40:14B-22.4 Credit provided by utilities authority for damage caused by catastrophic event.
5. a. For a unit damaged by a catastrophic event, a county, regional or municipal utilities authority shall provide, within two years after the date of the catastrophic event, a credit for the connection fee or tapping fee assessed pursuant to section 21 of P.L.1957, c.183 (C.40:14B-21) for connection to the water system, or a credit for the connection fee or tapping fee assessed pursuant to section 22 of P.L.1957, c.183 (C.40:14B-22) for connection to the sewerage system, or both, as the case may be, provided that:
(1)the unit was damaged by a catastrophic event during construction or refurbishing of the unit;
(2)the connection fee or tapping fee has been paid; and
(3)the damaged unit is refurbished or replaced with another unit and connected to the water system or the sewerage system, or both, as the case may be, within two years after the date of the catastrophic event.
If the refurbishing of the damaged unit or the construction of the unit replacing the damaged unit expands the water system use or the sewerage system use, or both, as the case may be, the property owner of the refurbished unit or the newly constructed unit, as applicable, shall be credited for any connection fee or tapping fee previously paid for the unit and shall be assessed the difference between the credit and the connection fee or tapping fee, as applicable, for the new class of use.
b.For the purposes of this section, "catastrophic event" means a fire or any declared national, State or municipal emergency or a flood or other natural disaster or event which substantially affects or damages a building or structure; and "unit" means any publicly or privately owned real property that is a building or part of a building that is connected to, or, after construction or refurbishing, is to be connected to, a water system or a sewerage system, or both, as the case may be, and shall include, but shall not be limited to, any building or part of a building leased, operated, or owned by a municipality or a school district
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