Will consumers have to pay sales tax on instant rebates?

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We had something similar here except that it was imposed as a fee. It was shot down by the courts as an unconstitutional end-run around the Colorado constitution's requirement that tax increases have to be voted on and this was, in effect, a new tax.

It was called a storm water fee and based, as yours is, on the percent of impervious surface area on your property. (The interesting backstory is that the city of Colorado Springs was sued by the city of Pueblo for excessive runoff damaging their water quality. Needing money to comply with the legal settlement with Pueblo and knowing that Colorado Springs very conservative voters would never approve a new tax, the storm water fee seemed the perfect answer. Pueblo is, as you would expect from the lawsuit, downstream from Colorado Springs. :cool:)
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Some states, or at least Idaho, claim they own all run off from rain, so any private (property owner )attempts to collect rain water or create a rain garden, will put you in deep do-do with the boys in Boise. Or so it is said.

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Some states, or at least Idaho, claim they own all run off from rain, so any private (property owner )attempts to collect rain water or create a rain garden, will put you in deep do-do with the boys in Boise. Or so it is said.

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That used to be true here as well. Just a couple of years ago the law was changed to allow homeowners to collect rainwater for their own use. IIRC, it is limited to two 50 gallon barrels per household and the water must be used for the homeowner's personal use. It all goes back to pioneer days and the simple reality that the supply of water was quickly outrun by the demand. In Colorado there is a separate court system for water law.
 
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