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92_SB0298enr SB298 Enrolled LRB9207589SMdv 1 AN ACT concerning taxation. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Property Tax Code is amended by adding 5 Division 4 to Article 11 and by adding Sections 11-130, 6 11-135, 11-140, 11-145, 11-150, 11-155, 11-160, 11-165, and 7 11-170 as follows: 8 (35 ILCS 200/Art. 11, Div. 4 heading new) 9 DIVISION 4. REGIONAL WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES 10 (35 ILCS 200/11-130 new) 11 Sec. 11-130. Legislative findings. The General Assembly 12 finds that it is the policy of this State to ensure and 13 encourage the availability of safe potable water for our 14 cities, villages, towns, and rural residents and that it has 15 become increasingly difficult and cost prohibitive for 16 smaller cities, towns, and villages to construct, maintain, 17 or operate, to current standards, water treatment facilities. 18 It is the further finding of the General Assembly that 19 regional treatment facilities capable of supplying several 20 cities, villages, towns, public water districts, public water 21 commissions, and rural water companies with treated water 22 offer a viable economic solution to this concern and it 23 should be the policy of the State to encourage the 24 construction and operation of regional water treatment 25 facilities capable of providing treated, potable water to 26 cities, villages, towns, public water districts, public water 27 commissions, and rural water companies, thereby relieving the 28 burden on those entities and their citizens from constructing 29 and maintaining their own individual treatment facilities. SB298 Enrolled -2- LRB9207589SMdv 1 (35 ILCS 200/11-135 new) 2 Sec. 11-135. Definitions. For purposes of this Division 3 4: 4 "Department" means the Illinois Department of Revenue. 5 "Not for profit corporation" means an Illinois 6 corporation organized and existing under the General Not For 7 Profit Corporation Act of 1986 in good standing with the 8 State and having been granted status as an exempt 9 organization under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue 10 Code, or any successor or similar provision of the Internal 11 Revenue Code. 12 "Public water commission" means a water commission 13 organized and existing under Division 135 of Article 11 of 14 the Illinois Municipal Code. 15 "Public water district" means a water district organized 16 and existing under the Public Water District Act. 17 "Qualifying water treatment facility" means a water 18 treatment facility that is owned by a not for profit 19 corporation whose members consist exclusively of one or more 20 incorporated city, village, or town of this State, and any 21 number of public water districts, any number of public water 22 commissions, or any number of rural water companies and that 23 sells potable water to the corporation's members on a mutual 24 or cooperative and not for profit basis. 25 "Rural water company" means a not for profit corporation 26 whose primary purpose is to own, maintain, and operate a 27 potable water distribution system distributing water to 28 residences, farms, or businesses exclusively in the State of 29 Illinois and not otherwise served by any city, village, town, 30 public water district, or public water commission. 31 "Water treatment facility" means a plant or facility 32 whose primary function is to treat raw water and to produce 33 potable water for distribution, together with all other real 34 and personal property reasonably necessary to collect, treat, SB298 Enrolled -3- LRB9207589SMdv 1 or distribute the water. 2 (35 ILCS 200/11-140 new) 3 Sec. 11-140. Valuation policy. Qualifying water 4 treatment facilities shall be valued for purposes of 5 computing the assessed valuation on the basis of 33 1/3% of 6 the fair cash value. 7 (35 ILCS 200/11-145 new) 8 Sec. 11-145. Method of valuation for qualifying water 9 treatment facilities. To determine 33 1/3% of the fair cash 10 value of any qualifying water treatment facility in assessing 11 the facility, the Department shall take into consideration 12 the probable net value that could be realized by the owner if 13 the facility were removed and sold at a fair, voluntary sale, 14 giving due account to the expense of removal, site 15 restoration, and transportation. The net value shall be 16 considered to be 33 1/3% of fair cash value. 17 (35 ILCS 200/11-150 new) 18 Sec. 11-150. Exclusion of for-profit water treatment 19 facilities. In no event shall the valuation set forth in 20 this Division 4 be available to a water treatment facility 21 that sells water "for profit". 22 (35 ILCS 200/11-155 new) 23 Sec. 11-155. Certification and assessment authority. 24 For tax purposes, a qualifying water treatment facility shall 25 be certified as such by the Director of Natural Resources and 26 shall be assessed by the Department of Revenue. 27 (35 ILCS 200/11-160 new) 28 Sec. 11-160. Approval procedure. Application for 29 approval as a qualifying water treatment facility shall be SB298 Enrolled -4- LRB9207589SMdv 1 filed with the Department of Natural Resources in the manner 2 and form prescribed by the Director of National Resources. 3 The application shall contain appropriate and available 4 descriptive information concerning anything claimed to be 5 entitled to tax treatment as defined in this Division 4. If 6 it is found that the facility meets the definition, the 7 Director of Natural Resources, or his or her duly authorized 8 designee, shall enter a finding and issue a certificate that 9 requires tax treatment as a qualifying water treatment 10 facility. The effective date of a certificate shall be on 11 January 1 preceding the date of certification or preceding 12 the date construction or installation of the facility 13 commences, whichever is later. 14 (35 ILCS 200/11-165 new) 15 Sec. 11-165. Judicial review; qualifying water treatment 16 facilities. Any applicant or holder aggrieved by the 17 issuance, refusal to issue, denial, revocation, modification, 18 or restriction of a qualifying water treatment facility 19 certificate may appeal the finding and order of the 20 Department of Natural Resources under the Administrative 21 Review Law. 22 (35 ILCS 200/11-170 new) 23 Sec. 11-170. Procedures for assessment; qualifying 24 water treatment facilities. Proceedings for assessment or 25 reassessment of property certified to be a qualifying water 26 treatment facility shall be conducted in accordance with 27 procedural rules adopted by the Department, in conformity 28 with this Code. 29 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on 30 January 1, 2002.
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