Chapter 044

2007 -- S 0181

Enacted 06/15/07

 

A N A C T

RELATING TO THE PAWTUCKET WATER SUPPLY BOARD

          

     Introduced By: Senators Issa, McBurney, DaPonte, and Doyle

     Date Introduced: January 31, 2007

 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

 

     SECTION 1. The city of Pawtucket by and through the Pawtucket water supply board, as

an agency and enterprise fund of the city of Pawtucket, and the city of Central Falls, a lawfully

established municipality in the state of Rhode Island, are desirous of entering into an agreement

whereby the city of Central Falls will convey all right title and interest in its water distribution

system identified generally as all water distribution pipes, hydrants, transmission mains and all

appurtenances thereto located in the city of Central Falls to the city of Pawtucket. Following

the aforementioned transfer, it shall be the responsibility of the city of Pawtucket, by and through

the Pawtucket water supply board, its successor or assigns, to operate and maintain the water

distribution system in the city of Central Falls, and to continue providing water to the city of

Central Falls and its citizens as has been done in the past.

     In recognition thereof, the city of Pawtucket, the Pawtucket water supply board and the

city of Central Falls recognize and acknowledge that the city of Pawtucket's purchase and future

operation and maintenance of the water distribution system located in the city of Central Falls

will be in all respects for the benefit of the city of Central Falls, its citizens, and the state of

Rhode Island for the increase of their commerce, maintenance, general prosperity and for the

improvement of their health, safety, welfare, and living conditions.

     As the acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of the water distribution

system in the city of Central Falls by the city of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket water supply board

constitutes the performance of essential governmental functions, should the city of Central Falls

and the city of Pawtucket effectuate the transfer contemplated herein, neither the city of

Pawtucket, nor the Pawtucket water supply board, shall be required to pay to the city of Central

Falls, nor shall the city of Central Falls be required to pay to the city of Pawtucket or the

Pawtucket water supply board or their successor or assigns, any property taxes, franchise fees,

tangible taxes or any other taxes, fees or assessments upon the water distribution system located

in the city of Central Falls acquired by the city of Pawtucket or upon the income from the sale of

water by the Pawtucket water supply board in the city of Central Falls or upon its maintenance

and operation of the water distribution system, or any other municipal or local tax of any kind or

description, excepting all fees as designated in the Pawtucket water supply board's approved

tariffs to be paid by the city of Central Falls for water usage by the city of Central Falls for

municipal buildings, municipal property and hydrant fees. Nor shall the city of Central Falls, the

city of Pawtucket or the Pawtucket water supply board be required to pay any recording fee or

transfer tax of any kind or description.

     Further, and in addition to the powers conferred by Rhode Island general laws section 39-

15-11, the city of Central Falls may grant to the city of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket water supply

board the right to maintain, repair and replace all water distribution pipes, hydrants, transmission

mains and all appurtenances thereto included in the water distribution system transferred by the

city of Central Falls to the city of Pawtucket.

 

     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

     

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LC01043

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