§ 1311. Unclaimed moneys erroneously collected by utility corporations
on account of taxes. 1. Any amount held or owing by a gas corporation,
an electric corporation, a gas and electric corporation, a district
steam corporation, a telegraph corporation, a telephone corporation, a
telegraph and telephone corporation or a water works corporation which
it has collected within eight years next preceding the effective date of
this section, or which it shall hereafter collect, from a consumer or
subscriber for or on account of any tax or assessment, or any part
thereof, for which the consumer or subscriber was not legally liable,
less lawful deductions, which shall have remained unclaimed by the
person or persons entitled thereto for one year from the date it was so
collected, shall be deemed abandoned property.
2. Any such abandoned property held or owing by such a corporation to
which the right to receive a refund of the same is established to the
satisfaction of such corporation shall cease to be deemed abandoned.
3. On or before the tenth day of October in each year, every such
corporation shall pay to the state comptroller all property which, as of
the first day of July next preceding, was deemed abandoned pursuant to
this section, held or owing by such corporation. Such payment shall be
accompanied by a true and accurate report containing such identifying
information as the state comptroller may require.