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32. a. All major hazardous waste facilities shall, for the purposes of local property taxation, be assessed and taxed in the same manner as other real property.
In the event that a major hazardous waste facility is constructed or operated on a site which is exempt from local property taxation by virtue of the ownership thereof by any public agency, the owner or operator of the facility shall, the provisions of any law, rule, regulation, ordinance, resolution or contract to the contrary notwithstanding, annually pay to the affected municipality a sum equal to the amount which would annually be due if the land on which the facility is located and any improvements thereto were assessed and taxed as real property subject to local property taxation. Such payments shall be made to the chief fiscal officer of the affected municipality by December 31 of each year.
b. Subsequent to the effective date of this act, the owner or operator of every major hazardous waste facility shall, on or before January 25 of each year, file with the chief fiscal officer of the municipality wherein the facility is located a statement, verified by oath, showing the gross receipts from all charges imposed during the preceding calendar year upon any person for the treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous waste at the facility, and shall at the same time pay to the chief fiscal officer a sum equal to 5% of those receipts.
c. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1992, c.27).
d. Any municipality in which a major hazardous waste facility is located may petition the commission for approval to collect an amount in excess of the amount prescribed in subsection b. of this section. The commission, after affording the affected owner or operator with notice of such petition and an opportunity to be heard thereon, may grant the petition, but only if the commission is satisfied that such grant is warranted as a result of the operation of the major hazardous waste facility.
e. The commission may, upon the petition of the owner or operator of a solvent or oil recycling facility or upon its own motion, direct that the amount to be paid by that owner or operator pursuant to subsection b. of this section be reduced to a lower percentage if, after affording the affected municipality notice of such petition or commission intent to decrease such amount and an opportunity to be heard thereon, the commission finds that such lower amount is sufficient to cover the expenses imposed upon the municipality as a result of the operation of the solvent or oil recycling facility.
f. Any commission action taken pursuant to subsection d. or e. of this section shall be considered to be final agency action thereon for the purposes of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), and shall be subject only to judicial review as provided in the Rules of Court.
L.1981,c.279,s.32; amended 1987,c.74,s.9; 1992,c.27.
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