or resolution may provide, and shall not be restricted by the provisions of any other terms of obligations of public agencies or private persons.
    (e) No issue of general obligation bonds by a county water commission (except bonds to refund an existing bonded indebtedness) shall be authorized unless the commission certifies the proposition of issuing such bonds to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law, and the proposition has been approved by a majority of those voting on the proposition.
    The proposition shall be in the form provided in Section 5 or shall be substantially in the following form:
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  Shall general obligation
  bonds for the purpose of
  (state purpose), in the           YES
  sum of $....(insert amount),  ------------------------------
  be issued by the .........        NO
  (insert corporate name of
  the county water commission)?
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    (f) In order to carry out and perform its powers and functions and duties under the provisions of this Act and Division 135 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as modified and supplemented by this Act, the governing body of any county water commission may by ordinance levy annually upon all taxable property within its territory a tax at a rate not to exceed .005% of the value of such property, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue for the year in which the levy is made. In addition, any county water commission may by ordinance levy upon all taxable property within its territory, for one year only, an additional tax for such purposes at a rate not to exceed .20% of the value of such property, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue for that year; provided, however, that such tax may not be levied more than once in any county water commission.
    (g) Any county water commission shall have the power to borrow money, subject to the indebtedness limitation provided in subsection (d), from the home county or included units, in such amounts and in such terms as agreed by the governing bodies of the commission and the home county or included units.
    (h) No county water commission constituted pursuant to the Act shall engage in the retail sale or distribution of water to residents or customers of any municipality.
    (i) Nothing in the Section requires any municipality to contract with a county water commission for a supply of water.
    (j) The State of Illinois recognizes that any such contract for the supply of water executed by a unit of local government and a county water commission may contain terms and conditions intended by the parties thereto to be absolute conditions thereof. The State of Illinois also recognizes that persons may loan funds to a county water commission (including, without limitation, the purchase of revenue or general obligation bonds of such commission) in reliance upon the terms and conditions of any such contract for the supply of water. Therefore, the State of Illinois pledges and agrees to those parties and persons which make loans of funds to a county water commission that it will not impair or limit the power or ability of a county water commission or a unit of local government fully to carry out the financial obligations and obligation to furnish water pursuant to the terms of any contract for the supply of water entered into by such county water commission or unit of local government for the term of such contracts or loans. All other terms and conditions of such contracts and intergovernmental agreements shall be binding to the extent that they are not inconsistent with this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 95-114, eff. 1-1-08.)

70 ILCS 3720/2.1

    (70 ILCS 3720/2.1)
    Sec. 2.1. Cessation of commission organization. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if a majority vote of the water commission is in favor of the proposition to annex the commission to another commission whose boundaries are contiguous, or consolidate the commission into a municipality with which the commission is coterminous or substantially coterminous, or consolidate the commission into the county in which the commission sits, and if the governing authorities of the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former commission agree by resolution to accept the functions (and jurisdiction over the territory, if applicable) of the consolidated or annexed commission, then the commission shall cease. On the effective date of the annexation or consolidation, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, indebtedness, obligations, bonding authority, taxing authority, and responsibilities of the commission shall vest in and be assumed by the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former commission.
    The employees of the former commission shall be transferred to the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former commission. The governmental unit assuming the functions of the former commission shall exercise the rights and responsibilities of the former commission with respect to those employees. The status and rights of the employees of the former commission under any applicable contracts or collective bargaining agreements, historical representation rights under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, or under any pension, retirement, or annuity plan shall not be affected by this amendatory Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-1002, eff. 8-18-14.)

70 ILCS 3720/2.5

    (70 ILCS 3720/2.5)
    Sec. 2.5. Boil order; notification of certified local public health department required. If a water commission issues a boil order, then the commission must notify any certified local public health department that serves an area subject to the boil order as soon as is practical, but no later than 2 hours after issuing the order. In addition to the initial notice, the commission must provide, to any affected certified local public health department, a written notification within 24 hours after issuing the boil order. The written notification must include the estimated duration of the order or warning and the geographic area covered by the order or warning.
(Source: P.A. 93-1020, eff. 8-24-04.)

