Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the city of Quincy is hereby authorized to establish a special account to be known as the "City of Quincy Sewerage Rehabilitation Fund." The purpose of such fund is to provide revenue for the funding of engineering, testing, construction and rehabilitation of the sewage pipes, lines, facilities and systems located within the city of Quincy and to provide revenues to do all things necessary to correct, remedy, repair, prevent and prohibit any and all forms of infiltration or inflow from ground water and other sources of water into pipes, lines, facilities and systems. Such special account shall be maintained by the city treasurer of said city in a banking institution doing business in the commonwealth, and expenditures from said special account shall be made subject to appropriation initiated by the mayor of said city upon the recommendation of the commissioner of public works or the planning director of said city and approved by a majority vote of the city council of said city.
SECTION 2. Contributions to such account shall be made by applicants for building permits for the construction, erection, improvement, reuse or rehabilitation of land or the buildings thereon for industrial, commercial, multi-family and residential uses. Excluded from the requirements of this act shall be single family residences if the owner occupies such as his primary residence for a least one year. The method and amount of such contributions from such private sources shall be as determined by ordinance, but not to exceed one per cent of estimated construction cost. Said ordinance shall provide for the method of determining the amount of each contribution from such applicants based upon their anticipated water and sewer use by each and for the particular kind of development contemplated.
SECTION 3. Appropriation from time to time may be made by the city of Quincy into said special account for the purpose of providing additional funds for aforesaid improvements, rehabilitation or repairs of sewage pipes, lines, facilities and systems.
SECTION 4. The city treasurer of the city of Quincy shall be authorized to invest monies in said special account and the interest accruing shall inure to the benefit of said special account. Said special account shall be maintained in accordance with generally accepted principles and shall be audited annually with the cost of such audit charged to said special account.
SECTION 5. The commissioner of public works for the city of Quincy may make applications for available state and federal government grants for the construction, improvements engineering, rehabilitation and repair of the sewage pipes, lines, facilities and systems and to pledge any and all such sums of money in said special account with the approval of said city for any such matching grants for the construction, improvements repair and rehabilitation of said sewage pipes, lines, facilities and systems.
SECTION 6. The city auditor shall file jointly with the city council, the mayor, the treasurer of said city, and with the bureau of accounts, a written report relative to such special account authorized by section one. Said report shall be made within one hundred twenty days after the books of account are closed for each fiscal year. Such report shall include a financial statement relating to the operation, maintenance and expenditures made under the said special account. Said city council may review and comment on said report and may file such review and comments with the state auditor.
SECTION 7. This act shall take effect upon its passage.