7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the acceptable uses of the Water Commissioner Fund.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
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13 the purpose of Section 73-5-1.5;
14 ▸ requires the Division of Finance, in consultation with the state engineer, to establish
15 a rule governing reimbursement for damages and wear and tear to a water
16 commissioner's personal vehicle incurred while the water commissioner fulfills the
17 water commissioner's official duties;
18 ▸ states that the state engineer shall use money in the Water Commissioner Fund to:
19 • pay the expense of a water commissioner if a distribution system committee
20 approves the expense; and
21 • pay a reasonable administrative expense of a distribution system committee;
22 ▸ describes the requirements for a distribution system committee to approve an
23 expense; and
24 ▸ makes technical changes.
25 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
27 Other Special Clauses:
29 Utah Code Sections Affected:
31 73-5-1.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 401
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 73-5-1.5 is amended to read:
35 73-5-1.5. Water Commissioner Fund.
36 (1) There is created an expendable special revenue fund known as the "Water
37 Commissioner Fund."
38 (2) The fund consists of assessments paid to the state engineer by water users pursuant
39 to Subsection 73-5-1(3).
40 (3) (a) The fund shall earn interest.
41 (b) Interest earned on fund money shall be deposited into the fund.
42 (4) (a) Ŝ→ [
43 Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code.
45 Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, establish rules governing the use of the fund.
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46a1 consultation with the
47 engineer, establish a rule governing reimbursement for damages and wear and tear to a water
48 commissioner's personal vehicle incurred while the water commissioner fulfills the water
49 commissioner's official duties.
51 (a) for salary and [
53 (b) expenses related to the distribution of water specified in Subsection 73-5-1(3)[
54 including general operating expenses, equipment repairs, purchasing, and other expenses
55 required for proper water distribution, if:
56 (i) the expense has been approved by the water commissioner's distribution system
57 committee, in accordance with Subsection (6);
58 (ii) the distribution system committee provides to the state engineer accurate
59 documentation of the expense; and
60 (iii) there are sufficient funds to cover the expense; and
61 (c) reasonable administration expenses of the distribution system committee.
62 (6) A distribution system committee may approve an expense of a water commissioner
64 (a) the distribution system committee finds that the expense is reasonable; and
65 (b) the water commissioner provides the state engineer and the distribution system
66 committee with adequate documentation of the expense.
67 (7) Subject to Subsection (8), an expense paid pursuant to Subsection (5)(b) shall be:
68 (a) distributed in a reimbursement check or direct deposit separate from a water
69 commissioner's regular paycheck, if requested by the water commissioner; or
70 (b) paid directly to the vendor approved by the distribution system committee.
71 (8) There is a rebuttable presumption that an expense budgeted for and approved by a
72 distribution system committee is a reasonable expense.
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