1. It is hereby determined that the creation of the authority and the carrying out
of its corporate purposes is in all respects for the benefit of the people of the
state and is a public purpose, and the authority shall be regarded as performing a
governmental function in the exercise of the powers conferred upon it by this title
and shall not be required to pay any taxes, special ad valorem levies or special assessments
upon any real property owned by it or any filing, recording or transfer fees or taxes
in relation to instruments filed, recorded or transferred by it or on its behalf.
2. The authority may pay, or may enter into agreements with any municipality to pay,
a sum or sums annually or otherwise or to provide other considerations to such municipality
with respect to real property owned by the authority located within such municipality
and constituting a part of its water system.
3. Any bonds issued pursuant to this title together with the income therefrom shall
be exempt from taxation except for transfer and estate taxes. The revenues, moneys and all other property and all activities of the authority
shall be exempt from all taxes and governmental fees or charges, whether imposed by
the state or any municipality, including without limitation real estate taxes, franchise
taxes, sales taxes or other excise taxes.
4. The state hereby covenants with the purchasers and with all subsequent holders
and transferees of bonds issued by the authority pursuant to this title, in consideration
of the acceptance of and payment for the bonds, that the bonds of the authority issued
pursuant to this title and the income therefrom shall be exempt from such taxation,
as aforestated in subdivision three of this section, and that all revenues, moneys,
and other property pledged to secure the payment of such bonds shall at all times
be free from such taxes as aforestated in such subdivision.
5. Notwithstanding the above, nothing herein shall prevent the state from assessing
a tax or surcharge against the water customers based on their water consumption, provided,
however, that all such taxes and surcharges and the authority's obligation to collect
and pay such taxes and surcharges shall be subordinate to the rights of holders of
all of the authority's bonds and notes and to the payment of principal, premiums if
any, and interest thereon.
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