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(a) Tax Rate. The tax rate shall be at an amount equal to two and six-tenths (2.6) percent of the gross income from the business activity upon every person engaging or continuing in the business of producing, providing or furnishing utility services, including electricity, electric lights, current, power, gas (natural or artificial), or water to:
(1) Consumers or ratepayers who reside within the city.
(2) Consumers or ratepayers of this city, whether within the city or without, to the extent that this city provides such persons utility services, excluding consumers or ratepayers who are residents of another city or town which levies an equivalent excise tax upon this city for providing such utility services to such persons.
(b) Exclusion of Certain Sales of Natural Gas to a Public Utility. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) above, the gross income derived from the sale of natural gas to a public utility for the purpose of generation of power to be transferred by the utility to its ratepayers shall be considered a retail sale of tangible personal property subject to sections 19-460 and 19-465, and not considered gross income taxable under this section.
(c) Resale Utility Services. Sales of utility services to another provider of the same utility services for the purpose of providing such utility services either to another properly licensed utility provider or directly to such purchaser's customers or ratepayers shall be exempt and deductible from the gross income subject to the tax imposed by this section, provided that the purchaser is properly licensed by all applicable taxing jurisdictions to engage or continue in the business of providing utility services, and further that the seller maintains proper documentation, in a manner similar to that for sales for resale, of such transactions.
(e) Exclusion of Sales of Utility Services to Nonprofit Primary Health Care Facilities. The tax imposed by this section shall not apply to sales of utility services to a qualifying hospital, qualifying community health center or a qualifying health care organization, except when sold for use in activities resulting in gross income from unrelated business income as that term is defined in 26 U.S.C. Section 512.
(f) [Exclusion of Sales of Natural Gas or Liquefied Petroleum Gas.] The tax imposed by this section shall not apply to sales of natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas used to propel a motor vehicle.
(g) [Exceptions to Tax.] The tax imposed by this section shall not apply to:
(1) Revenues received by a municipally owned utility in the form of fees charged to persons constructing residential, commercial or industrial developments or connecting residential, commercial or industrial developments to a municipal utility system or systems if the fees are segregated and used only for capital expansion, system enlargement or debt service of the utility system or systems.
(2) Revenues received by any person or persons owning a utility system in the form of reimbursement or contribution compensation for property and equipment installed to provide utility access to, on or across the land of an actual utility consumer if the property and equipment become the property of the utility. This exclusion shall not exceed the value of such property and equipment.
(h) [Alternative Fuel.] The tax imposed by this section shall not apply to sales of alternative fuel as defined in A.R.S. § 1-215, to a used oil fuel burner who has received a department of environmental quality permit to burn used oil or used oil fuel under A.R.S. Section 49-426 or Section 49-480.
(i) The tax imposed by this section shall not apply to sales or other transfers of renewable energy credits or any other unit created to track energy derived from renewable energy resources. For the purposes of this paragraph, "renewable energy credit" means a unit created administratively by the Corporation Commission or governing body of a public power utility to track kilowatt hours of electricity derived from a renewable energy resource or the kilowatt hour equivalent of conventional energy resources displaced by distributed renewable energy resources.
(j) The tax imposed by this section shall not apply to the portions of gross proceeds of sales or gross income attributable to transfers of electricity by any retail electric customer owning a solar photovoltaic energy generating system to an electric distribution system, if the electricity transferred is generated by the customer's system.
(l) Notwithstanding the tax rate identified elsewhere in this section, an additional tax in an amount equal to one-tenth of one (0.1) percent of the gross income from any business activity taxable under this section is imposed pursuant to Chapter IV, Section 5 of the Charter of the City of Tucson.
(Ord. No. 6674, § 3, 3-23-87; Ord. No. 6938, § 14, 4-25-88; Ord. No. 8784, § 8, 12-2-96; Ord. No. 9069, § 1(11), 6-15-98; Ord. No. 11183, § 4, 6-17-14, eff. 1-1-07; Ord. No. 11219, § 3, 12-9-14, eff. 1-1-15; Ord. No. 11479, § 1, 8-8-17; Ord. No. 11485, eff. 8-8-17; Ord. No. 11518, eff. 1-23-18)