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A. The taxes imposed by this chapter shall not apply to:

1. Any person or service if imposition of such tax upon that person or service would be in violation of a Federal or State statute or the Constitution of the State of California, or the Constitution of the United States; or

2. The City, and the State of California and its subdivisions.

B. Any service user that is exempt from the tax imposed by this chapter pursuant to subsection A of this section shall file an application with the Tax Administrator for an exemption; provided, however, this requirement shall not apply to a service user that is a State or Federal agency or subdivision with a commonly recognized name for such service. Said application shall be made upon a form approved by the Tax Administrator and shall state those facts, declared under penalty of perjury, which qualify the applicant for an exemption, and shall include the names of all service suppliers serving that service user. If deemed exempt by the Tax Administrator, such service user shall give the Tax Administrator timely written notice of any change in service suppliers so that the Tax Administrator can properly notify the new service supplier of the service user’s tax exempt status. A service user that fails to apply and obtain an exemption pursuant to this section shall not be entitled to a refund of a users tax collected and remitted to the Tax Administrator from such service user as a result of such noncompliance.

C. The decision of the Tax Administrator may be appealed pursuant to SMC 3.10.210. Filing an application with the Tax Administrator and appeal to the City Manager, or designee, pursuant to SMC 3.10.210 is a prerequisite to a suit thereon.

D. The City Council may, by resolution, establish one or more classes of persons or one or more classes of utility service otherwise subject to payment of a tax imposed by this chapter and provide that such classes of persons or service shall be exempt, in whole or in part, from such tax for a specified period of time. (Ord. 1072 § 1, 2014)