Section: Offenses, liabilities, penalties and forfeitures committed or incurred under repealed acts not affected by such repeal
4. a. The board may recommend to the Commissioner of Community Affairs the level of an assessment to be levied on liquefied petroleum gas and the commissioner shall determine the level and may levy the assessment. The initial assessment shall be no greater than one-fifteenth of one cent per gallon. Thereafter, annual assessments shall be sufficient to cover the costs of the plans and programs developed by the board and approved by the commissioner, and the cost of administering the responsibilities of the department established pursuant to this act. The assessment shall not exceed one-half cent per gallon of odorized propane. The assessment may not be raised by more than one-tenth of one cent per gallon annually.
The owner of liquefied petroleum gas immediately prior to odorization shall be responsible for the payment of the assessment on the volume of liquefied petroleum gas at the time of import or odorization, whichever is earlier.
The commissioner may by regulation establish an alternative means for the department to collect the assessment if another means is found to be more efficient and effective. The commissioner may by regulation establish a late payment charge and rate of interest to be imposed on any person who fails to remit to the department any amount due.
b. Pending disbursement pursuant to a program, plan or project, the State Treasurer may invest funds collected through assessments and any other funds received by the department, only in obligations of the United States or any agency thereof, in general obligations of any state or any political subdivision thereof, in any interest-bearing account or certificate of deposit of a bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System, or in obligations fully guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States.
c. There is established a "Liquefied Petroleum Gas Education and Safety Board Fund" as a non-lapsing revolving fund within the Department of Community Affairs. All assessments, fees and penalties collected by the department under this chapter shall be deposited in the fund. The fund shall be administered by the Commissioner of Community Affairs and shall be used exclusively to defray all expenses incurred by the department in operation of the board and the administration of the department's responsibilities under this act.
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