70 ILCS 3720/3

    (70 ILCS 3720/3) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 253)
    Sec. 3. (a) All water commissions (hereinafter referred to as "existing commissions") previously organized under that Act of the General Assembly known as the Water Commission Act (Public Act 83-1123), as amended, shall hereafter be deemed organized and operating under this Act of the General Assembly known as the Water Commission Act of 1985.
    (b) The commissioners constituting the governing body of existing commissions shall not change by operation of this Act, and shall serve out their terms. Vacancies occurring in the offices of such commissioners shall be filled pursuant to the provisions of the Water Commission Act of 1985. Successors to commissioners of existing commissions who complete their terms shall be named pursuant to the provisions of the Water Commission Act of 1985.
    (c) The territorial limits of existing commissions shall be as provided in the Water Commission Act of 1985.
    (d) The organization and operation of existing commissions from the time of original organization thereof are hereby validated and approved. Such existing commissions shall be deemed and treated as validly organized county water commissions under the Water Commission Act of 1985 as if originally formed under the Water Commission Act of 1985. All acts of existing commissions from the time of organization thereof to the effective date of this Act, and not in conflict with the Constitution of this State or of the United States including all levies of taxes thereby, are hereby validated and approved to the fullest extent this General Assembly may do so.
    (e) Any existing commission whose organization is deemed invalid, unlawful or unconstitutional by final and unappealable order of a court of competent jurisdiction shall first reconstitute as it existed prior to becoming subject to the provisions of the Water Commission Act, and, then, immediately, become subject to the provisions of the Water Commission Act of 1985 if included by the terms thereof.
(Source: P.A. 84-119.)

