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Wenatchee, Chelan PUD will ask court to resolve water tax dispute

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Wenatchee, Chelan PUD will ask court to resolve water tax dispute

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May 29, 2012
(Wenatchee, WA) The city of Wenatchee and Chelan County PUD have agreed to take to Chelan County Superior Court a dispute over taxing PUD water service inside the city limits.

Wenatchee taxes revenues from retail water sales within city limits. The tax applies to city of Wenatchee water customers and PUD water customers. The city recently increased the tax on all water system revenues from 15 percent to 16 percent.    The law is clear that the city can tax those customers on its own system. The law is unclear if Wenatchee can tax city residents on the PUD water system.

The PUD’s position is that taxation of one municipality by another is prohibited by the state Constitution under the “the governmental immunity doctrine” unless there is express statutory authority for the tax. The PUD’s position is that there is no such statute allowing for the tax on water revenues.

Wenatchee, on the other hand, takes the position that its general taxing authority and the fact that the PUD’s water business is proprietary gives it the necessary authority to impose the tax.

“Getting this issue resolved is in the best interest of PUD water customers,” said John Janney, PUD general manager.

Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz agrees the issue is important, saying “A court decision is needed to resolve the lack of clarity in the law. Both parties desire to do what is right for the customer.”

Kuntz and Janney agreed to work together to make the litigation as cost-effective as possible for both entities.

Chelan County PUD provides water to about 2,600 customers within the city limits.

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