70 ILCS 3720/4

    (70 ILCS 3720/4) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 254)
    Sec. 4. Taxes.
    (a) The board of commissioners of any county water commission may, by ordinance, impose throughout the territory of the commission any or all of the taxes provided in this Section for its corporate purposes. However, no county water commission may impose any such tax unless the commission certifies the proposition of imposing the tax to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters residing in the territory at an election in accordance with the general election law, and the proposition has been approved by a majority of those voting on the proposition.
    The proposition shall be in the form provided in Section 5 or shall be substantially in the following form:
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    Shall the (insert corporate
name of county water commission)           YES
impose (state type of tax or         -------------------------
taxes to be imposed) at the                NO
rate of 1/4%?
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    Taxes imposed under this Section and civil penalties imposed incident thereto shall be collected and enforced by the State Department of Revenue. The Department shall have the power to administer and enforce the taxes and to determine all rights for refunds for erroneous payments of the taxes.
    (b) The board of commissioners may impose a County Water Commission Retailers' Occupation Tax upon all persons engaged in the business of selling tangible personal property at retail in the territory of the commission at a rate of 1/4% of the gross receipts from the sales made in the course of such business within the territory. The tax imposed under this paragraph and all civil penalties that may be assessed as an incident thereof shall be collected and enforced by the State Department of Revenue. The Department shall have full power to administer and enforce this paragraph; to collect all taxes and penalties due hereunder; to dispose of taxes and penalties so collected in the manner hereinafter provided; and to determine all rights to credit memoranda arising on account of the erroneous payment of tax or penalty hereunder. In the administration of, and compliance with, this paragraph, the Department and persons who are subject to this paragraph shall have the same rights, remedies, privileges, immunities, powers and duties, and be subject to the same conditions, restrictions, limitations, penalties, exclusions, exemptions and definitions of terms, and employ the same modes of procedure, as are prescribed in Sections 1, 1a, 1a-1, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1i, 1j, 2 through 2-65 (in respect to all provisions therein other than the State rate of tax except that food for human consumption that is to be consumed off the premises where it is sold (other than alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and food that has been prepared for immediate consumption) and prescription and nonprescription medicine, drugs, medical appliances and insulin, urine testing materials, syringes, and needles used by diabetics, for human use, shall not be subject to tax hereunder), 2c, 3 (except as to the disposition of taxes and penalties collected), 4, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 5g, 5h, 5i, 5j, 5k, 5l, 6, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act and Section 3-7 of the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act, as fully as if those provisions were set forth herein.
    Persons subject to any tax imposed under the authority granted in this paragraph may reimburse themselves for their seller's tax liability hereunder by separately stating the tax as an additional charge, which charge may be stated in combination, in a single amount, with State taxes that sellers are required to collect under the Use Tax Act and under subsection (e) of Section 4.03 of the Regional Transportation Authority Act, in accordance with such bracket schedules as the Department may prescribe.
    Whenever the Department determines that a refund should be made under this paragraph to a claimant instead of issuing a credit memorandum, the Department shall notify the State Comptroller, who shall cause the warrant to be drawn for the amount specified, and to the person named, in the notification from the Department. The refund shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of a county water commission tax fund established under paragraph (g) of this Section.
    For the purpose of determining whether a tax authorized under this paragraph is applicable, a retail sale by a producer of coal or other mineral mined in Illinois is a sale at retail at the place where the coal or other mineral mined in Illinois is extracted from the earth. This paragraph does not apply to coal or other mineral when it is delivered or shipped by the seller to the purchaser at a point outside Illinois so that the sale is exempt under the Federal Constitution as a sale in interstate or foreign commerce.
    If a tax is imposed under this subsection (b) a tax shall also be imposed under subsections (c) and (d) of this Section.
    No tax shall be imposed or collected under this subsection on the sale of a motor vehicle in this State to a resident of another state if that motor vehicle will not be titled in this State.
    Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to authorize a county water commission to impose a tax upon the privilege of engaging in any business which under the Constitution of the United States may not be made the subject of taxation by this State.
    (c) If a tax has been imposed under subsection (b), a County Water Commission Service Occupation Tax shall also be imposed upon all persons engaged, in the territory of the commission, in the business of making sales of service, who, as an incident to making the sales of service, transfer tangible personal property within the territory. The tax rate shall be 1/4% of the selling price of tangible personal property so transferred within the territory. The tax imposed under this paragraph and all civil penalties that may be assessed as an incident thereof shall be collected and enforced by the State Department of Revenue. The Department shall have full power to administer and enforce this paragraph; to collect all taxes and penalties due hereunder; to dispose of taxes and penalties so collected in the manner hereinafter provided; and to determine all rights to credit memoranda arising on account of the erroneous payment of tax or penalty hereunder. In the administration of, and compliance with, this paragraph, the Department and persons who are subject to this paragraph shall have the same rights, remedies, privileges, immunities, powers and duties, and be subject to the same conditions, restrictions, limitations, penalties, exclusions, exemptions and definitions of terms, and employ the same modes of procedure, as are prescribed in Sections 1a-1, 2 (except that the reference to State in the definition of supplier maintaining a place of business in this State shall mean the territory of the commission), 2a, 3 through 3-50 (in respect to all provisions therein other than the State rate of tax except that food for human consumption that is to be consumed off the premises where it is sold (other than alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and food that has been prepared for immediate consumption) and prescription and nonprescription medicines, drugs, medical appliances and insulin, urine testing materials, syringes, and needles used by diabetics, for human use, shall not be subject to tax hereunder), 4 (except that the reference to the State shall be to the territory of the commission), 5, 7, 8 (except that the jurisdiction to which the tax shall be a debt to the extent indicated in that Section 8 shall be the commission), 9 (except as to the disposition of taxes and penalties collected and except that the returned merchandise credit for this tax may not be taken against any State tax), 10, 11, 12 (except the reference therein to Section 2b of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act), 13 (except that any reference to the State shall mean the territory of the commission), the first paragraph of Section 15, 15.5, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the Service Occupation Tax Act as fully as if those provisions were set forth herein.
    Persons subject to any tax imposed under the authority granted in this paragraph may reimburse themselves for their serviceman's tax liability hereunder by separately stating the tax as an additional charge, which charge may be stated in combination, in a single amount, with State tax that servicemen are authorized to collect under the Service Use Tax Act, and any tax for which servicemen may be liable under subsection (f) of Section 4.03 of the Regional Transportation Authority Act, in accordance with such bracket schedules as the Department may prescribe.
    Whenever the Department determines that a refund should be made under this paragraph to a claimant instead of issuing a credit memorandum, the Department shall notify the State Comptroller, who shall cause the warrant to be drawn for the amount specified, and to the person named, in the notification from the Department. The refund shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of a county water commission tax fund established under paragraph (g) of this Section.
    Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to authorize a county water commission to impose a tax upon the privilege of engaging in any business which under the Constitution of the United States may not be made the subject of taxation by the State.
    (d) If a tax has been imposed under subsection (b), a tax shall also imposed upon the privilege of using, in the territory of the commission, any item of tangible personal property that is purchased outside the territory at retail from a retailer, and that is titled or registered with an agency of this State's government, at a rate of 1/4% of the selling price of the tangible personal property within the territory, as "selling price" is defined in the Use Tax Act. The tax shall be collected from persons whose Illinois address for titling or registration purposes is given as being in the territory. The tax shall be collected by the Department of Revenue for a county water commission. The tax must be paid to the State, or an exemption determination must be obtained from the Department of Revenue, before the title or certificate of registration for the property may be issued. The tax or proof of exemption may be transmitted to the Department by way of the State agency with which, or the State officer with whom, the tangible personal property must be titled or registered if the Department and the State agency or State officer determine that this procedure will expedite the processing of applications for title or registration.
    The Department shall have full power to administer and enforce this paragraph; to collect all taxes, penalties and interest due hereunder; to dispose of taxes, penalties and interest so collected in the manner hereinafter provided; and to determine all rights to credit memoranda or refunds arising on account of the erroneous payment of tax, penalty or interest hereunder. In the administration of, and compliance with this paragraph, the Department and persons who are subject to this paragraph shall have the same rights, remedies, privileges, immunities, powers and duties, and be subject to the same conditions, restrictions, limitations, penalties, exclusions, exemptions and definitions of terms and employ the same modes of procedure, as are prescribed in Sections 2 (except the definition of "retailer maintaining a place of business in this State"), 3 through 3-80 (except provisions pertaining to the State rate of tax, and except provisions concerning collection or refunding of the tax by retailers, and except that food for human consumption that is to be consumed off the premises where it is sold (other than alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and food that has been prepared for immediate consumption) and prescription and nonprescription medicines, drugs, medical appliances and insulin, urine testing materials, syringes, and needles used by diabetics, for human use, shall not be subject to tax hereunder), 4, 11, 12, 12a, 14, 15, 19 (except the portions pertaining to claims by retailers and except the last paragraph concerning refunds), 20, 21 and 22 of the Use Tax Act and Section 3-7 of the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act that are not inconsistent with this paragraph, as fully as if those provisions were set forth herein.
    Whenever the Department determines that a refund should be made under this paragraph to a claimant instead of issuing a credit memorandum, the Department shall notify the State Comptroller, who shall cause the order to be drawn for the amount specified, and to the person named, in the notification from the Department. The refund shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of a county water commission tax fund established under paragraph (g) of this Section.
    (e) A certificate of registration issued by the State Department of Revenue to a retailer under the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act or under the Service Occupation Tax Act shall permit the registrant to engage in a business that is taxed under the tax imposed under paragraphs (b), (c) or (d) of this Section and no additional registration shall be required under the tax. A certificate issued under the Use Tax Act or the Service Use Tax Act shall be applicable with regard to any tax imposed under paragraph (c) of this Section.
    (f) Any ordinance imposing or discontinuing any tax under this Section shall be adopted and a certified copy thereof filed with the Department on or before June 1, whereupon the Department of Revenue shall proceed to administer and enforce this Section on behalf of the county water commission as of September 1 next following the adoption and filing. Beginning January 1, 1992, an ordinance or resolution imposing or discontinuing the tax hereunder shall be adopted and a certified copy thereof filed with the Department on or before the first day of July, whereupon the Department shall proceed to administer and enforce this Section as of the first day of October next following such adoption and filing. Beginning January 1, 1993, an ordinance or resolution imposing or discontinuing the tax hereunder shall be adopted and a certified copy thereof filed with the Department on or before the first day of October, whereupon the Department shall proceed to administer and enforce this Section as of the first day of January next following such adoption and filing.
    (g) The State Department of Revenue shall, upon collecting any taxes as provided in this Section, pay the taxes over to the State Treasurer as trustee for the commission. The taxes shall be held in a trust fund outside the State Treasury.
    As soon as possible after the first day of each month, beginning January 1, 2011, upon certification of the Department of Revenue, the Comptroller shall order transferred, and the Treasurer shall transfer, to the STAR Bonds Revenue Fund the local sales tax increment, as defined in the Innovation Development and Economy Act, collected under this Section during the second preceding calendar month for sales within a STAR bond district.
    After the monthly transfer to the STAR Bonds Revenue Fund, on or before the 25th day of each calendar month, the State Department of Revenue shall prepare and certify to the Comptroller of the State of Illinois the amount to be paid to the commission, which shall be the amount (not including credit memoranda) collected under this Section during the second preceding calendar month by the Department plus an amount the Department determines is necessary to offset any amounts that were erroneously paid to a different taxing body, and not including any amount equal to the amount of refunds made during the second preceding calendar month by the Department on behalf of the commission, and not including any amount that the Department determines is necessary to offset any amounts that were payable to a different taxing body but were erroneously paid to the commission, and less any amounts that are transferred to the STAR Bonds Revenue Fund, less 2% of the remainder, which shall be transferred into the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund. The Department, at the time of each monthly disbursement to the commission, shall prepare and certify to the State Comptroller the amount to be transferred into the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund under this subsection. Within 10 days after receipt by the Comptroller of the certification of the amount to be paid to the commission and the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund, the Comptroller shall cause an order to be drawn for the payment for the amount in accordance with the direction in the certification.
    (h) Beginning June 1, 2016, any tax imposed pursuant to this Section may no longer be imposed or collected, unless a continuation of the tax is approved by the voters at a referendum as set forth in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-217, eff. 7-31-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 100-23, eff. 7-6-17.)

70 ILCS 3720/5

    (70 ILCS 3720/5) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 255)
    Sec. 5. The proposition of the issuance of general obligation bonds as provided in Section 2 and the imposition of certain taxes as provided in Section 4 may be presented to the voters of the territory of the county water commission in a single proposition if the commission, by ordinance, so provides. If such ordinance is adopted, the commission shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters in the territory of the commission at an election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the (insert corporate
 name of county water commission)
 issue general obligation bonds           YES
 for the purpose of (state
 purpose), in the sum of
 $.... (insert amount),             --------------------------
 and impose (state type
 of tax or taxes to be
 imposed) at the rate of                  NO
 (state tax rate or rates
 not exceeding 1/4%)?
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    If the proposition is approved by a majority of the voters voting on the proposition, the issue of such bonds shall thereby be authorized and such tax may be imposed.
(Source: P.A. 84-119.)